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LSU's Billy Cannon exploded in all directions, including a 50-yard touchdown dash with an intercepted pass, as the Bengals prowled past Baylor 22-0 for their 15th straight.
Baby-faced Tailback Gene Etter, forced to carry the load after Billy Majors left the game with a head injury, scored twice and passed for a third touchdown to lead Tennessee to a 22-6 win over bumbling Mississippi State.
Mississippi rolled over Memphis State 43-0; chastened Auburn walloped Hardin-Simmons 35-12; ACC darkhorse South Carolina dumped Georgia 30-14; Tulane's Andy Pilney kept the wolves at bay (at least for one more week) with a 6-0 win over Wake Forest. The top three:
1. LSU (3-0)
Shaking loose speed backs Rene Ramirez, Jack Collins and Mike Dowdle for 40-yard-plus touchdown sprints, unbeaten Texas brightened up a rainy, dreary afternoon by whomping California's tarnished Golden Bears 33-0. Collins, a quick sophomore, also added a feat to the Longhorn record book, quick-kicking 82 yards.
Battened down in a 7-7 tie, SMU turned two pass interceptions into scores to haul down Navy 20-7. Quarterback Don Meredith pitched 28 yards to Mike Hackney for one touchdown, plunged four yards for the second and then cheered while Tirey Wilemon picked off a Middie pass and lugged it 95 yards for the clincher.
And just to prove that the SWC was its usual unpredictable self, lightweight Arkansas effectively muzzled lumbering and unimaginative TCU and used a 28-yard field goal by third-stringer Freddy Akers to upset the Horned Frogs 3-0.
In other games, Texas Tech outscrambled Tulsa 8-7; the Air Force bombarded Trinity 27-6. The top three:
1. TEXAS (3-0)