Georgia Tech Quarterback Eddie McAshan did a disappearing act two days before the Georgia game "because of some very serious problems," and Coach Bill Fulcher went with inexperienced Jim Stevens. The punchless Yellow Jackets lost 27-7. Tulane came within inches of upsetting Louisiana State before 85,372 people, the largest night crowd in the history of college football. LSU preserved its 9-3 win when the Green Wave ran out of time just short of the Tiger goal. Florida scored twice within 46 seconds of the fourth quarter on a one-yard run and a 54-yard return of a pass interception in defeating Miami 17-6. Haskel Stanback scored three touch-downs and gained 143 yards as Tennessee defeated Vanderbilt 30-10.
Southern Mississippi came alive to tie Memphis State 14-14 after surrendering two touchdowns in the first quarter. Grambling bombed North Carolina Central 56-6 in the initial Pelican Bowl to claim the collegiate championship of black schools.
Oklahoma had no trouble with Oklahoma State, rolling up a 24-0 lead by half-time and winning 38-15. Joe Washington and Leon Cross white gained 109 and 106 yards respectively, while Greg Pruitt, still nursing an injured ankle, was limited to a mere nine yards in four carries.
SMU beat TCU 35-22 to finish 7-4 for the season and tie Texas Tech for second in the Southwest Conference, while Baylor defeated Rice 28-14. That gave the Bears a 5-6 record, heady stuff for them. San Diego State, trailing 14-7 in the fourth quarter, rallied to upset Iowa State 27-14. And from Honolulu, Stanford 39, Hawaii 7. Aloha.