THE TOP THREE:
1. MISSISSIPPI (6-0-1)
2. AUBURN (6-1)
3. MEMPHIS STATE (7-0-1)
It looked as if unbeaten, untied Auburn would be forced to settle for a 10-10 deadlock with MISSISSIPPI STATE until Tiger Quarterback Jimmy Sidle went back for one more desperation pass. Then Auburn had to settle for a loss. State's Sonny Fisher intercepted the pass, returning it to the Auburn 21. Justin Canale kicked a pressure-packed 36-yard field goal and instead of being just plain unbeaten, Auburn was just plain untied, 13-10.
In six previous meetings, LSU-TCU scores had read like baseball results: e.g. 3-3, 3-0, 3-2 and 5-0. Last week TCU led 14-7 at half time in a scoring explosion. Vexed by this un-Southern activity, LSU touched off its own firecracker, 5-foot-9 sophomore Joe Labruzzo, who touched down the ball for three scores. LSU won 28-14.
Billy Lothridge does not do it all anymore. The GEORGIA TECH quarterback did complete 20 of 34 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown, and he did kick a field goal in a 15-7 defeat of Florida State. But he missed two extra points, and he neglected to score one of Tech's touchdowns. FLORIDA sophomore Bruce Bennett intercepted Georgia Quarterback Larry Rakestraw's first pass, returning it 43 yards for a touchdown. Bennett popped up again to stave off the Bulldogs' last threat with his third interception and preserve a 21-14 Florida win. VANDERBILT fought KENTUCKY to a scoreless tie, TENNESSEE beat poor Tulane 26-0 and MISSISSIPPI wrapped up Tampa 41-0.
Drilled all week in pass protection, the CLEMSON line gave Jim Parker and Tommy Ray time to complete three long throws against North Carolina's second-in-the-nation pass defense and scuttle the Tar Heels 11-7. With NORTH CAROLINA STATE ahead 6-0, VPI's Mike Cahill dropped a punt on his own two. State Halfback Tony Koszar-sky recovered for a touchdown, and the Wolfpack eventually won 13-7. DUKE buried Wake Forest 39-7 and MEMPHIS STATE, one game closer to an undefeated season, beat South Carolina 9-0.