Beaten in the closing moments of its first two games, Tennessee needed a big play to avoid a possible upset by winless Washington State. The Vols squandered a 28-3 first half margin, led by just 28-23 with a little more than four minutes left and were third and eight on their own 13. Quarterback Steve Alatorre chose that perilous moment to uncork a 45-yard pass to Anthony Hancock. Eight plays later, Glenn Ford scored from four yards out and Tennessee won 35-23.
Quarterback Tim Clifford threw a 27-yard last-ditch pass to the coach's son, Flanker Steve Corso, to give Indiana a 36-30 win over Kentucky. "It was the old pine-tree play," Steve explained. In high school he and his father, Indiana Coach Lee Corso, would practice the play. "I'd go out, fake to the apple tree and cut to the pine tree." Defensive Back Tim Wilbur accounted for two other Indiana scores, running 78 yards on a punt return and 40 yards with an interception.
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