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FOOTBALL'S WEEK
Mervin Hyman
October 07, 1963
THE WEST
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October 07, 1963

Football's Week

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Miami's defense, 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.

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