LSU and Mississippi rumbled resolutely toward their big clash next Saturday at Baton Rouge. LSU, content to just get ahead and then turn the game over to its powerful defensive units, lowered the boom on
9-0. Billy Cannon's one-yard plunge and Wendell Harris' 28-yard field goal, his fifth of the season, put LSU ahead, and the swarming Bengal defenders did the rest. Sighed Florida End Dan Edgington: "Every time you blocked one of them, three or four more were behind them. Chinese Bandits? It was like fighting the Chinese Communists. They just kept coming and coming."
, complementing its sturdy defense with brutal fullbacking and useful passing, stunned
with two touchdowns by Charlie Flowers within three minutes midway in the first half and went on to slaughter the jumpy, upset-minded Porkers 28-0. Coach Johnny Vaught, who usually has his backs running wide, this time chose to slam them up the middle behind the vigorous blocking of Guards Marvin Terrell and Dick Price and Center Ken Kirk. And when Arkansas jammed its defenses, Quarterbacks Bobby Franklin and Jake Gibbs loosened up the Porkers with passes.
Usually satisfied to get by on its defensive might, Auburn put Bobby Hunt, its sophomore passer, to work to beat Miami 21-6 (see page 18). Hunt opened the Tigers' new bag of tricks on the very first play, passing to Lamar Rawson for a 78-yard touchdown. Miami never recovered.
Quarterback Harvey White directed the attack and all the Cats joined in as Clemson romped over
27-0 in the last Big Thursday game in Columbia. White, who lost two teeth for his efforts, completed eight of 10 passes for 162 yards and two scores and sent Clemson closer to the Atlantic Coast title.
, playing in the shadow of its more illustrious conference rivals, whipped
14-7 to lead the SEC while
remained in the running with a 21-13 win over
. Jug Browning's 23-yard field goal lifted Duke past
North Carolina State
used Bob Shupin's three extra points to down
21-19. The top three:
1. LSU (6-0)
2. MISSISSIPPI (6-0)
3. AUBURN (4-1)
As if things weren't rough enough for its Southwest Conference friends,
found a way to make its speedy halfbacks even more troublesome. The alert and aggressive Longhorns split their own ends, used quick pitchouts and then ran over the Rice ends as Jack Collins and Rene Ramirez brought Texas its sixth straight 28-6.
Outplayed most of the way by ambitious
Texas Tech, SMU
pulled ailing Don Meredith off the bench to pass for the go-ahead touchdown in the last quarter and the Mustangs won 21-13. Baylor's Sophomore Quarterback Bobby Ply pitched the Bears to a 13-0 shutout of
Texas A.&M. The top three:
1. TEXAS (6-0)
2. SMU (3-1-1)
3. TCU (4-2)