"I thought we had some class, but after the way we stumbled around I don't know," complained Alabama Coach Bear Bryant. "They whipped us all over the place." The classless, stumbling and whipped Tide nevertheless managed to down Miami 36-0 in a non-conference game. Alabama outdid the Hurricanes in first downs (23 to eight), in rushing (307 yards to 146) and in passing (165 yards to 26). "Yeah, but we didn't have any long drives," lamented Bryant. "Great teams have a couple or more in every game."
Kentucky had a long drive and continued its third-quarter domination as Derrick Ramsey directed a 77-yard march and scored on a fourth-down dive from the one for a 14-7 win at Florida. Ramsey's touchdown and two-point conversion run put the Wildcats, who had trailed 7-6, in front in the Southeastern Conference conflict. Kentucky has outscored opponents 85-7 in the third period this year.
Eight Tennessee fumbles (five lost) and 433 yards rushing by Mississippi led to a 43-14 Rebel triumph. LSU fought off Mississippi State 27-24 as Mike Conway booted a 28-yard field goal with 2:40 remaining. Auburn slugged Georgia 33-14.
In a battle of independents, Florida State crushed Memphis State 30-9, giving up just 60 yards rushing and throwing Tiger backs for losses 15 times. Twice-tied Louisiana Tech, the Southland Conference champion, remained unbeaten by stopping independent Southern Mississippi 28-10. During a 21-17 Oyster Bowl upset of East Carolina, William & Mary came up with a pearl—Tom Rozantz, who passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third, despite being tackled by 65-year-old Jim Johnson, a former East Carolina University football coach, at the two. "I hit him low," said Johnson. "I hit him a good one. It was a crazy thing. But Rozantz didn't score, I'll swear to that. My wife was really upset with me."
VMI strengthened its grip on the Southern Conference lead by holding off Furman 31-28. After the Keydets' lead had been sliced from 24-0 to 24-21, Robby Clark lofted a 55-yard pass to Johnny Garnett, who went another 29 yards with it for VMI's clinching touchdown.
1. ALABAMA (9-1)
2. KENTUCKY (9-1)
3. FLORIDA STATE (8-1)
Three quarterbacks—one a fourth-stringer, another heavily bandaged and the third flattened on a critical play—were instrumental in Southwest Conference victories. With Randy McEachern out with a strained knee, Texas had to resort to a fourth-stringer, freshman Sam Ansley, against TCU. Ansley teamed up with Johnny (Lam) Jones on scoring passes of 66 and 10 yards and added another six points with a two-yard sprint as the Longhorns romped 44-14. Texas' other Jones boy, Johnny (Ham), ran 12 times for 108 yards, including a 66-yard scoring jaunt. Earl Campbell scored twice, gained 153 yards in 21 carries and became the fifth player in NCAA history to amass 4,000 career yards rushing.
Rodney Allison, with foam padding on the left leg he broke in September, passed for two touchdowns and ran six yards for another as Texas Tech beat SMU 45-7. Billy Taylor of the Red Raiders ran for two more touchdowns and 127 yards.
With 1:41 to go and the score 20-20 at Texas A&M, Arkansas Quarterback Ron Calcagni unfurled a long pass and promptly was creamed by Aggie End Jacob Green. The decked Calcagni had no idea if Bruce Farrell had caught the pass but while lying on the ground he was hugged by teammate Ben Cowins and "knew something good had happened." That 58-yard scoring bomb put the Razorbacks in front 26-20, where they stayed, thanks to an end-zone interception by Pat Martin on the game's final play. Aggie Fullback George Woodard, who had dieted off 20 pounds in two weeks, unleashed his remaining 266 pounds for 116 yards, and Curtis Dickey added 101 more in a losing cause.