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For the first time this season, virtually all the major teams played fairly true to form. Louisiana State and Mississippi held firm in the South while Auburn turned on Georgia Tech and badly disturbed the Engineers' dreams of a Southeastern Conference championship. The turbulent Big Ten was headed up by unbeaten Northwestern with surprising Illinois in second place after Ohio State beat Purdue and Wisconsin shocked Iowa. Texas barely held off Arkansas to lead the unpredictable Southwest Conference, and USC, although shaken up a bit by Washington, kept its record clean in the West. Not so lucky was the Air Force, which bowed to undefeated Oregon. In the East, Rutgers unexpectedly fell before little Bucknell, but Syracuse, Penn State, Yale and Penn remained among the unbeaten.
Auburn, having retreated into relative anonymity after Tennessee proved the Plainsmen to be vulnerable, finally got another shot at fame and made the most of it. Down 6-0 after Georgia Tech alertly pounced on a fumble and converted it into an 18-yard touchdown drive, the repentant War Eagles obediently carried out Coach Shug Jordan's half-time orders and went on to beat the Engineers 7-6 (see page 15). Switching from man-to-man to zone blocking, the monstrous Auburn forwards, led by 253-pound Tackle Ken Rice, Guard Zeke Smith and Center Jackie Burkett, effectively nailed down the stunting Tech linemen and opened gaping holes through which Sophomore Quarterback Bobby Hunt guided his runners on a 71-yard march to the tying touchdown. Hunt, himself, carried over from the six-yard line and Fullback Ed Dyas placekicked the winning point.
Faced with a determined Kentucky defense, LSU took its cue from the rollicking Chinese Bandits and squeezed past the eager but outmanned Wildcats 9-0 for its 17th straight on Quarterback Warren Rabb's five-yard pass to Johnny Robinson and Wendell Harris' 39-yard field goal, his fourth of the season.
Meanwhile, Mississippi kept pace with LSU. Ole Miss spotted Tulane seven points, then bruised and battered the bumbling Greenies 53-7. Fullback Charlie Flowers, operating behind the massive and mobile Reb line, crunched over for three scores.
Army, making part-time use of its walking wounded, turned loose its air arm to bomb Duke 21-6. Quarterback Joe Caldwell, flipping the ball with the aplomb and accuracy of a Johnny Unitas, made Lonely End Bill Carpenter (who grabbed nine) his special target and completed 15 of 21 for 177 yards.
Two other eastern teams were not so fortunate. Navy, still sputtering, was whiplashed by Miami and Quarterback Fran Curci 23-8; Pitt's Ivan Toncic, finding his backfield full of crashing West Virginia linemen, completed only six of 14 passes and had five others intercepted as Quarterback Danny Williams led the Mountaineers to a 23-15 victory.
In other games, Tennessee and Alabama fought to a 7-7 tie; Maryland converted its I formation into a spread in the last quarter and used it to defeat North Carolina 14-7; Georgia beat Mississippi State 15-0 to share the SEC lead with Mississippi; Vanderbilt knocked Florida out of the unbeaten ranks 13-6; Memphis State surprised favored Florida State 16-6; Wake Forest pulled out another squeaker, beating North Carolina State 17-14. The top three:
1. LSU (5-0)