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Mississippi received a rude shock, too. Memphis State, which had never beaten Ole Miss in 22 tries, turned on its old tormentors. Two long kick returns and a 24-yard run by sophomore Quarterback Rick Thurow won for the Tigers 27-17.
Of the Southeastern Conference powers, only Georgia avoided the quicksand as it rolled over Mississippi State 30-0. But Coach Vince Dooley was not happy about it. "Too many fumbles," he complained. Florida showed some muscle, overpowering Illinois 14-0 on the running of sophomore Quarterback Jack Eckdahl and Halfback Larry Smith, and Auburn battered Chattanooga 40-6. But LSU needed a seven-yard run by Halfback Glenn Smith with 29 seconds left to overtake Rice 20-14. Vanderbilt lost to Georgia Tech 17-10.
It took Clemson a while to get over the shock of losing Quarterback Jimmy Addison with a knee injury early against Wake Forest, but Head Coach Frank Howard heeded his assistants who advised, "Don't do nothing fancy." Halfbacks Buddy Gore and Jacky Jackson ran the Deacons down and Clemson won easily 23-6. South Carolina, perhaps an ACC challenger, came from behind to beat North Carolina 16-10, while North Carolina State took Buffalo 24-6. West Virginia, the best in the Southern Conference, was no match for VMI, winning 21-9.
Miami's hopes for a national championship expired all but unborn quite unexpectedly in a most unlikely place, Northwestern's Dyche Stadium. The Wildcats, who had been steaming all week over a clipping from a Miami paper that branded them as "patsies," did everything they were not supposed to do against the esteemed Hurricanes. They put a 5'9" defensive back—Dennis While—on Jim Cox and Steve Smith, Miami's touted receivers, and he stopped them cold. They ran around Ted Hendricks, the big defensive end people are not usually anxious to challenge. And then, with 4:13 left to play and the score 7-6, they pulled off a slick piece of razzle-dazzle that they had worked on in secret and caught Miami dozing. The play started like a power sweep with Quarterback Bill Melzer handing off to Halfback Chico Kurzawski. Only Chico did not sweep. Instead he stopped and threw a pass to Melzer, who had swung left and gone down and out. It was good for nine yards and the touchdown that shocked the Hurricanes 12-7. "We knew they wouldn't be looking for it," said Coach Alex Agase. "Who's going to set up a pass defense to cover a quarterback as a receiver?"
Notre Dame had no such problems, and California Coach Ray Willsey says the Irish probably won't have any the rest of the season. Willsey thought the only chance he had was to go strong on passing. So Notre Dame's alert defense destroyed California's passing game with four interceptions. It took Quarterback Terry Hanratty a while to get the Notre Dame offense going, but once he did, it was all over for Cal. Hanratty completed 15 of 30 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns, ran for another and Notre Dame coasted 41-8.
Except for Michigan State, the stay-at-homes in the Big Ten had a profitable afternoon. Despite some bumbling, Michigan's inexperienced team managed to squeeze past Duke 10-7. But Quarterback Dick Vidmer was far from sharp and Frank Titas' winning 27-yard field goal, with 16 seconds left, was not exactly a boomer. He shanked the ball, and it floated lazily like a soaked bubble, barely clearing the crossbar.
Minnesota Coach Murray Warmath tried four quarterbacks before sophomore Phil Hagen finally got the Gophers going against Utah. With Minnesota behind 12-7, Hagen threw a 28-yard pass that End Chip Litten took away from Utah's Jim Street in the end zone. The steal won for the Gophers 13-12. Indiana spotted visiting Kentucky 10 points before sophomore Quarterback Harry Gonso pitched two touchdown passes to earn the Hoosiers a 12-10 victory. Iowa, too, fared well, beating TCU 24-9.