Toledo had Quarterback Gene Swick, No. 1 in the land in total offense with 273.5 yards a game. But Western Michigan had Paul Jorgensen and just enough defense for a 24-22 Mid-American Conference win. Swick's passes were good for 306 yards and two touchdowns as he connected on 24 of 38 tries. But the Bronco defense clogged up the Rocket running attack and nailed Swick for minus 11 yards in 17 carries. Jorgensen, meanwhile, ran for 89 yards and hit his receivers on 10 of 16 passes for 170 yards.
Kent State and Miami of Ohio moved toward their Nov. 10 MAC showdown by coming up winners. The Golden Flashes stopped Bowling Green 21-7 as Defensive Tackle Tommie Poole intercepted a pass to set up the final touchdown moments after his brother Larry had blown a potential score by fumbling into the end zone for a touchback. And Miami, which had upset Purdue and South Carolina, had to labor to get past Ohio U. 10-6. Missing from the Redskin lineup were injured Bob Hitchens, the team's leading runner, and Middle Guard Brad Cousino, the MAC defensive player of the week twice in a row, who was benched for disciplinary reasons. Sophomore Randy Walker, taking over for Hitchens, ran for 160 yards, and the defense held the Bobcats to 67 yards on the ground.
1. ALABAMA (5-0)
2. LSU (5-0)
3. TENNESSEE (5-0)
Nothing turns on Tennessee Quarterback Condredge Holloway like imminent disaster. When he was trapped behind the line by Georgia Tech he simply cavorted back and forth, up and down, for what seemed an interminable length of time before spotting a receiver and hitting him with a touchdown pass. Minutes later Holloway appeared to have been stopped by several tacklers, but each time he wriggled free and when he was done he had run 20 yards for another TD as the Volunteers held off Tech 20-14.
"We made enough mistakes to lose three games," moaned Alabama's Bear Bryant. His Crimson Tide also did enough things right to ease past Florida 35-14 in a Southeastern Conference match. In other SEC games, LSU topped Auburn 20-6 and Georgia stymied Mississippi 20-0. In the battle of Tigers, LSU prevailed because its defense gave up a mere 90 yards while its offense piled up 357. As for the Georgia Bulldogs, they did not allow Ole Miss a pass completion until the last five minutes, and they got a 51-yard field goal from Allan Leavitt.
Maryland's Steve Mike-Mayer, who earlier this season kicked a 54-yard field goal, missed from 42 yards out with 13 seconds left against North Carolina State. A high center snap precipitated the miss and enabled the Wolfpack to salvage a 24-22 Atlantic Coast Conference victory in which they had led 17-0. In another ACC game Clemson wiped out a 13-0 Virginia advantage and won 32-27. And North Carolina, despite Kentucky's Sonny Collins scooting for 128 yards, overcame the Wildcats 16-10.
Mississippi State trounced Florida State 37-12, Vanderbilt downed William & Mary 20-7 and South Carolina beat Wake Forest 28-12. And the 25th Tobacco Bowl was hazardous to the health of Southern Mississippi, which lost to Richmond 42-20.
1. USC (4-0-1)
2. ARIZONA STATE (5-0)
3. UCLA (4-1)