Clemson and Maryland improved their ACC records to 3-1, the Tigers overhauling North Carolina State 7-3 and the Terrapins defeating Duke 31-13. The Tigers, who had just moved into the Top 20 for the first time since 1959, held ACC total-offense leader Johnny Evans to 61 yards, 101 below his average. State's Ralph Stringer was on his way to returning a kickoff for a touchdown when he was brought down by the last Tiger in his way, Obed Ariri, the kicker. For Ariri, a soccer player from Nigeria, it was the first tackle of his football career. Stringer's 54-yard run set up a 39-yard field goal by Jay Sherrill in the third quarter. Willie Jordan of Clemson also came close to scoring on a long run, but was hauled down after returning a punt 75 yards in the fourth period. Three plays later, Steve Fuller hit Jerry Butler with a scoring pass that covered 19 yards and the Tigers pulled the game out. Maryland breezed behind Tailback Steve Atkins (116 yards rushing and three touchdowns) and Quarterback Larry Dick (12 of 15 for 249 yards).
All of Virginia's points during a 12-10 squeaker over Wake Forest were produced by Russ Henderson's field goals. Henderson, who had never attempted a field goal in a game, connected from 31, 19 and 27 yards and, with five seconds to go, on a 34-yarder.
"They kicked our posteriors off," said Tulane Coach Larry Smith after a 38-14 loss to Georgia Tech. North Texas State overcame a 19-7 fourth-period deficit to stun Memphis State 20-19. Undefeated Tennessee Tech tied Austin Peay for the Ohio Valley lead by outlasting Morehead State 24-22.
In a showdown between unbeatens, Florida A&M edged Tennessee State 31-28, despite an aerial display by Joe Adams, who completed 30 of 48 passes for 342 yards and four touchdowns. The Rattlers held State runners to minus-41 yards while piling up 293 of their own.
1. ALABAMA (6-1)
2. KENTUCKY (6-1)
3. FLORIDA (3-1-1)
Texas Halfback Earl Campbell gave SMU the shirt off his back—six of them, in fact. But that was about all the Mustangs got their hands on as he ripped off 213 yards in 32 carries. Campbell took a while to get his 220 pounds in high gear, but after being held to 54 yards in his first 13 rushes, he flattened a couple of Mustangs in the course of a 58-yard scoring jaunt.
The Longhorns' 30-14 Southwest Conference win was no cakewalk, however. SMU stayed in the game on the passing of freshman Mike Ford (21 for 46 and 253 yards) and the catching of sophomore Emanuel Tolbert (seven catches, two for touchdowns). Those two scores were the only six-pointers of the season against Texas' first-string.
Lengthy kicks were plentiful, Russell Erxleben of the Longhorns averaging 48 yards on five punts and Ken Rosenthal of the Mustangs 46 on nine. Erxleben also contributed field goals of 35, 43 and 24 yards.
Rice, a 35-point underdog, also put up a stubborn battle before losing to Texas A&M 28-14. The Owls limited 270-pound George Woodard to 69 yards in 16 carries and got 128 yards from their own Earl Cooper. But Aggie Halfback Curtis Dickey broke loose for 106 yards and Quarterback David Walker passed for 115 more. The Aggies and Longhorns are tied for the SWC lead.