That night Mississippi State got a dose of the same bitter medicine. FLORIDA Tackle Bob Lyle kicked two field goals in the last three minutes, the second a 41-yarder with one second to play, and the Gators won 16-13. "Just like you draw it on the blackboard," joshed Florida Coach Ray Graves.
When Jimmy Sidle's injured shoulder prevented him from raising his arm, AUBURN had to slug it out with stubborn Tennessee on the ground. It was rugged going, but Auburn sneaked by the Tigers 3-0 on Don Lewis' 42-yard field goal. ALABAMA'S Joe Namath ran for two touchdowns, passed for a third as 'Bama swamped Tulane 33-6.
North Carolina expected Michigan State to key on Halfback Ken Willard. So the Tar Heels put him in motion and, sure enough, the Spartans chased him all over Kenan Stadium. Meanwhile, Quarterback Danny Talbott rolled out freely, ran and passed for three touchdowns, and North Carolina held off rallying State, 21-15.
In Atlantic Coast games, NORTH CAROLINA STATE surprised Clemson 9-0, DUKE ran all over Virginia 30-0 and MARYLAND took South Carolina 24-6. WAKE FOREST whacked Virginia Tech 38-21.
THE TOP THREE:
1. ILLINOIS (1-0)
2. OHIO STATE (1-0)
3. MICHIGAN (1-0)
USC's Johnny McKay is a whimsical man. Last summer he picked Oklahoma to win the national championship. Last Saturday his Trojans whomped the Sooners, 40-14. Quarterback Craig Fertig went right after Oklahoma with passes (he completed 16 for 212 yards) and, almost before the poor Sooners knew it, they were behind 14-0. After that, things got worse. Explained Oklahoma End Allen Bumgardner, "They had some patterns we didn't work against very much in practice, such as the split end, slot-back and man in motion." What else is there?
It was like old times for NOTRE DAME. Quarterback Johnny Huarte pitched like Johnny Lujack (15 of 24 for 270 yards), End Jack Snow caught like Monty Stickles (nine for 217 yards and two touchdowns) and the Irish trounced Wisconsin 31-7.
Michigan Quarterback Bob Timberlake, Fullback Mel Anthony and sophomore Halfbacks Carl Ward and Jim Detwiler roamed through the Air Force line for 311 yards on fancy pitchouts, option sweeps and plain old-fashioned power plays as the Wolverines took their opener, 24-7. OHIO STATE was less flamboyant, but just as effective. The Bucks were content to let Fullback Will Sander and Halfback Tom Barrington bash away at SMU while its defense handled the Mustangs' passing game. OSU won 27-8.