Though the Army-Navy game—traditional finale to college football—monopolized most of the nation's attention last week, a scattering of other games were still to be played, particularly in the South and Southwest, where the weather takes a kinder attitude toward deep autumn sports and spectators.
Holy Cross excited New England partisans with a 7-0 victory over its ancient rival, Boston College. The winning score came on a 21-yard pass play from Quarterback Bill Smithers to Halfback Paul Toland, with only 40 seconds left in the game. The Holy Cross rooters immediately swarmed onto the field, so the game had to be held up five minutes as police cleared them off. The win gave Holy Cross a 24 to 23 edge in this ancient series. In another game, Hofstra beat Kings Point 34-0.
The action elsewhere was light and scattered, although there were still some important games left to be played in the South and the Southwest.
It may have been nervousness over postseason prospects, but all of the leading bowl candidates had to overcome the jitters before rolling up impressive victories and insuring themselves of lucrative invitations to play football again on New Year's Day or thereabouts.
At Nashville Tennessee was sloppy at the start and found itself tied 7-7 with fired-up Vanderbilt near the end of the half. After the Vols finally came to life, they methodically disposed of the Commodores 27-7. The victory clinched an unbeaten season (10-0), the Southeastern Conference championship and a date to play Baylor in the Sugar Bowl Jan. 1.
At Athens, Ga. Georgia Tech showed only a meager 7-0 lead over weak Georgia at half time. But the Engineers got back on the track, exploded for three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and a 35-0 victory. Loser only to Tennessee, Tech wound up with a 9-1 season chart, second place in the SEC (7-1) and an invitation to replay last year's Sugar Bowl game with Pitt in the Gator Bowl Dec. 29.
Clemson could do no better than a 7-7 standoff with little Furman in the first quarter, then found the range for two touchdowns in the second period on the way to a 28-7 victory. The win earned Clemson, the Atlantic Coast Conference champion, the Orange Bowl berth. The Tigers will face Colorado in Miami Jan. 1. Other scores:
Miami 20, Florida 7
Auburn 34, Alabama 7
Miss. 13, Miss. St. 7
LSU 7, Tulane 6