Tennessee was in trouble, too, against South Carolina. The underdog Gamecocks got off to an 11-0 lead before Quarterback Dewey Warren warmed up. He pitched two touchdown passes to Richmond Flowers, scored on a one-yard plunge and the Vols pulled it out 29-17. MISSISSIPPI intercepted seven Houston passes and upset the previously unbeaten Cougars 27-6, while AUBURN'S Jimmy Jones kicked an extra point, TCU's Bruce Alford missed for the first time in 66 tries and the Tigers won 7-6. But Mississippi State lost to FLORIDA STATE 10-0 when the Seminoles, who had been riddled for 96 points in four games, suddenly came up with a firm defense.
Miami, down 7-6 to Indiana in a torrential downpour, overtook the Hoosiers 14-7 on David Olivio's four-yard pass to Jim Cox. MEMPHIS STATE stopped Tulsa's aerial act 6-0 with a four-man front and an alternating rush. The shutout was the Hurricanes' first in 54 games, PENN STATE, starting what Coach Joe Paterno grimly called a "new season," smashed West Virginia 38-6 as new Quarterback Tom Sherman completed 15 of 26 passes, ran for a touchdown and kicked three field goals and two extra points. LOUISVILLE'S Benny Russell passed for 213 yards for a school career record in a 35-15 win over Marshall.
The ACC was full of surprises. NORTH CAROLINA STATE whipped Duke 33-7 at Durham—the first time in 35 years—while WAKE FOREST shocked North Carolina 3-0 on Chick George's 40-yard field goal. Virginia, no match for VIRGINIA TECH'S muscle, went down 24-7. In the Southern Conference. GEORGE WASHINGTON knocked VMI out of the lead 13-0 and EAST CAROLINA moved into it by outscoring The Citadel 27-17. But RICHMOND had the most pleasant afternoon of all. The Spiders, after 19 straight losses. beat Davidson 23-17. Said one Richmond partisan gleefully, "We've won one in a row, and I feel almost undefeated."
1. ARKANSAS (5-1)
2. SMU (4-1)
3. TEXAS A&M (3-2-1)
Texas A&M can keep raising all the hob it wants; the Aggies' SWC probation will keep them out of a bowl game, where it now appears they belong. Edd Hargett ran and passed for two scores as A&M went to a 17-0 lead against Baylor. Then the Aggies intercepted five Terry Southall passes and, keyed by Tackle Maurice Moorman, stopped two deep Baylor drives in the final minutes to win 17-13.
SMU, the only other SWC team unbeaten in league play, is also on probation—making it a good year for the bad. Quarterback Mac White ran fix two touchdowns and passed for one. and Dennis Partee kicked a 39-yard field goal as the Mustangs heat Texas Tech 24-7. At Houston, where Rice almost always surprises TEXAS, the Owls continued to have the kind of season you wouldn't wish on a dog. Trailing 14-6 in the second half, they went to the Longhorn 15-, 21-, and 19-yard lines and never did score again.
For ARKANSAS, the likely Cotton Bowl team, it was a day in which the fullback, who ran only seven times last year and who really is a deep guard, led all ball carriers with 49 yards in four carries. The Hog regulars played 22 minutes, scored four of the first five times they touched the ball, and Arkansas beat Wichita State, 41-0.
Billy Stevens" passing duel with Danny Holman never came off, as TEXAS WESTERN routed San Jose State 35-0. WEST TEXAS STATE beat New Mexico State 17-14, and NORTH TEXAS unveiled a brand-new arm, Corkey Boland's. He hit 28 of 43 passes for 398 yards and four touchdowns in a 53-6 win over Southern Illinois.