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More superb kicking—on both field goals and punts—gave Tennessee a 24-24 tie at Louisiana State. Fuad Reveiz of the Vols, who earlier had booted two 38-yard field goals, concluded the scoring with a 52-yarder with 2:07 left. Tennessee's Jimmy Colquitt, who went into the game with a 48.5-yard punting average, second in the nation, averaged 53 yards on five kicks. The Vols, behind 24-14 early in the fourth quarter, capitalized on a freak fumble by Tiger Quarterback Alan Risher. The ball slipped out of his grasp when he cocked his arm to pass. Five plays after End Mike Cofer recovered that fumble for the Vols, Quarterback Alan Cockrell hit Wing-back Darryal Wilson with a nine-yard TD pass to cut LSU's margin to three points.
No, that wasn't Rameses IX, the ram that is North Carolina's mascot, who battered through Wake Forest's defenses for 368 yards rushing as the Tar Heels won 24-7. Most of Carolina's slambang running during the Atlantic Coast Conference game was done by Tailbacks Tyrone Anthony (179 yards on 24 carries) and Kelvin Bryant (142 yards on 29). Clemson also stuck mainly to the ground, grinding out 492 yards while routing Virginia 48-0. In nonconference games, Maryland defeated Indiana State 38-0, Georgia Tech beat Tulane 19-13 and Duke was edged by Virginia Tech 22-21. The Gobblers' Todd Greenwood completed a 49-yard touchdown pass to Allan Thomas with 33 seconds left, and then a two-point conversion pass to Mike Shaw. There was no such suspense in Tallahassee, where Florida State hounded Southern Illinois into seven turnovers in a 59-8 romp.
George Radachowsky of Boston College signaled for a fair catch of a punt, but dropped the ball, and it was recovered by West Virginia at the Eagles' 13 with 1:26 to go. Three carries by Tom Gray netted 11 yards. West Virginia Quarterback Jeff Hostetler then faked to Fullback Ron Wolfley, kept the ball and went around right end for the TD with 25 seconds left to finish off the visiting Eagles 20-13.
Widener, last season's Division III champion and ranked No. 1 with a 4-0 record this season, had the ball late in the fourth quarter in a 10-10 standoff at Gettysburg and was on the Bullets' four, first and goal. By scoring, Widener could extend the longest winning streak in all college ball to 18 games and run its string of regular-season victories to 40. It wasn't to be. One yard from pay dirt, Fullback Mike Forward fumbled. Brian Barr, Gettysburg's freshman safety, plucked the loose ball out of midair and galloped 86 yards to the Widener 13. Four plays later, Mike Ercole plunged the final yard for a TD that gave the 3-2 Bullets a 17-10 upset.
Another pick-it-out-of-the-air fumble recovery enabled Penn to win 24-21 at Brown. The big play began when Tim Chambers, who had fielded a punt, had the ball jarred from his grasp after an eight-yard return. Teammate John Waterfield grabbed the loose ball and ran 53 yards for a third-period touchdown that closed out the scoring. Penn, 1-9 last year, thus remained unbeaten, was alone at the top of the Ivy League and—at 4-0—was off to its finest start since 1968. Columbia knocked Princeton out of a tie for first in the Ivy, 35-14, as Quarterback John Witkowski frustrated the Tigers' stunting by calling more than 50% of his plays at the line. Witkowski helped the Lions end a 10-game losing streak by completing 24 of 40 passes for 316 yards and four TDs. Harvard beat Cornell 25-13, Yale stopped Boston University 27-24 and Dartmouth lost 24-16 at William & Mary.
"Even though our two-minute offense hadn't produced anything all year, I was confident," Arizona State Quarterback Todd Hons said. What figured to make scoring even tougher than usual was that, instead of two minutes, there were just 49 seconds left against visiting Stanford when the Sun Devils got the ball at their 20, trailing 17-14. But Hons hit on four of five passes for 79 yards and then sent Fullback Tex Wright over from the one to pull out a 21-17 victory. Stanford's offense, which was ranked fourth in the country, was up against an Arizona State defense that was No. 2, and the defense carried the day. The Cardinal's 240 yards in total offense was 53 yards above the Sun Devils' average yield, but far below Stanford's average of 479.5 yards. John Elway of the Cardinal was 18 for 33 for 209 yards, thus breaking the Pac-10 career passing record of Washington State's Jack Thompson by one yard, with a total of 7,819 yards.
Washington roared past California 50-7 (page 34). UCLA tied Arizona 24-24 on a 36-yard field goal by freshman John Lee with two seconds to go. Tom Ramsey of the Bruins passed for 345 yards as he completed 29 of 43 attempts. Oregon State tied Washington State 14-14 to end a string of 14 losses.
Crossing the bar was no problem for field-goal kickers from Northern Arizona and Nevada-Reno, who combined for nine. That set a Division I-AA record and is believed to be an alltime single-game high for NCAA competition at any level. Northern Arizona's Mark Diamond was on target from 40, 51, 39 and 42 yards out. But Reno prevailed 24-12 as Tony Zendejas, after two misses, was successful on kicks of 25, 35, 52, 24 and 38 yards.