The ice and snow up North drove college football down among the flowering palms last week, where it ended the 1970 regular season not with a whimper, but with a bang. LOUISIANA STATE, like TEXAS earlier in the day (page 20), won a conference title and a bowl invitation by routing supposedly stiff opposition. With a 61-17 defeat of Mississippi and sore-armed Archie Manning behind them, the Southeastern Conference champions now face unbeaten Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. The Tigers returned three punts for touchdowns, including two of 73 and 61 yards by Tommy Casanova. Another bowl-bound team, TENNESSEE, won its ninth straight by defeating UCLA 28-17 as Quarterback Bobby Scott set Volunteer records for career total offense, career pass offense and season pass offense. ARIZONA STATE fumbled five times, twice on the one, but still edged Arizona 10-6 to finish unbeaten at 10-0. HOUSTON had no trouble with Miami, winning 36-3 as Elmo Wright caught his 34th career TD pass, second on the alltime list.
GOLF—Tour rabbit BILL GARRETT of Amarillo, Texas won the Coral Springs Open by one stroke over Bob Murphy. Garrett's final-round 69 gave him a 72-hole score of 272, 12 under par.
HOCKEY—With flashing skates and fists to match, NHL division leaders Boston and Chicago resumed their bitter rivalry, the Black Hawks winning 4-3 to extend their unbeaten home streak to 13 games. Chicago picked up two other wins during the week against Los Angeles and Minnesota, while second-place St. Louis lost two of three. The slipping Blues were beaten by New York 4-2 as the Rangers kept the East Division close with other victories over Pittsburgh and Toronto, the latter a 1-0 shutout. The Canadiens welcomed new Coach Al Mac Neil by defeating St. Louis 6-3 but remained well back. Veteran Frank Mahovlich brightened Detroit's week by joining teammates Gordie Howe and Alex Delvecchio as 400-goal scorers.
SOCCER—Defending champion ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY completed its second straight unbeaten season by defeating UCLA 1-0 in the NCAA finals.
Davis and Elkins of West Virginia took the NAIA title with a pair of third-period goals to down Quincy, Ill. 2-0 in Dunn, N.C.
SPEED SKATING—GREG LEYMAN, John Shof and Jon Lutz won the top three places as the U.S. dominated the small-four event (500, 1,000, 1,500 and 3,000 meters) at the international championships in Innsbruck, Austria. GERHARD ZIMMERMAN of West Germany won the big-four event (500, 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 meters).
TENNIS—The U.S. Lawn Tennis Association, in a running war with the country's leading women players, named Californians PATTI HOGAN and SHARON WALSH to compete in the Federation Cup next month. Meanwhile a key figure in the women's tennis liberation movement, Billie Jean King, announced she and other stars would embark on an all-women's pro tour next month.
TRACK & FIELD—HEIDE ROSENDAHL of West Germany clipped .2 of a second off the women's world indoor record with an 8.0 timing in the 60-meter hurdles at a meet in West Berlin.
WEIGHT LIFTING—VASILY ALEKSEYEV, a Soviet student, erased all four superheavyweight records by pressing 486.2 pounds, snatching 386.1, clean and jerking 502.7 and totalling 1,375 pounds.
MILEPOSTS—APPROVED: For competition in next year's Canadian-American Challenge Cup series, Jim Hall's controversial Chaparral 2J "vacuum cleaner" car.