In other Big Ten games, Michigan used Don Moorhead's passing to down Wisconsin 29-15 and remain unbeaten in seven games, the Wolverines' best start since 1948. At West Lafayette, Ind., Illinois upset Purdue 23-21 to snap its 11-game conference losing streak. Trailing 21-17, the Illini scored the winning points on Halfback Darrell Robinson's six-yard dash in the final minutes.
In Manhattan, Kans., Quarterback Lynn Dickey of Kansas State was on the spot. Only 1:45 remained in the game, his team trailed Missouri 13-10 and it was third and 15 on the Mizzou 20. So Dickey did what heroes are supposed to do, fading back and hitting Mike Creed for 20 yards and the points that beat Missouri 17-13. Besides winning the game, that play also gave Dickey 5,135 yards in career total offense, putting him past Bob Anderson's Big Eight Conference record of 5,017. At Boulder, Colorado's swift Cliff Branch (he runs the 100 in 9.3) gained 95 yards on a reverse play, caught three passes as a wide receiver and played the deep middle on kick returns (three times almost breaking loose for scores), but he still wasn't enough to keep Nebraska from a 29-13 victory.
Who holds the longest unbeaten streak in the Midwest? Little Toledo, that's who, although the Rockets were pressed before pulling out their 19th in a row, a 14-13 win over Miami of Ohio. Trailing 13-7, Toledo Quarterback Chuck Ealey passed his team to the Miami three, then ran around end with 3:01 left for the winning points.
1. LSU (5-1)
2. AUBURN (6-1)
3. TENNESSEE (6-1)
On Tuesday afternoon, four days before the game, Mississippi State's team showed up on the Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa. Oh, well, said the 'Bama students, you know those Mississippians. Probably made a wrong turn in Starkville and didn't realize it until they had traveled the 180-mile round trip to Tuscaloosa. The real reason for the Bulldogs' early appearance, of course, was strictly calculated: Coach Charley Shira wanted them to get the feel of the AstroTurf carpet in Alabama's Denny Stadium. Said Shira, "It was inconvenient and it consumed six and a half hours, but I think it was worth it."
Shira felt his Bulldogs had a solid chance against Alabama. For the first time since Bear Bryant's return, State came to Tuscaloosa with a better record (5-2) than the Crimson Tide (4-3). In the end, however, it was the same old story. The score was Alabama 35, State 6 and afterward Bear Bryant was sounding more optimistic than he has in years. "We're a good football team," said Bryant, perhaps thinking that this might be his 12th straight bowl team after all.
The star for Alabama was Fullback Johnny Musso, whose 159 yards in 18 carries moved him closer to becoming the first Alabama runner to gain 1,000 yards in a season. Musso now has 792 yards, with at least three games remaining.
In Gainesville, Auburn came back strong from its LSU defeat, whipping Florida 63-14. The Tigers compiled 566 yards in total offense, with Quarterback Pat Sullivan getting 366 with his passes. In the first half Sullivan hit on 15 of 18 for 200 yards as Auburn built a 35-0 lead. He finished with 21 of 27, including three TD strikes to his favorite target, Terry Beasley. At Memphis, Tennessee stopped Wake Forest Fullback Larry Hopkins and beat the Deacons 41-7. Three other Atlantic Coast teams ventured outside the conference and didn't fare much better. In Durham, Georgia Tech whipped Duke 24-16, Georgia outlasted South Carolina 52-34 and in Lexington, Kentucky beat North Carolina State 27-2. Said State Coach Earle Edwards when asked about his team's fumble on the Kentucky four-yard line: "Oh, you noticed we were in danger of scoring a touchdown again? But we got out of it all right. Besides, this one wasn't as dangerous as last week when we got to the one against Maryland before fumbling. That one was really scary." Happy Halloween, coach.