THE TOP THREE:
1. MISSISSIPPI (7-0-1)
2. AUBURN (7-1)
3. MEMPHIS STATE (8-0-1)
The MISSISSIPPI STATE portion of the biggest crowd (48,000) ever to attend a game in Mississippi dissolved in ecstasy when, with 85 seconds left, Sonny Fisher's 17-yard pass to Tommy Inman broke a scoreless tie. Then LSU recovered an onside kickoff at its own 49, and Billy Ezell passed four times. The last one went to End Doug Moreau for a touchdown, just 14 seconds before the gun. Said LSU Coach Charlie McClendon later, "I decided to go for the two points to win or to go home a loser." Ezell's pass was high, and McClendon went home a loser, 7-6.
Each and every year ALABAMA'S Bear Bryant begins the season by intimating darkly that his team would fare poorly against the local YMCA. Late in the season, well after 'Bama has ensconced itself high in national rankings, Bryant admits that he was a mite pessimistic. What he never was pessimistic about in 1963 was Joe Namath, who with the aid of Halfback Benny Nelson's two touchdowns led the Tide to a much-needed 27-11 win over Georgia Tech. Namath quarterbacked so smart a game that, in Bryant's words, "they kept phoning from the press box to tell me not to call any plays."
Auburn, 14-0 victor over Georgia, demonstrated early that its confidence had not been shattered by last week's upset loss. When Georgia was ruled offside as Woody Woodall kicked a 38-yard field goal, Auburn snubbed the three points for a first down. Three plays later the Plainsmen scored a touchdown. Second-string MISSISSIPPI Quarterback Jim Wcatherly completed 12 of 17 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown in the first half, and Ole Miss coasted to a 20-0 win over Tennessee, VANDERBILT and TULANE both managed to continue their no-win policy by arranging a 10-10 tie.
Navy had to score every time it got the ball to lead Duke 31-25 at half time. "Then we started thinking about getting somebody stopped," said Coach Wayne Hardin. Navy stopped Duke, all right—seven times in naval territory—and the Middies won 38-25 when John Sai scored on a 93-yard run. NORTH CAROLINA'S Junior Edge outshone Miami's George Mira in a 27-16 win, FLORIDA STATE beat North Carolina State 14-0, CLEMSON downed Maryland 21-6 and WAKE FOREST finally broke its 18-game losing streak, edging South Carolina 20-19.
THE TOP THREE:
1. TEXAS (9-0)
2. BAYLOR (5-3)
3. RICE (5-3)