Year in and year out, there is no team harder to figure than Georgia. The Bulldogs maintained their baffling form by losing to some other Bulldogs, Mississippi State, 38-14. The running and passing of State Quarterback Rockey Felker accounted for 166 yards and two touchdowns.
Mississippi, meanwhile, wasn't doing so well. The Rebels were upset by Memphis State, 15-7, for the second year in a row. James Thompson's alert play keyed the victory. He recovered a fumbled punt on the Ole Miss 37 and four plays later caught a 25-yard pass that lifted the Tigers into the lead.
Johnny Majors brought Pittsburgh into its game with Georgia Tech troubled by the Panthers' sluggishness in practice and the narrowness of their opening-game win over weak Florida State. After Pitt triumphed, 27-17, Majors said, "I've never been happier to win a football game."
He got a two-touchdown, 168-yard performance from Tony Dorsett, who had been slowed the week before by a pulled groin.
Pepper Rodgers said his Yellow Jackets were hurt more by the Panthers' errorless play than anything. Pepper got a bit ruffled on the matter of his sidelines play-calling. "I ain't taking all the blame," he said. "I call the plays, but I can't handle the ball."
Florida State continues to have its troubles also. The Seminoles were done in this time by Colorado State, which got 158 yards and one touchdown from Ron Harris in a 14-7 victory.
Following South Carolina's 20-14 loss to Duke, Paul Dietzel announced he would retire at the end of the season. The Gamecocks, in this year of "Total Excitement," are 0-2. Their fans have fed on similar false hopes throughout Dietzel's nine-year tenure. Dietzel says he made the decision to step out during the summer but will stay on as athletic director.
The Duke victory featured a sensational performance by Larry Martinez, who gained 199 yards in 36 carries and scored all three Blue Devil touchdowns.
North Carolina and North Carolina State posted easy wins in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tar Heels jumped on Wake Forest 31-0 and the Wolfpack came from behind to stomp Clemson 31-10. State trailed 10-9 at the half, but zoomed into control as Fullback Stan Fritts scored three touchdowns. Scott Gardner threw four scoring passes, three to Split End Ken Shelton, as Virginia came from behind to beat William & Mary 38-28.
1. Alabama (2-0)
2. Florida (2-0)
3. N.C. State (3-0)