Fran Curd's debut as coach at Kentucky almost turned out to be a bummer. Lexington was mired down in a historic traffic jam as 48,000 fans—the most ever to attend a game in the state—inched along unfinished roads toward brand-new Commonwealth Stadium. Worst of all, the bus was almost late in getting the Wildcats to the field. Once there, however, they sped to a 31-6 halftime lead over Virginia Tech. But from then on the Gobblers took command as Rick Popp zeroed in with his passes. He finished with nine completions, two for TDs, but it was not quite enough as the Wildcats hung on 31-26.
Pittsburgh's new go-get-'em coach, Johnny Majors, got 'em with an impressive 7-7 tie against Georgia's Bulldogs, who were booed lustily at the conclusion. The Panthers missed a chance to win when freshman Carson Long, who kicked goals of 51 and 54 yards as a high-schooler in Ashland, Pa., failed on a 34-yarder. Since arriving at Pitt, Majors has received permission to red-shirt, has put on a strong recruiting drive, obtained a new locker room with wall-to-wall carpeting, saunas and has installed a reception room for families of boys he recruits. Said Majors, "When they got me they weren't getting a virgin."
VMI was floored 37-8 by Navy, which stole six passes and got 172 yards rushing from Cleveland Cooper. A 69-yard punt return for a touchdown by Danny Buggs with eight seconds left gave West Virginia a 20-13 win over host Maryland. But a third visiting team, Kansas State, was stopped 21-10 by Florida as David Bowden passed for three touchdowns.
With North Carolina State behind 7-3, Dave Buckey took over at quarterback and promptly completed a 34-yard pass to get the Wolfpack going on a 43-23 romp over Virginia. North Carolina fought its way to a 34-27 comeback victory over William & Mary and Chuck Ramsey kicked three field goals as Wake Forest got past Florida State 9-7.