Temple handed small college power Delaware its second consecutive loss 31-8 and ran its record to 6-1. Connecticut remained unbeaten in the Yankee Conference by beating top challenger Massachusetts 28-6. A 21-point second quarter in which Eric Torkelson scored twice broke the game open. Lafayette's Tony Giglio proved too much for Maine as the Leopards triumphed 23-13. Giglio scored two touchdowns and rushed for 123 yards.
1. ALABAMA (7-0)
2. LSU (7-0)
3. TENNESSEE (6-1)
Houston, ranked 12th in the nation, had not been blanked in seven years of triple option veering and was averaging a Cougarish 31 points and 448 yards per game before it met Auburn. Nevertheless, before a homecoming crowd of 58,426 the Tigers shut out Houston for the first time in 90 games and ended the Cougars' 10-game winning streak 7-0. The only score came on a seven-yard run midway in the first period by freshman Quarterback Chris Vacarella. Houston managed 310 yards on offense but never came closer to the Tiger goal line than the 12.
Tulane was without the services of its leading rusher, Tailback Doug Bynum, but even so the Green Wave managed to beat Georgia Tech 23-14, after which the team gave Bynum the game ball. "I had no idea how his absence would affect us mentally," said Coach Bennie Ellender after the Green Wave's sixth straight win, "but I couldn't have been happier over our tailback play. We played as inspired a game as we have all season." Subbing for Bynum, Eddie Price and Ricky Hebert combined for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
Alabama, battling for the national championship, scored on 10 of its first 13 possessions to overwhelm Virginia Tech 77-6 in its biggest outburst in 22 years. The Tide's 743 rushing yards and 828 offensive yards broke NCAA records. Four Alabama backs gained more than 100 yards, topped by substitute James Taylor's 142 in five carries. "I'm embarrassed," said Coach Paul Bryant, "I certainly didn't want any score like that." Paul Dietzel hosted his old LSU team in Columbia, and South Carolina almost pulled a major upset before falling 33-29. "I have never seen greater effort in my life," Dietzel said. "I've never been prouder." LSU drove 63 yards in the final four minutes for the winning touchdown, which came on a two-yard roll-out by Quarterback Mike Miley. "This is the toughest 7-0 record I've ever seen," Coach Charlie McClendon said. "We have to struggle every time out." Tennessee also won outside the Southeastern Conference by slugging Texas Christian 39-7 as Quarterback Condredge Holloway passed for three touchdowns.
League games saw Mississippi top Vanderbilt 24-14 and Kentucky upset Georgia 12-7. The Bulldogs' loss heaped still more criticism on Coach Vince Dooley, whose 3-3-1 team is in danger of winding up with its first losing record in 10 years. "I think Georgia knows it was lucky to get out as easily as it did," said Kentucky Quarterback Mike Fanuzzi.
North Carolina State all but clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference title by jolting Clemson's hopes 29-6. Maryland, which has already lost to the Wolfpack, stayed in contention with a 20-point fourth quarter that toppled Duke 30-10. Wake Forest blew a 10-0 lead in a 21-10 loss to Virginia, and North Carolina upended Southern leader East Carolina 28-27. A six-yard scoring pass from Billy Paschall to Dick Oliver with less than a minute to play pulled the game out for the Tar Heels.
Nationally ranked Richmond suffered its first defeat after six wins, losing to Northeast Louisiana 14-8.