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Duke, preseason choice to share the Atlantic Coast Conference title with Maryland, saw the Orange Bowl go up in 7-0 smoke as South Carolina handed the Blue Devils their first conference loss in the four-year history of the ACC. The Gamecocks made the only score of the game in the second period on a run by sophomore Halfback King Dixon, but they were by no means outclassed otherwise. Duke gained only 156 yards rushing to South Carolina's 193 and completed only two of nine passes compared with five out of five for South Carolina.
Down at Chapel Hill, Jim Tatum's homecoming as the new coach of his alma mater, North Carolina, was sadly spoiled by North Carolina State. The Wolfpack completely outclassed the Tar Heels 26-6 and replaced them as the ACC dark horse.
Wake Forest, too, showed more power than expected. The Demon Deacons ran all over William and Mary 39-0, but it was Co-captain Bill Barnes, a Deacon halfback, who threw the knockout punches with runs of 67, 57 and 78 yards. Coach Paul Amen was told he would have to perform miracles to win at Wake Forest this year, and he started off by doing just that.
In the Southeastern Conference, results ran closer to form. Georgia Tech, though ragged at the edges, was never in danger while plodding to an unspectacular 14-6 victory over punchless Kentucky. The experienced, confident Yellow Jackets were only as good as they had to be, but they will have to be better next week in Dallas against SMU if they are to justify the lofty national ranking predicted for them.
Another SEC battle brought Vanderbilt an impressive 14-0 win over Georgia, which turned out to be asleep instead of a sleeper. Vandy's Don Orr quarterbacked magnificently and Halfback Phil King was a consistently long gainer.
The nation's best ball-hawking job was turned in by fleet Florida Fullback Joe Brodsky, a 211-pound senior from Miami. Brodsky was a one-man gang as the Gators whipped Mississippi State 26-0. He intercepted three State passes, ran two of them back 99 and 35 yards for scores and took the other 27 yards to set up a third TD.
Mississippi walloped the first of several cream puffs on its schedule—in this case North Texas State by a score of 45-0. The game gave little indication of the Rebs' true strength, but Kentucky should settle the issue this Saturday.
Tulane Quarterback Gene Newton threw three touchdown passes and was a wizard with the option play as the Green Wave edged past Virginia Tech of the Southern Conference 21-14. The rest of the SEC gets under way this week.
Elsewhere in the South, Virginia flattened VMI 18-0. Cavalier Fullback Jim Bakhtiar set a new conference rushing record of 210 yards in 27 carries.