Duke 23, North Carolina 17: what a way to go.

Seems Red Wilson, two days after the upset brought the Blue Devils their second straight winning (6-5, 6-5) season, is gone as Duke's football coach.

Reports from Durham quote Athletic Director Tom Butters as having told Wilson, "You have taken the program as far as you can."

Wilson, 56, took it upward after stuttering to 2-8-1 and 2-9 in 1979 and '80. Now, his four-year contract is up and the school says he's not been fired, just not extended -- "retiring from football."

While Wilson considered reassignment, a logical successor -- his offensive coordinator, Steve Spurrier -- yesterday became head coach of USFL's Tampa Bay Bandits (sorry, Jack Pardee). Spurrier directed Duke's record-breaking passing offense.

Prospects for Duke: Boston College's Jack Bicknell, Furman's Dick Sheridan.

California 25, Stanford 20, on that incredible last-play kickoff return by which the Golden Bears capped Joe Kapp's first coaching season: UC Berkeley plans to market video cassettes of the game and the wild, five-lateral touchdown romp through players, fans, photographers and the Cardinal band. One fan remarked, "It appeared to me that the weakest part of Stanford's defense was the woodwinds" . . .

Wayne Hardin, moving out at Temple, wasn't all that blithe as he sounded in announcing same last week. Bidding media adieu, he said Peter Liacouras, the new university president, "from the beginning wanted everything changed. He got rid of (basketball coach) Don Casey. If he wants change, I'll make it easy for him" . . .

SMU played for the tie against Arkansas, and, yes, slipped from second to third in the AP (writers') and UPI (coaches') polls. Penn State up to No. 2, so if the Nittanies don't stumble against Pitt, nor No. 1 Georgia (52 of 57 first-place votes in AP, 37 of 42 UPI) against Georgia Tech, the Lions-Dogs Sugar Bowl will for sure determine the national champion . . . AP has Maryland No. 16, up from 19th . . . American Football Coaches Association (Kodak) All-America fields Stanford's John Elway at QB with RBs Herschel Walker of Georgia, Eric Dickerson of SMU, Mike Rozier of Nebraska. Walker's third time in three years; second-timers are Michigan WR Anthony Carter, Nebraska C Dave (Double-Outland) Rimington and Arkansas DL Billy Ray Smith . . . Maryland's OT Dave Pacella, DT Mark Duda, K Jess Atkinson make first team all-ACC, by vote of Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association. North Carolina leads with six players; Clemson five, Duke four including lone unanimous pick, WR Chris Castor. Area products: Wake Forest TE-K Phil Denfeld (Annandale), Duke OT Robert Oxendine (Washington-Lee), Carolina DL Mike Wilcher (Eastern). Virginia: DB Pat Chester.