Georgia Tech bumped off Georgia 16-7. Eddie Lee Ivery of the Yellow Jackets tore through the Bulldogs' Junkyard Dog defense for a total of 112 yards and scored on a 13-yard run.
Grambling smothered Southern University 55-20 in a Southwestern AC battle. Quarterback Doug Williams of the Tigers completed 19 of 30 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns, giving him a four-year total of 91. During the season, Williams made good on 159 of 312 passes for 2,960 yards and 34 touchdowns. Jackson State, which finished in second place in the conference, downed Alcorn State 23-16.
Southland Conference champion Louisiana Tech, which will meet Louisville in the Independence Bowl, registered a convincing 20-0 victory over independent Northeastern Louisiana.
1. ALABAMA (10-1)
2. KENTUCKY (10-1)
3. NO. CAROLINA (8-2-1)
The officials of West Texas State gave serious thought last winter to disbanding the school's football program. Instead, they decided to continue playing and hired Bill Yung from the Baylor staff as the new head coach. This fall, after the Buffaloes dropped their first four games, a good many people on campus began to wonder if the wrong decision had been made.
"After those losses, we didn't have time to think negatively," Yung said last week. In the next six games the defense clamped down, the offense opened up and the Buffaloes notched five wins and a tie. And, when they played at home against Southern Illinois University, West Texas State had a shot at clinching the Missouri Valley Conference championship.
The school band did not return from Thanksgiving recess for the contest and there were fewer than 7,000 spectators on hand, but the Buffaloes didn't need any stirring background music or large cheering sections. On the first play from scrimmage, Fullback Bo Robinson rumbled 80 yards for a touchdown. Robinson also scored on a two-yard run, gained 181 yards overall and wrapped up the season with 1,399 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.
Further helping West Texas to win 28-9 and finish half a game ahead of Wichita State were Carl Birdsong and Bill Delaney. Birdsong, a freshman, got off an 83-yard punt—63 yards in the air—to bottle up the Salukis. Delaney, a quarterback who transferred from UCLA, carried only 11 times, but gained 107 yards and ensured the victory with a 55-yard scoring run.
For the eighth time this season, Miami of Ohio (10-1) came from behind to win, toppling Cincinnati 12-7. The Redskins entered the fourth quarter trailing 7-3, but Quarterback Larry Fortner completed a 10-yard pass to Paul Warth to take the lead, and then Tom Kraus booted a 43-yard field goal. Fortner finished with 17 completions in 31 attempts for 196 yards.