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Two Western teams came East and wished they had stayed on the other coast. California Quarterback Rich Campbell, who had set an NCAA record with 43 completions the previous week, was held to 19 by Army, a two-touchdown underdog that came up a 26-19 winner. The Cadet defense held California twice on goal-line stands, and Army's Jerryl Bennett threw two TD passes to Larry Pruitt. Boston College got its biggest win since a 1976 upset of top-ranked Texas by beating 11th-ranked Stanford 30-13. The BC defense intercepted Cardinal Quarterback John Elway four times, and one of the Eagles interceptors, Defensive Back Mike Mayock, also kept Stanford's celebrated receiver, Ken Margerum, from scoring.
Two Midwestern visitors didn't fare much better. Kent State traveled to Annapolis and was shut down 31-3 by the Navy defense, which hasn't allowed a touchdown in two games. The Midshipmen converted four turnovers into a like number of TDs. Miami of Ohio, Syracuse's guest for the opening of the Carrier Dome, fell 36-24 to the Orangemen.
While Dartmouth whipped Penn 40-7, defending Ivy League champion Yale recovered five fumbles and intercepted a pass en route to a 45-17 win at Brown. In the play that broke it open for the Elis, Quarterback John Rogan threw an up-for-grabs pass to the Brown 21. Yale Tailback Rich Diana wrestled the ball away from Bruin Safety Jeff Gradinger and bolted into the end zone, giving the Elis a 31-17 bulge. Cornell recovered two fumbles deep in Princeton territory, scored each time and went on to win 17-7. Harvard Quarterback Brian Buckley passed for 137 yards and rushed for 55 more as the Crimson defeated Columbia 26-6.
Charlie Wysocki scored both Maryland touchdowns in its 14-11 victory at West Virginia. Rutgers whipped Cincinnati 24-7 as Deron Cherry faked a punt and threw a 30-yard touchdown pass. Fifteen seconds later Mark Pineiro picked off a Cincy pass and ran 47 yards for another score.
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Top-ranked Alabama scored three times in just over three minutes of the first quarter, rolled up 524 yards of total offense and won its 23rd consecutive game, 59-35 over Mississippi. Nonetheless, Ole Miss Coach Steve Sloan was pleased, at least with his offense. "If somebody had told me we were going to score 35 points against that defense, I would've guaranteed that Alabama's win streak wouldn't exceed 22 games," he said. John Fourcade completed 21 of 43 passes for 296 yards and four touchdowns as Mississippi gained 500 yards. The losers didn't begin to click, however, until after Alabama had taken a 21-0 first-period lead. Billy Jackson and Linnie Patrick each gained more than 100 yards rushing for the Tide.
Despite a sprained right ankle, James Brooks accumulated 187 yards and scored twice to lead Auburn to a 35-28 win over Duke. Florida State ran on 81 of 100 offensive plays and beat East Carolina 63-7. Sam Piatt, whose 29 carries were good for 130 yards, was the Seminole workhorse. Florida overwhelmed Georgia Tech 45-12 as Quarterback Bob Hewko threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third.
Scott Woerner's interception and punt return enabled Georgia to defeat Clemson 20-16. It was a good thing the Bulldogs' defense was sharp because their offense wasn't. In fact, the longest Georgia TD drive covered two yards; Running Back Buck Belue went that distance after Woerner's interception had given Georgia the ball on the Tigers' two. Held to 12 yards in the first half, the Bulldogs' Herschel Walker ran for 109 after intermission and set up field goals of 42 and 27 yards by Rex Robinson.