Quarterback Dewey Warren, who had not played in a month, and Kicker Karl Kremser, who rarely gets on the field at all, led Tennessee past LSU 17-14. When Warren scored an early touchdown and then Walter Chadwick got another, it looked as though Tennessee was going to break the game open. But Sammy Grezaffi returned the following kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and in the fourth quarter the Tigers marched 81 yards to tie the score when Quarterback Nelson Stokley went in from the 14. It stayed tied until Kremser kicked a 33-yard field goal with 1:05 left to keep the Volunteers on top of the SEC.
Kentucky fans serenaded Coach Charlie Bradshaw with "Goodbye, Charlie" as he left the field following Georgia's 31-7 victory over the Wildcats—but Bradshaw had heard that song before. "The last time I ran away from a fight was when I was seven," he snapped. "I won't run now."
Alabama's offense struck for 13 quick points on Quarterback Ken Stabler's passing and Steve Davis' kicking and then turned the Clemson game over to the defense. It was asking a lot, but the Tide managed to hang on for a 13-10 win. Old teammates at Alabama, Coaches Bear Bryant and Frank Howard left the field together. "You were lucky, boy," said Howard. "I know it," said Bear.
Miami and Auburn seemed headed for a 0-0 tie in the Orange Bowl when End Phil Smith intercepted a pitchout by Auburn's Larry Blakeney and raced 35 yards for a 7-0 victory. Quarterback Larry Rentz completed 15 of 20 passes as Florida defeated Vanderbilt 27-22, Florida State downed Mississippi State 34-12 and Tulane beat Georgia Tech 23-12.
Representatives of the Orange, Sugar and Gator Bowls were among the 44,000 at Carter Stadium who saw North Carolina State win its seventh straight, 28-7 over Duke. Quarterback Jim Donnan peppered the Blue Devils' weak side with passes to lead the Wolfpack to a 21-0 lead at half time. South Carolina beat Maryland 31-0 to remain in a tie with NC State and Clemson for the ACC lead, and at the other end of the standings, Jack Dolbin's 51-yard run on the first play of the game started Wake Forest to its first win of the season, 20-10 over North Carolina.
"The kicking game did it," said Virginia Tech's Jerry Claiborne after the Gobblers had beaten West Virginia 20-7 for their seventh win without a loss. Gene Fisher's punting kept West Virginia deep in its own end all day, and Tech came up with solid punt coverage, plus two extra points and two field goals. Tech's offense, which has played most of the year as if its primary job was to give the defense a minute to catch its breath, managed only seven first downs. But if Tech kept its record clean, East Carolina could not, losing 21-19 to The Citadel.
1. PURDUE (5-1)
2. COLORADO (5-1)
3. INDIANA (6-0)
It was a year later and a lot of things had changed when Notre Dame and Michigan State met in South Bend for the rematch of last season's 10-10 tie. Between them, the two teams had lost five games and had little at stake but the pleasure of beating each other. Everybody knew the Irish had no running game and the Spartans had no game at all. To make matters worse for MSU, Quarterback Jimmy Raye was out with severely bruised ribs and Coach Duffy Daugherty had announced the suspension of six players for violating curfew. Early in the week Duffy refused to identify them, but Notre Dame's Ara Parseghian readily did—he said he didn't know Duffy was keeping it a secret. Duffy set about preparing to stop Terry Hanratty's passes, but Notre Dame had a surprise ready. Hanratty passed sparingly. Instead, sophomore Fullback Jeff Zimmerman ran through the weakened Spartans for 135 yards and two touchdowns, Hanratty threw to Zimmerman for a third score and the Irish won easily 24-12.
Unbeaten Colorado should have known what to expect from Oklahoma State. A year ago in Stillwater, State upset Colorado 11-10. This year the site was different—Boulder—but the result the same as Colorado, the country's third-ranked team, was beaten 10-7. Oklahoma State scored immediately on a seven-yard run by Quarterback Ron Johnson, Craig Kessler added a 26-yard field goal and Colorado, playing without seven ailing regulars on offense and yielding yardage on defense, was unable to catch up. "We just never got good field position," said Coach Eddie Crowder.