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Ron Reid
September 19, 1977
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September 19, 1977

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In other games, Kentucky edged North Carolina 10-7, Georgia beat Oregon 27-16, East Carolina nipped Duke 17-16, Auburn stung Arizona 21-10 and Grambling routed Alcorn State 42-17.

1. ALABAMA (1-0)
2. GEORGIA (1-0)
3. MARYLAND (1-0)


Darrell Royal is gone and Texas just isn't the same. New Coach Fred Akers has replaced the wishbone with the veer and, wonder of wonders, has his Longhorns throwing the ball.

In overwhelming Boston College 44-0, Texas scored three touchdowns on passes of the sort Royal consistently avoided during his 20 years as the Longhorns' coach. The most spectacular was an 88-yard heave from Jon Aune, a second-string sophomore quarterback who completed six of seven for 168 yards, to End Alfred Jackson. The play came with less than two minutes gone in the fourth quarter and shattered the school record of 80 yards set by Bobby Layne 31 years ago.

Earlier, starting Quarterback Mark McBath connected on a 13-yarder to Ronnie Miksch for Texas' first touchdown and a 29-yard scoring pass to Johnny (Lam) Jones.

Texas fans also got their kicks from Russ Erxleben, who led the nation in punting last season, and from the Texas defense. Erxleben tied his school record with a 57-yard field goal and booted others from 45 and 38 yards. The defense held BC, which upset Texas 14-13 last year, to a total of 104 yards.

A year ago in Lubbock, Texas Tech Quarterback Rodney Allison ran 77 yards for a touchdown the first time he carried the ball against Baylor. Last Saturday at Waco, where the temperature on the field was 112�, Allison waited until his second carry to sprint 54 yards for the score that sent the Red Raiders on their way to a 17-7 victory.

Baylor tied the score at 7-7 on an 80-yard run by Fullback Greg Hawthorne before Allison directed a 75-yard drive that he climaxed with a four-yard touchdown pass to Halfback Jimmy Williams.

Texas A&M unleashed the double punishment of its aggressive defense and 270-pound Fullback George Woodard in a 28-14 conquest of Kansas. The Aggies recovered two Jayhawk fumbles, which were followed by two of Woodard's three touchdown runs.

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