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Orange fans celebrated into the night in Marshall Street watering holes, some in the home of coach Dick MacPherson. "I don't care if the whole town is here," said his wife, Sandra. "I just opened my doors." Always a man of perspective, MacPherson deflected talk that he should be Coach of the Week. "I'd be embarrassed," he said. "I'm the same guy doing the same job I did a week ago when we lost to Rutgers."
Texas dominated Penn State 28-3 before a crowd of 76,883 in Giants Stadium across the Hudson from New York City. One Longhorn twist on offense was an unbalanced line, formerly used only on the goal line, in which three tackles are to the right of center. It worked beautifully halfway through the first quarter, when the Longhorns' man for all positions, Terry Orr—a fullback, tailback, tight end and coach on the field—set up behind the overloaded right side and went 51 yards for the game's first score. "Basically, on that play what you do is run," said Orr. "No cuts, just run." The Nittany Lions lost three of four fumbles, and quarterback Doug Strang endured a horrendous passing day, completing just nine of 26. Said coach Joe Paterno, "I'm not doing a real good job of coaching."
After Vanderbilt had defeated Alabama 30—21, one of the songs that blared from a portable cassette player in the Commodores' locker room was the Prince hit Let's Go Crazy, which made some sense. Vanderbilt had never won in Tuscaloosa and hadn't beaten the Tide anywhere since 1969. Even crazier are Bama's 1-3 record, its worst start since 1957, and Vandy's 4-0 start, its best since 1950. "I think, we can play with anybody," said Commodore quarterback Kurt Page, who completed 19 of 32 passes for 218 yards and two TDs. "We've got a diversified offense and one of the best lines in the country. And after what our defense did today [it held the Tide to 269 yards] we may have what it takes to go a long way this year."
It was 10-10 late in the third quarter of the Georgia-South Carolina game in Columbia when Gamecock quarterback Allen Mitchell went out with an injured elbow. His replacement, Mike Hold, a junior who had played only four downs since transferring from Mesa (Ariz.) Community College, quick-kicked 66 yards to the Georgia 30. Nine minutes later, Hold threw a bomb to Ira Hillary that covered 62 yards to the Bulldog six. "The adrenaline was pumping so much I was afraid of overthrowing Ira," said Hold. "He just blew by their corner and ran a perfect route." Two plays later Hold sneaked one yard for the touchdown that made the final score 17-10. His stats: three passes, three completions, for 101 yards.
Bill Malinchak lives! In Florida State's 44-27 victory over Temple, sub defensive back Joe Wessel blocked a punt to set up one TD and then a field-goal attempt, after which teammate Eric Riley picked up the ball and ran 34 yards for a TD. On the season, Wessel, the slowest member of the FSU secondary, has blocked three punts and one field-goal attempt. "Amazing," said coach Bobby Bowden. "He's not supposed to do it, and I don't know how he's doing it."
In the first half of Galen Hall's debut as coach of Florida, the Gators fumbled before anyone hit them, lined up in wrong formations and wasted time-outs. In the second half the-defense held Mississippi State to 70 yards as the offense scored 20 unanswered points, and Florida won 27-12. But the stigma of the NCAA investigation that precipitated Charley Pell's dismissal is still evident. "We're not the Florida Gators anymore," said safety Roger Sibbald. "It's like we're the Gainesville Raiders. We have our fan support and that's it. Everybody else seems to hate us."
Arizona State can thank tailback Darryl Clack for its 28-10 defeat of Stanford. Clack was hampered in the first three games by a hip pointer and severe bruises on both shoulders, but on Saturday the Sun Devils did the hurting as Clack had a run of 84 yards for one touchdown and scored another on a 65-yard pass reception. Stanford quarterback John Paye was sacked five times before fracturing a knuckle on an opposing player's helmet. Paye will be out for at least a month.
In the third quarter of San Jose State's 33-18 upset of Cal, Golden Bear coach Joe Kapp pulled his entire first-string defense, which had surrendered 26 points. Said Kapp, "We'll play our third team if that's what it takes to get people out there who want to be on the field."