West Virginia blanked Virginia 13-0, Georgia Tech ripped Air Force 30-3, Clemson beat Virginia Tech 31-13, Tulane surprised Vanderbilt 36-7 and Grambling destroyed Prairie View 70-7 as Quarterback Doug Williams completed 10 of 24 passes for 329 yards and five touchdowns.
1. ALABAMA (3-1)
2. KENTUCKY (3-1)
3. AUBURN (3-1)
Yielding little on defense while wielding Lott on offense, Oklahoma methodically disposed of Kansas 24-9 in the Big Eight opener for both teams. The Sooners defense kept the Jayhawks outside Oklahoma territory through the first 3½ quarters while Quarterback Thomas Lott, sound for the first time this season, directed his mates to a 24-0 lead. Lott scored all three Sooner touchdowns, rushed for 102 yards and was awarded the game ball.
The Sooner offense coughed up only two fumbles—three fewer than its game average—and made four first downs on five fourth-down gambles.
Notre Dame's 16-6 victory over Michigan State was marked by 11 turnovers, the starting debut of Quarterback Joe Montana and an improved Irish pass rush. Notre Dame sacked Spartan quarterbacks eight times and intercepted four passes but also lost three fumbles, including two on the MSU three-yard line. Dave Reeve kicked three field goals of 42, 40 and 51 yards to become the first Irish player to score more than 200 points since Stan Cofall in 1916.
With Tailback Rick Berns sidelined by a hip-pointer, Nebraska's neatly named I. M. Hipp played nearly the entire game against Indiana. The result was disaster for the Hoosiers, who lost 31-13 as Hipp racked up 254 yards on 28 rushes to break Berns' team record of 211 yards. Hipp also gained 30 yards on a pass reception but his only score was a two-point conversion.
Mississippi State averted disaster in the last 76 seconds against Kansas State when Quarterback Bruce Threadgill connected on a 24-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Johnson to give the Bulldogs a hard-earned 24-21 victory. The Wildcats' upset try was sustained by Mack Green, who rushed for 181 yards on 37 carries—the second highest total in Kansas State history.
After four games, Wisconsin is undefeated, untied and unimpressive. Rated a four-touchdown favorite over Northwestern, the Badgers won 19-7 when two blocked punts and a pass interception erased a 7-all halftime deadlock. The loss was the Wildcats' 20th in their last 21 games.
Paul Rogind kicked four field goals, one a 32-yarder in the last five seconds, to give Minnesota a 19-17 win over Washington.