Navy's 37-29 win over Princeton showcased Tailback Napoleon McCallum. Although he left the game with blurred vision just five plays into the second half, McCallum, who ranks first in the nation in rushing with a 157.7 yards-per-game average, ran for 229 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries, caught three passes for 37 yards, returned a punt for 45 and ran back a kickoff for 21.
In New Hampshire's 52-28 defeat of Lehigh, Andre Garron, a sophomore split end starting his first game at tailback, ran wild. Garron, whose father, Larry, was an All-AFL halfback with the Boston Patriots, returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown, carried 24 times for 149 yards and two more TDs and grabbed two passes for 90 yards and two more scores.
Columbia, looking for its first win, used a single-back offense for much of its game with Yale, which also was winless. Lions Coach Bob Naso didn't make the move for strategic purposes; with six tailbacks injured, he was out of runners. Fullback Mike Goldman responded with 120 yards on 30 carries, and John Witkowski completed 20 of 27 passes for 259 yards to lead Columbia to a 21-18 victory that broke a 10-game losing streak.
Carnegie-Mellon, ranked No. 2 in Division III, was inspired to its 20-0 win over Washington and Jefferson by a homecoming contingent of five members of the Hill Street Blues cast and crew, all of whom are alumni. On hand were Charles (Andy Renko) Haid, Bruce (Mick Belker) Weitz, Barbara (Fay Furillo) Bosson, Producer Steven Bochco and Story Editor Mark Frost. They rode into the stadium on a fire truck and were introduced to a crowd estimated at 5,500 by President Richard M. Cyert. Each spoke briefly to the fans. Said Haid, "I wish I could say in the words of Andy Renko what we're going to do to this other football team, but I just can't bring myself to do it."
I just came out of a steamy, hot, sweltering and excited dressing room," said Tennessee Coach Johnny Majors, whose team had twice rallied from 10 points behind to beat Alabama 41-34. "I'm as excited as heck. This had to be one of the most exciting games in college football—anywhere, anytime. Obviously, it was more exciting to me because we won it." The excitement started early. On the Vols' first play, Quarterback Alan Cockrell hit Split End Lenny Taylor with a bomb that resulted in an 80-yard touchdown. Later, with 'Bama leading 27-17 in the third quarter, Cockrell tossed a screen pass to Split End Clyde Duncan, who dashed 80 yards for a TD. After the Crimson Tide went in front 34-24, Cockrell threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Duncan, and then Fuad Reveiz tied the score with a 37-yard field goal. Finally, with three minutes to play, Tennessee had the ball on its own 34. The play, a 49 Option, was designed to go right, with Halfback Johnnie Jones receiving a pitch, but Cockrell checked off at the line of scrimmage to send the play to the left. On an earlier 49 Option, Jones had gotten confused and run the wrong way, leaving Cockrell's pitch for the 'Bama defenders. This time Jones went 66 yards for the winning TD.
Alabama had one more possession, but with the Tide facing a fourth-and-19 on its own 18-yard line with 1:42 remaining, Coach Ray Perkins elected to punt. "In that situation you have to punt," said Perkins. "The percentages just aren't good when it's fourth-and-19. You're talking about one play—either you make it or break it on that one play. If you punt, it at least gives the defense two or three plays to force a fumble."
LSU Coach Jerry Stovall also set himself up for second-guessing by the crowd at Tiger Stadium when he called for a field goal with 7:55 left against Kentucky. The Tigers still trailed by eight points after the successful kick, but, noted Stovall, "We were looking to get the ball back two or three times." That was not to be, however, as Kentucky won 21-13. It was the third straight game in which LSU's running attack had been held to fewer than 100 yards. Not coincidentally, it was also LSU's third straight loss.
Playing against Vanderbilt despite a case of tendinitis in his knees, All-America Roverback Terry Hoage of Georgia intercepted a pass on his own five-yard line in the first half and then, in the closing seconds of the game, batted away what, might have been the winning touchdown to preserve the Bulldogs' 20-13 victory. Said Georgia Coach Vince Dooley, "I told our team after the game that Terry Hoage is the best defensive player I've coached in 20 years. His play in the end zone, breaking up the pass, was unbelievable."
In the week preceding Duke's game with Clemson, Blue Devils Coach Steve Sloan made with the jokes. "Clemson has a very dominant defensive team," he said. "In William Perry they possess two of the bigger and better defensive linemen in the country. To resemble Perry, we have rented a Winnebago for our offensive line to practice against." However, in the game the Tigers did all the laughing as they went ahead 31-10 in the third quarter. But Duke Quarterback Ben Bennett rallied the Blue Devils to three touchdowns, and with 1:01 left the score was Clemson 38, Duke 31. At that point Bennett's fourth-and-goal pass from the five was deflected, leaving Duke at 0-6.