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THE WEEK
Herman Weiskopf
October 01, 1973
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October 01, 1973

The Week

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Kent State earned a 35-7 Mid-American Conference win over Ohio U. and Louisville whipped Drake 27-17 in a Missouri Valley confrontation.

Arkansas State led Wichita State 12-0 with 47 seconds left, but then the Shockers lived up to their name. First, Tom Owen passed 12 yards to Steve Baker for a score. Next, WS recovered its onside kick and Owen completed two more throws, the final one a 32-yarder to Baker for a TD with six seconds left and a ho-hum 14-12 victory.

SOUTH

1. ALABAMA (2-0)
2. TENNESSEE (2-0)
3 AUBURN (2-0)

With the help of a loudmouth quarterback, a passel of grabby defenders and some strong running, Miami left Texas with little to talk about after victimizing the Longhorns 20-15. One person who was voluble afterward was Coy Hall, a part-time signal caller for the Hurricanes, who combined with Kary Baker to complete 12 of 18 passes. Said Hall: "I expected it. Everybody said I had a big mouth. But I really believe in this team and the coaches."

It was a stunning beginning for new Miami Coach Pete Elliott, whose team was a 14�-point underdog. The Hurricanes seemed headed in the expected direction when the Longhorns took the opening kickoff, stampeded 86 yards and scored on a five-yard thrust by Roosevelt Leaks. The team looked as devastating as ever and brought to mind a comment made the day before by Coach Darrell Royal, who had said, "There's nothing new about us."

Following that first drive, though, there was plenty new about the Longhorns; they fumbled eight times and lost five of them. The most nightmarish moment of all came when Joe Aboussie swept around end on his way toward a certain 54-yard touchdown gallop only to have the ball fall from his arms on the Miami 30 even though not a hand had been laid on him. Texas gained 287 yards rushing, and Leaks pounded out 153 of them in 30 carries. But he fumbled three times. It was Miami that played ball possession, controlling the action for 37 minutes. Woody Thompson scored on three short touchdown runs, and the Hurricanes hooked the Longhorns. While Hall and his teammates had much to talk about afterward, Royal could only say, "I cut off scrimmages two weeks ago because we were getting a lot of injuries. Maybe the absence of contact for so long accounted for the fumbles."

For the first time since abruptly leaving there 20 years ago, Alabama's Bear Bryant brought a team to Kentucky. "The day before I left Kentucky I could have been elected governor," he said. "The day after, I was hanged in effigy. They'll be playing the old man, not our team."

Kentucky, a 27-point underdog, was sure playing somebody, for it held a 14-0 lead at intermission. And when Willie Shelby of the Crimson Tide fumbled the kickoff to start the second half it looked as if the Wildcats might take the whole thing. But only for a second. Shelby picked up the ball on his goal line and ran it back 100 yards for a touchdown. From there on, Alabama's superior depth wore down Kentucky and the Tide ground out a 28-14 win.

Auburn disposed of Tennessee- Chattanooga 31-0, but Florida and LSU had to scramble to come out on top. Fumbles hampered the Gators, who salvaged a 14-13 victory over Southern Mississippi. LSU, which did not have a turnover against Colorado the week before, had four in the first 11 minutes against Texas A&M. But the Tigers made good on 11 of 19 third-down plays, stopped the Aggies on 11 of 14 such attempts and won 28-23. Still, the Aggies might have pulled it out had it not been for Tiger Cornerback Mike Williams, who deflected a pass with 45 seconds to go.

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