Bowling Green was no longer unbeaten as it fell to MIAMI 21-12, and MARSHALL, a 20-7 winner over Western Michigan, took the lead in the Mid-American.
THE TOP THREE:
1. AUBURN (6-0)
2. MISSISSIPPI (5-0-1)
3. MEMPHIS STATE (6-0-1)
Alabama, which lost to its only other serious opponent this season ( Florida), found another lead sinker on its French-pastry schedule. Twice 'Bama had to come from behind to keep Mississippi State down 20-19. State piled up a 12-3 lead before the Tide came back with Joe Namath's 40-yard pass to Jimmy Dill and Tim Davis' field goal. Wasting no time, State's Dan Bland took the second-half kickoff 49 yards, and Larry Swearengen soon went in from the four. Only fine Namath running and passing saved Alabama with a final touchdown.
Auburn's Jimmy Sidle again outgained the opposition all by himself as the Plainsmen turned back Florida 19-0. Running 154 yards and passing 70 to the Gators' 176, Sidle scored once on a 25-yard picture run and set up two field goals by Woody Wood-all. Auburn's supposedly weak defense allowed Florida just one first down in the first half and 52 yards rushing all afternoon.
"We played the perfect game," said Johnny Vaught after MISSISSIPPI'S 37-3 drubbing of LSU. Setting the pattern on the third play, Ole Miss blocked a quick kick. Three plays later Fullback Fred Roberts turned it into a touchdown, his first of three. Quarterback Jim Weatherly scored one touchdown, passed for another, one of seven completions in seven attempts. The wonder was that exhausted and crippled LSU had not collapsed before now.
The state of Georgia and the SEC took on the state of North Carolina and the ACC Saturday. The result was a draw. GEORGIA TECH and Billy Lothridge, who kicked three field goals for an NCAA record of 19 and passed to two scores, humbled Duke 30-6, but NORTH CAROLINA punished Georgia 28-7. Equaling its season total with 13 points in the first quarter, TULANE beat South Carolina 20-7 and snapped the nation's longest major-college losing streak at 17. MIAMI defeated Kentucky 20-14 as Halfback Pete Banaszak's runs complemented George Mira's passes. Winning its sixth without a loss, MEMPHIS STATE crushed Louisville 25-0. In a game marked by 10 fumbles, PENN STATE edged Maryland 17-15 on a 66-yard down-the-middle pass play from Pete Liske to Gary Klingensmith.
THE TOP THREE:
1. NAVY (6-1)
2. PITT (5-1)
3. SYRACUSE (5-2)
A sign on a PITT Homecoming float ominously warned Syracuse, "We will bury you." The threat seemed to be ill advised when the Orangemen, despite the absence of three ailing backs (Walley Mahle, Jim Nance and Bill Schoonover), rolled to a 21-8 half-time lead. Then, in the third quarter, Pitt's Fred Mazurek got busy. Running a new keeper play that Coach John Michelosen had put in for the occasion, Mazurek faked deftly to his fullback inside and his halfbacks outside, then followed them through the big but suddenly meek Syracuse line. When he caught the stunting Orangemen with their linebackers in, he flipped little hook passes to his ends. Mazurek ran 41 yards for a score and passed for two points, Paul Martha slammed over from the one, Mazurek threw to End Al Grigaliunas for 13 yards, and Pitt went ahead 28-21. Back came Syracuse on a 52-yard pass play from Rich King to Mike Koski, and the score was 28-27. The Orange went for two points, but Pitt stopped King and just before the end Rick Leeson burst over from the three to insure a 35-27 win.