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While most of the South was losing its cotton-picking mind over the hot SEC (page 20), Clemson gave its redoubtable old coach, Frank Howard, one of his finest moments. Heading into its game with Georgia Tech, Clemson had not beaten the Yellow Jackets in their last 10 games, a drought dating back to 1945. Losing to Tech had become such a tender subject with the otherwise gruff Howard that two years ago, after losing to Tech 13-12 in Atlanta, he sat in the dressing room with tears rolling down his red cheeks, and he told the press that he just hated to come to Atlanta and get beat, then have to go back to Clemson and walk down the street Monday morning.
So after Clemson came from behind to finally beat Tech 21-10, Howard was shouldered off the field by his players, who were bending under his 265 pounds. One observer noted that the scene "much resembled a safari, the elephant getting the ride."
Clemson's No. 1 hero was Tailback Ray Yauger, who gained 146 yards and scored all three touchdowns after being switched from fullback in a surprise move earlier in the week. Two of Yauger's scores came on passes from sophomore Quarterback Tommy Kendrick of Stone Mountain, Ga. Tech's top quarterback, Charles Dudish, had to leave the game after an injury to his left wrist, and then his backup man, Jack O'Neil, was knocked silly.
"When you lose two quarterbacks it hurts," said Tech Coach Bud Carson.
"It sure does," replied Howard, who also has a memory like an elephant. "I've had to play Tech with my two quarterbacks hurt."
All around the country fans were choking on their morning coffee and calling up their local newspapers but, yes, the score was correct: Pitt 14, Duke 12, ending Pitt's most recent losing streak at nine games.
At halftime, with its team leading 10-7, the Harvard band serenaded the Boston University stands—and its team—with the Mickey Mouse Theme. Normally this would seem like asking for trouble, but the Harvards were not worried. Wasn't their team undefeated in 10 games in a row? Wasn't this funny old Boston U. from across the Charles River, the school that had never beaten Harvard? What was wrong with a little innocent funmaking?
"When the band struck up Mickey Mouse it made us a little mad," said Quarterback Pete Yetten in the dressing room after Boston U. came back for a 13-10 victory. "I think that's the impression that everybody has, that we play Mickey Mouse football. We wanted to show them that we play it another way.