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Mississippi got brilliant quarterbacking from Eagle Day, determined running from Earl Blair, swept past Mississippi State 26-0 at Starkville to capture second straight Southeastern Conference crown and bid to face TCU in Cotton Bowl.
Auburn's talented Millard Howell Tubbs passed for two touchdowns, scored third on plunge, carried Tigers to 26-0 trouncing of Alabama at Birmingham and into ' Gator Bowl Dec. 31 against Vanderbilt , beaten by Tennessee 20-13 in upset at Knoxville.
Denver and Wyoming battled through scoreless 59 minutes 53 seconds, provided enough thrills in last seven seconds to last lifetime. Wyoming's Joe Mastrogiovanni kicked 17-yard field goal with seven seconds to play, set stage for controversial 78-yard kickoff return by Dick Cupton that won for Denver 6-3, knocked Wyoming out of tie for Rocky Mountain Conference championship, brought on protest by aroused Cowboys.
Oklahoma (10-0-0), top-ranked for past four weeks, was voted nation's No. 1 college team with 3,581 points in final Associated Press poll, easily outdistanced runner-up Michigan State (8-1-0). Rest of first 10:3, Maryland (10-0-0); 4, UCLA (9-1-0); 5, Ohio State (7-2-0); 6, Texas Christian (9-1-0); 7, Georgia Tech (8-1-1); 8, Auburn (8-1-1); 9, Notre Dame (8-2-0); 10, Mississippi (9-1-0).
Harvey Harman, whose Rutgers teams had 74-44-2 record in 14 years (8-17 last three years), was fired from football coaching post but retained as faculty member. Also fired: Alton Kircher, let out by Washington State after four years and 1-7-2 season this fall.
New York Giants and Cleveland Browns put on best game of year, battled to 35-35 tie before 45,699 in New York. Charlie Conerly's 23-yard pass to Frank Gifford, Ray Krouse's smothering of field goal attempt by Lou Groza in final seconds gave fired-up Giants deadlock after Otto Graham had passed Eastern Conference leaders to three scores.
Chicago Cardinals exploded for seven touchdowns, two each by Ollie Matson, Dave Mann and Don Stonesifer, stunned Chicago Bears 53-14 in snowstorm to end six-game Bear winning streak, push losers into second place in Western Conference.
Los Angeles Rams played it safe with two field goals by burly Les Richter in last quarter, suddenly needed a third to hold off rallying Philadelphia Eagles. Richter obliged with 25-yard placement with seven seconds to go, gave Rams close 23-21 victory, Western Conference lead.