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FOOTBALL'S WEEK
John Underwood
October 18, 1965
In a year distinguished more for its upsets than for any sort of consistency, the favorites finally came through—and by comfortable margins, for a change. Arkansas and Texas coasted on their tough defenses to set up a mighty showdown this Saturday. Nebraska and USC looked ominously strong, the surprising boys of Georgia and the sudden monsters of Michigan State were marvelous again and so, in their negative way, were West Virginia's curious Mountaineers (below), who eschew defense for points, points, points
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October 18, 1965

Football's Week

In a year distinguished more for its upsets than for any sort of consistency, the favorites finally came through—and by comfortable margins, for a change. Arkansas and Texas coasted on their tough defenses to set up a mighty showdown this Saturday. Nebraska and USC looked ominously strong, the surprising boys of Georgia and the sudden monsters of Michigan State were marvelous again and so, in their negative way, were West Virginia's curious Mountaineers (below), who eschew defense for points, points, points

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The West Virginia offense is by no means unusually conceived—it is a straight wing T, with a split end and a flip-flopping line. The secret is execution—nine of the 11 offensive starters have played together since they were freshmen, and they thrive on togetherness. They block like madmen and are especially deadly on traps and wedges. Furthermore, Bob Dunlevy, 6 feet 5 and the fastest man on the team, is a superb pass catcher (14 so far for 272 yards), and so is Wingback Dick (Radar) Rader. McCune is grateful. "Everything I throw up, they grab. It's really something."

It is not likely that West Virginia will make it through undefeated, not with Penn State, Kentucky and Syracuse still to play. But to knock the Mountaineers off it will take a heap of points and recognition that their Spartan attitude is not likely to go soft from a few happy successes. Certainly McCune is unspoiled. After one of his better performances he went to Barrett, head down, a dollar bill in hand, and said, "I'd like to buy a program, sir."

Unbeatable humility, that is what it is.
—JOHN UNDERWOOD

THE SOUTH

1. GEORGIA (4-0)
2. MISSISSIPPI STATE (4-0)
3. KENTUCKY (3-1)

For years Southeastern Conference teams oblingingly died for dear Ole Miss. They do so no longer and the latest of the noncooperators, FLORIDA, spent a pleasant Saturday winning 17-0 as Quarterback Steve Spurrier and Lonesome End Charley Casey belabored the Rebels with their running and throwing. Spurrier completed 18 of 29 passes for 223 yards and one touchdown and ran nine yards for another. Casey, running deceptive patterns and making spectacular grabs, caught seven passes and scored once. It was the first time that one of Coach Johnny Vaught's teams had lost three straight.

That left MISSISSIPPI STATE and Mississippi Southern, both unbeaten, to decide the state championship. And whenever these kissin' cousins tangle, it is never easy living. State Coach Paul Davis stacked his defense to keep Vic Purvis, Southern's glamour boy, from running inside, but Purvis almost ruined the Bulldogs with his passing. It took a succession of hairy goal-line stands to hold State's 17-9 lead. Then, with four minutes to go, Quarterback Ashby Cook put the game out of reach. His passes set up Jimmy Neill's 26-yard field goal and a touchdown to make the final score 27-9.

As usual, GEORGIA stumbled and struggled and then won again. Down 9-6 to Clemson, the unbeaten Bulldogs went ahead 23-9 when Guard Jimmy Cooley blocked a kick for a touchdown and Fullback Ronnie Jenkins plunged over from the three for another. Resourceful LSU turned two Miami fumbles and a blocked punt into three scores in the first half and then almost got caught by the Hurricanes when Miami sophomore Quarterback Bill Miller completed 21 passes for three touchdowns. But LSU won 34-27. "I'd like to say I was cool out there," said Miller, "but I was scared."

"I don't know when I've wanted anything more," said KENTUCKY'S Charley Bradshaw before the Florida State game. What prompted these remarks was the 48-6 drubbing the Seminoles gave his team last year. So Bradshaw dreamed up a new play for the occasion—a tackle-eligible pass for Doug Davis, a 238-pound giant—and it led to two Kentucky touchdowns. But FSU Coach Bill Peterson, plotting too, had a surprise for the Wildcats. Bill Moreman, taking a kickoff in his end zone, headed up the middle to the 13-yard line, stopped and suddenly tossed a short cross-field pass to T.K. Wetherell, behind a four-man screen. The quintet raced untouched for a score. Kentucky, as expected, finally won the battle of wits, by an unexpectedly close 26-24.

Alabama recovered from some early troubles to beat Vanderbilt 22-7 while TENNESSEE thumped South Carolina 24-3 and AUBURN ran over Chattanooga 30-7. But Tulane lost to GEORGIA TECH 13-10.

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