There were Washingtons at work all over the South. A shoestring tackle that Tulane Cornerback Wyatt Washington made on Boston College's Mike Esposito late in the fourth quarter helped preserve a 21-16 win. Steve Foley had put the Green Wave in front 21-7 with a scoring pass plus touchdown runs of 35 and 51 yards. Duke defeated visiting Washington University 23-21, thanks to an 11-yard TD pass from Mark Johnson to Randy Cobb with 1:37 left. And freshman Gene Washington ran back a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown as Georgia won a non-conference battle from Clemson 31-14. Sophomores Ralph Page (he scored once and completed six of seven passes) and Glynn Harrison (he ran for 84 yards and also had a touchdown) also helped the Bulldogs. All three of the youngsters had spent most of their time on the bench a week earlier when Georgia was tied by Pitt.
"We haven't been handled like this in years," said North Carolina Coach Bill Dooley after his string of 15 ACC wins was snapped by Maryland 23-3. The Terps' Al Neville passed for two TDs and set up a third score on a 34-yard completion to Frank Russell.
Felix Glasco, a defensive back for Wake Forest, set up one touchdown with a blocked punt and scored another after scooping up a William & Mary fumble. His feats gave the Demon Deacons a 14-0 lead, but the Indians rallied for a 15-14 victory that was climaxed by Terry Regan's 17-yard field goal. David Jaynes of Kansas was on target with 15 of 28 passes, while the defense stole five passes and three fumbles. The result was a 28-0 win over Florida State, the first time the Seminoles had been blanked in 81 games. Errors also plagued VMI, which lost seven fumbles, had two punts blocked and had a pass intercepted in a 35-0 Southern Conference setback by Richmond.
There were some new rebels in the South. One disgruntled fan placed a full-page newspaper advertisement demanding a change in the coaching staff at Mississippi because of "miserable performances" in the team's first outing this year. Further fuel surely was added to the campaign when Ole Miss was dumped by Memphis State 17-13. It was only the second time in the 27-game series dating back to 1921 that the Tigers had won, and they did it by rallying from a 13-0 deficit.
1. PENN STATE (2-0)
2. WEST VIRGINIA (2-0)
3. DELAWARE (3-0)
"It's as good, or going to be as good, as any Penn State team they've had," said Navy Coach George Welsh after his Midshipmen had lost 39-0. Welsh, an assistant coach at State for a decade, watched glumly as his team managed only five first downs and was outgained 477 yards to 154. Keeping the Nittany Lions on the move were John Cappelletti, who ran for 104 yards, and Tom Shuman, who hit his receivers nine of 12 times for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Chris Bahr, an All-America soccer player, chipped in with a 22-yard field goal and four extra points, then flew back to Penn State to compete that night against a British squad from Birmingham University and had two assists in a 2-2 tie.
Condredge (Thisaway-Thataway) Holloway of Tennessee gave Army the shirts off his back but other than that left would-be tacklers empty-handed as he guided the Volunteers to a 37-18 victory. Holloway, who had two tearaway jerseys torn away, ran for 74 yards and passed for 169 more. Once, when he appeared to be trapped for a 14-yard loss on his own 10, he got off a pass to the 33. Another time he seemed to evaporate between the fingers of West Point tacklers and ran for 48 yards.
Pittsburgh found itself in the heady position of being the favorite against Baylor, but the Bears took the opening kickoff, used almost nine minutes to clomp 90 yards for a touchdown and deflated the Panthers 20-14. Tailback Gary Lacy, who carried the ball 17 times during that first drive, amassed 167 yards in 39 carries.
Game-breakers Dwayne Woods and Danny Buggs were at it again as West Virginia knocked off Virginia Tech 24-10. The Mountaineers scored three touchdowns in the second period, one on a 38-yard sprint by Woods, and another on a 59-yard pass from Ade Dillon to Buggs. Morgan State quickly learned there would be no rambling with Grambling during the third annual Whitney M. Young contest at Yankee Stadium. Shutting off the Bear offense were Safety William Bryant, who stole three passes, and the Tiger front four, which averaged 257 pounds. It added up to a 31-14 win for Grambling.