Georgia Tech, hopelessly outrushed by Auburn's great line, sliced up and down by wedge plays aimed at their tackles and held at bay by Tommy Lorino's masterful punting, played hot-potato football, quick-kicking all over the place while waiting for a break. It finally came in the last period, when Quarterback Fred Braselton intercepted a pass, set off an attack which gave the Engineers a 7-7 tie and provided the first nick in Auburn's 17-game winning streak.
LSU, continuing to startle the South, took advantage of Warren Rabb's defense-scattering passes to turn loose Halfback Billy Cannon for 108 yards and two touchdowns, ran over bewildered Kentucky 32-7 to become top dog in SEC.
North Carolina, faster, quicker and hitting harder, jammed up the Maryland running attack, rode to two scores on Quarterback Jack Cummings' accurate pitching to win 27-0 and turn the Terps' Homecoming Day into a personal triumph for Coach Jim Tatum. Moaned Maryland Coach Tommy Mont realistically: "We just got the hell knocked out of us."
In other games, Vanderbilt once again found 60 minutes too long, had to share a 6-6 tie when Florida's Jimmy Dunn and David Hudson clicked on an end zone pass with eight seconds to play; Tennessee, sticking to single-wing power, mowed down Alabama 14-7; Mississippi, playing adequately if not spectacularly, moved past Hardin-Simmons 24-0 for its fifth straight. The top three:
1. AUBURN (3-0-1)
2. LSU (5-0)
3. MISSISSIPPI (5-0)
The Rose Bowl sweepstakes were still as wide-open as ever with California the latest to move into the No. 1 spot in the PCC. Quarterback Joe Kapp guided the Bears to two touchdowns, then protected it with some alert pass defending in the waning minutes as California beat bumbling USC 14-12.
Washington State surprised rock-ribbed Oregon with a sturdy defense of its own to upset the Ducks 6-0 and wander back into contention. UCLA unveiled something called the W formation to beat Washington 20-0 and Oregon State came from behind to catch Idaho 20-6.
Unbeaten Air Force continued to make their better-known service brethren sit up and take notice as they muscled past Stanford 16-0, but College of Pacific, the big little team on the West Coast, was gang-tackled nearly to death by the rough, tough Cincinnati Bearcats, who gave Dick Bass little running room and won 12-6.
Wyoming, battling to retain the Skyline Conference lead, barely squeaked by Colorado State 7-6, got set to defend first place against New Mexico, 33-13 winner over Arizona. The top three: