Vanderbilt ventured out of the SEC and got a 27-14 beating from Tulane, but Kentucky found a friend at last. Though he has been slowed by injuries and spent part of the week in the hospital with the flu, Tailback Dicky Lyons scored all the points in the Wildcats' 22-7 win over West Virginia.
Undefeated North Carolina State had no trouble against Virginia, winning 30-8. Quarterback Jim Donnan threw for a touchdown, Safety Fred Combs ran back a punt 85 yards and Gerald Warren, who leads the country in points by kicking, booted three field goals.
South Carolina, upset by Wake Forest 35-21, fell out of a first-place tie with North Carolina State in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but Clemson was still in title contention. The Tigers beat North Carolina 17-0.
Penn State Coach Joe Paterno claimed to be scared to death of winless Maryland, and his young Lions responded nobly to their coach's cries of "Wolf!" Sophomore Tailback Charlie Pittman scored three times, and State coasted home 38-3.
Miami played defense. Virginia Tech played defense. Miami did it better, though, holding undefeated Tech to 57 yards and three first downs, so the Hurricanes won 14-7. Florida State, however, was all offense against Memphis State. Quarterback Kim Hammond completed 24 passes for 302 yards, Larry Green and Bill Moremen ran for 228 yards and the Seminoles took the game 26-7. Georgia Tech, with Quarterback Kim King back, beat Duke 19-7.
1. TEXAS (5-2)
2. HOUSTON (5-2)
3. TEXAS AT EL PASO (4-1-1)
It began as a disappointing evening for the crowd of 53,356, largest ever to see a football game in the Astrodome. Georgia had stopped Houston's Wondrous Warren McVea and led 14-0 going into the last quarter. Then Fullback Paul Gipson scored on a 25-yard run. Even then it did not seem very significant when Gipson got away for 13 yards and slammed hard into Georgia Cornerback Terry Sellers on the Cougars' 43 with about five minutes to play. But Gipson noticed that Sellers had been shaken up and reported it back in the huddle. On the next play Quarterback Dick Woodall faked up the middle and passed to End Ken Hebert, who had slipped behind Sellers, for 57 yards and a touchdown. Gipson swept left end for two points to give Houston a 15-14 win. "This will make me forget the one-point loss to Ole Miss in about six months instead of two or three years," said Coach Bill Yeoman.
It may be that Texas and Texas A&M will decide the Southwest Conference championship when they meet on Thanksgiving Day, but their chances were mighty shaky for a while last Saturday. Texas, sitting on a 28-7 lead, had to hang on grimly to win 35-28 as SMU's Mike Livingston threw four touchdown passes—three to Jerry Levias. Texas A&M, losing to Arkansas 21-14, pulled ahead 33-21 for its fourth straight win and its first over the Hogs in 10 years. Quarterback Edd Hargett threw three scoring passes and Larry Stegent scored on a one-yard plunge. Texas Tech, still very much in the SWC race, too, beat Rice 24-10, and there was even some Saturday solace for TCU. The Frogs, after eight losses in a row, upset Baylor 29-7, with Halfback Ross Montgomery running for four touchdowns.
Texas at El Paso Coach Bobby Dobbs worried all week about New Mexico State, needlessly. Substitute Quarterback Brooks Dawson threw for 426 yards and four scores, and ran for two more as the Miners came from behind to win 46-24.