When Clemson won the national championship last season, three starters missed a total of only eight games because of injuries. Already this year seven starters have missed 16 games. Quarterback Homer Jordan, who was hurt in practice on Oct. 12, underwent exploratory arthroscopic knee surgery last week and will be out indefinitely. Mike Eppley, who's also the starting point guard for the Tiger basketball team, continued to fill in for Jordan against North Carolina State. Eppley did lots of handing off to Tailbacks Chuck McSwain (129 yards on 14 carries) and Cliff Austin (109 yards on 25 carries). Tol Avery kept the Wolfpack in contention in this ACC battle by hitting on 22 of 33 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns. So did Tailback Joe McIntosh, who rambled for 113 yards and two TDs. That, though, wasn't enough to prevent a 38-29 loss.
Virginia ended an eight-game losing streak by piling up 643 yards in total offense while defeating Wake Forest 34-27. A Cavalier record of 320 yards passing was set by Wayne Schuchts, who connected on 15 of 30 attempts. Boomer Esiason of Maryland also struck through the air, completing 19 of 33 throws for 253 yards and three touchdowns during the Terps' 49-22 defeat of Duke.
Ohio Valley Conference leader Eastern Kentucky won 35-21 at Western Kentucky. That brought the Colonels' record to 6-0.
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