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Harold Peterson
October 11, 1971
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October 11, 1971

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Arizona State's Sun Devils burned Texas-El Paso with 478 yards of total offense to UTEP's 70. The score was a more modest 24-7, however, because the Miners' pass defense picked up three interceptions. Part of El Paso's paltry output was attributable to two ASU sophomore defensive ends—Bob Noble, who came in to replace injured starter Ah You, and Larry Shorter. Noble recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass deep in UTEP territory.

Brigham Young had a rocky afternoon. Literally. New Mexico Quarterback Rocky Long completed nine of 12 passes for 115 yards and ran 11 times for 110 yards as the Lobos won 14-0. What graveled BYU particularly is that Rocky's father, Rod Long, was a onetime Cougar star. BYU was as cold as Provo, failing to score early with first and goal on the New Mexico three-yard line, and never containing UNM's defensive star, Linebacker Herm Fredenberg.


1. ALABAMA (4-0)
2. AUBURN (3-0)
3. GEORGIA (4-0)

Ralph Jordan said Auburn did not play with enthusiasm. Auburn Quarterback Pat Sullivan said he "piddled around all afternoon." Kentucky Coach John Ray said Auburn's defense was not nearly as strong as last year. The scoreboard said Auburn beat Kentucky 38-6. Sullivan hit 16 of 25 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns and Terry Beasley caught nine for 194 yards. "I've seen Sullivan and Beasley better," Shug Jordan said. Auburn gained 304 yards in the air. "I hate to see us fall in the category of a passing team," Jordan remarked. Auburn held Kentucky to one touchdown and no placekicks. "Our defense buckles and bends, swings and sways," Jordan said. He did admit that "somehow it keeps people out of the end zone." So much for Auburn postmortems.

Tennessee drove 99� yards for the third-quarter touchdown that beat Florida 20-13. It would have been only 99 yards, except that Volunteer Coach Bill Battle remembered a golden maxim that once fell from the lips of his old mentor, Bear Bryant. "The only time you can afford the luxury of going on the field to protest is when the ball is on your one-yard line. Then they can only penalize you half a yard," said Bryant. And here came the angry Battle, and the penalty, so replacement Quarterback Phil Pierce's leadership of Tennessee's march, culminating in a 20-yard TD pass, was 18 inches more glorious.

Georgia Tech Quarterback Eddie McAshan, the school's first black football player, fanned the fire under Coach Bud Carson by allegedly telling the newspapers, "We didn't come out attacking" after the upset by Army the week before. For the implication, the coaches asked McAshan to stay away from Tuesday's practice session until the entire situation had been checked. Convinced McAshan's statements had been misrepresented, Carson gave his quarterback another chance. McAshan reacted by completing 14 of 24 for 102 yards and running for two touchdowns in a 24-14 victory over Clemson.

Georgia flooded out Mississippi State 35-7 as sophomore Quarterback Andy Johnson ran 132 yards in 16 carries. Oregon State, Tulane and Clemson had also fallen to the Athens bunch, but people still raised questions about Georgia's muscle. State Quarterback Hal Chealander had no questions. "The bruises on my body say they aren't weak," he observed.

LSU's Tigers swallowed Rice 38-3 and North Carolina ripped North Carolina State 27-7. Florida State Quarterback Gary Huff completed 21 of 25 passes good for 374 yards and both touchdowns as the Seminoles won their fourth straight, 17-3 over VPI.

Maryland dominated Wake Forest for the first half. Then the Demon Deacons mended their ways, intercepted four Al Neville passes—two inside the 10-yard line—and converted the game into a visitors' camp meeting, with the running of Gary Johnson and Larry Hopkins doing the heavy persuading in an 18-14 win.

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