Once-beaten Georgia, starving for recognition despite its position at the head of the conference, overpowered Florida State 42-0 for its sixth victory. Three touchdown passes by Quarterback Fran Tarkenton made it easy for the Bulldogs.
Duke caught Georgia Tech dreaming of a bowl bid and shook up the Engineers with a 10-7 upset. Sophomore Joel Arrington provided the first eye-opener when he raced 83 yards for a touchdown, and Art (Jug) Browning, fast becoming an old hand at this sort of thing, won it all with a 28-yard field goal.
Penn State invaded the South and came away with an under-wraps 28-10 triumph over much-battered West Virginia. Quarterback Richie Lucas, knocked out early with a concussion, turned the offense over to sub Galen Hall, who expertly guided the Nittany Lions to their seventh straight.
South Carolina threw only four passes but two were good for touchdowns and the Gamecocks beat Maryland 22-6; Wyoming's Skyline Conference leaders defeated North Carolina State 26-0 on Jim Walden's running and passing; The Citadel's acrobatic Paul Maguire snared two touchdown passes and threw one to get the Southern Conference leaders past William and Mary 38-13; Kentucky, roused by Cal Bird's two long scoring runs, shocked Miami 22-3. The top three:
1. LSU (7-0)
2. Mississippi (5-1)
3. Auburn (5-1)
For 13 years brutish Oklahoma had methodically cut down its Big Eight rivals, winning 72 times in all, pausing only for a 13-13 tie with Kansas in 1947 and a 21-21 tie with Colorado in 1952. But, last Saturday, Coach Bud Wilkinson's bubble burst. Nebraska, a four-time loser, caught the Sooners with their defenses dragging. The Cornhuskers pushed ahead on Ron Meade's 22- and 32-yard field goals and Harry Tolly's touchdown plunge to win 25-21 for Coach Bill Jennings, who learned his football at Oklahoma as a player and assistant to Wilkinson. And to make matters worse, Kansas beat Iowa State 7-0 to tie the Sooners for the Big Eight lead.
The Big Ten, settling down after a raucous start, began to look more and more like a two-team race. Unbeaten Northwestern made the most of a "breather" with Indiana to test ailing Ron Burton. The swift halfback responded with two touchdowns and the Wildcats won 30-13.
Wisconsin, only a game behind Northwestern and looking ahead to Saturday's tussle with the leaders, ball-hawked Michigan to death, intercepting six passes, but had to fight for its life before beating the Wolverines 19-10.
The rest of the Big Ten was playing itself into oblivion. Illinois went into a seven-man line with two linebackers only a half-step behind to prevent Purdue from double-teaming its ends and tackles and . surprised the Boilermakers with a 7-7 tie. Ohio State's Tom Matte pitched three scoring passes to outscore Michigan State 30-24, while Iowa ran over Kansas State 53-0 and Minnesota defeated Vanderbilt 20-6.