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Alabama and LSU came to grips at Birmingham's Legion Field before 68,000, the largest crowd ever to watch any event in the state of Alabama, and the prize was the Southeastern Conference championship. Alabama's Bear Bryant knew that he could win with defense. LSU's Charlie McClendon, who learned his football from The Bear, thought passing was his game. The Bengals' Pat Screen and Billy Ezell put the ball in the air 40 times, and 22 times Alabama knocked it down. 'Bama also intercepted three, one leading to a 33-yard run-back by Hudson Harris for the score that put the game away 17-9.
Florida's Ray Graves learned a painful lesson: never let a 145-pound kicking specialist get his hands on the ball. GEORGIA'S Bobby Etter, an A-plus math student, in the game to try a field goal from the 12-yard line, picked up a fumbled center snap, saw a patch of daylight and ran through the Gators for the touchdown that beat them 14-7.
Georgia Tech, living on borrowed time in recent weeks, finally paid up, losing to TENNESSEE 22-14. The Vols, down 14-3 in the last period, suddenly came to life under the firm hands of sub Quarterback David Leake. He threw a 23-yard pass to Al Tanara for a touchdown, then moved his team 20 yards to put the Vols ahead 15-14. "I never had a group go so far on so little," Coach Bobby Dodd said.
Auburn, still struggling, put ailing Jimmy Sidle at wingback and scored its first touchdown against an SEC team. It was more than enough to beat Mississippi State 12-3. KENTUCKY can thank End John Andrighetti for a 22-21 win over Vanderbilt. He intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble and then caught Vandy Quarterback Dave Waller behind the line to thwart a two-point conversion try in the last minute. MISSISSIPPI, playing its second-and third-stringers, trounced Tampa 36-0. Tulane ran into passing trouble, MIAMI'S Bob Biletnikoff providing all of it as he led the Hurricanes to a 21-0 victory.
Navy Coach Wayne Hardin thought he had a victory neatly salted away when Roger Staubach, passing superbly, pitched three scoring passes to put the Middies ahead of MARYLAND 22-21. But the Terps' Kenny Ambrusko spoiled the day. He took a kick-off back 101 yards to beat Navy 27-22. Naturally that disturbed Hardin, but what bothered him even more was Maryland's Jerry Fishman, who had aroused the corps of midshipmen with his spirited play. "He is a disgrace to the game," ranted Hardin. Maryland's Tom Nugent admitted that Fish-man might have been "a little wild-eyed," but said, "I can't chastise him publicly. I didn't see him do anything deliberate."
Duke's bubble was ruptured again, this time by WAKE FOREST'S Brian Piccolo, who singlehandedly beat the Blue Devils 20-7. North Carolina State, the Atlantic Coast leader, also lost, to VIRGINIA TECH 28-19. NORTH CAROLINA put down Clemson 29-0, while VIRGINIA edged William & Mary 14-13.
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