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Unbeaten San Diego State shut out Utah State 19-0, UCLA took Iowa 34-16 and Wyoming edged Arizona 13-12.
1. USC (4-0)
I told the players they bought some respect tonight," said LSU Coach Charles McClendon after his Tigers stunned ninth-ranked Florida 36-14 before 68,029 fans. In the first half LSU erupted for a 29-0 lead and ran off 56 plays to the Gators' 17. Florida managed only two first downs in that half as LSU forced two fumbles and intercepted two passes.
On offense, the Tigers powered past the Gators with a ground game that netted 385 yards and 25 of LSU's 30 first downs. Topping the 100-yard mark for the third time, Tailback Charles Alexander racked up 170 yards on 31 carries and scored two touchdowns while his sophomore backup, Jerry Murphree, rushed 25 times for 105 yards.
North Carolina State was the last team to beat Maryland before the Terps went on a 21-game win streak against Atlantic Coast Conference rivals. Saturday the Wolfpack socked it to Maryland again, winning 24-20 when Quarterback Johnny Evans scored on a two-yard plunge with 0:27 left to play. NC State's final drive was aided by a couple of Maryland penalties. The game ended with the Carter Stadium P.A. system playing a tape of wolves howling. The Terps might be howling as well; they have now lost three straight.
Alabama got its 40th successive victory at Tuscaloosa by beating Georgia 18-10 in a game that avenged last season's loss that cost the Tide the Southeast Conference title. Alabama's superior kicking game made up for a spotty defensive effort. Buddy Holt twice punted the ball dead on the one and once on the four to give Georgia poor field position.
Sophomore Linebacker Freddie Smith returned a fourth-quarter pass interception 45 yards for a touchdown to spark Auburn to a 21-15 conquest of Ole Miss. The Rebels came back to score a field goal and threatened with a fumble recovery on the 25, but Auburn's defense held.
Texas Tech Coach Steve Sloan, looking to spark his torpid offense, called on reserve Quarterback Mark Johnson, whose first varsity game ended in a 10-7 triumph over North Carolina. Replacing Tres Adami, an unsuccessful substitute for the injured Rodney Allison, Johnson took the Red Raiders 80 yards with the second-half kickoff, concluding the drive with a three-yard touchdown run. Tech Fullback Billy Taylor rushed for 150 yards on 35 carries, and Bill Adams' 35-yard field goal put Tech ahead for good.
Field goals also decided the outcome of an intrastate rivalry at Columbia, S.C, where South Carolina beat East Carolina 19-16 by scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter. The Gamecocks' Britt Parrish set a school record by booting four field goals while East Carolina's Junior Creech kicked three.