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The most significant stat at the end of the Kentucky-Alabama game was not 409, the yards the Tide ran for; or 21, the points it scored in a two-minute-and-20-second fourth-quarter spree; or 45, Alabama's total points against the Wildcats, who were shut out. No, the big number was 300, as in victories for 'Bama's Bear Bryant, now in his 36th season of coaching. Only two men have done better: Glenn (Pop) Warner, with 313, and Amos Alonzo Stagg, with 314. Bryant said, "There's no way to compare me or anybody else to Stagg. He was the Huck Finn of football. He didn't have a staff and he didn't recruit. He went on picnics and sang with his players. That's great. His wife even helped him coach."
Louisiana State dropped the opening kick-off, messed up its first three snaps and fumbled a not-so-grand total of 12 times. That should have made it a cinch for Florida to remain undefeated. The Tigers, however, pulled off a 24-7 SEC shocker by recovering seven of their own bobbles and getting 148 yards rushing from Jesse Myles.
Three teams from South Carolina came out on top. Clemson fans took to heart complaints by Coach Danny Ford about their lack of �lan. Most of the 62,500 fans at the game against Virginia Tech wore something orange, and they raised such a din that visiting Quarterback Steve Casey had to request quiet 13 times. Those raucous rooters may well have deserved some credit for the Tigers' 13-10 triumph. That's because on Casey's last plea for quiet, which came on fourth down inside the Clemson one, a Tech lineman moved and the Hokies were penalized five yards. As a result, they canceled the play from scrimmage they had called and settled for a field goal.
University of South Carolina runners gained 322 yards during a 30-10 victory over North Carolina State, which had given up an average of 67.7 yards on the ground in three previous contests. George Rogers of the Gamecocks had his 15th consecutive 100-yard performance, grinding out 193 yards. South Carolina State, ranked third in Division I-AA, beat Alcorn State 33-0.
The Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech did little ramblin' (29 yards on the ground and 87 through the air) and was left a 33-0 wreck by North Carolina. When Kelvin Bryant wasn't tearing through Tech defenders for 112 yards, Amos Lawrence was picking up 102 and Rod Elkins was passing for 201.
On Tulane's first play against Southern Methodist, Nickie Hall and Marcus Anderson collaborated on a school-record 84-yard scoring pass. And Hall kept bombing away, hitting on 22 of 42 for 347 yards. It wasn't enough. Five times the lead changed hands, with the Mustangs winning 31-21 as Mike Ford passed for two TDs and ran for another.