Baylor, which lost at Georgia the week before, was jolted this time at Kentucky. Although the Wildcats coughed up the ball five times, Quarterback Mike Deaton kept them rolling, completing 16 of 26 passes for 182 yards. Seven of his aerials, good for 99 yards, were pulled in by Felix Wilson, but the payoff strike was a 10-yarder to Greg Nord in the fourth quarter that sealed a 25-21 win.
"I would like to call them 'takeovers' instead of 'turnovers,' " said Georgia Coach Vince Dooley after his Bulldogs came up with four Clemson fumbles and made two interceptions. Whatever they should be called, Clemson Coach Charlie Pell was impressed as the Bulldogs stopped his high-powered offense en route to a 12-0 upset. Field goals of 28 and 38 yards by Rex Robinson and an 11-yard pass from Jeff Pyburn to Carmen Prince accounted for all the points.
Wake Forest blocked a punt, a field-goal attempt and a PAT kick but couldn't finish off Louisiana State. What made the Tigers 13-11 victors in front of a hometown crowd of 77,197 was the running of Charles Alexander and a defense that recovered five fumbles and stole a pass. Alexander lugged the ball 31 times for 123 yards and scored LSU's touchdowns on runs of 11 and 32 yards.
Other SEC winners were Auburn, which won 18-7 at Virginia Tech, and Vanderbilt, which beat Furman 17-10.
Former redshirt Tim O'Hare is in his fifth and final year at Maryland, where he is a drama major. Last week, O'Hare went onstage at North Carolina. With 28 yards to go on second down at the Tar Heel 35, O'Hare lofted a perfect cross-field pass to Gary Ellis. But Ellis was looking toward the middle of the field for the ball, which was headed toward the sideline. While O'Hare pleaded, "Gary, please turn the other way," Ellis did exactly that, turning, clutching the ball and barely making a first down. Moments later, Tailback Steve Atkins dashed six yards for the touchdown that gave the Terps a 21-20 Atlantic Coast Conference win.
O'Hare's 13-for-24 passing netted 164 yards, and Atkins added 162 more in 28 carries. Three field goals by Ed Loncar also helped topple Carolina, last season's ACC titlist. Terp defenders kept the Tar Heels from sweeping to the outside and held Amos Lawrence to 38 yards in 17 runs.
Duke staved off South Carolina 16-12 in another ACC game, and North Carolina State downed independent West Virginia 29-15.
A bad phone connection between press-box spotters and the sideline caused Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden to call consecutive time-outs at Miami. Aside from an 80-yard scoring run by Ottis Anderson on Miami's first offensive play, however, the Seminoles were in command, winning 31-21. Florida State Nose Guard Ron Simmons forced and recovered a fumble at the Miami five to set up a field goal and also blocked a punt that Mark Macek scooped up and carried 48 yards for a Seminole TD.
1. ALABAMA (2-1)
2. LSU (2-0)
3. FLORIDA STATE (3-0)