After unbeaten Penn State trounced Temple 30-0, Owl Coach Wayne Hardin, a solid six-handicap golfer, said: "It was like me playing Jack Nicklaus." Boston College, routed 56-14 by North Carolina last week, was kicked around again, 38-10, by undefeated West Virginia.
Missouri Coach Warren Powers had a modest explanation for his team's fourth win in as many games, a 14-3 upset of previously unbeaten Mississippi State. "Our defense played super," said Powers, "and our offense played great, and our special teams were tremendous." It didn't hurt, either, that the Bulldogs lost three fumbles and an interception and were penalized seven times for 45 yards. Tiger Fullback Bobby Meyer rushed for 122 yards and scored both Missouri touchdowns, one on a four-yard run, the other on a two-yard pass from Quarterback Mike Hyde, who completed 20 of 34.
Clemson, too, improved to 4-0 with the help of turnovers—five—as it beat Kentucky 21-3. The Tigers, who came back from a 3-0 halftime deficit, lead the nation in turnover margin, having 13 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries while giving the ball away only seven times. "The harder you hit them, the harder it is for them not to fumble," explained Clemson Linebacker Danny Triplett, who had 12 tackles and an interception. The Wildcats got only 49 yards rushing on 39 attempts. North Carolina was also 4-0 after a 28-7 rout of Georgia Tech, which was achieved despite Tailback Kelvin Bryant's being sidelined with a knee injury in the first quarter (page 32). Junior Tailback Cyrus Lawrence of Virginia Tech, on the other hand, kept on rolling, rushing for 179 yards in a school-record 42 carries, and bulling across from the one-yard line to score the winning TD with 2:55 left as the Gobblers beat Memphis State 17-13. Lawrence has run for 535 yards on 102 carries this year.
Pittsburgh was so dominant in winning its third game without a loss, 42-28 over South Carolina, that it got yanked off TV midway through the second quarter; ABC switched to the Missouri-Mississippi State game. Quarterback Dan Marino completed 24 of 39 passes for 346 yards and six touchdowns—the latter breaking Matt Cavanaugh's school record by one—while the Panther defense held the Gamecocks to minus 52 yards rushing. Still, Carolina Coach Jim Carlen, whose Gamecocks suffered their worst home defeat since 1974, wasn't all that impressed. "I don't think they've got a running attack, and it's going to catch up with them," he said. Pitt Defensive Tackle Phil Puzzuoli, who called Gamecock Guard Cas Danielowski "the best holder in college football today," engaged in a third-quarter brawl with Danielowski, after which the officials ejected both.
Alabama rolled up 396 yards rushing in a 38-7 victory over Mississippi, the Crimson Tide's 53rd consecutive win at Tuscaloosa's Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama hasn't lost there since Oct. 12, 1963. The victory ended a difficult week for Coach Bear Bryant, whose staff had been accused of unfair treatment of black players in an article in The Atlanta Constitution. The story quoted two unnamed players as complaining about the publicity given the disciplining of blacks. "I hate to tell them, but we're all red around here," responded Linebacker Robbie Jones, a black. Miami, a 48-16 winner over Vanderbilt, yielded 281 passing yards to the Commodores' freshmen quarterbacks, Ardell Fuller and Kurt Page, but limited Vandy to 11 yards on the ground while rushing for 243.
Florida Coach Charlie Pell called the Gators' 24-10 win at LSU his most gratifying ever; last year the Tigers had knocked off Pell's then-unbeaten team in the fourth game of the season and halted what might have been a run at the national title. Senior Place-kicker Brian Clark bettered David Posey's Florida record for career field goals (33) by hitting on kicks of 22, 30 and 39 yards to give him 34. In North Carolina State's 30-24 victory over winless Virginia, Tailback Larmount Lawson piled up 112 yards on 23 carries, and freshman Vince Evans ran for 93 and two third-quarter TDs. Syracuse saved its heroics for the last minute: With 16 seconds remaining, Dave Warner tossed a 10-yard scoring pass to Wide Receiver Willie Sydnor, then found Tight End Marty Chalk for a two-point conversion to pull out a 17-17 tie with Maryland.
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