Georgia Tech was sailing along with a 10-0 lead when Harry Ledbetter, TEXAS A&M'S sophomore quarterback, suddenly got the notion that the Aggies could catch Tech. Sure enough, they did. Ledbetter ran over from the one for a score and then, with 1:24 to go, threw a 26-yard pass to Lloyd Curington to win the game 14-10.
No one was winning easily in the Atlantic Coast Conference, DUKE had its hands full holding off South Carolina 20-15 while co-leader CLEMSON had to come from behind to overtake Virginia 20-14 and Harold Deter's 45-yard field goal with 35 seconds to play beat Wake Forest 13-11 for NORTH CAROLINA STATE.
West Virginia appeared to have a lock on the Southern Conference title. The talented Mountaineers routed William & Mary 34-14 for their second straight.
1. NEBRASKA (2-0)
2. PURDUE (2-0)
3. MICHIGAN (2-0)
It was hard to recall a worse beginning for the Big Ten. True, PURDUE stunned Notre Dame 25-21 (page 30), MICHIGAN STATE easily handled Penn State, ILLINOIS recovered after a first-week loss to bury SMU 42-0 and IOWA trampled Oregon State. But the other conference teams were performing like lost sisters. Even MICHIGAN was hard put to get by California 10-7. It took a lucky steal by Guard Paul Johnson—he plucked the ball, almost as an afterthought, from Cal's careless Dan Berry on the Michigan 12—in the last minute to save the Wolverines. Before that Michigan gave up the ball five times on interceptions and fumbles and hardly looked like a Big Ten champion.
Ohio State sputtered so badly against NORTH CAROLINA that it resorted to passes. Quarterback Don Unverferth threw 35 of them (he hit 19), but still the Bucks lost 14-3. Minnesota, following its robust start against USC, frittered away a 13-point lead and was beaten by WASHINGTON STATE 14-13. Wisconsin was no match for use. Halfback Mike Garrett led the Badgers a merry chase, gaining 154 yards, scoring twice and passing for a touchdown as the Trojans won 26-6. In the only conference game NORTHWESTERN upset Indiana 20-0.
Missouri pounded Oklahoma State for 383 yards, but it was not until Quarterback Gary Lane broke away for 80 yards early in the second half that the Tigers were able to consider the rough Cowboys beaten. That did it 13-0. Just about everything possible happened to Kansas in its game with ARIZONA. Arizona Linebacker Mike Hawk blocked a quick kick and intercepted a pass to set up scores, and Guard Jay Willett ran a midair fumble back 76 yards for a score. Arizona won 23-15.
1. TEXAS (2-0)
2. ARKANSAS (2-0)
3. BAYLOR (2-0)