A sign posted by a shrimp wholesaler along the North Carolina coast said it all: "Notice to boat captains. State plays Carolina Saturday. We have tickets. If you plan to work that day, please take enough ice to hold until Monday." And so the fans came to Chapel Hill for the Atlantic Coast Conference showdown. What they saw was a 33-14 Tar Heel victory in which Tackle Rod Broadway came up with a Wolfpack fumble, blocked a pass and three times lowered the boom on State quarterbacks.
Wake Forest lost to Maryland 47-0, running its string of scoreless periods to 18. During that span the Deacons have been out-scored 210-0. Coach Chuck Mills, speaking out against Wake Forest's high academic requirements, noted, "As the Japanese say, tako no tomo gui—destroying one's self as the octopus eats its own tentacles when it becomes hungry. The obvious thing wrong with college athletics is that the policies are made by people not in the trenches. Let's use the Greek. The word is Thanatos. It's an instinctive desire for death."
Clemson held off Duke three times within its 10-yard line to salvage a 17-13 win, and Virginia squeaked past Virginia Tech 28-27.
On hand to see if Kentucky could beat LSU for the first time since 1960 were 57,000 people, the largest crowd ever to see a sporting event other than the Derby in the state. They liked what they saw as John Pierce gave the Wildcats a 6-3 halftime lead with field goals of 37 and 48 yards. In pulling off a 20-13 Southeastern Conference upset the Wildcats pounced on three Tiger fumbles. Still, it remained for Sonny Collins to break a 13-all tie by carrying five times in a row and scoring on the last effort.
Robert Fraley of Alabama went into a game against Tennessee as the team's No. 3 quarterback and emerged as No. 1. Gary Rutledge and Richard Todd, the two best signal callers for the Crimson Tide, were injured earlier in the year, and when Fraley directed Alabama to all four of its touchdowns, he earned top billing. Also helping out was Willie Shelby, who bolted 13 and 19 yards for TDs as Alabama took this SEC affair 28-6.
Matt Robinson plunged one yard for a touchdown with 24 seconds left, giving Georgia a 38-31 win over Vanderbilt. The other conference teams beat outsiders, though Auburn's defense, best in the nation going into a game against Georgia Tech, was badly tarnished. Tech ran for 280 yards and gained 335 overall, but two blocked punts helped the Tigers build a 17-0 lead on the way to a 31-22 victory. Florida Quarterback Don Gaffney, who had been heavily booed in earlier games, took the Gators in for a TD on his first series of downs en route to a 24-14 win. He threw only twice, but both times was on the money. First came a 36-yarder that set up a field goal. Then, with a third-and-one play in the third quarter, he checked off at the line, called a pass to Tight End Alvis Darby and turned it into a 63-yard TD. South Carolina beat Mississippi 10-7 and freshman Dennis Johnson set a school record by rushing for 198 yards as Mississippi State nipped Memphis State 29-28 on Rocky Felker's two-point conversion.
1. Alabama (6-0)
2. Auburn (6-0)
3. Maryland (4-2)
USC Coach John McKay, who usually can find something bright to say even on the cloudiest day, was strangely silent after the Trojans' unspectacular 16-7 win over Oregon. As for Anthony Davis and Chris Limahelu, they let their feet do the talking. Davis had 160 yards on 38 carries and Limahelu, a 5'5" 130-pounder who was the MVP on his high school tennis and wrestling teams, hit three field goals.