1. FLORIDA (4-0)
2. GEORGIA (3-0-1)
3. TENNESSEE (3-0-1)
It was halftime in Athens and with his Georgia team having gained a scant 63 yards and trailing Mississippi 7-0 it was time for Coach Vince Dooley to change his strategy. Right? No. Dooley merely said, "Just get out there and play football, and you can beat Ole Miss by two touchdowns." Dooley ended right up there with Jeane Dixon, for his Bulldogs were two-touchdown winners, 21-7.
Jim McCullough kicked two field goals for the aroused Bulldogs, Dennis Hughes made a catch of a 24-yard pass that was worthy of top billing by Ringling Brothers, End Billy Payne excelled on defense, and Quarterback Mike Cavan kept the offense rolling. Dooley may have had little to say at halftime, but Cavan admitted that he gave himself a scolding that apparently got him untracked. "I was," explained Cavan, "Ned the Primer in the first half. I mean, like I was in the first grade. I decided it was time to get going."
Georgia Tech, once renowned for scat-backs who could dip and dart and run through a keyhole, is devoid of good runners these days. Thus it was that Larry Good threw more passes against Tennessee (61) than some Tech teams tried in a full season. Good set a school record for completions (25) but two of his last-period throws wound up in enemy hands and the Volunteers won 24-7. It was an error-filled game, with Tennessee recovering six Tech fumbles and losing five of its own. Tennessee Wingback Lester McClain did manage to hang on to the ball, though, twice catching touchdown passes from Bubba Wyche. "The way Bubba was throwing, it would have been a crime not to catch it," said McClain modestly. In fact, though, he had to make a spectacular grab to haul in one end-zone pass.
Fine catches were also turned in by Miami receivers, most notably Dave Kalina, as the Hurricanes beat LSU 30-0, its worst loss in five years. Kalina had to outreach LSU defenders, first when he pulled in a 47-yard pass, and then when he hung on to a 22-yard touchdown toss. Both were thrown by David Olivo. Said Tiger Coach Charlie McClendon: "Olivo had time to pass, but when he didn't, he still completed the pass. It wasn't the fault of our secondary. Every time a Miami player caught one, our men were hanging on to him."
Auburn, which will not face Georgia and Tennessee until next month, remained on top of the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers may have difficulty retaining that lead come November, for they had trouble against nonconference foe Clemson and had to hustle in the second half to win 21-10. Alabama finally put together an effective running game as the Tide finished off Vanderbilt 31-7 in an SEC contest. In nonconference games, Florida broke a 3-3 tie with three last-period scores to defeat Tulane 24-3 and Mississippi State was crushed by Southern Mississippi 47-14. Kentucky, using new men at seven offensive positions, upset Oregon State 35-34. Bill (Earthquake) Enyart of the Beavers fumbled for a two-yard loss—the first time all year he has been thrown for a loss—but he more than atoned for that by scoring on four short runs. It was Dicky Lyons who made the Wildcat win possible as he scored three times, twice on short plunges, once on a 22-yard pass.
North Carolina State, winner of three straight Atlantic Coast Conference battles, moved into first place with a 36-12 win over South Carolina. Strong ground games helped Virginia and Maryland to pick up ACC victories. Jeff Anderson gained 184 yards and Frank Quayle 182 as the Cavaliers ran for a total of 494 in blasting Duke 50-20. Maryland won for the first time in a lucky 13 tries under Coach Bob Ward, overtaking North Carolina 33-24 as Billy Lovett carried the ball 39 times for 172 yards.
West Texas State's Mercury Morris, the nation's leading rusher with a 221-yard-per-game average going into the contest, was limited to just 52 yards and Memphis State scored four times in the last 15 minutes to win 42-21. Louisville took its Missouri Valley opener from Tulsa 16-7 as Wally Oyler passed 39 yards to Larry Hart for a late touchdown. Virginia Tech beat Wake Forest 7-6 and Richmond withstood a comeback by The Citadel to finish on top 21-16.
1. ARKANSAS (4-0)
2. TEXAS TECH (3-0-1)
3. TEXAS (2-1-1)