1. GEORGIA (2-0)
2. ALABAMA (2-0)
3. TENNESSEE (2-0)
When the referee's pistol made it official—Kentucky had defeated eighth-ranked Mississippi 10-9—John Ray clutched the game ball saying, "What was it? Ten-nine? I can't even remember. I guess I'm a little excited." The win ended the Wildcats' nine-game SEC losing streak. "Remember that story in a Mississippi paper which predicted that John Vaught would welcome us to the SEC with a crash when we played the Rebels?" Ray asked. "Who was that columnist?" The Wildcats were behind 9-0 late in the first half when Bobby Jones kicked a 36-yard field goal. In the third quarter Bernie Scruggs, starting his first varsity game, took Kentucky 63 yards in 11 plays before scoring himself from the six. The lead was protected during the final quarter by good fortune and even better punting. Archie Manning drove Ole Miss down to the three where Tailback Leon Felts fumbled and Kentucky recovered. Dave Hardt punted from his end zone three plays later, and Kentucky recovered the dropped fair catch. Forced to punt again with two minutes left, Hardt kicked the ball out of bounds at the Rebels' five.
"Sure, you have to have a little luck in this game," Ray said. "Last week I think we had all the bad luck a team can have for a season (SI, Sept. 29]. But we still felt we could win, that we could beat Ole Miss. They know they can do it now. Now we'll go."
When Florida State journeyed down to Miami to play the Hurricanes, the odds were definitely not in its favor. After all, the game would be played on Friday night in the Orange Bowl, and only two teams in three years have managed to emerge from that combination with a victory. But Seminole Quarterback Bill Cappleman, for one, enjoys a long shot. With five minutes left to play and Miami leading 14-13, he had a fourth and six at Miami's 47-yard line. Cappleman disdained the punt and went for it. "We put a rush on him that you wouldn't believe," Miami Coach Charlie Tate said later. "He never shook." Cappleman threw a 10-yard pass to End Ted Zaffran, and Grant Guthrie kicked the winning field goal moments later.
Alabama joined in the current scoring fad at the expense of Southern Mississippi. The Tide scored each of the first eight times it had the ball. In the end, Bear Bryant's team had to settle for a 63-14 final score All of which goes to show that when Baby Bear—P.W. (Bear) Underwood, the Southerners' new head coach challenges Papa Bear in Tuscaloosa, the result is a pretty good clawing.
Twenty-eight years ago, when Clemson placed a football stadium between two hills on campus, Frank Howard named it Death Valley. Howard is still coaching the Tigers, and on most Saturday afternoons the nickname still fits. But when Georgia arrived in the valley, it was Clemson that did the dying. Nothing, not even a 30-0 loss, dampens Howard's spirit. "We were just snake-bit." he said. "It was one of those games where you look up and see the points on the scoreboard, pinch yourself and wonder where they came from."
Army needed only a cheering section of 200 cadets and a borrowed GI band to make the most noise at Nashville's Dudley Field. The Commodore enthusiasts were quiet after Vanderbilt missed a 27-yard field-goal attempt and then fumbled the next time it had the ball. Army's backs, notably Lynn Moore, ran the heart of the line for yardage, and its defense, which gave up only 56 yards in the first half, contributed to a 16-6 victory.
Tennessee avenged its only loss last season by knocking off Auburn 45-19, while on Saturday night surprising Florida placed itself in contention for the SEC title by beating Mississippi State 47-35 on the passing of John Reaves.
South Carolina is the expected winner in the more predictable Atlantic Coast Conference race, but the Gamecocks were given a run by North Carolina before winning 14-6. The high-flying Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech, refusing to believe preseason predictions, placed the sting on Baylor, 17-10, for their second victory.