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Sophomore Quarterback Charley Fulton, another of the year's precocious movers and shakers, had led unbeaten Tennessee to four victories and two ties, but when the Vols played MISSISSIPPI last week he was around for only one play. Ailing all week with a pulled muscle in his right leg, he sprained his left ankle the first time he carried the ball, and Tennessee lost its first game 14-13. Dewey Warren, a sophomore quarterback whose experience amounted to six plays, filled in and had Tennessee ahead 13-7 going into the fourth quarter. Then Ole Miss Coach Johnny Vaught brought in his rookie, Quarterback Joe Graves, who had all of 13 plays under his belt. Graves, running and passing, sparked a drive that ended with Mike Dennis plunging over from the one-yard line and Jimmy Keyes kicked the winning point. "I thought Graves would do the job," said Vaught.
That left AUBURN, an unlikely preseason choice, leading the Southeastern Conference. The opportunistic Tigers, who managed to lose three games to nonconference opponents, beat Georgia 21-19. Quarterback Alex Bowden passed for one touchdown, and Fullback Tom Bryan ran for 162 yards.
Smart as Auburn has been, its days at the top of the SEC are probably numbered. The Tigers must beat ALABAMA November 27 to win the championship, and that is never easy. The Tide, reportedly headed for the Orange Bowl to play Nebraska, bombed South Carolina 35-14 after a few anxious moments. But Quarterback Steve Sloan passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third, and that was that. "The last four games," said Bear Bryant, "Steve has been the most accurate passer I've ever had." Whatever happened to Joe Namath?
Florida, out of the SEC race but being wooed by the Cotton and the Sugar bowls, gave its most ardent backers reason for hope. The Gators crushed Tulane 51-13 as Quarterback Steve Spurrier had one of his finest days. He threw three touchdown passes and piled up 262 yards in total offense. LSU, almost out of everything, ripped Mississippi State 37-20, while Vanderbilt, buffeted by Quarterback Bill Miller's splendid passing, succumbed to MIAMI 28-14.
Gator Bowl people were handy with an invitation after GEORGIA TECH, putting on its most exciting face, clobbered Virginia 42-19. Coach Bobby Dodd was happy to accept—probably to play Saturday's Arkansas- Texas Tech loser. But Florida State's bowl hopes ended when the Seminoles lost to NORTH CAROLINA STATE 3-0.
Clemson's Frank Howard for once was practically speechless when old feudin' buddy Tom Nugent's MARYLAND team upset his Tigers 6-0 on Chilean Bernardo Bram-son's two soccer-type field goals. And no wonder. All the Terps did was knock Clem-son out of a sure Atlantic Coast title and back into the suddenly crowded field. Now the Tigers are only half a game ahead of South Carolina (their next opponent), DUKE (a 40-7 winner over Wake Forest), North Carolina and Maryland. Duke and North Carolina play Saturday, while Maryland meets Virginia.
As spectacular as he was against West Virginia, SYRACUSE'S Floyd Little had some man-sized help from 240-pound sophomore Fullback Larry Csonka, who rammed up the middle for 216 yards, breaking Jimmy Brown's one-game school record.