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Ron Reid
September 26, 1977
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September 26, 1977

The Week

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The home field advantage took effect a bit late in Lubbock, where New Mexico led eighth-ranked Texas Tech 14-7 with little more than five minutes left in the first half. From that point on, however, the Red Raiders held the Lobos to five first downs and 95 yards total offense en route to a 49-14 victory. Tech made up for its slow start with a third-quarter explosion in which it scored three touchdowns in eight minutes and 46 seconds. Quarterback Rodney Allison iced the game with a 49-yard touchdown bomb to Wide Receiver Sammy Williams.

Things were equally hot in Waco, where the temperature on the field reached 108�, and the resident Baylor Bears scored a 21-6 triumph over a Kentucky fried football team. Coach Fran Curci, however, refused to blame the heat for his team's loss. "It was that swarming Baylor defense that did it," he said. Three Wildcat turnovers accounted for the three Baylor touchdowns.

In a contest apparently scheduled by the Marquis de Sade, Texas outclassed Virginia 68-0. Earl Campbell scored two touchdowns and slashed for 156 yards in 19 carries, while playing little more than a quarter, to become the second leading rusher in Longhorn history with 2,942 yards.

At Little Rock, Lou Holtz experienced the sort of postgame jubilation he rarely knew last season when he coached the New York Jets, as his Arkansas Razorbacks cut up Oklahoma State 28-6. The game matched Heisman candidates Terry Miller, who gained 132 yards on 24 carries for Oklahoma State, and Arkansas' Ben Cowins, who rushed for 203 on 21 carries. Cowins also scored two touchdowns, one of them on a 72-yard run.

Florida ripped Rice 48-3 and Oregon beat TCU 29-24.

1. TEXAS TECH (2-0)
2. TEXAS A&M (2-0)
3. TEXAS (2-0)


At Lincoln, where Nebraska had been knocked out of the rankings a week earlier, Star Wars fell on Alabama. The Cornhuskers saw the film on Friday night and were inspired by it on Saturday afternoon, when The Force seemed to be with Nebraska in a 31-24 victory over the Crimson Tide.

Junking its conservative offense, Nebraska pulled off a fake field goal for one touchdown, a slot reverse for another and further enlivened the contest with a play in which the ball went from Quarterback Tom Sorley to I-Back Rick Berns to Wide Receiver Tim Smith back to Sorley, who then threw an 11-yard pass to Tight End Ken Spaeth. The last time anyone scored more than 30 points against Alabama was in the 1972 Orange Bowl game. The opponent was Nebraska. The score was 38-6.

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