In the struggle for the Orange Bowl, neither Clemson, South Carolina nor Duke looked particularly impressive in their final conference outings.
used runs of 14 yards by Mackie Prickett and 29 yards by Alex Hawkins to dump
, the cellar team, 13-0 and clinch third place in the league with a 5-2 record and a season mark of 7-3.
marched 83, 69 and 37 yards to whop so-so
21-6 and take over second place, with 4-1 in the conference and 5-4-1 overall, clemson looked dullest of all, stuttering to a 7-0 victory over weak
on a 53-yard, first-quarter drive, but it was enough to clinch the league championship with a 4-0-1 record. With little Furman still to play, the Tigers have the inside track to the Orange Bowl, though Duke has a chance; 12 years ago, another four-time-beaten Duke team went to the Sugar Bowl and beat Alabama.
In other major action, unbeaten
rolled impressively over
, intercepting four passes and shutting out the Mountaineers for the first time in 55 games 18-0.
squeezed past rugged
Florida state 13-7 on a 67-yard pass-run play in the third quarter. Mississippi Southern, historically a menace to
, tied the Crimson Tide 13-13, while
salvaged something from its worst season in years by whipping
North Carolina State
25-14, to wind up with a 2-7-1 record.
blanked VMI 45-0 and assured itself of second place in the Southern Conference.
With businesslike efficiency
48-8 Saturday and then sat back to enjoy the good news from Columbus, Ohio.
Ohio state 19-0, and, as a result, Coach Forest Evashevski's Hawkeyes had hit the jackpot: the Rose Bowl bid ( Iowa's first) and the college's first Big Ten championship since 1922.
Iowa, rated an also-ran at the start of the season, completely dominated Notre Dame with a flashy, breakaway offense to finish the season with an 8-1 record. Michigan, meanwhile, was bottling up OSU's rugged ground game, springing Halfback Terry Barr for two touchdowns and sophomore Fullback John Herrnstein for one. Having lost to both Minnesota and Michigan State, Michigan ended the Big Ten season in third place, with an over-all 7-2 record. By losing to Iowa and Michigan on the last two Saturdays of the season, Ohio State blew its chance to win its third Big Ten title in a row, wound up instead in a tie for fourth with Michigan State. The latter closed with a meaningless 38-17 victory over hapless Kansas State, despite a dozen fumbles.
In one of the major surprises of a topsyturvy Big Ten season,
13-13. Wisconsin, whose only victory of the season was in an opener against winless Marquette, outplayed Minnesota all the way.
Improving Northwestern finished its best season since 1950 by edging
14-13 to grab sixth place in the conference with an over-all record of four wins, four defeats and a tie.
got some satisfaction out of the season by trouncing
39-20 for its first Big Ten victory.
In the Big Seven
for 656 net yards, its most overpowering performance in three overpowering years, for a 54-6 victory. Orange Bowl-bound
, warming up for the Atlantic Coast Conference's candidate, slaughtered
Missouri Valley Champion
, with ambitions for something big like the Sugar Bowl or Gator Bowl—beat
20-7 for a 6-2-1 record.
ended its season against
Sunday, losing 27-13, while
Oklahoma A&M winds up against Oklahoma, Dec. 1.