Clemson had just knocked off defending national champion Georgia 13-3, breaking the Bulldogs' 15-game winning streak, but the main topic of conversation wasn't football but fashion, as in the special orange pants the Tigers had worn for the game. The only other time the Tigers have varied from their traditional white pants was in an upset of South Carolina a year ago. "We knew we were going to use them when Georgia showed up on our schedule," said Clemson receiver Perry Tuttle, who scored the game's only touchdown on an eight-yard pass from Homer Jordan. "All we were saying was 'You bring your silver ones and we'll bring our orange ones and see what happens.' And we did pretty good with ours." "I'm delighted we won in orange pants," added Coach Danny Ford. "There was a statement made that when we wore orange pants, we looked like Halloween. Well, we're delighted that it was Halloween today." Indeed, the game was scary for Georgia. The Bulldogs lost the ball nine times on turnovers, including five interceptions thrown by Quarterback Buck Belue. Herschel Walker fumbled three times, losing two, and was held to 111 yards rushing on 28 carries. "We wanted Herschel to get the ball today," said Tiger Defensive End Ray Brown. "It had been said that Herschel wanted to run here. We welcomed that." Walker, however, gave more credit to Clemson's fans than to its defense. "The noise made me lose my concentration," he said.
Alabama also had a hard time getting it together and almost lost consecutive regular season games for the first time since 1969. Only a 37-yard field goal by Peter Kim and a nine-yard touchdown run by Jeff Fagan in the game's final two minutes gave the Tide a 19-10 win over Kentucky. Perhaps recalling his eight years as the Wildcats' coach, Bear Bryant wore a blue blazer on the sidelines. "Blue is Kentucky's color," Bryant said. "I happen to like the color blue." Crimson Tide Defensive Back Ben Perrin didn't buy such sentimentality. "I think it was his way of psyching us up," Perrin said. "He had that Kentucky blue on to give us incentive." LSU also had to scramble to beat Oregon State 27-24. Trailing 24-20 with 4:39 to play, the Tigers marched 80 yards for the winning touchdown, a two-yard run by Jesse Myles with 55 seconds to play capping the drive.
Tennessee, 44-and 36-point losers the previous two weeks, turned the tables with a 42-0 wipeout of Colorado State. Tailback Randall Morris and Quarterback Alan Cockrell each rushed for a pair of Vol touchdowns.
"I got nervous after we scored, and there wasn't that much enthusiasm on our sideline," said Georgia Tech Coach Bill Curry of his team's touchdown march the first time it had the ball against Florida. "Against Alabama we were down 10-0, and when we scored, it sounded like an explosion. Today, there was nothing on our sideline. Nothing." There was also very little on the field the rest of the way for Tech in a 27-6 loss. Gator Quarterback Bob Hewko completed 17 of 28 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns and scored another on a one-yard run. Comparing Florida to Alabama, last week's victim, Georgia Tech Cornerback Ted Thurson said, "Florida is much bigger and faster than Alabama and they came of age against us. They just stuck the ball down our throats. They put it to us really good."
North Carolina and North Carolina State appear to be headed for an Oct. 17 showdown in Raleigh. The Tar Heels swamped Miami of Ohio 49-7 as Kelvin (The Other) Bryant was a bear of a rusher, gaining 136 yards in 29 carries. Bryant also scored five touchdowns, giving him 11 in two games. Meanwhile, the Wolfpack beat East Carolina 31-10 as freshman Tailback Joe McIntosh, in the starting lineup for the first time, carried 24 times for 167 yards and one TD. McIntosh also threw a seven-yard pass to Quarterback Tol Avery for another score.
"Our offensive line got its backside whipped. Our offense was inept," said Miami Coach Howard Schnellenberger after the Hurricanes' 12-7 win over Houston. Good thing for Miami that its defense was unyielding. Houston, which scored its TD on an interception return, was held in check by Hurricane Defensive Tackle Lester Williams, who had 17 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery, and Middle Guard Tony Chickillo, who had 12 tackles and one sack. Safety Fred Marion set up a pair of Miami scores with a fumble recovery and a 31-yard punt return.
Told by Coach Tom Osborne that winning the kicking battle was essential to beating Florida State, Nebraska special teamers came through splendidly in the Cornhuskers' 34-14 win. With Nebraska ahead only 10-7 halfway through the third quarter, Irving Fryar returned a Florida State punt 82 yards for a touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, Mike Knox clobbered the Seminoles' Greg Allen, causing a fumble that Tony Felici caught on the fly and returned 13 yards for another score. Cornhusker I back Roger Craig then tried to get into the act. Making a rare appearance on the kickoff-return team, he took a Florida State kick on his own six-yard line but accidentally stepped out of bounds. Undaunted, Craig broke a 94-yard TD run on the next play from scrimmage.
Southern Cal, held scoreless until 10:34 into the third quarter, got three late touchdowns to beat Indiana 21-0. One Trojan who was turned on all game long was Marcus Allen; he rushed for 274 yards in 40 carries. Wisconsin couldn't come up with an encore to its upset of Michigan and lost 31-13 to UCLA. The game was close statistically, with Wisconsin making three first downs more than the Bruins and having only five fewer yards in total offense, but the Badgers also had the edge in mistakes. The biggest came early in the third quarter when UCLA led 21-13. With the ball on the Badgers' 40-yard line, Wisconsin Quarterback Jess Cole threw what was intended to be a quick pass to Flanker Thad McFadden. The ball fell behind McFadden—and behind the spot from which Cole had thrown it. While the Wisconsin players watched what they believed to be an incomplete pass roll around, UCLA Safety Tom Sullivan recovered what was actually a lateral on the Wisconsin 22. Five plays later Tight End Tim Wrightman caught his second touchdown pass of the day from Quarterback Tom Ramsey and the Bruins were ahead 28-13. "I can't fault our players for not chasing the ball," said Wisconsin Coach Dave McClain. "It's something we haven't worked on. I'll take the blame for that."
Ohio State Quarterback Bob Atha could take plenty of the credit after the Buckeyes' 27-13 win over Michigan State. Replacing Quarterback Art Schlichter, who injured his right ankle in the third quarter, Atha scored a touchdown on a 27-yard sneak, in addition to kicking field goals of 27 and 24 yards and three extra points and punting five times for a 40-yard average. Michigan State kicker Morten Andersen set a Big Ten record with a 63-yard field goal. In other games, Minnesota defeated Purdue 16-13 and Illinois edged Syracuse 17-14.
Missouri Quarterback Mike Hyde set one school mark and tied another in the Tigers' 42-10 triumph over Rice. He completed 17 of 21 passes for 225 yards, a record 81%, and threw for a record-tying four touchdowns.
Cincinnati, fried a week ago by Penn State, was scorched again by Pitt, 38-7. Working against a defense that regularly used an eight-man front, Pitt Quarterback Dan Marino completed 22 passes in 30 attempts for 270 yards and five touchdowns. Marino had a sixth scoring toss called back because of a penalty. Split End Julius Dawkins caught eight passes for 119 yards and four TDs. The Panthers' defense was also hot. Cincinnati ran the ball 43 times for minus 28 yards, while Pitt defenders sacked Bearcat passers five times.
Penn won its second game in three seasons, beating Cornell 29-22. Sophomore Split End Karl Hall caught five passes for 252 yards, including touchdown grabs of 40, 84 and 93 yards, the last breaking a 23-year-old Quaker mark. Yale's Rich Diana rushed for 196 yards, an Eli single-game record, and scored three TDs as the Elis beat Brown 28-7. In other Ivy League games, Harvard defeated Columbia 23-6 and Dartmouth routed Princeton 32-13.
Fourth-quarter fumbles by Texas A&M and Maryland led to opponents' touchdowns—and defeats. Boston College beat the Aggies 13-12, and West Virginia defeated the Terps 17-13.
Temple, giddy after wins over William and Mary and Syracuse, was knocked off by Delaware 13-7, the only non-Division I-A opponent on the Owls' schedule. The two schools have met every year since 1954. "The objectives of our programs are so far different we hardly belong on the same field," said Delaware Coach Tubby Raymond. That was before two K.C. Knobloch field goals and a 35-yard touchdown pass from Rick Scully to Mark Steimer quieted the Owls, who must face Penn State, Georgia and Pitt in upcoming weeks.
"Good Lord, I've never seen anything like it. It was one of the poorest exhibitions of offense I've ever seen. I've never seen so many of their guys in our backfield." So said Washington Coach Don James after his Huskies beat Kansas State 20-3. James was upset by Washington's three fumbles and two interceptions. And the loss of Quarterback Tim Cowan for six to eight weeks because of a pulled ligament in the thumb of his passing hand did nothing to improve James' disposition.
The mood was even less sunny at Stanford after San Jose State defeated the Cardinals 28-6. Coach Jack Elway's Spartans won by almost shutting out his son, John, who had completed 33 of 44 passes for 418 yards a week earlier against Purdue. He connected on only six of 24 for 72 yards and no scores against San Jose State. Five of his passes were intercepted. Afterward Elway signed a contract to play baseball with the New York Yankees. The contract will allow him to complete his football eligibility with the Cardinals.
Arizona State beat Wichita State 33-21 as Quarterback Mike Pagel completed 15 of 35 passes for 223 yards and three TDs.
There was a carnival atmosphere in El Paso Saturday night for the debut of Billy Alton, UTEP's new coach, and his version of Billy Ball, which includes a three wide-receiver offense, varying defensive fronts, even blue and white war paint on many of the players. Said Alton, "We're using every motivational device known to modern coaching. It's new, it's exciting, it's fun." It's also 0-1 after visiting Brigham Young bombed UTEP 65-8. Cougar Quarterback Jim McMahon completed 21 of 31 passes for 267 yards and four touchdowns to become the first passer in NCAA history to throw for 200-plus yards in 14 consecutive games. With Georgia's loss to Clemson, Brigham Young's 15-game winning streak is now the nation's longest.
In its 23-10 win over North Texas State, Texas not only moved the ball on offense, but, in a manner of speaking, on defense as well. The Longhorns held the Eagles to minus 17 yards rushing and sacked Quarterback Shaw Thompson six times for another 63 yards in losses. Thompson twice was called for intentionally grounding the ball. Leading the defensive charge was Tackle Kenneth Sims with eight unassisted tackles, seven assists and parts of four sacks. Tailback A.J. (Jam) Jones rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns in his 1981 debut. "There's a lot of fire and spirit on our football team. It wasn't all that pretty, but it was a win," said Texas Coach Fred Akers. "And if you can't enjoy a win, you can't enjoy anything. We did just enough to foul things up a lot of the time." Grambling traveled to Irving, Texas for its first game ever against a Southwest Conference opponent, but SMU made the occasion less than gala, routing the Tigers 59-27. Junior tailbacks Eric Dickerson and Craig James paced the Mustangs, Dickerson rushing for 142 yards and four touchdowns and James rambling for 104 yards. Together they became the first SMU runners to gain more than 100 yards in five consecutive games. James and Dickerson also moved into fifth and eighth place, respectively, on the Mustangs' alltime rushing list.
Arkansas had drives of 75, 61, 52, 48 and 48 yards "in beating Northwestern 38-7. The Razorbacks' ball-control offense was so effective that they didn't have to punt until only nine minutes remained in the fourth quarter, their only punt of the game.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: Roger Craig, Nebraska's junior I back, carried 20 times for 234 yards and one touchdown in the Cornhuskers' 34-14 win over Florida State. The yardage was the third highest for a single game in Nebraska history.
DEFENSE: Fred Marion, a senior safety for the University of Miami, made six tackles, caused one fumble, recovered another and intercepted two passes in a 12-7 win over Houston. Marion has had 13 career interceptions.