Alabama did a thorough job on Baylor. The Tide limited the Bears to 139 yards in total offense, intercepted six passes, pounced on two Baylor fumbles, got 431 yards rushing from its runners and won 45-0.
Louisiana State fumbled away the opening kickoff and soon trailed Rice 3-0. Within a minute, however, the Tigers took the lead and were on their way to their second straight 44-point triumph. Tiger Tailback Hokie Gajan ran for 118 of LSU's 595 yards gained in the 47-3 win.
Tennessee beat Utah 51-18 as Jimmy Streater passed for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth. In a highly unusual comeback of sorts, Defensive Back Jerry Beasley, who reportedly had been killed in a car crash on Friday, helped Auburn defeat Southern Mississippi 31-9 by returning an interception 38 yards for a touchdown. Actually, it was Donnie Givens, who was last season's defensive captain at Auburn, who died in that tragic accident after he had borrowed Beasley's car.
Florida State used its running game for a change while dismantling Miami 40-23. The Seminoles ran for 205 yards, intercepted four passes and led 33-6 after three periods.
1. ALABAMA (2-0)
2. N.C. STATE (3-0)
3. MARYLAND (3-0)
Only 2:10 remained on the clock, and Washington trailed 17-14 at Oregon when Husky Coach Don James put Mark Lee in the game to return a punt. Lee caught the ball, took off for the right sideline, "saw too many green shirts" and headed the other way. On the sidelines James shouted "a few choice words" at Lee for changing directions, but Lee kept going. When he crossed the goal line, James was still shouting—now for joy. Lee's run culminated a rousing comeback in which the Huskies, down 17-0 with only seconds to go in the third period, scored three times in 13:48 to win 21-17 in the week's only Pac 10 game. The Ducks had built their lead on the running of Tailback Reggie Young, who had 100 yards on six carries, and Quarterback Reggie Ogburn, who was shelved with a knee injury in the second period. Washington's Joe Steele scored on two short runs, the second TD coming after a 27-yard punt by the Ducks. Oregon was assessed a rare 15-yard obstruction penalty when that kick ingloriously landed smack atop the helmet of one of the Ducks.
Also rallying was undefeated California, which beat San Jose State 13-10 when Rich Campbell hit on five passes during a 52-yard scoring drive. Three of Campbell's throws, including a 10-yarder for a touchdown with 47 seconds to play, went to Matt Bouza.
After being trampled 48-14 at Southern Cal, Minnesota Coach Joe Salem said that Bo Schembechler, his Michigan counterpart, "told me USC's the greatest college team he has ever seen. I believe it." The halftime numbers were enough to make a believer of Salem: USC 35-0 on the scoreboard; USC 335 to 86 in total yardage. Trojan Tailback Charles White carried only 10 times, but had touchdown runs of 68 and 10 yards among his 153 yards rushing. Gopher runners didn't fare as well; they had a net of 38 yards in 37 carries.
1. USC (3-0)
2. WASHINGTON (3-0)
3. UCLA (2-1)