In a weekend of bright sunshine in Florida and disconcerting rain in the Carolinas, the South's unbeaten "big four" came through unsullied once more, though none was particularly impressive in winning. Georgia Tech and Tennessee of the Southeastern Conference, once-tied Clemson of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and once-tied Miami of the independents moved ever closer to showdown meetings with one another—Georgia Tech facing Tennessee this Saturday and Clemson colliding with Miami the following week.
, still the class of the South, ran into unexpectedly stubborn resistance from
before grinding out a fourth-period touchdown for a 7-0 win.
, with Johnny Majors on the sidelines because of rib bruises, started slowly against a stubborn
defense but finally hacked out a 20-0 victory. Clemson vaulted past
for a 21-6 victory, while
used its first stringers sparingly Friday night, depended on its second and third teams to run off with a 20-7 triumph over game but obviously overmatched
racked up impressive conference victories. The speedy, shifty Rebels riddled LSU'S pass defense in the second half for an easy 46-17 victory after trailing 17-14 at half time. Florida struck suddenly on long gainers for three touchdowns and a 20-0 victory over
survived a late
offensive to register a 20-14 conference win.
came from behind to beat
16-13 on a 29-yard field goal by Ken Cooper.
In interconference games,
6-2. A 46-yard drive and a 78-yard punt return brought methodical
a 14-0 victory over
Maryland's amazingly impotent Terrapins. Other scores:
W. Vir. 14, G. Washington 0
VMI 20, Wm. & Mary 6
South Carolina 13, Furman 6
Wake Forest 13, N.C. State 0
Miss. South. 36, Abilene Chr. 6
Davidson 7, Richmond 0
Chattanooga 33, Tampa 0
Sewanee 26, Centre 0
Citadel, 20, Presbyterian 13
Stetson 20, Car. Newman 0
After Saturday's play in the Big Ten
, rated at the beginning of the season as an outsider, must be favored to go to the Rose Bowl. The Gophers continued unbeaten (though once tied—by Northwestern) with a squeaker over a fine
, which lost to Minnesota last week, kept alive its faint hopes for a trip to Pasadena on New Year's Day by coming from behind to beat
17-14 at Iowa City. Iowa buckled and fell under Michigan's second-half pressure after leading by 11 points at half time.
bounced back from its loss last week to Illinois, easily crushing weak
, a rugged ground-gaining power that regards the forward pass as an effete maneuver, reluctantly had to throw the ball to beat surprisingly tough Northwestern 6-2.
, two erratic teams, battled to a 7-7 draw, as Abe Woodson, the Illini star whose miraculous runs beat Michigan State last week, saved the game by plucking a Boilermaker fumble out of the air in the end zone and dashing out of danger.
huffed and puffed and finally beat weak
In the Big Seven
, which had looked to the
game as just another one on the schedule, almost produced the upset of the season before finally losing 27-19. The Sooners, trailing 19-6 at the half, turned loose Tommy McDonald and Clendon Thomas for three touchdowns in the final two periods for their 36th straight win.
, hoping for a chance to represent the Big Seven in the Orange Bowl, fell victim to two
touchdowns and a 33-yard, third-quarter field goal by Quarterback George Harshman to lose 15-14. Missouri is now 2-1, Oklahoma 3-0 and Colorado 4-1 in the conference.
came from two touchdowns behind to overhaul
which had yielded 86 points and scored none in the last two games, bounced back to thrash Drake 39-14.
kept up its strong pace in quest of a Missouri Valley championship, crushing
41-16. The Cougars now lead the conference with a 2-0 mark. In nonconference games
College of the Pacific
from the unbeaten class 14-13, and
Oklahoma A&M was tied by
33-7 in a third nonconference hassle.
clinched the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title, the fifth year it has either won or shared the honor, by blanking Eastern Michigan 19-0. Other scores: