In other non-conference games, Duke trampled Georgia Tech 31-7 and Clemson stopped Florida State 15-12, while North Carolina State lost to South Carolina 27-7 and Virginia was beaten by VMI 13-7. Tech errors and touchdown runs of 10 and 32 yards by Quarterback Mike Dunn made the Blue Devils easy winners. Clemson trailed 9-0 until Quarterback Steve Fuller came off the bench to throw a seven-yard scoring pass and to plunge one yard for the clinching touchdown. Tailback Clarence Williams ran for 105 yards as the Gamecocks downed the Wolf-pack. Third-period field goals of 25 and 29 yards by freshman Craig Jones snapped a 7-7 tie and gave VMI its win. Delbert Powell set a North Carolina record by returning a kick-off 98 yards for a touchdown in the Tar Heels' 34-14 ACC victory over Wake Forest.
In the Southern Conference, Furman upset William and Mary 23-7, Appalachian State beat The Citadel 31-13 and first-place East Carolina scored 10 points in the final period to overtake Western Carolina 24-17.
Virginia Tech improved its record to 6-2 by intercepting five passes and recovering two West Virginia fumbles en route to a 24-7 victory. In another matchup of independents, Memphis State, despite fumbling the ball away for the 26th and 27th times this year, put down Tulane 14-7. Tailback Terdell Middleton carried State to victory by rushing for 172 yards and scoring both touchdowns.
1. MARYLAND (8-0)
2. GEORGIA (7-1)
3. FLORIDA (6-1)
Villanova tricked Boston College the day before Halloween, but Pitt and Penn State treated themselves to victories. The Wildcats, led by Running Back Vince Thompson's 124 yards, ran over, around and through the Eagles for 330 yards and a 22-3 upset.
After Orange Bowl officials indicated that their No. 1 choice for New Year's Day is Pittsburgh, Syracuse's own Orangemen tried to upset those plans. But with Tony Dorsett (page 20) zipping for 241 yards and two touchdowns, the Panthers won 23-13. A Syracuse total-offense record was set by Quarterback Bill Hurley, who passed for 203 yards, ran for 102 and led the Orangemen to a 13-10 third-quarter lead.
Temple, a 26-25 loser to Penn State last year, again missed by one point. With 9:29 left, the Owls trailed 31-17. But Terry Gregory, who completed 19 of 35 passes for 290 yards, threw his third and fourth touchdown passes of the day to cut the margin to 31-30 as time ran out. On the try for a two-point conversion, Gregory was forced to hurry his throw and missed his receiver. Chuck Fusina kept Penn State's attack in high gear by hitting on 11 of 19 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns.
Colgate also narrowly avoided a loss. The undefeated Red Raiders were on the short end of a 14-7 score with less than seven minutes to play against Boston U. Then Colgate Quarterback Bob Relph combined with Bruce Malverty on a 65-yard scoring pass and ran four yards for another TD for a 21-14 win.
Rutgers had no trouble picking up its 15th straight victory 24-7 over Massachusetts, as Mark Twitty hauled in seven passes from Bert Kosup for 135 yards.