As if in a prelude to Halloween, Houston came up with a bagful of tricks as it treated itself to a 29-7 win over Mississippi, amassing 573 yards on offense and rolling up 29 first downs, the most ever allowed by a Rebel team. Trickiest of the Cougars was Paul Gipson, who romped for 210 yards. It was the worst loss in 15 years for the Rebels.
For the 16th season in a row Shug Jordan's Auburn team won its homecoming game, upsetting Miami 31-6. Quarterback Loran Carter and Tackle Dave Campbell reduced the Hurricanes to a whisper. Carter passed for 274 yards and three scores, while Campbell led the Tiger defense as it set a Southeastern Conference record by pushing back Miami to a total of minus 85 yards on the ground.
Georgia's fifth straight win was, so to speak, sewn up when Kentucky Quarterback Stan Forston underwent a midweek appendectomy. Sophomore Dave Bair filled in and he did pass twice to Dicky Lyons for touchdowns, once on a 92-yard play. Bulldog Safety Jake Scott, however, also caught two of Bair's throws for touchdowns en route to a 35-14 victory. In another SEC contest, Florida was tied by Vanderbilt 14-14 when the Commodores scored on a 33-yard pass from John Miller to Jim Cunningham in the fourth period.
Two other SEC teams—Alabama and LSU—narrowly won from outsiders. Alabama, in front 14-0 against Clemson, gave up two touchdowns, missed five field goals and finally pulled it out 21-14 on a fourth-period pass from Scott Hunter to George Ranager. With 5:25 left against TCU, 65,638 throaty LSU fans exerted all their lung power, but Mark Lumpkin of the Tigers knew the cheers were not for him. It was fourth-and-two on the TCU 29 with the score tied, and Tiger fans, aware of Lumpkin's field-goal misses earlier in the year, wanted a first down. But when Lumpkin booted a field goal he gave LSU a 10-7 win and earned some genuine cheers for himself.
Mississippi State lost 24-17 to Tampa, which rallied for two touchdowns, and Southern Mississippi fell to Memphis State 29-7. Florida State staved off South Carolina 35-28 when Bill Cappleman passed 16 yards to Ron Sellers for the fourth touchdown on which they collaborated.
Sophomore Quarterback Jack Williams, playing before a homecoming crowd in his home town of Atlanta, took over for Georgia Tech in the last two minutes, completed six passes in a row to beat Tulane 23-19. Another Tech—Virginia—stopped West Virginia 27-12.
North Carolina State disposed of Maryland 31-11 to pad its Atlantic Coast Conference lead. Wake Forest, winless in five games despite being outscored by a total of only 11 points piled up 632 yards in total offense in thrashing North Carolina 48-31.
Buster O'Brien ran for 213 yards, passed for 135 and guided Southern Conference leader Richmond to a 31-7 win over East Carolina.
1. PENN STATE (5-0)
2. ARMY (4-2)
3. YALE (5-0)