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Mississippi, which will play Texas in the Cotton Bowl, closed out its season by slapping Mississippi State around 37-7. It was Mississippi's most impressive win since it crushed Chattanooga 54-0 last month. Texas Coach Darrell Royal saw Ole Miss against State and said: "This is as good a Mississippi team as any I have seen." Thus the one-upmanship begins.
John Bahen turned from bum to beauty in 14 seconds as Miami beat Florida 15-6. Bahen fumbled in his own territory and, just like that, Florida scored a fast touchdown to lead 6-0. So Bahen took the kick-off from Florida on his own seven-yard line and ran it all the way back for a touchdown. Miami's strong defense held Florida to minus yardage throughout the game.
North Carolina had no trouble beating Virginia 24-0 to even its year's record at 5-5. Although it was an unhappy way for Virginia to end the season, the folks around Charlottesville were only too willing to settle for the year's record—four wins, six losses—four more wins than in the previous three years. The top three:
Oklahoma finished a turnabout season by defeating Oklahoma State 21-13, its fifth straight victory after five straight losses. State did its best to help out. After scoring a safety to lead 2-0 in the first quarter, State let Oklahoma's free kick roll untouched, a high school mistake that gave Oklahoma the ball in State territory. Oklahoma drove in from there for a touchdown. Later State moved to the Sooner 13. Jim Dillard ran to the one and fumbled right into the hands of one of his linemen, Jerry Runyan, in the end zone. If Runyan had held onto the ball it would have been a touchdown, but Runyan dropped it, Oklahoma recovered and marched for another touchdown.
Colorado, the Big Eight champion and Orange Bowl opponent of LSU, had a nice workout with the Air Force, winning 29-12. The Air Force had a brief fling, going ahead 12-7 before Colorado marched for three touchdowns, wearing out the Air Force with manpower. Ben Martin, Air Force coach, shook his head and said after the game: "Boy, would I love to have material like that." The top three:
SMU frittered away a 20-0 lead, then scored a last-second touchdown to salvage a 28-28 tie with TCU. The tie, however, was not enough to save SMU Coach Bill Meek's job. He was fired minutes after the game ended.