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Harold Peterson
November 04, 1974
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November 04, 1974

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Georgia Tech added a backbone to its Wishbone and upset previously undefeated Tulane, 27-7. Tech talkers had not touched much on defense before this game, for the ample reason that there wasn't any, but the Yellow Jackets limited their victims to 88 yards rushing in this one.

Florida scored all of its live touchdowns before Duke got near the scoreboard, and the sun shone bright all day on a palmy homecoming crowd of 56,251 as the Gators won 30-13. Don Gaffney operated the Wishbone superbly, connecting on touchdown passes to Alvis Darby and Lee McGriff.

"It was one of those games where whoever got the ball last won," apologized Kentucky Coach Fran Curci after Georgia beat his club 24-20. Three times Kentucky coughed up the ball in its own territory, and three times Georgia scored. First Quarterback Mike Fanuzzi fumbled on his 26, and then superkicker John Tatterson let two punts slide off the side of his foot, setting up 41-and 32-yard Georgia touchdowns.

Mississippi State demolished Louisville 56-7, and Vanderbilt beat Ole Miss for the first time in 23 years, 24-14, as Fullback Jaime O'Rourke scored two touchdowns and Defensive Back Jay Chesley ran an interception back 66 yards for a third.

Memphis State beat North Texas 41-0, and Tennessee edged Clemson 29-28 in a brawl that saw two touchdowns scored in the last two minutes. South Carolina scored its second straight upset, dumping North Carolina 31-23. And then there was Wake Forest, which lost 14-0 to Virginia, extending its Streak of scoreless quarters to 22.

1. Alabama (7-0)
2. Auburn (7-0)
3. Maryland (5-2)


Brigham Young's third straight victory shattered favored Arizona 37-13. Since Arizona State hounded toothless New Mexico 41-7, the Western Athletic Conference race was snug as a pair of shrunk longjohns. Arizona State is 3-0, BYU 3-0-1 and Arizona 3-1. BYU received star performances from Quarterback Gary Sheide and Flanker John Betham. Sheide completed 20 of 35 passes for 267 yards and five touchdowns—three to Betham and two more to Tailback Jeff Blanc. The Cougars forced seven turnovers: two fumbles and five interceptions, on three of which they scored. "I think Arizona came into the game thinking we didn't have a running attack," Sheide said. "We showed them one and that's what opened up our passing game." ASU Coach Frank Kush, meanwhile, used three quarterbacks in the Sun Devil romp. None dazzled, but it's hard to argue with 41 points.

In other action, Wyoming stomped on Utah 31-13 and Texas El Paso beat Texas Arlington 28-14. Independent Utah State beat West Texas State 21-16.

"Pat is a victim of our success," says USC Coach John McKay. The freeway alumni have been wondering why Pat Hayden, who completed 56% of his passes for 1,823 yards last year, has completed only 20 of 58 for 216 yards this season. "If they want stats I can give them stats," McKay notes. "But we might not win." Well, USC won 31-10 against Oregon State, yet Hayden passed—50% complete for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Anthony Davis scored twice to set a new Pacific Eight record for TDs.

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