It was the pits, for woe befell 1-6-1 Pittsburgh. Leading Navy 28-14 with 2:39 to play, the Panthers appeared to have their second victory in hand. But quarterback Bill Byrne drove the Middies 68 yards in 11 plays to make it 28-20—they missed the extra point—with 1:07 to go. After Navy's onside kick was recovered by Middie Greg Stefanon on the Pitt 46, Byrne passed 30 yards to Chris Weiler and 16 yards to John Lobb to make it 28-26. Going for two, Byrne rolled right, stopped and threw across field to tight end Mark Stevens in the end zone for a 28-28 tie. In all, Byrne threw for 340 yards, 275 in the second half.
Delaware was leading Towson State 49-23 with two minutes to go when it scored on a 71-yard pass play from backup quarterback Rick Scheetz to receiver Fred Singleton. That prompted Towson State coach Phil Albert to call Blue Hen coach Tubby Raymond "a disgrace to college football." Responded Raymond, "When you let somebody play, you don't tell him to fall on the ball."
Georgia beat Kentucky 37-7, but the Bulldogs were up only 3-0 in the second quarter when Dawg quarterback David Dukes rolled out to his right on an option play. He pitched to tailback Tron Jackson, who dropped the ball. Tight end Scott Williams picked it up on the run and went 16 yards around left end for touchdown. "That's the type of team that Georgia is," said Wildcat coach Jerry Claiborne. "They make a fumble and turn it into a touchdown."
Auburn edged Mississippi State 24-21 on a 35-yard field goal by freshman Robert McGinty on the last play of the game. "I was shaking," said McGinty. Trailing 21-20 with 3:13 to play after a touchdown by Reggie Ware, Auburn coach Pat Dye decided to go for a one-point conversion rather than a two-pointer. Said Dye, "I looked at the situation and did what I thought was the best way to end. I felt we would get the football and have a chance to win."
South Carolina kept its perfect record intact with a 42-20 win over East Carolina. The game marked the fifth time in a row that quarterback Mike Hold has left the bench to lead his team to victory. "Mike comes in and does it again," said Gamecock guard Del Wilkes. "I don't know how he does it, but I'm not complaining. We'll take five more just like it." With South Carolina behind 10-7 in the second quarter, Hold appeared and on his first play threw a 71-yard touchdown bomb to flanker Ira Hillary. Hold threw for another score and was nine of 16 for 210 yards on the day. South Carolina coach Joe Morrison will stick with the plan that keeps working, and Allen Mitchell will start against N.C. State this week. "They shut us down and made us throw." said Morrison. "We put Mike in there because we wanted to air it out. We'll be leaving things as they are—that's for certain."
The Willie Totten report: Mississippi Valley State's passing wizard completed 45 of 60 passes for 599 yards and eight touchdowns in a 71-6 victory over Prairie View A & M. Five of the TD throws went to Jerry Rice, who is averaging 12.3 receptions a game.
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