1. ALABAMA (7-0)
2. AUBURN (6-0)
3. GEORGIA (7-0)
It was dash and slash in Tuscaloosa as undefeated Alabama won its seventh straight, defeating Houston 34-20 in a splendid matchup of triple options. Houston Backs Robert New house and Tommy Mozisek punched out 287 yards between them through Alabama's usually sticks defense. The Tide's Johnny Musso gained 123 yards on the ground, scored twice and boosted his point total for the season to 80 and his career total to 212, a Southeastern conference record.
"After our big win against Tennessee the week before, we weren't prepared mentally or physically," said Alabama Coach Bear Bryant after the game. "I'm just thankful to get out of it."
Alabama scored first, Musso driving into the end zone from two yards out in the first quarter. Houston tied it 7-7 in the second quarter but was never in the game again. Terry Davis pitched scoring tosses of 10 and 25 yards to David Bailey and Musso scored again, this time from nine yards out following a 64-yard punt return by Bobby McKinney. It was Coach Bryant's 115th victory at Alabama.
Georgia also won its seventh game, crushing Kentucky 34-0. Two 25-yard field goals by Kim Braswell gave Georgia a slim 6-0 half-time lead, but early in the second half 5'9" Buzy Rosenberg fielded a punt and ran it back 56 yards to the Kentucky two-yard line, where Jimmy Poulos piled over for the game's first touchdown. "If Buzy hadn't returned that punt," said Coach Vince Dooley after the game, "we might still be out there trying to protect that 6-0 lead."
Georgia scored three more touchdowns but really didn't need to bother since Kentucky rarely came close to the goal line. The Wildcats made their initial first down with only 2� minutes remaining in the third quarter and compiled only eight in all. Kentucky has now lost to Auburn, Georgia, and LSU, who along with Alabama are the SEC's four title contenders. " Georgia's the biggest and strongest of the three we've played," said Kentucky Coach John Ray. "I think Auburn's quicker and LSU's the best balanced—a lot like Georgia, but not as strong physically."
LSU was not scheduled, and Auburn, too, virtually took the weekend off, stamping out a methodical 35-13 victory over Clemson despite suffering four interceptions and losing two fumbles. Auburn Quarterback Pat Sullivan had a so-so day; he completed 15 of 31 passes, had two interceptions and threw for only one touchdown, a 45-yarder to Terry Beasley in the first quarter.
Tennessee edged Mississippi State 10-7 as both teams tried to find a quarterback who could move the ball. Tennessee scored in the first quarter on a fine 51-yard field goal by George Hunt and went ahead 10-0 in the third quarter when Linebacker Jackie Walker picked off" a pass on the Mississippi State 42-yard line and ran it back for a score. State's only touchdown followed soon after when Frank Dowsing returned a Vol punt 54 yards.
Vanderbilt, with the SEC's worst offense, and Ole Miss, with its worst defense, showed that a weak defense can beat a weak offense any old time as Ole Miss won 28-7. Florida barely squeezed by Maryland 27-23, saving the game by recovering Monte Hinkle's fumble on the Gator six-inch line with less than two minutes to go. Disappointing Florida Quarterback John Reaves and Flanker Carlos Alvarez, finally had a good game. Reaves completed 23 of 34 passes for 307 yards and four touchdowns, while Alvarez caught 10 for 134 yards and one touchdown.
Navy unveiled a new mascot, Billy XVIII, to replace Billy XVII, who died three weeks earlier, and upset Duke 15-14. With 29 seconds remaining, sophomore Fred Stuvek rolled out right from the Duke three-yard line and tossed a touchdown pass to Andy Pease to tie the score at 14-14. Roger Lanning kicked the extra point, and Navy had its first victory after five straight losses.