North Carolina, playing its first game on a synthetic surface, came from behind in the fourth quarter to defeat Vanderbilt 10-7 and remain unbeaten. Reserve Quarterback John Swofford, the younger brother of pop singer Oliver, threw a 16-yard scoring pass to Wingback Lewis Jolley to tie the game, and later drove the Tar Heels to the Commodores' two-yard line, where Ken Craven kicked the winning field goal. Earlier it was rumored that Morganna, the kiss-and-tell stripper, planned to buss Don McCauley, Carolina's star runner. Morganna did not show, but McCauley had enough to blush about as he managed just 75 yards, far below his average, and at one point fumbled on the Vanderbilt six.
Georgia Tech, also undefeated, had a crowd of 51,000 in Atlanta's Grant Field wondering what happened to the Yellow Jackets' sting. Tech was tied 7-7 with not-very-strong Clemson when, late in the fourth quarter, Larry Studdard, brother of Mississippi's Vernon, raced 43 yards to score on an end-around play. Next, Halfback Brent Cunningham traveled 69 yards for another TD. A pass by Eddie McAshan just before the gun ended the scoring at 28-7.
"An 8-and-3 record wouldn't be too bad, and might even get us into a bowl game," said John Ray, and those were cheerful words from a coach who had just watched his Kentucky Wildcats lose their third game of the year. The winner was Auburn, the score 35-15. "If we ever get to the point where we can stop the bomb, we'll start winning," said Ray. For a while the Wildcats were doing just fine. They led the Tigers 15-9 in the third quarter, and the homecoming crowd in Stoll Field began to anticipate a reason to celebrate. Then Wallace Clark, Auburn's fullback, returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown, the Tigers tore on and the fans went home to cold biscuits and analgesic spirits.
Two Louisiana State quarterbacks, Buddy Lee and Bert Jones, combined to shatter three school passing records and the Baylor Bears, too, 31-10. Mississippi State surprised Georgia 7-6 in the first game of a double header in Jackson, Miss. Ole Miss went marauding in the second (page 14).