so disenchanting a week earlier, suddenly turned tiger for Purdue. Charging
merrily over the Boilermakers, it blunted their ground game and smothered their
passing attack. However, Miami, and George Mira in particular, still had
worries. Mira hit 13 of his 19 throws, but it took a 24-yard field goal by Don
Cifra to win 3-0.
Tulane was easy
for ALABAMA. Quarterback Joe Namath and Halfbacks Benny Nelson, Billy Piper and
Hudson Harris got the Crimson Tide off to a 28-0 lead before Coach Bear Bryant
mercifully called them off the Greenies. MISSISSIPPI, too, had little trouble
as it leveled Kentucky 31-7. Quarterbacks Perry Lee Dunn and Jim Weatherly
softened the Wildcats' midsection with strong running and then routed Kentucky
with precision passing.
The last two
years AUBURN came from behind to beat Tennessee. This year new Vol Coach Jim
McDonald added some snappy variations to the old Neyland single wing, got
bright new uniforms and announced that team morale had never been better. So
Tennessee took a 12-0 lead, and then Auburn's Jimmy Sidle wrecked the Vols with
two touchdown passes and a sneak, and the Tigers won 23-19. MISSISSIPPI STATE
exploited FLORIDA'S weaknesses with a wide game and tied the Gators 9-9, while
GEORGIA bombed Vanderbilt 20-0.
So far, DUKE has
run into few problems in defending its ACC championship. The Blue Devils had an
easy time beating Virginia 30-8. And Maryland, Duke's next opponent, lost
again. Dick Shiner neither passed nor ran effectively in the rain, but SOUTH
CAROLINA'S Jim Rogers did. The Gamecocks won 21-13. NORTH CAROLINA STATE is
looking better and better. State's Jim Rossi flipped two scoring passes as the
Wolfpack defeated Southern Mississippi, 14-0.