With 20 minutes left, it appeared that mediocre Maryland would finish off what Georgia Tech started the week before. But, like everyone else, the Terps crumbled before Auburn's battle of attrition and finally fell 20-7.
South Carolina, rising to fever pitch for the traditional "Big Thursday" game with Clemson, banged away at the Tigers until they turned them into tabby cats in an astonishingly easy 26-6 upset. Explained Clemson Coach Frank Howard: "They was rough and tough and we wasn't."
Wake Forest, after enjoying a heady 48 hours at the top of the ACC heap, came tumbling down at the rude hands of improving North Carolina 26-7. The marvelous Tar Heel line, considered by some the near equal of Auburn's pro-type defenders, put cruel pressure on Deacon passers, provided adequate protection for its own long-passing Jack Cummings, who completed two for touchdowns, and opened huge gaps for Halfback Wade Smith.
Coach Bear Bryant served notice that Alabama is about to come of age when his Crimson Tide worked over favored Mississippi State 9-7. Halfback Gary O'Steen pinned down State with quick kicks and ate up huge chunks of yardage to set up Fred Sington's 29-yard field goal and Norbie Ronsonet's scoring catch of a Bobby Jackson pass.
Florida State shocked Tennessee 10-0; Duke rallied to beat North Carolina State 20-13 and bubble up out of the ACC cellar; Georgia, taking its cue from alert Sophomore Guard Pat Dye, who intercepted a pass and trundled 28 yards with a stolen fumble for a touchdown, beat Kentucky 28-0; West Virginia squeaked by Virginia Tech 21-20 for its 26th straight Southern Conference victory. The top three:
1. AUBURN (4-0-1)
2. LSU (6-0)
3. MISSISSIPPI (6-0)
The Southwest Conference, long the home of inconsistency, ran true to form last week when fired-up Rice trampled all over Texas and left the Longhorns for dead, 34-7. Making frequent use of a slick little quarterback option keeper that had the Texas ends dizzy and the linebackers defending superbly—but usually in the wrong place—the Owls flapped to the top of the SWC, a bare length ahead of idle TCU.
Weary of watching Baylor's Larry Hickman parade up and down the field for three quarters, Texas A&M took the Bears by the ears in the last 16 minutes and churned up a 26-point storm to win 33-27 on Tailback Charlie Milstead's superb passing (see page 6).
SMU, sparked up by No. 2 Quarterback Billy Dunn's passing and a brief appearance by injured Don Meredith, caught Georgia Tech with its usually reliable defenses down and drubbed the Engineers 20-0. Winless Arkansas scared unbeaten Mississippi before losing 14-12. The top three: