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Mississippi edged Florida 13-10 on two field goals by Steve Lavinghouze and a late-game scoring pass of eight yards from Quarterback Bill Malouf to Flanker Rick Kimbrough, which was deflected by not one but two Gator defenders.
"It sure feels good to be five and 0!" whooped Tulane junior Tom Former after the Greenies had shut out North Carolina 16-0 and vaulted off to the school's fastest start since the 1934 team began its season with six straight wins. Tulane took the opening kickoff and marched 49 yards to a touchdown. Doug Bynum, who scored twice, carried it over from six yards out. Tulane then spent most of the rest of the night pounding on the Tar Heel goal line with only moderate results. "It was our best game of the year," conceded Coach Bennie Ellender, "but I think we need work on our short game."
Elsewhere in the Southland, Richmond beat West Virginia 38-17, Clemson whomped Duke 24-8, South Carolina riddled Ohio U. 38-22 and Maryland clobbered WakeForest 37-0. Houston had a surprisingly easy time with Miami, blasting the Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl 30-7. The Cougars broke open a 7-7 tie during one dizzying 20-second spell in the third quarter. They scored the go-ahead touchdown when Reggie Cherry hooked on to a deflected pass from Quarterback D. C. Nobles, and scored again by following a fumble recovery of the ensuing kickoff at the Miami 21. A Nobles pass and a one-yard burst by Leonard Parker did it.
Ohio State continues to dispatch opponents in the Big Ten and the Buckeyes enjoy doing it with a club rather than a rapier. This time the 97-pound weakling was Indiana—by 37-7. Quarterback Corny Greene passed only once, for a 12-yard gain, as his offense pounded out 367 yards along the ground. Of course, with the elusive Archie Griffin in your backfield, why throw? The sophomore tailback hacked out 130 yards on 25 carries and was ably matched by Fullback Bruce Elia, who kicked the Indiana defense around for another 123 yards and two touchdowns. The Hoosiers needled out a small measure of revenge late in the game against the Buckeye subs, scoring on a 51-yard razzle-dazzle end-around pass from Mike Flanagan to Trent Smock, but then Coach Woody Hayes just bludgeoned them one more time. He rushed Griffin and Elia back in and the Buckeyes thundered 80 yards for their final score.
At Ann Arbor, Michigan gave up points for the first time in four games but sailed blithely forward to its ultimate destiny—the Big Ten championship game with Ohio State Nov. 24. The Wolverines pulverized Wisconsin 35-6. Their first score came on a 46-yard pass from Dennis Franklin to Paul Seal, but the ground game, rolling up 415 yards, set the tone. "We were a little better offensively," said Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler. "I think Franklin is beginning to come around."
In the Mid-American, Miami of Ohio scored a surprising rout over Bowling Green 31-8, Kent State out scored Eastern Michigan 34-20 and, in non-league games, Toledo beat Dayton 14-10 and Western Michigan swept past Marshall 21-7.
The game at Lincoln promised to be a classic quarterback duel, David Humm of Nebraska vs. David Jaynes of Kansas. Instead it turned out to be a clash of frustration vs. ineptitude. Missed extra points, critical lost fumbles and a disastrous pass interception formed the theme of the Cornhuskers' lurching, 10-9 win over the Jayhawks. Humm passed hardly at all, completing four of seven and sitting out most of the second half when Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne inserted running Quarterback Steve Runty. Jaynes was something less than a showstopper, completing only 10 of 32 passes for 90 yards. Nebraska was first on the scoreboard with a 15-play, 85-yard march. Kansas came back following a Nebraska fumble, scoring on a 26-yard field goal by Bob Swift, who kicks barefoot, and then again on a seven-yard Delvin Williams run after another Cornhusker fumble. But Swift blew the extra-point try. The winner's margin came early in the fourth quarter when Nebraska's Rich Sanger hit on a 28-yard field goal try after Linebacker Bob Nelson had picked off a Jaynes pass and carried it back to the Kansas 16.