1. ALABAMA (5-0)
2. AUBURN (4-0)
3. GEORGIA (5-0)
Duke's injury list was so long it seemed the Blue Devils would have to turn to six-man football. It got so bad in Norfolk last Saturday that new Coach Mike McGee had to use three of his players both ways and would have put on pads himself if the rules allowed. The iron-man performances were not enough and Clemson handed Duke its first defeat, 3-0. The winning field goal was a 39-yarder by soccer-style kicker Eddie Seigler in the last 10 seconds of the third quarter.
But the previously winless Tigers did not beat Duke just because they were healthier. They wisely used squib kickoffs, short punts and excellent coverage to hold Duke to 30 yards in five returns. On the rare occasions they took to the air, they avoided the zone covered by Blue Devil Cornerback Ernie Jackson, whose punt returns and interceptions had helped beat South Carolina and Stanford.
Notre Dame starting Quarterback Bill Etter suffered torn knee ligaments, and outweighed, fired-up Miami held the Irish to a measly 3-0 first-half lead Saturday night in the Orange Bowl. But sophomore Cliff Brown, Etter's replacement, directed Notre Dame to two second-half touchdowns and a 17-0 victory. Miami, which had been averaging 240 yards rushing and 29 points a game, was held to just 60 yards net.
Fullback Curt Watson set a Tennessee career rushing record (1,914 yards, surpassing Beattie Feathers' 1,888) in the Vols' tough 10-6 victory over Georgia Tech, but he was not pleased. "I fumbled three times, missed a blocking assignment that let Tech block a punt and made just about every mistake I could make," he said, neglecting to mention his 19-yard TD run in the first minute. Kicker George Hunt provided the winning margin with an extra point and a 20-yard field goal. This season he has made eight of eight field-goal tries, the longest from 50 yards.
Florida State continued unbeaten in a sloppy 27-9 win over Mississippi State, a rainy day session that included 14 fumbles and five interceptions. Georgia stayed unbeaten, too, whipping Mississippi 38-7 at Jackson. It was the first time since 1946 that the Bulldogs had won their first five games. Offensive Guard John Jennings caught a fumble in midair and rumbled 39 yards for Georgia's first TD. "My wife isn't going to believe this," said the senior. "That's the first time I've touched the football since high school."
LSU joyously took its turn pounding Florida, beating the Gators 48-7. Snapped Florida Coach Doug Dickey, "We were out-hustled, outrun, outhit and outplayed in every dimension of the game." Auburn had a tougher time than expected before beating Southern Mississippi 27-14. Alabama smacked Vanderbilt 42-0.
North Carolina Halfback Ike Oglesby missed the game because of recurring leg cramps and the Tar Heels were beaten for the first time, 37-29, by Tulane. South Carolina's defensive unit, nicknamed the Carolina Bandits, intercepted three passes, recovered four fumbles, blocked a punt and put two TDs on the scoreboard as the Gamecocks beat Virginia 34-14.
1. PENN STATE (4-0)
2. DARTMOUTH (3-0)
3. BOSTON COLLEGE (4-1)