Clemson won its first game, Willie Jordan's 34-yard field goal with five seconds remaining edging Wake Forest 16-14. Outside the conference, North Carolina lost its shutout—and the game—when Notre Dame scored three times in the fourth quarter to win 21-14. The last TD came with 1:03 left, after a Tar Heel defensive error let Ted Burgmeier turn a short down-and-out pattern into an 80-yard scoring play. "I hollered at him when he went by," said Carolina Coach Bill Dooley, "but it didn't bother him."
Notre Dame Coach Dan Devine called it "my best win ever. I don't mean to slight the fine players I had at Arizona State, Missouri or Green Bay, but these kids could hardly stand up late in the game."
David Sims and Drew Hill led an army of Georgia Tech running backs that rushed for a school-record 558 yards in a 38-10 romp over Virginia Military. Sims scored three touchdowns on runs of 51, two and one yards and Hill tallied from the 36-and nine-yard lines. South Carolina blasted Virginia 41-14 as Quarterback Jeff Grantz also raced to three TDs. following a 23-10 loss to Colorado, overscheduled Miami was no longer the best 0-3 team in the country. They are now the best 0-4 team in the country.
Lenoir Rhyne, an NAIA member, surpassed the NCAA record for rushing yardage and total offense in a 69-14 swamping of Davidson. With Scott Crawford running for 247 yards and four touchdowns, the Bears amassed 837 yards on the ground and 914 yards overall.
1. Alabama (4-1)
2. Florida (4-1)
3. Tennessee (3-1)
Few things are as hard to come by this year as a touchdown against Arizona. The Wildcats, who have allowed only two field goals all season, posted their third shutout of the season with a 36-0 triumph over Texas-El Paso. Western Athletic Conference rival Arizona State also remained unbeaten, dumping New Mexico 16-10. Bruce Hill was Arizona's offensive star, passing and running for three touchdowns while Arizona State's Freddie Williams led the Sun Devils, rushing for 201 yards and a TD in 37 carries.
Brigham Young celebrated its 100th anniversary with a 28-14 nonconference win over Air Force. Independent Utah Stale scored three times in the final period to overtake West Texas State 21-17.
Ricky Bell rolled to his third 200-yard game of the season as Southern California socked Washington State 28-10. The 215-pound back gained 217 yards on 38 carries and had a 40-yard scoring jaunt called back. "I don't care how many times he carries the ball," Coach John McKay said afterward. "If he's tired he'll tell me." A 64-yard punt return by Danny Reece produced another touchdown. Alas, the victory was costly: Linebacker Mario Celotto and Defensive Backs Ricky Odom and Ted Roberson were all sidelined with injuries.
Even though USC extended its unbeaten streak to 16 games (and its Pacific Eight unbeaten skein to 27), Stanford Assistant Coach Gunther Cunningham was talking up UCLA's Rose Bowl chances following the Cardinals' 31-21 loss to the Bruins. "If John Sciarra stays healthy, UCLA is a Rose Bowl team," Cunningham said after the quarterback rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns. The Bruins' Wendell Tyler was even more productive, gaining 180 yards.