New Mexico held visiting Utah to a 7-7 standoff. The Lobos earned the tie when Robin Gabriel, the son of former pro Quarterback Roman Gabriel, passed for 59 of his 71 yards during a fourth-quarter scoring drive.
San Diego State, which began the season with four victories, lost for the fourth straight time. Wyoming converted an interception and a fumble recovery into second-quarter touchdowns to go in front 14-0, and ultimately won 24-15. All of which left Hawaii 5-0 atop the WAC, followed by Utah at 4-0-1 and Wyoming and BYU, both 5-1.
"I don't like to think of myself as being just a single-dimension back. I can do more than just run the ball." So said Georgia's Herschel Walker, who had to be multidimensional indeed for the Dogs to defeat Florida 26-21. The Gators had a 14-0 lead late in the second quarter. Then Walker showed his stuff, teaming with Buck Belue on a 24-yard touchdown pass 31 seconds before halftime. Those two clicked again on a 16-yarder that tied the game at 14 in the third period. Walker's four-yard run in the fourth quarter put Georgia in front, but the Bulldogs' errant PAT left the door open for Florida, which went on top 21-20 when Wayne Peace hit Spencer Jackson with a 10-yard pass. So it was back to work for Walker, who culminated a 95-yard, 18-play drive with a one-yard leap into the end zone with 2:31 left. The Gators, who had been yielding just 120 yards a game on the ground, found out how destructive Walker could be: He ran for 192 yards on 47 carries.
Dana Moore's 23- and 49-yard field goals gave Mississippi State a 6-0 lead over Southern Mississippi in a non-conference game. A crowd of 64,112, the largest ever to see a sporting event in the state, showed up in Jackson and watched the Golden Eagles pull out a 7-6 victory after recovering a fumble at the Bulldog 14 in the second period. Sammy Winder needed just three carries to reach the end zone, which he did on a one-yard run.
Miami won its second straight Sunshine State title with a 27-19 defeat of Florida State. The Hurricanes, who beat Florida earlier in the year, trailed 13-10 before Danny Miller kicked a 57-yard field goal. Halfback Smokey Roan put Miami in front on a six-yard touchdown run. Jim Kelly then passed 23 yards to Fullback Speedy Neal for the clincher.
"If you're going to be a good team, you have to get points from your defense and specialty teams," said Penn State Coach Joe Paterno after the Nittany Lions had won 22-15 at North Carolina State. Penn State's specialists did just that. Kevin Baugh set up a touchdown with a 56-yard punt return and Corner-back Giuseppe Harris blocked a punt for a safety. In between came the most dazzling play of all—a fake punt. Instead of the ball being snapped to Kicker Ralph Giacomarro, it went to Ken Kelley, a former high school quarterback who was the upback. Kelley passed five yards to Harry Hamilton, who ran 46 more for a TD. The Nittany Lions needed all that help from their specialty teams because their leading ground-gainer, Curt Warner, was out with a pulled hamstring.
Tailback Mike Grayson ran for 188 yards on 17 carries and threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to lift Duke past Wake Forest 31-10 in an ACC game. Meanwhile, Clemson took over first place in the conference by edging North Carolina 10-8 (page 40).
Tailback Larry Fourqurean gained 245 yards on 32 carries as Marshall defeated Appalachian State 17-10. The victory was the Thundering Herd's first Southern Conference win in 27 attempts.
Pacific pulled off one of the week's biggest shockers by beating South Carolina 23-21.