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In Tuscaloosa, Alabama placed an eight-man front on defense in order to make Florida's John Reaves hurry his passes and sent two defenders out to cover Receiver Carlos Alvarez. The result was a humbling 46-15 defeat for the highly ranked Gators. They managed more first downs on penalties (four) than by passing (three) and were limited to just 41 yards rushing. Perhaps most humiliating of all, however, was a 30-yard run by a mysterious Alabama player in the fourth quarter. His name, later determined to be that of a senior non-letterman, Rod Steakley, was not in the Tide's game roster.
The only excitement during LSU's 24-0 victory over Rice in Baton Rouge was provided by the lighting system in Tiger Stadium. Near the end of the third quarter two-thirds of the lights suddenly went out. The game was halted for eight minutes, and then the coaches and referee decided to resume play. All of which proved that the Rice Owls perform no better in the dark.
Two teams, Georgia Tech and North Carolina, demonstrated that after years of disappointment their football programs have been revitalized. Tech dispatched Miami 31-21 for its third straight and the Tar Heels routed Maryland 53-20. Some Carolina students had a message for Tom McMillen, the super schoolboy basketballer who made a last-minute jump from the Tar Heels to Maryland last month, ostensibly at his parents' insistence. They displayed a banner that read: "Tom—Say Hi To Your Mom."
South Carolina scored in the fourth quarter to tie N.C State 7-7.
1. TEXAS (2-0)
More than five hours before the game against the Texas Longhorns was to begin, the students of Texas Tech began to assemble outside the gates of Jones Stadium in Lubbock. But only 15,000 seats were provided for the university's 20,000 students. Chaos ensued. Half an hour before the gates were to open the students became an impatient mob. They broke through one of the entrances and began claiming seats all over the stadium. So many standing-room spaces were sold that attendance in the 41,500-seat stadium was announced as 53,124.
There was hope among sittees and standees alike that the Red Raiders, the last team to defeat Texas, might snap the Long-horns" 21-game winning streak. After Texas turned a fumble and a poor punt into two early touchdowns, Tech Quarterback Charles Napper sustained two long drives, one with a 43-yard run of his own. So there were the Raiders at halftime trailing the national champions by just one point, 14-13. Of course, it didn't last. After some forceful words from Darrell Royal, Texas Quarterback Eddie Phillips picked up his triple option for a 35-13 win. Phillips led the Long-horn runners with 127 yards.
In Fayetteville, Arkansas had a disappointing first half, too. The Razorbacks were tied with Tulsa 7-7 until Bill Montgomery threw a soft 13-yard touchdown pass to Chuck Dicus with 52 seconds left in the half. Then Montgomery & Co. scored five touchdowns the next six times they had the ball and won 49-7.
The euphoria of the Baylor football team proved to be temporary. After ending a string of 11 straight losses with a triumphant march over Army, the Bears returned home to Waco and were put down by Pitt 15-10. They squandered a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter when Dave Havern, the Panthers' understudy quarterback, drove Pitt 80 and 83 yards for TDs.