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Although hampered by injuries, San Diego State downed Cal State-Fullerton 27-14. Doing the job for the Aztecs were a couple of third-stringers, Quarterback Tom Craft completing 16 of 20 passes for 116 yards and Tailback Charlie Crews running for 71 yards.
The Citadel beat Air Force 26-7.
Taking advantage of Kentucky mistakes, Georgia marched to a 31-7 victory. A fumbled punt and a dropped pitchout by the Wildcats set up two Georgia scores. Later, Kentucky botched up a pair of long drives by incurring 15-yard penalties deep in Bulldog territory. And a 37-yard field goal try by Kentucky glanced off the goalpost and bounced away. Still, the Wildcats were down only 17-7 in the third period, and their hopes rose when they punted the ball to the Bulldog one-yard line. But Georgia went 99 yards to score, Ray Goff passing to Gene Washington for the final 87. Kentucky finished with more first downs and more total yards, but could not keep the opportunistic Bulldogs from improving their Southeastern Conference record to 3-1.
Remaining on top of the SEC was Florida (3-0), which rallied from a 10-0 deficit to cut down Tennessee 20-18. The Gators tied the score in the second quarter on Quarterback Jimmy Fisher's two-yard keeper and a 42-yard field goal by David Posey. A seven-yard touchdown scamper by Willie Wilder and Posey's 33-yard field goal put Florida in front 20-10. Tennessee made it close on a late two-yard scoring plunge by Stanley Morgan, who then added a two-point conversion after taking a pitchout. But the Vols' onside kick was recovered by the Gators, who ran out the clock. Florida will battle for first place this Saturday with Auburn, which beat independent Florida State 31-19. Mississippi stopped Vanderbilt 20-3, Alabama cruised past Louisville 24-3, and Mississippi State edged Southern Mississippi 14-6.
"This game could be the season for us," said Duke Coach Mike McGee before facing Maryland at home in a contest between two teams undefeated in Atlantic Coast Conference competition. Maryland never let Duke get inside its 20 en route to a 30-3 victory.
In other conference games, Virginia held off Wake Forest 18-17 and North Carolina State zapped Clemson 38-21. North Carolina faced East Carolina, ranked 20th in one poll, and came away with a 12-10 victory. The Tar Heels did not score a touchdown, but got field goals of 31, 24 and 17 yards from Tom Biddle and a 49-yarder from Jeff Arnold to hand the Pirates their first loss.
Notre Dame equaled a record set by its 1946 squad, running its string of quarters without giving up a touchdown to 20 in a 13-6 victory over South Carolina. To accomplish this, the Irish had to clamp down on Gamecock Quarterback Ron Bass, who went into the contest as the second most accurate passer (62.1%) in the country. Against Notre Dame he completed only four of 14, and the only scores for South Carolina came on field goals. Irish Halfback Al Hunter rambled for 181 yards in 32 trips.
Three other visitors to the South did not fare as well. Wichita State was shut out 31-0 by Memphis State, Kent State lost 42-14 to Virginia Tech and TCU was defeated 49-0 by Miami. For the seventh game in a row, Memphis State Quarterback Lloyd Patterson tossed two touchdown passes. Only 10,539 fans were on hand in the 80,010-seat Orange Bowl to see Miami end its four-game losing streak. That meant that 69,471 people did not see Quarterback E. J. Baker run for 54 yards and connect on 10 of 19 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.