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Mervin Hyman
September 27, 1965
It was the last game in the long, historic series between Alabama and Georgia, a game being discontinued because of the old Bear Bryant-Wally Butts-Saturday Evening Post controversy of 1963. Fittingly enough, when all of the excitement was over in Athens, Ga. last Saturday there was another controversy that Alabama and Bryant will not soon forget. With just two minutes remaining in the game and heavily favored Alabama clinging to a 17-10 lead, only recently earned, the Bulldogs pulled off a succession of miracles—and seemingly a piece of sleight of hand—that left 41,500 spectators in utter shock. Georgia thumbed back into the pages of football's razzle-dazzle days and spun off a 73-yard pass-lateral-run play for a touchdown, then went for a two-point conversion try and made it, and one of the nation's mightiest teams fell 18-17 in the very first full week of college play.
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September 27, 1965

Football's Week

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1. NEBRASKA (1-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (1-0)
3. MICHIGAN (1-0)

If anyone needs to be convinced that NEBRASKA is No. 1, speak to TCU's Abe Martin. The Huskers made him a believer when they shucked off his Frogs 34-14. Quarterback Bob Churchich and Split End Freeman White, who teamed up for two touchdown passes, were the most persuasive Nebraskans, but there were others, such as Halfback Ron Kirkland and little Fullback Frankie Solich, who ran for 137 yards. "Until I see someone better," said Martin, " Nebraska deserves its rating."

Before Missouri met KENTUCKY, Coach Dan Devine predicted, "We're going to have to scratch for every inch we get." Unfortunately, the Tigers missed a couple of important inches in the fourth quarter when Halfback Johnny Roland fumbled going into the end zone. Earlier, Kentucky's Rick Norton threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Halfback Larry Seiple and that gave the Wildcats a 7-0 victory.

It was a fine opening day for some Big Ten teams, PURDUE lit into Miami of Ohio with Bob Griese's good passing and shelled the Redskins 38-0. MICHIGAN STATE'S Hawaiian imports, sophomore Fullback Bob Apisa and barefoot kicker Dick Kenney, defeated UCLA for the Spartans 13-3. INDIANA got off to a good start under new Coach John Pont, beating Kansas State 19-7.

But there were Big Ten casualties, too. Illinois, leading OREGON STATE 10-6 with three minutes to go, lost 12-10 when sophomore Clayton Calhoun caught Paul Brothers' deflected pass in the end zone, WASHINGTON STATE beat Iowa 7-0 on Tom Roth's 20-yard pass to Rich Sheron in the last minute. Northwestern was no match for strong FLORIDA. Quarterback Steve Spurrier passed for one touchdown and scored another as the Gators won 24-14. And COLORADO held WISCONSIN to a scoreless tie.

Bowling green, the Mid-American favorite, needed time to get going against Los Angeles State, but won finally 21-0.


1. TEXAS (1-0)
2. ARKANSAS (1-0)
3. BAYLOR (1-0)

Hurricane Betsy, in chasing the TEXAS-TU-lane game out of New Orleans and into Austin, at least spared most Green Wave rooters the unhappy sight of their heroes being trampled. Led by Linebacker Tommy Nobis, the Longhorns held Tulane to a mere 18 yards rushing, while a mob of accomplished players—Quarterback Marv Kristynik, Fullback Tom Stockton and sophomore Halfback Linus Baer were the most effective—rang up four touchdowns as Texas won 31-0.

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