Instead of soaring to lofty new heights with an I formation loaded with flashy backs, Texas A&M has plummeted to old depths. A jarring 17-7 Southwest Conference loss to Baylor left the Aggies 0-2 for the first time since 1969. Conversely, the Bears, powered by Walter Abercrombie's 137 yards rushing, are 2-0 for the first time since 1965. The Aggie attack produced only three first downs in the opening half and then committed four turnovers after the intermission.
"I've never seen a team make so many yards and so few points," said Arkansas Coach Lou Holtz after his Hogs swamped Colorado State 36-3. The Razorbacks won handily despite the Rams' 363 yards in total offense, 196 of them in 20 carries by Larry Jones.
Substitute quarterbacks rescued Houston and Southern Methodist. When Delrick Brown of the Cougars reinjured his right shoulder in the third period against Florida the score was 7-7. Terry Elston took Brown's place and spurred the Cougars to a 14-10 win, directing a 65-yard drive that he finished off with a six-yard TD run. After SMU's Mike Ford suffered torn knee ligaments in the second period, Jim Bob Taylor came in, promptly fired a 15-yard touchdown pass and guided the Mustangs past TCU 27-7.
1. TEXAS (0-0)
2. HOUSTON (2-0)
3. ARKANSAS (1-0)
In what may go down as one of the most stunning upsets ever in the South, highly touted Georgia lost at home to Wake Forest, which a couple of weeks back was proclaimed the second-worst team in the nation by none other than Penthouse magazine. The Deacons, winners only 26 times in the last 10 seasons, brought their record to 2-0 as they twice came from behind and won 22-21. More than that, they tore apart the Bulldogs' once-proud defense, gaining 287 yards on the ground—189 of them by James McDougald—and 283 through the air. Wake pulled the game out when Jay Venuto teamed up with McDougald on a nine-yard scoring pass early in the fourth quarter. With the victory secured, Deacon Coach John Mackovic sounded off against Georgia sportswriters, who he felt had degraded his players. "I've never read more disgusting stuff in my life than I've read the two days we've been here," Mackovic said. " 'Mackovic's Meatballs.' That's a bunch of garbage."
Maryland ended the nation's longest major-college victory streak at 11 by shocking Clemson 19-0 in an ACC confrontation. When Dale Castro wasn't busy establishing a Terp record with four field goals, teammate Charlie Wysocki was pounding out 178 yards.
For the second week in a row, North Carolina State had to scramble to come out ahead, this time against ACC opponent Virginia. The Wolfpack built a 31-7 halftime lead as Quarterback Scott Smith scored on three plunges and tossed a 69-yard touchdown pass, all in the second period. But with Tom Vigorito rushing for 192 yards and two TDs, the Cavaliers stormed back and narrowly lost 31-27.
"I've never seen one man handle an offense like he can," said Arizona State Coach Frank Kush of Florida State Nose Guard Ron Simmons, who was instrumental in the Seminoles' rousing 31-3 win. "We had to double-team him, and he still gave us fits."