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SEC x CFB 150: 1965-1971

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As part of the recognition of the 150th anniversary of college football, the Southeastern Conference is recognizing 150 of the greatest games and moments in the history of the 14 institutions of the SEC.

Each of the SEC's 14 members submitted to the Conference Office 10 great games or moments, and the SEC added 10 conference-wide highlights to produce a total of 150 great moments to be celebrated throughout the 2019 football season. To view the other weeks, click here.

Week 5 - SEC Football 150 Greatest Moments (1965-1971)

Final score: Arkansas 27, Texas 24
Date: October 16, 1965
Site: Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Head Coach: Frank Broyles
Title: Topping No. 1 Texas
A crowd of 42,000 filed into Razorback Stadium on October 16, 1965 for a top three matchup between the Hogs and the hated Texas Longhorns. The Texas test was the first of the season for the undefeated Razorbacks, who had outscored their first four opponents 114-33. Arkansas jumped out to a quick 20-0 lead thanks to scoring in all three phases. Martine Bercher pounced on a muffed punt in the end zone for the game's first score and Tommy Trantham kept the momentum going with a 77-yard fumble return. The offense finally put points on the board when Jon Brittenum hit Bobby Crockett for an 11-yard score. Texas, however, wasn't done cutting the Arkansas lead in half before halftime then took a 21-20 lead early in the fourth quarter before adding a field goal for a 24-20 lead. With 4:06 left in the game, Arkansas took over on their own 20-yard line. Brittenum took over, connecting with Crockett multiple times to get the Hogs down to the one. Brittenum took it from there, punching it in with 1:32 remaining to beat top-ranked Texas. Arkansas was the new No. 1 team in the polls the next week.

Date: August-September 1966
Site: Southeastern United States
Title: First Skywriters Tour - Predecessor to Football Media Days
The SEC Skywriters Tour was the brainchild of Elmore "Scoop" Hudgins, the SEC's first public relations Director. It began in the summer of 1966 with a group of 21 hard-working, fun-loving, mostly Southern storytellers on the first of what was to become 17 consecutive SEC Skywriters Tours. They and the league set the stage for what has now become an annual event that welcomes more than 1,000 media each year and is the stage for a four-day, nationally-televised event: SEC Football Media Days. Like Lewis and Clark with typewriters, those early pioneers boarded a decrepit DC-3 prop plane - a sort of press box with wings - to explore the mid-century model of a 34-year-old conference that would one day explode into national dominance. Those early wordsmiths, using the most rudimentary tools of communication, hopscotched around the 10 Southeastern Conference schools on a groundbreaking mission - to inform their readers what they could expect from their SEC rivals. Back then, there was no internet, no social media and there were no cell phones and 24-hour sports networks that now instantly inform. Newspapers were extremely relevant as they were enjoying one of their last heydays. The SEC Skywriters Tour was held annually until 1983. (Credit: Buddy Martin, former Skywriter)

Final Score: Florida 30, Auburn 27
Date: October 29, 1966
Site: Florida Field, Gainesville, Florida
Head Coach: Ray Graves
Title: Steve Spurrier Hits Game-Winning Field Goal Against Auburn
Summary: Florida's unblemished record was on the line as Auburn rolled into Gainesville during Homecoming. With the game tied at 20-20, Steve Spurrier drove the Gators 71 yards for a go-ahead touchdown - which Auburn promptly answered with a touchdown drive of its own. Spurrier brought the offense back onto the field and moved Florida into field goal range. Gators head coach Ray Graves went on to say Spurrier called his own number and kicked a game-winning 40-yard field goal. Locked in a tight battle with Purdue quarterback Bob Griese for the 1966 Heisman Trophy, many believe Spurrier's heroic field goal not only beat Auburn, but also won him college football's highest honor.

Date: September 30, 1967
Site: Stoll Field, Lexington, Ky.
Head coach: Charlie Bradshaw
Title: Nate Northington Breaks the SEC Color Barrier
Nate Northington and the University of Kentucky changed the course of Southeastern Conference history by breaking the SEC football color barrier during the 1967 season. Northington and Greg Page enrolled at UK in the fall of 1966 and played for the UK freshman team; however, Page was injured in a practice accident in August, 1967, and passed away six weeks later. Northington played his first varsity game in UK's season opener at Indiana on September 23. One week later, he became the first African-American in a league game when the Wildcats played Ole Miss in Lexington - literally, and figuratively, forever changing the face of SEC football.

Final Score: Tennessee 24, Alabama 13
Date: October 21, 1967
Site: Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
Head Coach: Doug Dickey
Title: Trick play spurs Vol victory
Three interceptions by halfback Albert Dorsey in the final period typified an alert Tennessee defensive performance that reached its peak for the early season in coming as close to stopping the Ken Stabler-to-Dennis Homan passing combination as seemed humanly possible. After an exchange of first-half touchdowns the Vols went ahead for keeps midway through the third period with a choice piece of chicanery. Tailback Walter Chadwick threw the first pass of his college career, an 11-yard flip to tight end Ken DeLong who stood all by his lonesome across the goal. Alabama staged a comeback and stirred memories among the faithful of the 1966's uphill victory, but Dorsey saw to it that the same fate didn't befall the Vols two years in a row. Dorsey carried his third interception 31 yards for a clinching touchdown, a feat that earned him designation as national back of the week and parlayed to All-America honors at season's end.

Final Score: Texas A&M 20, Alabama 16
Date: January 1, 1968
Site: Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas
Head coach: Gene Stallings
Title: Student Defeats Teacher
Alabama head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant had the Crimson Tide ranked No. 8 in the country heading into a showdown with his former Texas A&M "Junction Boy" and former Alabama assistant coach Gene Stallings. The Aggies had lost the first four games of the 1967 season before reeling off seven straight wins to take the Southwest Conference crown. The Crimson Tide struck first behind quarterback Ken Stabler. The Aggies responded as Tommy Maxwell picked off Stabler and Aggie quarterback Edd Hargett found wide receiver Larry Stegent for a 13-yard touchdown pass to tie the game. Alabama kicked a field goal to open the second quarter scoring before the Aggies and Hargett and Maxwell hooked up for a seven-yard touchdown pass and the point after was missed making the halftime score, Texas A&M 13, Alabama 10. Aggie running back Wendell Housley scored on a 20-yard scamper to increase the lead to 20-10. Stabler scrambled for a seven-yard touchdown run and the try for two points failed, ending the game at 20-16 in favor of Stallings and the Aggies. When the two head coaches met at midfield, Bryant hoisted Stallings up in the air to carry him off of the field.

Final Score: South Carolina 32, North Carolina 27
Date: September 28, 1968
Site: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Head Coach: Paul Dietzel
Title: Gamecocks Rally to Victory
For three periods, the Gamecocks did nothing right. Even when Don Bailey returned a kickoff 90 yards to the Tar Heel 10, Carolina couldn't score and was a badly beaten team, trailing 27-3, as the fourth quarter began. Suddenly, a complete turnabout occurred. Tommy Suggs passed to Fred Zeigler for a touchdown and on the following kickoff the Tar Heels fumbled. Carolina scored in two plays on Warren Muir's run, Suggs went for two and the score was 27-17. After a punt, the Gamecocks stormed 68 yards with Muir scoring again. Another two-point conversion made it 27-25. After another Tar Heel punt, a 61-yard Gamecock drive culminated with Suggs scoring from the four. The Gamecocks scored 29 points in 10 minutes and one second to win 32-27 in what had to be one of the greatest comebacks in history.

Final Score: Missouri 35, Alabama 10
Date: December 28, 1968
Site: Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Florida
Head Coach: Dan Devine
Title: "The Horsewhipping"
Most pundits expected the 1968 Gator Bowl to go the way of 12th-ranked Alabama and their legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. After all, Bryant's program had lost only two games on the season by a total of three points, while Mizzou came in on a two-game losing streak. While some might have given MU a chance to win the game, virtually no one saw the Tigers' dominant 35-10 win coming. Certainly not Bryant, who called the loss one of the greatest "horsewhippings" of his career at the time. Dan Devine's Tigers jumped on top in the first quarter on a short touchdown run by QB Terry McMillan - the first of three scores on the day by MU's signal caller, who would eventually be named game MVP despite passing for zero yards. After Alabama returned an interception for a touchdown against McMillan, the Tigers chose to keep the ball on the ground. From that point on, Mizzou was close to unstoppable, as Devine's squad would run for 402 yards in the game, including RB Greg Cook, who finished with 179 yards on 27 carries and one touchdown, while McMillan ran for 76 yards and his trio of scores. All more impressive given the fact that 'Bama came into the game allowing an average of only 85 yards rushing per game. Not to be outdone, Mizzou's defense perhaps was even more impressive, as it held the Tide to just six first downs, and a meager output of only 32 yards of total offense. Tiger defenders recorded a tidy 12 quarterback sacks, and when they didn't get to the QB, they forced ill-timed throws that were intercepted twice, including one that was returned for a touchdown by DB Dennis Poppe. The 25-point margin marked the largest loss of Bryant's career to date, and the win propelled Mizzou to a final ranking of ninth in the Associated Press poll, as well as to big off-season momentum that played a role in next year's squad winning a share of the Big Eight Conference title.

Final Score: Ole Miss 38, Tennessee 0
Date: November 15, 1969
Site: Jackson, Mississippi
Head Coach: John Vaught
Title: The Mule Game
Steve Kiner, he's one of Tennessee's All-America linebackers, and one day he's sitting around jawing with some of the boys about the horses they got playing football at Ole Miss. "Hee-haw," says Kiner, "them's not horses, them's mules." You can guess how gracefully that was received in Oxford and Biloxi and Vicksburg, where they hang pictures of Archie Manning, the Ole Miss junior quarterback, on the living room wall. "Mules, huh?" was the word. "Well, old Archie will show them who's mules." In Tennessee, where everybody was feeling good about being unbeaten in seven games and being ranked No. 3 in the nation, they laughed and started handing out ARCHIE WHO? buttons. After the opening kickoff, Manning took Ole Miss 82 yards in 11 plays, mostly on the running of Randy Reed and Bo Bowen, and then himself three times for the last three yards and the touchdown. Vaught had told him to open with a running game and then, when Tennessee stopped it, to go to the air. Tennessee never was to stop it. Early in the third quarter, all hope of a Tennessee recovery died when Reed went a yard for a touchdown, making it, after the kick, 31-0. That's the same score the Vols beat Ole Miss by last year. No longer was anyone in orange clothing yelling "Archie who?" When it was over and they added it all up, Manning had completed nine of 18 passes for 159 yards and one touchdown and had run for another score.

Final score: Auburn 35, Georgia 20
Date: November 13, 1971
Site: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia
Head coach: Ralph "Shug" Jordan
Auburn quarterback Pat Sullivan destroyed Georgia in a performance that likely won him the Heisman Trophy. Undefeated Georgia entered the game 9-0 and played Auburn Nov. 13 in Athens in front of the largest crowd to attend a football game in Georgia (62,891) to that date. Sullivan threw four touchdown passes, logged 14 completions on 24 attempts for 248 yards. The Bulldogs finished #3 in the nation at 11-1 after the bowl win.