Cornell's Ivy League balloon, pricked a week earlier by Brown, burst with a loud bang when it met Dartmouth's crunching ground attack in the mud and rain at Ithaca. Operating behind a big, fast and ferocious line that kept the pressure on the harried Big Red backs, Dartmouth shook loose hustling John Crouthamel (see below) for three touchdowns and went on to win 32-15 to set up a title showdown battle with Princeton next Saturday.
Princeton, meanwhile, made the psychological most of last year's hanky-waving defeat by Yale to turn on the poor Elis 50-14. The Tigers, up emotionally if not physically, sent Tailback Hugh Scott and Fullback Fred Tiley slashing through Yale's left side, passed over the heads of Eli defenders and kept the gates of mercy closed until they had achieved two objectives—revenge and their first Big Three crown since 1952. In other Ivy games, Brown got another great performance from Quarterback Frank Finney, who scored three touchdowns and passed for a fourth, to beat Harvard 29-22; Penn clobbered Columbia 42-0.
Syracuse kept the bowl ball rolling against Colgate, winning 47-0. But Holy Cross was not quite so fortunate and fell before determined Penn State 32-0.
Army, perhaps looking ever so little ahead to Navy, experienced some rough moments when a crashing Villanova line sent Halfback Bob Anderson to the sidelines for good midway in the first quarter and contained the Cadet attack. Halfback Pete Dawkins finally broke the spell with a dazzling 80-yard punt return and scored twice more to keep Army unbeaten 26-0. Navy, held to a 6-6 half-time tie, wore down eager George Washington to win 28-8.
In other games, Boston College squeaked past Boston U. 18-13; Connecticut rolled over Rhode Island 36-8 to win the Yankee Conference Bean Pot; Williams, trailing Amherst 7-6 in the last period, laid firm hands on the Little Three crown when Halfback Dan Rorke sprinted 74 yards to win for the Purple, 12-7; Buffalo held off Lehigh 34-26; Quantico Marines made the most of injured Halfback Bill Austin's absence to hand Rutgers its first defeat 13-12.
But the East was not without its unbeaten teams. Once-tied Hamilton won from Union 18-0 for its first undefeated season. Rochester downed RPI 34-7; Juniata beat Albright 33-12 for its fifth undefeated season in six years; California (Pa.) Teachers drubbed Washington and Jefferson 41-6. The top three:
1. ARMY (7-0-1)
2. SYRACUSE (7-1-0)
3. PITT (5-3-1)
If ever there was any doubt as to the attrition of a Big Ten schedule, it was clearly demonstrated again last week when champion Iowa was toppled from the unbeaten ranks and fading Northwestern, which had gone so far with such slim prospects, was whomped by Purdue.
Dethroned Ohio State, long a slumbering giant, awoke with awesome power to become the first to upset Iowa 38-28. The Buckeyes' Bob White and Don Clark, hammering away unceasingly at the Iowa forwards, traded touchdowns with the Hawkeyes' Randy Duncan, Willie Fleming and John Nocera, finally nosed ahead for keeps in the final minutes. But there also was glory for Duncan, who completed 23 of 33 passes for 249 yards and a conference record.
The bell tolled again for Northwestern's Wildcats, who couldn't keep up with battering Purdue and fell before the Boilermakers 23-6, while Wisconsin, eschewing its usually effective ground game, sent Quarterbacks Dale Hackbart and Sid Williams to the air to beat Illinois 31-12.
Michigan and Michigan State, down on their luck these days, dropped even deeper into the Slough of Despond. The Wolverines, who had received the news that Coach Bennie Oosterbaan was "retiring" in favor of Assistant Bump Elliott with hardly a wink of surprise, couldn't even "win one for Bennie" and lost to Indiana 8-6. Michigan State proved to be just the tonic Minnesota, beaten in 10 straight, needed to pull out of the Big Ten cellar. The Gophers caught fire in the second half, luxuriating in their newfound power to hammer the Spartans 39-12. Wailed MSU Athletic Director Biggie Munn: "The most futile display I've ever seen...utter futility. When you have scratched and crawled a tenth of an inch at a time to build an empire, it takes a lot out of you to see it crash."
Quarterback George Izo found receivers for 11 of his 15 passes, but needed a helping hand from Halfback Jim Crotty, who helped to light the spark for a 34-24 Notre Dame win over North Carolina.
Nebraska, beaten six times, suddenly had a purpose after upsetting letdown Pitt 14-6 on the left-handed passing of Halfback Larry Naviaux, who completed five out of six, two for touchdowns.
Missouri Coach Dan Devine, who had heard about Oklahoma's snake-pit stadium from his predecessor, Don Faurot, brought his multiple offense into Norman with hopes for victory but soon discovered the bitter facts of life. The Sooners belted his Tigers 39-0 for their 70th straight Big Eight victory and stuffed one foot inside the Orange Bowl door. The top three:
1. IOWA (6-1-1)
2. OKLAHOMA (7-1-0)
3. WISCONSIN (6-1-1)
Bumbling LSU, hardly looking like the nation's No. 1 team, spotted limping Mississippi State a touchdown and was forced to fight uphill to corner the ornery Maroons 7-6. With Billy Cannon tied up in a neat package by the bruising State line, Warren Rabb passed five yards to Billy Hendrix for the tying score and Tommy Davis' placement barely kept the LSU record clean.
Tennessee dedicated Homecoming Day to the late Herman Hickman and absorbed enough inspiration to hang an 18-16 shiner on favored Mississippi. The Vols, hurting for a tailback all season, got pluperfect service from little Gene Etter, who squirmed and squirted 74 yards for the winning touchdown.
New-look Auburn once again found its destiny in the air lanes, parlaying a solid passing attack and its usual stonewall line play into a 21-6 victory over Georgia.
Alabama capitalized on three Georgia Tech blunders to stockpile two touchdowns and a field goal in the first quarter and eased past the Engineers 17-8; thrice-tied Vanderbilt remained in the bowl picture by turning back Tulane 12-0; Clemson, after three scoreless periods of tooth-and-nail struggling, exploded for two quick touchdowns to beat North Carolina State 13-6 and nail down the ACC championship; Duke stayed on the ground to overpower Wake Forest 29-0; Maryland bombed unhappy Miami 26-14; West Virginia ran down William and Mary 56-6 to win the Southern Conference title.
Among the unbeatens, Mississippi Southern beat Virginia Tech 41-0; Sewanee routed Southwestern 47-0; Florida A&M swamped Allen 52-14. The top three:
1. LSU (9-0-0)
2. AUBURN (7-0-1)
3. MISSISSIPPI (7-2-0)
The Southwest Conference, long the most topsy-turvy of all leagues, lived up to its reputation as Rice and SMU were sent flip-flopping by underdogs, leaving TCU high and dry in the lead.
TCU, muddling along against Texas at Fort Worth, heard the good news in the third period and suddenly decided to take charge. Behind 8-0, the Frogs leaped to the attack, marching 68 yards to tie the score. Tackle Donald Floyd (see page 13) deflected a Texas pass to set up the go-ahead touchdown, and Marvin Lasater pitched to Marshall Harris for the clincher in a 22-8 victory. But TCU must still get by Rice next Saturday to cash in its title chips.
Texas A&M's Charlie Milstead, hobbling about on an injured knee for 50 minutes, became the chief executioner of Rice, plunging over for two touchdowns and passing for a third as the Aggies surprised the overconfident Owls 28-21.
Arkansas, a six-time loser, swarmed all over SMU's Quarterback Don Meredith, grabbed off two of his heaves to set up touchdowns which beat the Mustangs 13-6 and nudged them out of the running for the SWC title and the Cotton Bowl. The top three:
1. TCU (7-1-0)
2. RICE (4-4-0)
3. SMU (4-4-0)
California, which has a habit of leaving things in Quarterback Joe Kapp's able hands, again found the system a winning one. Kapp scored one touchdown, passed for 135 yards, ran for 70 to beat Washington 12-7 and keep the Bears at the top of the PCC heap—and on the Rose Bowl trail. Oregon State turned crashing Fullback Nub Beamer into a passer, and he got off the one which beat Stanford 24-16 to keep the Beavers a step behind California; UCLA picked itself up to knock down Oregon 7-3.
The amazing and unbeaten Air Force, with designs on a New Year's Day bid, made its depth and balance pay off for a 21-6 triumph over Wyoming; Washington State set a wide-mouthed defense for Dick Bass and virtually swallowed him up in it as the Cougars trounced COP 34-0; Colorado weathered sleet, mud and wind to defeat Utah 7-0; Brigham Young outran Denver 22-7 to tie Wyoming and New Mexico for the Skyline Conference lead. The top three:
1. AIR FORCE (7-0-1)
2. CALIFORNIA (6-3-0)
3. COLORADO (6-2-0)
RED GRANGE PREDICTS
CALIFORNIA VS. STANFORD
Only Stanford stands between California and the Rose Bowl, and Joe Kapp's superior passing should carry the Golden Bears all the way to Pasadena. CALIFORNIA.
UCLA VS. USC
Both teams will be higher than a kite for this traditional game. USC has been on the move lately and gets the nod over hot-and-cold UCLA. USC.
RICE VS. TCU
TCU's big line will be able to defense the Rice ball carriers. The Horned Frogs are my choice to leap over the Owls to the Southwest Conference championship. TCU.
HARVARD VS. YALE
The Game is still the thing for these Ivies. Yale, seeking to atone for a miserable season, won't be able to do it against Harvard's better offense. HARVARD.
PRINCETON VS. DARTMOUTH
A tossup. Both teams can attack, but the fiercer-charging Indian line gives the edge and the Ivy League title to DARTMOUTH.
BOSTON COLLEGE VS. CLEMSON
Clemson, with the Atlantic Coast crown all wrapped up, needs a win over BC to keep its bowl hopes alive. If no letdown, CLEMSON.
TULANE VS. LSU
Another one of those old rivalries, and it is no secret that Quarterback Richie Petitbon and Tulane have been aiming for unbeaten LSU. But the Tigers, too, have been looking ahead and will be ready for the Green Wave. LSU.
NORTH CAROLINA VS. DUKE
Duke has been too spotty and will have trouble with that tough Tar Heel line and Jack Cummings' passing. NORTH CAROLINA.
IOWA VS. NOTRE DAME
A passing battle between Iowa's Randy Duncan and Notre Dame's George Izo, two of the nation's top T quarterbacks. No pick because I'll be doing this NCAA telecast on NBC-TV.
OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN
Ohio State finally found the offensive spark it lacked all year. Bob White and Don Clark give the Buckeyes a one-two punch that poor Michigan will find hard to stop. OHIO STATE.
LAST WEEK'S PREDICTIONS: 7 RIGHT; 2 WRONG; 0 TIE
RECORD TO DATE: 56-22-4
9TH WEEK LEADERS
Pete Dawkins, Army
Bill Austin, Rutgers
Bob White, Ohio State
Dick Bass, COP
Bob White, Ohio State
Dwight Nichols, Iowa St.
Ralph Hunsaker, Ariz.
Randy Duncan, Iowa
C. Milstead, Tex. A&M
C. Milstead, Tex. A&M
Randy Duncan, Iowa
Joe Kapp, California
TOTAL TEAM OFFENSE
TOTAL TEAM DEFENSE