Later Solomon admitted, "Running the ball is not that much fun when you lose." But Elliott could afford to be expansive, "Fred is not just great. He's in another category."
Auburn won its third straight without allowing a touchdown from scrimmage 21-0 over Tennessee, as Ken Burks scored three times. Florida tamed Mississippi State 29-13. Bear Bryant was not happy with Alabama's 23-10 victory over Vanderbilt. "Our offense is not as good as last year's," he said, "and it isn't going to be unless we knock some people down out there."
Quarterback Matt Robinson directed the Georgia Bulldogs to a school-record 502 yards rushing and a 52-14 victory over South Carolina. Sonny Collins gained 160 yards and set up two touchdowns to lead Kentucky past Indiana 28-22. Mississippi struggled to beat Southern Mississippi 20-14.
Clemson, playing at home against Georgia Tech for the first time in their 43-game series, upset the Yellow Jackets 21-17. The Tigers won it on Mike O'Cain's fourth-down four-yard pass in the final quarter to Bennie Cunningham. Tulane also scored in the fourth quarter to edge West Virginia 17-14. "It's amazing we're unbeaten after playing so poorly," said Green Wave Quarterback Steve Foley.
Maryland entered the security of the Atlantic Coast Conference to defeat North Carolina 24-12 for its first win. Louis Carter rushed and received for 205 yards and two touchdowns. Virginia Coach Sonny Randle is winning neither friends nor games. Players have quit, the school newspaper has criticized his tough regimen, and last week Duke beat the Cavaliers 27-7. "If we can't get 11 players who will play," Randle said, "we'll forfeit. If we find 11 who will play, they'll go both ways."
In the Southern Conference, East Carolina edged visiting Southern Illinois 17-16, Furman blanked William & Mary 10-0, Richmond nipped The Citadel 27-24 and VMI blasted Davidson 43-7. Houston clobbered Virginia Tech 49-12.
1. Alabama (3-0)
2. Auburn (3-0)
3. Florida (3-0)
Washington slowed Texas A&M's running game but still suffered a 28-15 defeat when the Aggies discovered a little-used passing attack. Halfback Skip Walker scored three touchdowns, and the big play was a 61-yard screen pass from David Walker, who completed six of 11 attempts.
UCLA's first victory was a 56-14 romp past Michigan State. The game's outstanding player was Quarterback John Sciarra, who ran and passed for 237 yards and three touchdowns. "I doubt seriously there is a better all-around quarterback in the country," Coach Dick Vermeil said afterward. Sciarra got the Bruins started early by faking a pass and setting out on a 41-yard scoring jaunt on the fifth play of the game. "After that we knew we were in for a bad evening," said the Spartans' Denny Stolz.