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Profit and loss on a long, crucial weekend
John Underwood
December 09, 1963
From Starkville to Seattle, championships were settled. Surprise teams Illinois, Auburn and North Carolina were flushed with success; Mississippi State was just plain flushed
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December 09, 1963

Profit And Loss On A Long, Crucial Weekend

From Starkville to Seattle, championships were settled. Surprise teams Illinois, Auburn and North Carolina were flushed with success; Mississippi State was just plain flushed

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The year of the quarterbacks ended—except for mop-up action this weekend—quite appropriately: Quarterback Jack Concannon of Boston College went first (to the Boston Patriots) in the American Football League draft, Quarterback Pete Beathard of USC went in the first round (to Detroit) in the National Football League. Baylor's Don Trull set all-time major college records with 160 completions for 2,047 yards and still has a game to play, as do Roger Staubach, the most celebrated quarterback of the year, and George Mira, the most unfortunate. Mira's team caved in on him, from 7-3 in 1962 to 3-6 this year, though he completed more passes (148) for more yards (1,854) than he did as a 1962 All-America. He now stands third in total career completions and could pass Georgia's Zeke Bratkowski Saturday against Alabama. Then it's the North-South game December 21 and a duel with Northern Illinois' George Bork, the small colleges' finest passer.

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