Texas Tech defeated Baylor 13-7 as the Bears were stymied by five fumbles and two pass interceptions. Turnovers also cost Arkansas, the preseason conference favorite, which suffered its fourth loss in five games 22-7. Southern Methodist converted two fumbles and a pass interception into short scoring drives. Arkansas lost six fumbles.
Al Conover prepared no gimmicks for Rice's game with Texas A&M but he did loosen up following the Owls' 20-14 victory. Unable to find Aggie Coach Emory Bellard for the usual postgame handshake, he turned to the A&M band and conducted a brief musical interlude. "One helluva fine band," said Jolly Al.
His team wasn't too bad either, rallying from a 14-0 deficit to win on a pair of fourth-quarter field goals by Mark Williams. Freshman Roland Boyce continued his clutch ball carrying. His three yards in three carries produced a touchdown; he also got the needed distance on two third-down plays.
Puddin Jones tallied three times and his 184 yards in 30 carries pushed him above the 1,000-yard mark for the season in Houston's 33-14 romp past New Mexico. D.C. Nobles contributed two third-quarter scoring passes.
1. ALABAMA (10-0)
2. LSU (8-1)
3. AUBURN (8-1)
"It gets right down to the men themselves. They went out determined to do what it took to win. They asked no quarter. They just did what needed to be done." Wellington at Waterloo? Grant at Appomattox? George C. Scott at the Bijou? No, Shug Jordan at Cliff Hare Stadium in Auburn, explaining how his Tigers have managed to win eight of nine games this season. Georgia became the latest chapter in the Southeastern Conference's most surprising success story by falling 27-10. Auburn entered the game without Terry Henley, the league's leading rusher, but substitute Chris Linderman filled in admirably. He gained 26 yards on the Tigers' first play and 47 yards for a touchdown on the second. The sophomore finished with 149 yards in 28 carries.
Tennessee recorded its second straight shutout in a 17-0 victory over Ole Miss, which will not attend a postseason bowl game for the first time in 16 years. Haskel Stanback scored twice for the Volunteers and Neil Clabo kept the Rebel offense backed up by averaging 47 yards on five punts. Louisiana State needed two fourth-quarter touchdowns to get past Mississippi Suite 28-14. Bert Jones, who threw for one touchdown and ran for another, surpassed the school's career total offense mark. Kentucky gave up the ball nine times in a 40-0 loss to Florida. Nat Moore gained 111 of his 146 yards in the first quarter. Alabama crushed Virginia Tech 52-13 with six different players scoring touchdowns. The Crimson Tide defense gave Don Strock, the nation's leading passer, a thorough going over with four interceptions. He completed only 15 of 35 passes for a paltry 98 yards. "Whatever Alabama is running for," said Gobbler Coach Charlie Coffey, "it has my vote."
The nation's third-leading passer did not do too well either. Gary Huff also was intercepted four times and three of them led to scores as South Carolina upset Florida State 24-21. Huff did pass for three touchdowns but the total was matched by Gamecock sophomore Dobby Grossman. The winning points came on a 38-yard field goal by Bobby Marino with 1:28 left. Paul Dietzel called on the freshman after his regular specialist missed two previous attempts. Georgia Tech devastated Navy 30-7 as the passing of Eddie McAshan increased his load of career records held or shared to 15. Middie sophomore Cleveland Cooper entered his school's record book also, replacing Heisman Trophy winner Joe Bellino. Cooper gained 112 yards, giving him 911 for the year, or 77 more than Bellino's best mark in 1960. Tulane defeated Vanderbilt 21-7 and Tampa's Ernie Dubose led a 29-22 defeat of Bowling Green by scoring three touchdowns, gaining 95 yards on 20 carries and catching five passes for 83 more.
North Carolina completed its second straight unbeaten season in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 14-0 defeat of old rival Duke. The Blue Devil defense limited the Tar Heels' ground game to 105 yards and held them scoreless until the last 10 minutes. A pair of touchdown passes from Nick Vidnovic to Ken Taylor of 17 and 16 yards produced the only touchdowns. The Tar Heel defense, which has allowed just 13 points in the team's last four games, intercepted Duke six times. North Carolina State exploded for four touchdowns in the second quarter in a 42-17 crush of Clemson. The Wolfpack established ACC single-season records for total offense, first downs and points scored.