Frustrated as much by a driving rain and a muddy field as by Villanova's defense, Maryland sloshed to a pair of third-quarter touchdowns to salvage a 20-9 victory. At halftime Villanova, scoring on a safety and a short plunge after a pass interception, had led 9-6. At that point Maryland Coach Jerry Claiborne ordered his troops to concentrate their attack on the center strip of Bermuda grass where footing was more solid. And so, with 7:39 left in the third quarter, Fullback Tim Wilson bulled 13 yards to put Maryland ahead. Quarterback Mark Manges backed it up with a 48-yard scoring strike to Split Receiver Chuck White.
Duke figured it had a good chance—if it could contain Pitt's Tony Dorsett. And contain Dorsett Duke did, for a while anyway. But, meanwhile, Pitt Quarterback Matt Cavanaugh was throwing a school-record five scoring passes and leading the second-ranked Panthers to a 44-31 victory. Held to 45 yards in the first half, Dorsett finally got rolling. He finished with 129 yards and one touchdown and is now just 518 yards behind Archie Griffin's collegiate career rushing record.
Georgia Tech came up with a new offense (the veer in place of the wishbone) and a new quarterback (5'8�" freshman Gary Lanier) and dumped hapless Virginia 35-14. Halfback David Sims gained 96 yards and scored twice to become Tech's alltime leading rusher (1,778). Taking advantage of six personal fouls, Tennessee flagged Clemson 21-19, while previously winless Tulane turned a punt return and a pass interception into touchdowns to upset Vanderbilt 24-13. Mississippi State routed Cal Poly-Pomona 38-0; Louisville, with Calvin Prince adding three touchdowns to his nation-leading total, defeated Wichita State 28-14; and Florida State finally won, downing Kansas State 20-10.
1. GEORGIA (4-0)
2. MARYLAND (4-0)
3. AUBURN (2-2)
Baylor Coach Grant Teaff has often told his troops that to win football games you have to win the fourth quarter. Taking him at his word, the Bears spent the first three quarters watching South Carolina build a 17-0 lead, then came roaring back with a pair of touchdowns, a two-point conversion and a field goal to win 18-17. "Spotting them 17 points," said Teaff, "well, that's carrying it a little far."
For most of the game South Carolina 'played nearly flawless football. "But in the fourth quarter Baylor was perfect," said South Carolina Coach Jim Carlen. Baylor's first score came on a 15-yard pass. Quarterback Mark Jackson to Split End Tommy Davidson. Jackson then ran it in for a two-point conversion. At last in high gear, Jackson ripped off one 19-yard run, then flipped a 27-yard pass to Greg Hawthorne—at which point ' Jackson's mother fainted in the stands—to set up a 25-yard field goal by Lester Belrose. On the bench South Carolina Tackle Mike Fralic turned to a teammate and asked, "What has happened to our momentum?"
But "our momentum" had become Baylor's. Behind the running of Jackson and Tailback Gary Blair and aided by a pass interference call that picked up 12 yards, Baylor moved to the three. From there, with 1:16 regaining, Blair punched it in. Belrose kicked the decisive extra point.
"That Jackson was the difference," Carlen said. "He got hot in the third quarter and burned us in the fourth." South Carolina scored twice in the first half, first on a four-yard run by Tailback Kevin Long at the end of an 80-yard drive. The second came after a Baylor fumble at the 13.
"I've never had a halfback with that kind of speed," said Darrell Royal of Texas. "We've had some quick guys, but Johnny Lam's a racehorse. He's not only got speed; he's got good running ability."