Quarterback Fran Curci, kept him on his back a good part of the bleak afternoon and knocked the surprised Hurricanes out of a certain Orange Bowl invitation 23-14. Pathetic offensively for most of a so-so season, Florida put the attack in the capable hands of 25-year-old Quarterback Dick Allen, and he responded nobly, running for one touchdown, passing for two more and kicking a 20-yard field goal.
With Clemson's Harvey White having one of his better days, the Gator-bound Tigers routed
Wake Forest's Norm Snead threw three touchdown passes, set five Atlantic Coast records as the Deacons outscored
43-20; Howard Dyer led VMI to a 37-12 upset of
and the Southern Conference title; undefeated
pummeled Catawba 50-6 to win No. 1 ranking among NAIA schools. The top three:
1. MISSISSIPPI (9-1)
2. LSU (9-1)
3. GEORGIA (9-1)
The conference champions: Southeastern—
; Atlantic Coast—Clemson; Southern—VMI.
have played many a cliffhanger in 65 years, but never have they come closer to producing a mass coronary among their frenzied fans. The Longhorns spotted the supercharged Aggies 10 points (including a 52-yard field goal by chunky Randy Sims), then swept back under the firm touch of superb Quarterback Bobby Lackey, who bounced over from the one-yard line with 2:20 to play to give Texas a 20-17 victory and a share of the Southwest Conference title with TCU and Arkansas.
TCU Tackles Don Floyd and Bob Lilly led the defensive charge that harried SMU's Don Meredith, and Halfbacks Harry Moreland and Marv Lasater provided the offensive thrusts to win for the Horned Frogs 19-0. But there was still a slice of glory left for Meredith, who set a new NCAA three-year pass completion record (241 for 395) of 61%.
Larry Corley's 18-yard field goal lifted Baylor past Rice 23-21;
15-9. The top three:
1. TCU (8-2)
2. TEXAS (9-1)
3. ARKANSAS (8-2)
The conference champions: Southwest—
, TCU and
; Missouri Valley—
North Texas State