At Ann Arbor, Michigan throttled Minnesota 39-13, pushing its season record to a heady 6-0 for the first time since 1955. Fullback Fritz Seyferth, a junior who ordinarily spends his Saturdays blocking, enjoyed a dream afternoon before 83,496, scoring four touchdowns on runs of three, four, five and six yards, and Wolverine Halfback Billy Taylor gained 151 yards on 26 carries, scoring the first Michigan touchdown on a 17-yard run.
At Evanston, Northwestern toppled Purdue 38-14 to remain undefeated in the Big Ten and Coach Alex Agase showed no shyness about looking forward to the nation's No. 1 team. "It's a great feeling to be 3-0 and preparing for Ohio State," he said after the game. One reason for optimism is that Northwestern has a secondary that can track passes like radar. Purdue popped as many throws into enemy hands as into friendly ones—six. Jack Dustin, a junior cornerback, cut off three himself and ran one interception back for 35 yards and a TD. Meanwhile, Northwestern showed unusually good ball control. The Wildcats ran off 99 plays to Purdue's 49 and used two tight ends to set up strong blocking patterns that permitted Quarterback Maurie Daigneau to complete 14 of 23 passes for 185 yards and two TDs and Fullback Mike Adamle to complete two play-action passes for 55 yards. He gained another 154 yards rushing on 39 carries.
At Lincoln, Nebraska kept its record near-spotless, beating Oklahoma State in a woolly offensive display 65-31. Oklahoma State was briefly in the game 7-6, following a Big Eight-record 98-yard kickoff return by Dick Graham, but the Huskers rolled up an astonishing 870 yards rushing, passing and returning punts, kickoffs and picked-off passes. Nebraska Coach Bob Devaney was about as pleased with the mention of that as he was with his team's giving up 31 points. "Any time a team thinks beyond its next game the whole season can be ruined," he said. "Colorado is our next opponent, and they'll be anxious to beat us."
Colorado may be anxious, but will it be ready? Not off its 30-16 loss to Missouri at Columbia. The Buffs gained only 35 yards along the ground, connected on just 10 of 33 passes (though for 244 yards) and were never in the game after the first quarter when Missouri built a 17-0 lead. At Kent, Ohio the Toledo Rockets rode to a 34-14 win over Kent State, running their winning streak to 18, second longest in the nation.
1. LSU (5-1)
2. AUBURN (5-1)
3. TENNESSEE (5-1)
"There is no point in talking about the rain or the field," said Auburn Coach Ralph Jordan in the wake of his previously unbeaten team's 17-9 upset by Louisiana State before 62,392 shocked homecoming fans. "LSU played on the same field we played on, both teams had some problems, but LSU just went out there, went to work and beat us." What Jordan did want to talk about, and then would prefer to forget, were the game's two key plays. The first of these was a fumble by Fullback Wallace Clark on Auburn's first play from scrimmage. It was recovered by LSU on the Auburn eight-yard line and LSU scored soon after on a pass from Quarterback Buddy Lee to Splitback Andy Hamilton. The second key play occurred in the second quarter after Auburn's Gardner Jett had closed the score to 7-6 with two longish field goals. An interference call in the end zone against Auburn gave the Bengals a first down on the one, and two plays later Tailback Arthur Cantrelle drove in for the winning TD. Though Auburn spent the day getting close, three Jett field goals were all it could put on the scoreboard.
The ups and downs of Archie Who? continued on something of a down note in a downpour at Nashville, but Mississippi and Quarterback Archie Manning bounced back from their demeaning defeat at the hands of Southern Mississippi to edge out another underdog, Vanderbilt, by a score of 26-16. Ole Miss arrived for the game without its head coach, Johnny Vaught, who was recovering from a heart attack suffered in midweek. Vandy hobbled out for the game with no less than 12 Commodores on the injured list, including three quarterbacks. So they started Steve Burger, who had been fourth string when the season opened. It was the unlucky Burger who kept Ole Miss in the game. He set up the Rebels' first score by losing a fumble on his 20. Ole Miss scored in three plays. With his team trailing 17-7 early in the fourth quarter. Burger fumbled again on his 20 and the ball squirted back to the one, where it was recovered by Ole Miss. Three plays later the Rebs had the clinching touchdown. Manning connected nine times on 18 passes and scored once himself, but most of the work was done by Fullback Bob Knight, who carried 24 times for 91 yards, and an Ole Miss defense that held Vanderbilt to minus 22 yards along the ground.
In nearby Knoxville the Tennessee Vols set all kinds of records before a crowd of 65,000 while thrashing Florida 38-7. Although the Gators, with slick John Reaves at quarterback, were expected to ignite the passing fireworks, it was Tennessee and senior Quarterback Bob Scott that piled up points and yardage through the air. Scott set a Tennessee passing record of 385 yards, with 21 completions in 38 throws, two for touchdowns. Scott, out of the spotlight heretofore in this Year of the Quarterback, has nonetheless met such standouts as Chuck Hixson of SMU, Pat Sullivan of Auburn, Eddie McAshan of Georgia Tech, Scott Hunter of Alabama and now Reaves, and has come out on top against all but Sully.
At State College, Southern Mississippi was knocked down from its cloud only a week after upsetting Ole Miss, losing by a resounding 51-15 to Mississippi State.