Fifth-ranked Auburn avoided a huge upset at the hands of Louisiana Tech on Jim Von Wyl's third field goal, a 30-yarder with three seconds left yesterday that provided a 16-14 victory in Auburn, Ala.
Louisiana Tech (3-3) went ahead by 14-13 on backup Sam Hughes's 24-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Slaughter with 5:50 left.
Auburn (3-0-1) failed to move on its next possession, but got the ball back on its 13 with 2:03 to play and one timeout left. Stan White completed eight passes for 77 yards as the Tigers moved to the Louisiana Tech 10. White took a sack in the middle of the field at the 13 and Von Wyl came on to hit the winning kick.
Florida 34, LSU 8: Florida recovered two fumbles and blocked a punt to set up three first-half touchdowns and Shane Matthews directed two long scoring drives in the fourth quarter to lead the 10th-ranked Gators in Gainesville, Fla.
The triumph, before a crowd of 75,039 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, kept Florida unbeaten (5-0, 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference).
LSU (3-2, 1-2 SEC) amassed 325 yards of offense against the nation's third-ranked defense but hurt itself with two fumbles inside its 20-yard line and an interception that stopped a scoring threat at the 3.
Clemson 34, Georgia 3: Chris Gardocki tied a school record with four field goals as the 16th-ranked Tigers held the visiting Bulldogs to a season-low 131 yards.
The margin of victory was the largest by Clemson over Georgia (3-2) since 1905, when the Tigers won, 35-0.
Gardocki hit field goals of 47, 25, 30 and 25 yards to become the sixth Tiger to hit four field goals in one game. David Treadwell last did it in 1987 in Clemson's 21-20 victory over Georgia -- the last time the teams played.
Mississippi 35, Kentucky 29: Randy Baldwin scored two touchdowns as the Rebels' third straight victory, in Oxford, Miss., gave them their best start since Archie Manning quarterbacked the 1970 team. Mississippi (4-1, 1-1 in the Southeastern Conference) rolled up 352 yards total offense, including 220 yards and four touchdowns rushing.
The victory was Billy Brewer's 100th as a college coach.
Baldwin, who finished with a game-high 88 yards on 13 carries, put the Rebels ahead, 14-7, with 3:32 remaining in the first half on a 15-yard run. The junior added a 21-yard score on a pitch to the left on the final play of the third quarter.
So. Mississippi 16, East Carolina 7: Jim Taylor kicked three field goals and Tony Smith ran for one touchdown in Greenville, N.C.
The Golden Eagles (4-2) never trailed after driving 50 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown on their first possession. Smith slipped in from one yard for the score and Taylor added the kick.
Alabama 25, SW Louisiana 6: Phillip Doyle kicked six field goals and Gary Hollingsworth threw a two-yard touchdown pass to lead the visiting Crimson Tide (2-3).
Southwestern Louisiana (2-4) scored on a three-yard run by quarterback James Freeman with 6:42 left. Alabama was the first Southeastern Conference team to visit Lafayette.
North Carolina 31, Wake Forest 24: Natrone Means atoned for a fumble at the start of the third period with two second-half touchdowns, including a fourth-quarter tiebreaker, to lead the Tar Heels (4-2, 1-1) to the ACC triumph in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Means, a freshman, rushed for 134 yards on 24 carries, but fumbled twice. He caught Todd Burnett's pass near midfield and outran the Wake Forest secondary to the end zone with 3:07 left in the third period. In the fourth quarter, Means scored his third touchdown on a one-yard run with 4:59 left.
The Citadel 28, W. Carolina 10: In Cullowhee, N.C., Ray Wimbush ran for two touchdowns to lead The Citadel (3-2, 3-1) to a Southern Conference victory over Western Carolina (3-3, 2-1). The Citadel is 18th in the NCAA Division I-AA poll.
Louisville 38, Tulsa 14: Browning Nagle passed for two touchdowns in the third quarter to spark Louisville (4-1-1) at home.
New Hampshire 10, Richmond 0: Matt Griffin completed 22 of 38 passes for 241 yards and the Wildcats held their hosts to 109 yards total offense en route to a Yankee Conference victory.
N.C. State 56, Appalachian State 0: The Wolfpack (4-2) rushed for 307 yards, sophomore quarterback Terry Jordan passed for two touchdowns and Aubrey Shaw rushed for two in Raleigh, N.C.
Syracuse 49, Vanderbilt 14: David Walker rushed one yard for a touchdown and tossed a 43-yard scoring pass as the Orangemen (2-1-2) coasted in Nashville.