Maryland Coach Tom Nugent can make a little knowledge go a long way. When his scouts reported that Penn State's linebackers usually swung wide with the flankers and its defensive backs played deep, he decided to use Dick Shiner, his best passer, at quarterback and shifted Tackle Walter Rock to right guard for more protection. It worked. While Rock held out the crashing State linemen and End Gary Collins confused the secondary with his tricky patterns. Shiner pitched three touchdown passes and Maryland upset State 21-17.
Despite LSU's win over Mississippi, the SEC race—and the battle for bowl bids—was far from over. Unbeaten Alabama, which plays neither Ole Miss nor LSU, moved effortlessly past Mississippi State, 24-0, to remain at the top, while Georgia Tech was still alive after beating Florida 20-0. The Jackets found a weak spot in Florida's sagging middle, sent Fullback Mike McNames charging through it behind their powerful guards to set up two touchdowns, and the rest was easy. Even some of the also-rans had fun. Quarterback Bobby Hunt passed and ran Auburn to a 21-7 victory over Wake Forest; Kentucky smothered Florida State 20-0 but lost Passer Jerry Woolum with a broken leg.
But Saturday wasn't fun for Tennessee and Georgia. Tennessee watched almost helplessly while Quarterback Ray Farris moved North Carolina 80 yards in 66 seconds. He threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Ward Marslender with 15 seconds to go, then pitched a two-pointer to Gib Carson to beat the Vols 22-21. Miami, physically sound again, romped over Georgia 32-7 as slick sophomore George Mira ran and passed for four touchdowns.
General Mark Clark's program for athletic proficiency at The Citadel finally came to fruition. The Bulldogs went ahead of VMI 14-8, then hung on grimly for their first Southern Conference title in 24 years. The top three:
1. ALABAMA (7-0)
2. LSU (6-1)
3. MISSISSIPPI (6-1)
While Ohio State took the measure of Iowa 29-13, Minnesota rocked Michigan State 13-0 in the Big Ten. Purdue, which had been the first to unmask the Hawkeyes, beat Illinois 23-9, Northwestern managed to squeak past Indiana 14-8 and Michigan's Bennie McRae finally got a good grip on the football and carried it over for three touchdowns to help the Wolverines outscore Duke 28-14.
Although Colorado's victory over Missouri gave it a firm hold on the Big Eight title, second-place Kansas looked better than ever. Quarterback John Hadl completed seven out of 10 passes for 113 yards and skillfully directed the Jayhawkers to 229 yards on the ground as they whomped Nebraska 28-6. There was even some consolation for Oklahoma's Bud Wilkinson. After five straight defeats, his Sooners rallied around the rushes of sophomore Fullback Dick Beattie and senior Halfback Mike McClellan to beat Kansas State 17-6. However, there was no solace for Oklahoma State, which lost to Wichita's Missouri Valley champions 25-13.
Navy, which had started the season with such meager hopes, pulled another rabbit out of its cap. The Middies battled bigger and brawnier Notre Dame to a standstill in the line, and End Greg Mather sent the Irish to their third straight loss, 13-10, with two field goals. The top three: