By completing 13 of 14 passes for 210 yards and a pair of touchdowns, 6'5½", 215-pound sophomore Rich Campbell gave California a 28-10 halftime lead at Georgia Tech. The Yellowjackets fought back, but lost 34-22.
Navy swamped Virginia 32-0 as Bob Leszczynski found his receivers on nine of 13 passes for 210 yards. Split End Phil McConkey pulled in five of those tosses, four in the first period for 141 yards.
Pitt led an aroused Tulane 10-6 with one second left in the first half and the ball on the Green Wave three-yard line. Unlike Muhammad Ali the night before, the Panthers came through with a knockout punch in this Superdome contest as Larry Sims bulled into the end zone on the next play. That floored Tulane, which eventually succumbed 24-6.
Backed up on his own six-yard stripe, Memphis State's Lloyd Patterson lofted a pass to Flanker Ernest Gray, who hauled it in on his 30 and sped the rest of the way for a touchdown against Houston. That big play, plus four Cougar fumbles, paved the way for a 17-3 Tiger victory.
Clemson players did not get much of a workout while thrashing The Citadel 58-3. But the team mascot, a student in a tiger costume, worked up lots of sweat. Each time the Tigers scored, the mascot matched their point total with a like number of push-ups—287 in all during the steamy afternoon. It was a good thing he did not try to match Clemson's yards of total offense (567). With Famous Amos Lawrence missing most of the game because of a bad hip and with new Coach Dick Crum keeping much of his offense under wraps, North Carolina beat East Carolina 14-10. A 7-7 deadlock was broken when Tar Heel Quarterback Matt Kupec and Tight End Bob Loomis teamed up on a 28-yard touchdown pass. East Carolina's late effort to pull off an upset ended on the Tar Heel 19 when the Pirates fumbled the ball away for the sixth time.
Because of the 90° heat, North Carolina State Coach Bo Rein hoped for a quick start against Syracuse. He got his wish as Ted Brown picked up 111 of his 198 yards in the first half while the Wolfpack took a 10-0 advantage. As soon as Rein rested his starters, though, the Orangemen got busy. Tim Wilson of Syracuse, often relying on advice from injured regular Quarterback Bill Hurley, uncorked a 59-yard scoring bomb to Art Monk on his first varsity pass. Dave Jacobs knotted the score at 10-10 with a 40-yard field goal, after which Halfback Ray Vickers put State ahead again with a 17-yard scoring run. Jacobs put the Orangemen ahead 19-17 with three more field goals, but Nathan Ritter kicked a 37-yard field goal to make the score 20-19. Later, Vickers bolted over from six yards out to conclude a 99-yard drive that wrapped up State's 27-19 conquest.
Two last-period touchdowns enabled Maryland to overcome Louisville's 17-10 edge and pull out a 24-17 win. A fumble recovery at the Cardinal 20 set up the Terps' final surge, one Alvin Maddox climaxed by scoring from three yards out with 1:36 left.
1. ALABAMA (2-0)
2. LSU (1-0)
3. NORTH CAROLINA (1-0)
Bill Parcells, the new Air Force coach, obviously believes one can never be too cautious. Before his team played at Boston College, Parcells refused to let local telephone workers hook up his spotters' phones. Instead, he had his own coaches handle the job.