Arizona State played like the Keystone Kops but still took Washington State 37-30, to remain unbeaten. Coach Frank Kush's team lost the ball eight times (on four fumbles, three interceptions and one muffed punt) and did not clinch the game until the last minute, when Windlan Hall intercepted a pass and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown.
In Seattle the fans were second-guessing Washington Coach Jim Owens after his team's loss to California. Trailing 31-28 with six minutes to play, the Huskies had a fourth-and-six situation on the Cal 15. On the sidelines was Steve Wiezbowski, whose kicking record this season boasts 17 conversions and no misses, as well as a 35-yard field goal on his only attempt. But Owens elected to go for a touchdown—and Tight End Ace Bulger dropped Sonny Sixkiller's pass in the end zone. Said Owens: "I never thought of going for the field goal. I was sure we would get the touchdown."
1. MISSISSIPPI (4-0)
2. AUBURN (4-0)
3. LSU (3-1)
Those fans who left the Florida-Florida State game early missed an aerial act by State's Gary Huff, a substitute sophomore quarterback. With his team trailing 38-7 and only seven minutes left, Huff came off the bench for his first varsity action. What he did in three minutes of actual playing time was complete eight of 15 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns. "Well, at least they won't be redshirting me," said Gary. His performance followed one by Florida's John Reaves that was Reaves' best of the year. John completed 13 of 22 passes for 244 yards and two TDs—including a school-record 81-yard scoring pass to Jim Yancey—and was mainly responsible for the Gators' 38-27 victory.
For the first time in 22 years the stadium at Chapel Hill was sold out, but the extra voices were not quite enough to prevent North Carolina from losing an important Atlantic Coast Conference game to South Carolina 35-21. It was the Tar Heels' first loss in five starts, and the decisive play hinged on the arm of a Gamecock substitute. With the score 21-all late in the final period, Coach Paul Dietzel put in sophomore Jackie Young, who obligingly threw a 50-yard pass to Jim Mitchell to set up a score. Gamecock Safety Bo Davies intercepted a pass to kill North Carolina's last hope. "I was real impressed," said Dietzel.
In Athens, Georgia's Bulldogs had favored Ole Miss on the run, but they went to sleep on one play in the fourth quarter, and Archie Manning ultimately drove the Rebs to a 31-21 victory. With the score 21-apiece the Bulldogs failed to touch an Ole Miss kickoff. The Rebs claimed the ball at the Georgia seven and Cloyce Hinton kicked a field goal. Manning then put the game out of Georgia's reach with a nine-yard TD pass to Jim Poole.
For the record, Archie completed 16 of 30 passes for 244 yards and three TDs, and he ran eight times for 32 yards and another score. But he also had three interceptions, and two led directly to Georgia touchdowns. "We played well enough to win," said Georgia Coach Vince Dooley. "It just seemed that when Manning had to get something done he did it." Afterward Ole Miss Coach Johnny Vaught closed the dressing room to reporters, and two policemen escorted Manning to the team bus.
Over in Atlanta, Tennessee stopped Georgia Tech's streak at four straight, 17-6. Both teams made many mistakes: Tennessee lost five fumbles and Tech's sophomore quarterback, Eddie McAshan, threw four interceptions, running his total to 12 for the year. The Vols scored first on Bobby Scott's 14-yard pass to Joe Thompson and led 17-0 before Tech finally got on the scoreboard in the final period. In fairness to Tech it should be noted that Tailback Brent Cunningham was injured on the opening kick-off. "That made us change our entire game plan," said Coach Bud Carson, "and there just wasn't time to adjust."
Clemson's stadium is known as Death Valley to a number of visitors, but last week Auburn went into the pit and out again with a 44-0 victory. It was the worst loss ever inflicted on Clemson in its home valley. Quarterback Pat Sullivan and the rest of Auburn's first team played the first quarter and through one TD march in the second, then spent the rest of the afternoon watching from the bench as Coach Shug Jordan used all 65 players on the traveling squad. Sullivan and his crew scored all four times they had the ball, with Sullivan passing for one touchdown and scoring twice himself. "It was our best game of the season," said Jordan, while Clemson Coach Hootie Ingram moaned, "I didn't get them ready."