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1. NAVY (8-1)
Not since 1920 had Mississippi won in Knoxville. But this time it was different. Ole Miss marched the opening kickoff back 76 yards for a touchdown and never let up until Tennessee was beaten 24-3. Quarterback Jake Gibbs spread the defense with his wonderful passing (11 of 13 for 112 yards) while Fullback Jim Anderson battered the Tennessee line for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Now only Mississippi State stands between the Rebels and the SEC title.
Georgia Tech piled up a 15-0 lead in the first half but unwisely chose to sit on it. Soon Alabama began to catch up, finally overhauled the cautious Jackets 16-15 on Richard O'Dell's 24-yard field goal as time ran out. Auburn's Ed Dyas, the country's best field-goal kicker, got off his third of the game with 46 seconds to play—from the 22-yard line—to give the Tigers a 9-6 victory over Georgia. Florida , enjoying its finest SEC season, whipped Tulane 21-6, earned an invitation to the Gator Bowl.
Versatile Duke punched away at the Wake Forest line for 234 yards, passed sparingly but effectively for 100 more while stopping the Deacons' long-throwing Norm Snead, won 34-7 to clinch a tie for the Atlantic Coast title. Maryland made the most of a pass interference penalty in the closing 65 seconds, defeated North Carolina 22-19 when Quarterback Dale Betty tossed a three-yard pass to Gary Collins. Clemson beat South Carolina 12-2.
Notre Dame tried its luck in the South, found it was no better there and lost to Miami 28-21. VMI first surprised, then bruised The Citadel with its ground game, won 20-6 for its second straight Southern Conference crown. The top three:
1. MISSISSIPPI (8-0-1)
Washington worked over California 27-7 to win the Big Five title and an automatic bid to the Rose Bowl. The Huskies, who haven't been quite the same since Quarterback Bob Schloredt broke his collarbone, crunched away at the weak Cal line for 254 yards, while Bob Hivner passed just often enough to keep the Bears off balance.
Meanwhile, UCLA was looking better and better. Tailback Bill Kilmer passed for one touchdown, ran 88 yards for a second and plunged for a third as the Bruins beat Air Force 22-0. For a few exhilarating seconds, Stanford Coach Jack Curtice thought his poor Indians had finally won a game. With Oregon State leading 25-21 and one minute to play, Halfback Skip Face hurtled three yards into the State end zone, but officials detected clipping on the play, and the score was nullified. Moaned Curtice: "Somebody up there is interfering with my coaching." Oregon , hoping for a bowl (almost any one will do) invite, trounced winless West Virginia 20-6. Mel Melin threw three touchdown passes, two of them to End Hugh Campbell, college football's No. 1 receiver, and Washington State defeated Idaho 18-7.