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On the first offensive play of Southern Cal's 30-7 win over Stanford, Trojan Fullback Kennedy Pola, who is named for JFK because he was born on Nov. 22, 1963, took a pitch from Quarterback Sean Salisbury and headed toward his right end. Pola then pulled up and threw 35 yards to Flanker Timmie Ware, who ran the remaining 30 yards for a touchdown, USC led 21-0 at the half despite gaining only 40 yards on 19 rushes. Defensively, the Trojans threw a myriad of blitzes at Stanford quarterbacks John Paye and Steve Cottrell, came up with seven sacks and held the Cardinal to 56 rushing yards in the game.
Cal beat Arizona State 26-24 on Randy Pratt's 38-yard field goal with 48 seconds to play. "We did something we forgot last week." said Golden Bears Coach Joe Kapp, whose team had lost its previous game to USC 19-9. "We blocked." To counteract Arizona State's constant blitzing, Cal used a no-huddle offense for much of the day. That kept the Sun Devils in their basic defense, but the Hears still allowed four sacks of Quarterback Gale Gilbert, lost two fumbles and had two passes intercepted and a punt blocked.
After trailing Washington 23-3 in the third quarter, Arizona came within a two-point conversion of victory. With the Huskies on top 23-22 and 2:53 remaining, Washington Cornerback Vestee Jackson broke up Wildcat Quarterback Alfred Jenkins' pass into the end zone. Jackson had already made two interceptions. One of them set up a field goal, and he returned the other 66 yards for a TD.
Consider the trials of East Carolina. The 6-3 Pirates have lost at Florida State by a point, at Florida by a touchdown and, last week, at Miami 12-7. After the Hurricanes scored the go-ahead TD with 1:04 to play. East Carolina Quarterback Kevin Ingram took five plays to move the Pirates 51 yards to the Miami 31. Two consecutive illegal procedure penalties moved the ball back to the 41. With time for one last play. Ingram threw a pass to the goal line. Split End Stefon Adams had the bat! for a moment, until his own teammate. Tight End Norwood Vann. ran into him. "I saw the ball in my hands." said Adams. "I knew it was six. Then, as we collided, the ball popped out." Said Miami Coach Howard Schnellenberger, "My heart not only fluttered, it went through the top of my head and into orbit." Afterward Schnellenberger went to shake hands with Pirate Coach Ed Emory at midfield but Emory wasn't there Schnellenberger continued to the East Carolina sideline where he found Emory on one knee staring blankly into space Said Emory later "The frustration just adds up. I don't know what it is—maybe we just weren't meant to win a game in this state."
Auburn's 35-23 victory over Maryland was closer than the score suggests. With the Tigers leading 28-17 with 5:19 to play, Quarterback Boomer Esiason drove the Terps 80 yards in three plays—the last a 40-yard pass to Russell Davis—to make the score 28-23. After the kickoff, Auburn put together two first downs before Punter Lewis Colbert booted the ball 50 yards to the Terp one-yard line with 38 seconds to go TWO plays later Esiason was blind-sided by Tiger End Quency Williams and fumbled Auburn Tackle Donnie Humphrey fell on the ball in the end zone for the final TD.
"What do you want me to say?" asked Florida Coach Charley Pell after the Gators' 10-9 loss to Georgia. "It feels like hell." At one point in the third quarter Florida had out-gained the Bulldogs 338 yards to 97. On the afternoon, the Gators moved the ball inside the Georgia 25 on six occasions but came away with only three field goals. The other three possessions resulted in a missed field-goal attempt and two interceptions. "I just can't say the words 'hanging in there' enough," said Bulldog Coach Vince Dooley "We just kept hanging and hanging and hanging before we finally turned the tide."
As for the Crimson Tide, Alabama defeated LSU 32-26 despite 344 yards passing by Tiger Quarterback Scott Wickersham. The loss was LSU's fifth this year in conference play without a win.