A year ago, South Carolina's fans were so enthusiastic during an upset of Southern Cal that the upper deck of Williams-Brice Stadium began to sway. Startled Gamecock athletic director Bob Marcum checked with engineers and was told that the structure was built to be flexible. Thus South Carolina coach Joe Morrison's slogan for the '84 season: "If it ain't swayin', we ain't playin'."
Sway the stands did during a 45-21 victory over Pitt that ran the Gamecocks' record to 5-0. South Carolina has a two-quarterback system that works. "I like to be Goose Gossage," says Mike Hold, a passer/scrambler who comes in to relieve starter Allen Mitchell. For his part, Mitchell says he appreciates the opportunity to rest and view the action from the bench. Mitchell forged a 14-0 lead over Pitt, but the Panthers had tied it up when Hold took over in the second quarter. He threw two touchdown passes. The Fire Ants defense, led by strongside linebacker James Seawright (15 tackles), held Pitt to 108 yards on the ground. "I don't think we're that bad a ball team," said Pitt coach Foge Fazio of his 1-5 Panthers. "Our potential is much greater than we showed this afternoon."
Alabama is 2-4 after a 6-0 win over Penn State. The Crimson Tide saved its hide with two fourth-quarter field goals and a turnover-free offense. "Because of what we were put through going 1-4 and because we maintained a good attitude," said coach Ray Perkins, "from a standpoint of being great, today was great."
"Lord have mercy," said Auburn coach Pat Dye. "This was the alltimer." Dye's Tigers beat Florida State 42-41 on a touchdown with 48 seconds remaining, but the Seminoles nearly had a chance for a winning field goal. Herb Gainer caught a 52-yard pass at Auburn's 37 and went out of bounds—an eyelash too late to prevent the clock from running out. Neither team made a turnover all evening, but Auburn did get one gift. On the opening kickoff of the second half, with Auburn leading 22-17, Tiger Brent Full-wood fumbled near his own 31. The ball bounced forward, squirted out of a pile of Seminoles and into the hands of Auburn's Ed Graham, who ran 60 yards for a touchdown. The teams racked up 1,063 yards between them—Florida State's Eric Thomas throwing for 357 yards and four touchdowns.
Georgia lost fumbles on its own one-, 12- and 24-yard lines, but beat Ole Miss 18-14. Early in the second period, Bulldog quarterback Todd Williams sprained his shoulder. His replacement was red-shirt freshman David Dukes, whose mother is a secretary for the athletic department and whose father played for Georgia in the '60s. "There ain't nothing like being a Bulldog," said Dukes, who passed 28 yards for one touchdown and directed a 62-yard drive for the game-winner. "Ever since I was a little boy, I've been dreaming of this day."
Three years ago Erk Russell, the Georgia defensive coordinator known for butting heads with his players before games—his bald pate against their helmets—left Athens to start a program from scratch at Georgia Southern College in Statesboro. This year, after two seasons of club-level football, Erk's Eagles jumped into Division I-AA. With a 6-1 record after last week's 24-17 victory over Tennessee- Chattanooga, Georgia Southern is ranked in the I-AA Top 20. The Eagles run a Hambone offense—an option-I named after their sophomore quarterback Tracy Ham, who threw for 222 yards against Chattanooga.
Wyoming coach Al Kincaid made 10 changes in his two-deep lineups before the Cowboys' game at Brigham Young. "We felt like we've had the personnel all along to get the job done, but somehow we weren't using them right," he said. As it turned out, Kincaid was close to right, as 22-point underdog Wyoming gave BYU all it could handle before a crowd of 64,839 in Cougar Stadium. In all, the lead changed hands four times before BYU's Robbie Bosco threw the game-winning TD to tight end David Mills with 4:16 to play and adding a two-point conversion to make the final score 41-38, BYU. Bosco passed for 384 yards and five touchdowns. Mills caught seven passes, three for TDs.
Once again UCLA sneaked by on the foot of John Lee. The Bruins were tied 24-24 with Washington State with four seconds showing on the Rose Bowl clock when Lee kicked a 47-yarder into the wind for the game. It was his 16th field goal in 16 tries this season.