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Alabama Coach Bear Bryant took his team to Athens for a replay of last year's highly publicized game and whipped Georgia 32-7 (see page 20). KENTUCKY belted VPI 33-14, TENNESSEE routed Richmond 34-6 and MISSISSIPPI STATE bullied little Howard 43-0, but Vanderbilt lost to FURMAN 14-13.
Maryland Quarterback Dick Shiner completed 17 of 20 passes for 189 yards, but NORTH CAROLINA STATE drubbed the Terps anyway, 36-14. DUKE overhauled South Carolina 22-14 when Fullback Mike Curtis, injured earlier, scored two touchdowns and a field goal, NORTH CAROLINA just did get by Virginia as Quarterback Junior Edge was knocked woozy. "It's not a good feeling," said Tar Heel Coach Jim Hickey, "to have your quarterback on the bench beside you asking you what his name is."
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Northwestern's Ara Parseghian sat in the steaming dressing room at Missouri's Memorial Stadium mopping his forehead, partly because of the heat and partly from relief. "I'm glad to get out of this one," he sighed. His Wildcats had just beaten Missouri 23-12 with a rough defense and Quarterback Tom Myers. Myers completed 10 out of 16 passes for 209 yards. When Missouri set its defense to stop his over-the-middle passes, Myers threw to Ends Chuck Logan and Gary Crum in deep patterns. Moaned Missouri's Dan Devine, "He's almost impossible to defense."
Clemson made the sorry mistake of scoring two second-quarter touchdowns. This infuriated proud OKLAHOMA. Its rangy linemen began to hit more purposefully, Jim Grisham ran 26 yards for a touchdown, Lance Rentzel raced 49 yards and Oklahoma won 31-14. For once, Clemson's Frank Howard, noted for his droll witticisms, was not funny. His lone, sad comment: "They've got big, tough bullies in that line."
Wisconsin and Nebraska won easily. Wisconsin ran and passed for 479 yards while beating Western Michigan 41-0; Nebraska whomped overmatched South Dakota State 58-7. KANSAS STATE was feeling 10 feet tall after its first victory in 19 games. The Wildcats got so enthusiastic when Larry Corrigan threw a five-yard scoring pass to Doug Dusenbury that they went on to beat Brigham Young 24-7.