The sun shone on all the Division I teams in the Sunshine State. Florida beat California 41-13, Florida State whipped Louisville 52-0, and Miami defeated Florida A&M 49-0. Florida State defenders held Louisville to minus-five yards rushing, and Florida Quarterback Bob Hewko had 10 completions for 146 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Gators to their first win in 14 games. In defeat, Cal's Rich Campbell set an NCAA record by completing 43 passes.
Georgia freshman Running Back Herschel Walker scored three touchdowns and rushed for 145 yards as the Bulldogs routed Texas A&M 42-0. Beaten 16-15 by Georgia on the last play of the game the previous week, Tennessee was again victimized, this time by USC, when Eric Hipp's 47-yard field goal with no time left on the clock knocked off the Vols 20-17. A screaming crowd of 95,049 at Tennessee's Neyland Stadium made every effort to distract Hipp, and the Vols called their last time-out before the placement, hoping Hipp would get the jitters. He didn't. There were other Trojan heroes. Marcus Allen, in the tradition of USC I-backs, carried 39 times for 132 yards, while Quarterback Gordon Adams, in his first start, hit on 17 of 25 passes for 170 yards. Tennessee Linebacker Chris Bolton had 20 tackles. "This was college football at its best," said USC Coach John Robinson. "Ninety-five thousand people, two good teams going at each other. We love this kind of thing." Less enthralled by the joys of football were Memphis State, a 61-7 loser to Mississippi, and Louisiana Tech, beaten 31-11 by Mississippi State.
NORTH CAROLINA (2-0)
It was the week's strangest set of statistics: Colorado outdid UCLA in first downs (20-18), yards passing (205-85), offensive plays (82-66) and total yardage (430-352), but UCLA crushed Colorado in points (56-14). Led by Freeman McNeil's rushing—he had 111 yards in 14 carries—UCLA rolled up a 56-0 halftime lead. Whereupon Bruin Coach Terry Donahue emptied his bench, allowing Colorado to accumulate meaningless second-half yardage.
Slow-starting Washington used a different script but ended with the same sort of result—a 50-7 trouncing of Air Force. The Huskies trailed 7-6 early in the second quarter when Chuck Nelson missed a conversion attempt, breaking a streak of 111 successful extra-point tries by Washington placekickers. But after shaking off his nervousness, Nelson hit a 46-yard field goal and the Huskies began to roll. In all, Quarterback Tom Flick completed 18 of 24 passes for 316 yards and a host of Husky backs rushed for 257 yards, much to the relief of Coach Don James. "I thought at one point in the first quarter that we were one of the worst college football teams I've ever seen," he said.
Disputing James was Houston Coach Bill Yeoman. "We played very poorly," he said after his ninth-ranked, defending Southwest Conference co-champions were upset 29-13 at Arizona State. "It might be the worst game a team of mine ever played." It was indisputably the best game the Sun Devils have ever played for Coach Darryl Rogers, who was making his debut at Arizona State. The Sun Devil defense recovered five fumbles and intercepted four passes. Quarterback Mike Pagel celebrated his 20th birthday by completing 13 of 28 passes, including two scoring throws to End John Mistler, for 159 yards.
Continuing a school tradition of heart-stopping finishes, John Elway threw a 24-yard pass to Flanker Ken Margerum with :38 left to give Stanford a 19-14 victory over Tulane. Margerum's 24th TD catch, a Pac-10 career record, was made possible in part by Tulane's insistence on blitzing Elway and leaving Margerum with single coverage. Continuing Brigham Young's run of excellent quarterbacks, Marc Wilson's successor, Jim McMahon, threw four touchdown passes as BYU beat San Diego State 35-11.