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FOOTBALL'S WEEK
Mervin Hyman
October 08, 1962
THE SOUTH
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October 08, 1962

Football's Week

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THE SOUTH

THE TOP THREE:

1. GEORGIA TECH (2-0)
2. ALABAMA (2-0)
3. LSU (1-0-1)

It was a big weekend in the South for sophomore quarterbacks. Alabama's Joe Na-math proved that his brilliant debut the week before was no fluke as he led the Crimson Tide to a 44-6 victory over Tulane in a game that was really little more than a field exercise. Namath completed six of seven passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns, scored one himself and then sat out the second half along with his first-string teammates, an uncommonly merciful gesture on the part of Coach Bear Bryant.

Rice, with its first two quarterbacks injured, had to fall back on young Walter McReynolds, but still tied favored LSU 6-6. Rice scored when McReynolds threw a screen pass for a 30-yard touchdown, then held on late in the game as LSU, with the score tied, threatened to win. With less than a minute to go, LSU's Danny Leblanc caught a pass on the Rice 10-yard line, field-goal territory, but he fumbled, Rice recovered and settled happily for the tie.

Auburn handed Tennessee a 14-0 lead, then charged back to win 22-21, as Jimmy Sidle, a sophomore, naturally, completed passes up and down the field. With the score tied 21-21, Woody Woodall kicked the extra point, only to have it nullified by a holding penalty. Moved back to the 25-yard line, Woodall coolly booted the ball through again for the win.

George Mira and Sonny Gibbs, two candidates for All-America at quarterback, had a passing duel, with Mira and Miami edging Gibbs and TCU 21-20. Mira scored one touchdown himself and passed for two others, while Gibbs threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass. TCU gamely tried to run for a two-point conversion and victory but was stopped just short.

After meeting early resistance, Georgia Tech squashed Florida 17-0. Georgia, West Virginia and Clemson also scored shutouts, beating Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State. Duke scored all its points in the second half to beat South Carolina 21-8 and Maryland yawned its way past Wake Forest 13-2.

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