North Carolina Coach Jim Hickey, given a vote of confidence despite a desultory 1-7 record, had another reason to rejoice. His Tar Heels surprised Duke with a stubborn defense, upset the Blue Devils 7-6 on Quarterback Ray Farris' passing and running and Bob Elliott's placement in the closing minutes. But luck was with Duke. South Carolina held North Carolina State to an 8-8 tie, so the Blue Devils backed into the Atlantic Coast title.
Kentucky, charged up by sub Quarterback Jerry Eisaman's passing, lit out after Tennessee's 10-0 half-time lead, tied the Vols 10-10 when Halfback Bill Ransdell bulled over from the two and Clark Mayfield kicked a 26-yard field goal. Auburn's Ed Dyas kicked his 13th field goal of the season (from the 11-yard line), but broke his cheekbone as the Tigers beat Florida State 57-21. Halfback Tommy Mason scored twice, led Tulane past Vanderbilt 20-0.
Syracuse loosed energetic Halfback Ernie Davis against Miami's dispirited defenders in an 80-yard fourth-quarter touchdown drive, defeated the Hurricanes 21-14. The top three:
1. MISSISSIPPI (8-0-1)
2. AUBURN (8-1)
3. DUKE (7-2)
It isn't often that Texans will admit-even grudgingly—the superiority of a foreign power. But last Saturday they tipped their 10-gallon hats to Arkansas after the Razorbacks beat Texas Tech 34-6 to earn at least a share of the often elusive Southwest Conference title and a sure spot in the Cotton Bowl. Plodding Tech was no match for the runs of Lance Alworth and Billy Moore, who probed and parted the Raider line whenever Quarterback George McKinney, who passed for three touchdowns, wasn't throwing over it.
Now only Rice, which meets Baylor Saturday, can catch Arkansas. The Owls remained alive by plucking off six TCU passes and beating the Frogs 23-0. Baylor found SMU more stubborn, but Halfback Ronnie Bull ran for one touchdown, took a 17-yard pass from Bobby Ply for another, and the Bears won 20-7, then accepted a bid to the Gator Bowl.
Unbeaten New Mexico State, nearing outright possession of the Border Conference championship, clobbered Hardin-Simmons 40-3 as nation's leading scorer, Halfback Bob Gaiters, scored three times, now has 133 points. The top three:
1. ARKANSAS (8-2)
2. RICE (7-2)
3. TEXAS (6-3)