The casualty list read like a holiday weekend accident report as college football completed its third week in a clatter of upsets. Army, Navy, Clemson, TCU, Ohio State, Iowa and Dartmouth were among the more prominent victims, and there was promise of more to come as some of the lesser powers began to find their muscles.
Pitt, where cliffhangers are the rule rather than the exception, dawdled its way to a 14-0 halftime deficit in the face of a determined UCLA attack, then suddenly came alive along with Quarterback Ivan Toncic. Toncic cranked up his aching arm in the last half and pitched four touchdown passes to Ron Delfine, Fred Cox, Mike Ditka and Steve Jastrzembski, the last with 31 seconds to play, to give the irrepressible Panthers a 25-21 victory.
Penn State, slowly working toward the meat of its schedule, treated visiting Colgate like a poor relation and clobbered the visitors 58-20. Quarterback Richie Lucas threw only one touchdown pass but ran the poor Raiders nearly to death before the reserves took over.
Displaying awesome power on the attack and a suffocating defense that limited Maryland to 29 yards and two first downs, Syracuse punished the Terps 29-0. A pair of skillful sophs, Quarterback Dave Sarette and Halfback Ernie Davis, kept Maryland off balance with needle-threading passes and crunching runs.
The Ivy League began to take on an unusual look after Penn, resolutely climbing back to prominence, swept past Dartmouth's defending champions 13-0. Meanwhile, Princeton's tailback-rich challengers shrugged off Columbia's "muddle huddle" to concentrate on their own explosive single wing and burst the Lions' bubble 22-0. The top three:
1. PENN STATE (3-0)
2. SYRACUSE (2-0)
3. PITT (2-1)
Iowa suffered two shocks last week. The first came when Coach Forest Evashevski, who had picked up the Hawkeyes by their Big Ten bootstraps, announced that he was resigning at the end of his 10-year contract in 1963. The second came when Northwestern's Ray Purdin cleverly anticipated Wilburn Hollis' fourth-quarter pass, plucked it out of Bob Jeter's hands and returned it 42 yards to beat Iowa 14-10. But even the Wildcats had their troubles: Quarterback Dick Thornton suffered a fractured left ankle on the opening kickoff and will be out for six weeks.
Illinois' Ray Eliot, playing out the string before retirement, had a surprise cooked up for visiting Army. Instead of the standard split-T, Eliot turned loose a dazzling wing T with both ends split wide to the same side and an even more dazzling sophomore quarterback, Mel Meyers. Meyers passed the Illini to a quick touchdown and kept up the offensive pressure while his hard-charging line stifled the Army attack. In the process Army lost Halfback Bob Anderson with a knee injury and the ball game 20-14.
Purdue and Wisconsin, headed for a Big Ten showdown next Saturday, warmed up with easy victories. Purdue, making good use of Quarterback Ross Fichtner's running of the option play and Fullback Bob Jarus' jarring lunges inside the tackles, hammered away at Notre Dame to win 28-7, then sadly learned that Fichtner was lost for the year with a shoulder bone fracture; Wisconsin gave Marquette's Pete Hall the short pass but still clobbered their state rivals 44-6 on the passing and running of Quarterback Dale Hackbart.
A couple of Big Ten have-nots also found teams they could beat. Michigan State, strutting before a record 103,234 crammed into Michigan's stadium at Ann Arbor, climbed all over the futile Wolverines 34-8 while Minnesota flattened Indiana 24-14 (see page 25).
Still a little leaky on pass defense, Oklahoma nevertheless blended its own passing game with a versatile running attack to beat Colorado 42-12. The top three:
1. NORTHWESTERN (2-0)
2. WISCONSIN (2-0)
3. PURDUE (1-0-1)
Some of the nation's fiercest head-banging took place in Los Angeles Coliseum, where USC's mighty line, led by the enthusiastic McKeever twins, Marlin and Mike, cut Ohio State's fearsome forwards down to size. Quarterback Ben Charles passed 38 yards to End Luther Hayes for one touchdown and scored another himself as the Trojans won 17-0 (see page 24).
Up north, Washington fumbled away a touchdown in the early minutes but then got its wing T in motion and swamped Utah 51-6; Oregon turned two interceptions into scoring drives and beat Washington State 14-6; exciting Stanford had Quarterback Dick Norman throwing the ball again (12 out of 19 for 195 yards and two touchdowns) and whipped College of Pacific 21-6. The top three:
1. USC (3-0)
2. AIR FORCE (2-0)
3. WASHINGTON (3-0)
Moderately startled by Clemson Halfback Bill Mathis' 99-yard second-half kickoff return, Georgia Tech tossed the ball to Sophomore Halfbacks Bobby Gene Harris, John Welch and Billy Williamson, who kept to the battle plan and found their way around the ponderous Tiger line often enough to give the unbeaten Engineers a 16-6 triumph (see page 24).
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)
2. MISSISSIPPI (3-0)
3. GEORGIA TECH (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)
2. SMU (1-1)
3. ARKANSAS (3-0)
RED GRANGE PREDICTS
Louisiana State vs. Miami
Little Fran Curci's passes may ruffle the Bengals a bit, but Miami lacks the over-all strength to stop Billy Cannon and Co., who will make it 16 straight for LSU.
Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee
A real battle between two of the South's unbeaten teams. Tech has come up with some running depth to go with its fast, alert line and will outscore the Tennessee single wing. GEORGIA TECH.
Army vs. Penn State
Ambushed by Illinois last week, Army will have to shore up its front line to stop Penn State's Richie Lucas. I don't think the Cadets can do it without injured Bob Anderson. PENN STATE.
Syracuse vs. Navy
A devastating offense and an impregnable defense make a happy combination. Syracuse has both and figures to be too strong for Navy. I'll go with SYRACUSE.
Princeton vs. Pennsylvania
I'll be working this regional game on NBC-TV, so I won't pick it. But Penn is on the upgrade and its double wing T could make things uncomfortable for a good Princeton club.
Purdue vs. Wisconsin
A tossup with bruising line play likely to overshadow the attack. However, Dale Hackbart's passing will make the difference and give victory to WISCONSIN.
Northwestern vs. Minnesota
Even without injured Quarterback Dick Thornton, Northwestern should enjoy the afternoon with Minnesota. The Wildcats have too much for the Gophers. NORTHWESTERN.
Ohio State vs. Illinois
The Buckeyes are still smarting from their defeat by USC and looking for a victim. Illinois' new offense, with spreads and split ends, won't fool OHIO STATE.
Texas vs. Oklahoma
The unbeaten and unscored upon Longhorns, with brilliant backs and a rugged line, have their sights set on Oklahoma. The Sooners have bowed once, and it can happen again. TEXAS.
California vs. Notre Dame
Notre Dame's pro-type offense was stifled by Purdue, but it will be adequate against disappointing California and its many defensive weaknesses. NOTRE DAME.
LAST WEEK'S PREDICTIONS:
4 RIGHT; 6 WRONG
RECORD TO DATE: 17-10-1
3RD WEEK LEADERS
Pervis Atkins, N. Mex. State
Phil Lavoie, South Carolina
Abner Haynes, N. Texas State
Pervis Atkins, N. Mex. State
Tom Watkins, Iowa State
Nolan Jones, Arizona State
Dick Norman, Stanford
Gale Weidner, Colorado
Pete Hall, Marquette
Dick Norman, Stanford
Pervis Atkins, N. Mex. State
Richie Lucas, Penn State
TOTAL TEAM OFFENSE
North Texas State
TOTAL TEAM DEFENSE