Freshman quarterback Jeff Dunn threw for 229 yards, including a 90-yard scoring pass to Pierre Goode, and Bobby Humphrey scored two touchdowns as Alabama defeated eighth-ranked Tennessee, 41-22, in a Southeastern Conference game last night in Birmingham.
Alabama (5-2, 2-1), upset by Memphis State a week earlier, took a 24-0 lead and went late into the third quarter before having to punt.
Alabama intercepted four Jeff Francis passes and recovered two fumbles as Tennessee fell to 4-1-1, 1-1-1.
Dunn, taking over because of injuries to David Smith and Vince Sutton, took Alabama on an 80-yard drive on its first possession, completing five passes, before Bo Wright scored from the 1. Alabama then held Tennessee and Gene Jelks took a punt on the run and went 63 yards almost untouched to the end zone.
Louisiana State 34, Kentucky 9:
Harvey Williams ran for two touchdowns as the sixth-ranked Tigers (6-0-1, 3-0) won the SEC game in Baton Rouge, La.
Kentucky had given up an average of only eight points a game, the second best scoring defense in major college football.
LSU found itself in a struggle through the first half as Kentucky (4-2, 1-1) got three field goals from Joey Worley to stay within 14-9.
Williams and Eddie Fuller put the game out of reach in the third quarter with touchdown runs, and David Browndyke added field goals of 47 and 27 yards in the final 3:15 of the game.
Nose guard Darrell Phillips, who forced a fumble, had a sack and had two tackles for losses on running plays, led LSU's defense.
LSU quarterback Tom Hodson completed 17 of 30 passes for 222 yards.
Florida 34, Temple 3:
Emmitt Smith ran for 175 yards on 23 carries and Kerwin Bell passed for two first-quarter scores as the 14th-ranked Gators (5-2) won at home. Smith has 1,011 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season.
Temple (3-4) played without star tailback Todd McNair, who has a sprained ankle.
Smith, who sat out most of the second quarter with a sprained right wrist, became the first freshman to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark in seven games. Tony Dorsett and Herschel Walker both did it in the eighth game of their college careers. In five starts, Smith has averaged 177.2 yards. Smith has gained over 100 yards a school-record six consecutive times.
Bell completed 15 of 22 passes for 212 yards.
Auburn 20, Georgia Tech 10:
Jeff Burger's four-yard touchdown pass to Lawyer Tillman with 24 seconds left rallied the fifth-ranked Tigers from a 10-7 deficit in Atlanta. The pass completed a 91-yard drive.
Auburn (5-0-1) scored again on the final play of the game when Aundray Bruce returned his third interception of the day 45 yards.
Georgia Tech (2-4) had used third-quarter fumble recoveries by Ivery Lee and Sean Smith in a five-minute span for its 10-7 lead. Lee forced a fumble by Reggie Ware and recovered it at the Auburn 9 to set up a nine-yard scoring pass from Rick Strom to Richard Hills. Tech took the lead soon after on Thomas Palmer's 30-yard field goal.
It was Auburn's ninth straight victory in the series.
Clemson 17, Duke 10:
Fullback Tracy Johnson scored on a four-yard run with 6:46 left as the seventh-ranked Tigers (6-0, 3-0) won the ACC game at home. Johnson's score capped an 11-play drive that came after Duke downed a quick-kick on Clemson's 3-yard line. Johnson carried seven times for 60 yards on the drive.
Duke (3-3, 0-2) tied the game at 10 on Roger Boone's four-yard run with 5:58 left in the third period.
Duke quarterback Anthony Dilweg, former all-Met at Whitman High School in Bethesda, was given the start over regular Steve Slayden and was 23 of 50 for 305 yards.
Florida State 32, Louisville 9:
The tailback trio of Sammie Smith, Dexter Carter and Victor Floyd each scored a touchdown as the fourth-ranked Seminoles (6-1) won in Tallahassee, Fla. Smith scored on a 45-yard run on the Seminoles' opening series. Floyd rushed 12 times for 124 yards, Smith 17 times for 119 yards and Carter four times for 26 times.
Jay Gruden passed for 339 yards for Louisville (2-4-1).
Georgia 52, Vanderbilt 24:
Reserve quarterback Wayne Johnson scored on second-half runs of 11, 3 and 6 yards to lift the 18th-ranked Bulldogs (5-2, 2-1 in SEC) to victory in Nashville.
Georgia had trailed by 14-0 in the first quarter and by 21-19 at the half. But Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound junior, led scoring drives of 54, 96 and 46 yards in the final 30 minutes. Johnson took over for James Jackson, who injured his ankle on the final play of the first half.
East Carolina 32, Virginia Tech 23:
Quarterback Travis Hunter rushed for three touchdowns and passed for another as the Pirates (4-3) won in Blacksburg, Va. Hunter had 12 rushes for 85 yards and completed 10 of 18 passes for 228 yards. Virginia Tech is 1-5.
Hunter's 35-yard run in the third quarter gave East Carolina its first lead and his six-yarder with 9:21 to play put the Pirates ahead for good at 25-23. East Carolina sealed the victory when Hunter hit junior Tim James with a 74-yard scoring pass.
North Carolina 17, North Carolina State 14:
Kenny Miller kicked three field goals and defensive back Norris Davis recovered a bad snap for a touchdown to lead the visiting Tar Heels (4-3, 2-1 in ACC) to victory.
N.C. State (2-4, 2-2) led at the half, 7-6. After the Wolfpack was pinned deep in its territory on its first series of the second half, punter Craig Salmon watched the snap sail over his head. Davis recovered the ball in the end zone, and Mark Maye passed to Eric Lewis for the two-point conversion.
North Carolina's Eric Starr gained 129 yards on 32 carries and James Thompson had 94 yards on 18 carries.
James Madison 20, VMI 17:
In Lexington, Va., Greg Medley had 26 rushes for 170 yards and one touchdown to help the Dukes (5-1) over the Keydets (3-3).
It was 10-10 at the half. James Madison's Lamont Breedlove recovered a VMI fumble at the Keydets 19, setting up Medley's 15-yard touchdown run for a 17-10 Dukes lead. After an interception by the Dukes' Bob Christian, Ken Garrity kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it 20-10.
Southern Mississippi 18, Mississippi State 14:
Reserve Alrick Young threw a fourth-quarter touchdown to Darryl Tillman and Eddie Ray Jackson ran 20 yards with the go-ahead score as the visiting Golden Eagles (3-3) rallied to win.
Delaware 38, William and Mary 14:
Reserve quarterback Craig McCoy rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown in the second half and Randy Lanham scored three touchdowns as the Blue Hens won in Williamsburg.
Mississippi 24, Southwestern Louisiana 14:
John Darnell threw scoring passes of 21 and 41 yards to Willie Green, allowing Ole Miss (2-5) to win in Oxford, Miss.
Grambling 45, Mississippi Valley State 14:
Terry Rose scored three first-quarter touchdowns and Robert Reddix intercepted three passes as the Tigers (4-2, 2-1 in SWAC) won easily at home.
Towson State 39, Morgan State 10:
Tailback David Meggett, a transfer from Morgan State, rushed for 114 yards and three scores to lead Towson State (3-2) at home.