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Mervin Hyman
November 14, 1960
Bowl scouts, on the prowl for lush attractions for their postseason games, were unhappy. One by one, the unbeaten teams fell. Navy, Iowa and Tennessee were the latest to go down, leaving Missouri (8-0), Utah State (8-0), Minnesota (7-0), Yale (7-0) and New Mexico State (7-0) as the nation's only unbeaten and untied major college teams.
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November 14, 1960

Football's Eighth Week

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It was a thoroughly enjoyable Saturday for Mississippi . While the Rebels smacked Chattanooga 45-0, Georgia Tech cooperated to keep Ole Miss all alone at the top of the Southeastern Conference. The impulsive Jackets, perhaps inspired by the largest home crowd ever (45,072), wrapped up unbeaten-but-tied Tennessee's single wing in a doughty defense, got a surprise pickup from stubby Billy Williamson's 93-yard kickoff return, upset the Vols 14-7. Coach Bobby Dodd, himself an old Tennessee All-America, was jubilant but repentant: "When the boys play like that, I'm sorry I ever say a cross word to them."

But Auburn and Florida were still breathing uncomfortably down Mississippi's neck. The Tigers got a thoroughly professional performance from Fullback Ed Dyas, a 19-year-old premed senior who kicked his way into the record books with two field goals from 22 and 32 yards, and bulled their way past Mississippi State 27-12. Irrepressible Florida pounced on Georgia for two touchdowns in 27 plays before the Bulldogs could run even one, built up a 22-0 lead by the third quarter and won 22-14. Gator Quarterbacks Larry Libertore and Bobby Dodd Jr. performed their sleights of hand behind the line, and Junior Fullback Don Goodman provided the power (and two touchdowns) through the soft Georgia middle.

Duke 's victory over Navy was the biggest news in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but North Carolina State was satisfied with its close 14-12 triumph over Wake Forest . In a battle of quarterbacks, State's bulky Roman Gabriel completed 15 of 25 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown, rushed for 69 yards; the Deacons' Norm Snead completed 16 of 27 for 237 yards and two scores, lost 16 yards on the ground. Clemson's Frank Howard, stirred up by a muttering alumni after three straight defeats, got his Tigers mad enough to whip the daylights out of North Carolina 24-0.

In other games, Southern Conference leader VMI outlasted Lehigh 18-14; Davidson surprised third-place Virginia Tech 9-7; The Citadel moved up by beating William & Mary 14-0; Kentucky outclassed Vanderbilt 27-0; Alabama clobbered Furman 51-0; Miami picked itself up in the last quarter, scored twice to beat Florida State 25-7; Sophomore Quarterback Lynn Amedee threw three touchdown passes, gave LSU the offensive punch it has lacked all season as the Bengals ran over South Carolina 35-6. The top three:

1. MISSISSIPPI (7-0-1)
2. DUKE (6-1)
3. AUBURN (6-1)


While Washington hurried past USC on its way to the Rose Bowl, UCLA took out its disappointment on sludgy California , whomped the Bears 28-0. Tailback Bill Kilmer, used strategically when the Bruins were in scoring range, passed over the futile Cal defenders for 116 yards, scurried through their leaky line for 109 more and two touchdowns.

Stanford Coach Jack Curtice, whose quips are faster than his backs, fretted through another miserable afternoon. Oregon 's small (5 foot 3? inch) halfback, Cleveland Jones, took advantage of his size, darted in and out of the Stanford secondary, caught two touchdown passes from Quarterback Dave Grosz, kicked three extra points and led the competent Ducks to a 27-6 win. Oregon State , after giving up 10 points to Washington State in the first quarter, suddenly decided it was enough. With Tailback Terry Baker, the nation's total-offense leader, picking judiciously through State's defenders, the Beavers methodically slashed away at the WSU line for two touchdowns, sprang little Halfback Gene Hilliard loose for a third on a 53-yard run and beat the Cougars 20-10.

Utah State , a proud if somewhat startled monarch atop the Skyline Conference after its fine victory over Wyoming , was still not sure of its rule. Utah trounced Colorado State U. 27-6, will test the unbeaten Aggies November 19. The top three:

2. UCLA (4-1-1)
3. OREGON (6-2)

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