Louisiana Tech's Jean Dornier equaled a Southland Conference record by intercepting four passes during a 17-0 victory over Southwestern Louisiana.
1. ALABAMA (4-0)
2. FLORIDA ST. (5-0)
3. N. CAROLINA (4-0)
All four SWC winners placed their best feet forward, having to resort to field goals to win. Seventeen tackles, two sacks and an interception by Linebacker David Hodge were invaluable for Houston, but it took a pair of three-pointers by Kenny Hatfield in the fourth quarter to defeat Baylor 13-10. Arkansas also trailed in the fourth period before pulling out a 16-13 decision over winless Texas Christian, which gained 231 yards rushing. Linebacker Mike Massey ran back an interception 30 yards to help the Razorbacks knot the score at 13-all late in the fourth quarter. Then, with seven seconds to be played, Ish Ordonez settled matters with his third field goal of the game, a 44-yarder.
Texas A&M stumbled again. Three field goals by Bill Adams, plus two fourth-period touchdowns, enabled Texas Tech to knock off the Aggies 21-20 in Lubbock.
John Goodson, a walk-on who got a scholarship after tying a Texas record with four field goals the week before, kicked four more to help stop Rice 26-9. Texas yielded its first touchdown of the season, was penalized 129 yards and had trouble cashing in despite 423 yards total offense. A. J. (Jam) Jones ran for 148 yards and one TD, and Goodson hit from 48, 39, 25 and 28 yards out.
1. TEXAS (3-0)
2. HOUSTON (4-0)
3. ARKANSAS (4-0)
Michigan and Michigan State hardly needed added incentive for their annual matchup, but this time the Wolverines were prodded on by a comment made last winter by Spartan Coach Darryl Rogers, who labeled them "arrogant asses." Wingback Ralph Clayton caught a 66-yard scoring pass from B.J. Dickey in the Wolverines' 21-7 Big Ten victory. Said he afterward, " Michigan is the best. If that's arrogant, so be it."
Although he gained only 38 yards on 19 carries, Marion Barber was unstoppable in payoff situations, slamming into the end zone from one yard out in each of the last three periods as Minnesota upset Purdue 31-14. Mark Herrmann of the Boilermakers completed 19 of 40 passes for 235 yards, but had four of his throws intercepted.