Mississippi greedily latched on to every break, manhandling Kentucky 27-6 to remain the No. 1 contender for the Southeastern Conference title. Ole Miss showed good team speed, a top-drawer runner in Kent Lovelace and a rugged defense when it was most needed.
Clemson and North Carolina tossed defense to the winds, put on a give-and-take offensive show before hometown Clemson won 26-21 in a blistering 93°. Clemson finally pulled out in front to stay on Halfback George Usry's second touchdown in the last quarter to give Coach Frank Howard his 100th victory, all the sweeter because it was scored at the expense of NC's Jim Tatum.
Whomped by Wake Forest, Maryland snapped back energetically and firmly to defeat North Carolina State 21-6. Halfback John Forbes (see page 60), who plunged over from the four in the first quarter, added the insurance touchdown when he grabbed a screen pass from Quarterback Dickie Lewis and sprinted 71 yards despite the loss of one low-cut shoe on the way.
In other games, Georgia Tech had some anxious moments before getting down to business in the second half to beat Florida State 17-3; Texas matched Tulane's passes with power to win 21-20; Mississippi State came from behind to creep past Florida 14-7; Virginia took to the air early and often to stand off Duke 15-12; LSU's Warren Rabb and Billy Cannon were just too much for hopeful Alabama as the Bengals won 13-3 at Mobile; Wake Forest defeated Virginia Tech 13-6. The top three:
1. AUBURN (1-0)
2. CLEMSON (2-0)
3. MISSISSIPPI (2-0)
While the big fellows in the Southwest Conference were off cementing intersectional relations, Baylor remained at home to beat Hardin-Simmons 14-7; Texas A&M bowed to Houston 39-7; Arkansas lost to Tulsa 27-14.
Other results: Texas Tech overwhelmed West Texas State 32-7; Iowa State turned two pass interceptions into a 14-0 win over Arizona. The top three:
1. TCU (1-1)
2. TEXAS (2-0)
3. SMU (0-1)