It takes a Texan to beat one, and Georgia Tech fortunately had a good one handy when it came face to face with SMU and Don Meredith. Fred Braselton, a freckled quarterback from Corpus Christi, completed seven of 11 passes for two touchdowns in a 16-12 upset victory. Meredith, who threw two scoring passes, had only the highest praise for Braselton: "He played like a Texan."
LSU met TCU head on and sent the Horned Frogs limping back home with a 10-0 defeat. The Bengals put together Sophomore Wendell Harris' 29-yard field goal and Warren Rabb's 45-yard pass to Johnny Robinson for all their points in the second period, then fought off the rugged visitors with some bruising line play.
Mississippi, its sweeping option stuff contained in the first half by Kentucky's boxing ends and alert cornerbacks, finally loosened up the Wildcats when Quarterback Jake Gibbs began to connect with jerky-quick spot passes and resourceful Ole Miss won 16-0.
In other games, Miami's little Fran Curci pitched the Hurricanes to a 26-7 win over Tulane; remorseless Clemson clobbered Virginia 47-0. The top three:
1. LSU (2-0)
2. MISSISSIPPI (2-0)
3. CLEMSON (2-0)
There was a time when Army teams thought the pass was something that one never made at girls who wore glasses, but Dale Hall, the new, young and able Cadet coach, has other ideas. Expanding the duties of the Lonely End to make him an occasional flanking back, Hall had his club throwing the ball from beginning to end as Army beat Boston College 44-8. Joe Caldwell, his spindle-legged quarterback, threw four touchdown passes to Lonely End Bill Carpenter (see above) and Halfbacks Bob Anderson and Steve Waldrop, while reserves Tom Blanda and Pete King also got into the aerial act. When it was all over the Cadets had completed 24 of 34 for 314 yards.
Navy dedicated its spanking-new stadium and treated visiting brass to a fine offensive show while working over William and Mary 29-2. Halfback Joe Bellino raced 53 yards for the Middies' first touchdown, and Fullback Joe Matalavage got two, one on an 85-yard sprint.
Penn State's Richie Lucas had another good afternoon, completing eight of 11 passes for 119 yards and two scores as the Nittany Lions beat VMI 21-0; Syracuse trailing 7-6 at half time, came back to throttle Kansas 35-21.
The Ivies also began to flex their muscles, but co-favorites Dartmouth and Princeton found them flabby. Holy Cross caught the Indians without Quarterback Bill Gundy and knocked them looping 31-8 while Rutgers scored first and held on grimly to edge the Tigers 8-6.