Iowa State got the jump on its Big Eight neighbors and almost wished it hadn't. For three quarters a tough Drake defense toned the Cyclone attack down to a harmless breeze. Then Drake fumbles provided the opportunities and State's tailbacks grabbed them. Ozzie Clay rushed for one touchdown, Dave Hoppman passed for two more and the Cyclones won 21-0.
Quarterback Bill Stangarone flipped a pair of scoring passes to get Wichita's Missouri Valley champions off to a 12-0 lead over Toledo in the first half, but then the Rockets stiffened and Wichita was lucky to win 12-7. Cincinnati, too, had its troubles, but finally won over Dayton 16-12. Tulsa had no trouble at all as the Hurricanes scored all their points in the first and fourth periods to hand Hardin-Simmons its 13th straight loss, 27-0. Miami of Ohio, in over its head against Villanova, proved no match for the big Easterners and lost 33-0, while Kent State succumbed to Xavier 16-8.
There was joy, despair and shocking little defense at Morgantown, where Richmond's Mel Rideout (opposite) led the suddenly poisonous Spiders past West Virginia for the first time in eight meetings. For West Virginia, once the untouchable of the Southern Conference, it was the 16th straight game without a victory. But there may be some hope for the rebuilding Mountaineers: Quarterback Fred Colvard, a cocky sophomore out of the West Virginia coal fields, ran for three scores and looked good enough to one day inspire his less competent teammates.
Meanwhile, the other conference teams were warming up for the race. Sluggish Virginia Tech, set off by Terry Strock's 34-yard punt return in the third quarter, came on to beat William & Mary 20-6. In non-league games, Furman sputtered at the start but rallied sufficiently to overcome Presbyterian 27-6; VMI's John Traynham, Stinson Jones and Ken Reeder broke away for 90-, 46- and 62-yard touchdown runs in the second half to help defeat Marshall 33-6; The Citadel found Memphis State's elusive Jim Earl Wright too slick to hold (he scored three times in the first half) and lost 40-0; George Washington went down before Florida State's determined defenders 15-7.
Buffalo, a little school with big aspirations, had the attention all to itself in the East. When they weren't being set back by major penalties (nine in all), the ambitious Bulls hammered away vigorously at Gettysburg's harmless Bullets until Halfback Bob Baker and Fullback Gene Reilly crashed over for the touchdowns to win 14-6.
To New Mexico State's Warren Woodson one win is just as good as another. But the Aggie coach was even more appreciative than usual when six of his speedy backs scored eight touchdowns and Pete Smolanovich kicked all eight extra points as State ran over a surprised and somewhat hurt Arizona State College 56-6 for its 16th straight and Woodson's 200th coaching victory.
Conservative Coach Ray Nagel, who told his Utah team, "There are more ways to score on defense than there are on offense," will have to wait to prove it to them. Sophomore Quarterback Gary Hertzfeldt spiraled a 25-yard touchdown pass to End Joe Borich on his first varsity play and the Red-skins played offense most of the night as they walloped Colorado State 40-0.
Other Skyline contenders were just as successful. Utah State's huge and surprisingly agile linemen put the rush on John Furman, Texas Western's talented passer, and the Aggies won 21-6; Wyoming ran Montana ragged in the first half, then turned the game over to its sophomores, who held their own as the Cowboys won 29-0. One conference casualty was Brigham Young, which couldn't overcome two first-half touchdown passes by San Jose State's Chon Gallegos to Mack Burton. The final score, 14-13.
SATURDAY'S TOUGH ONES
Penn State over Navy. Without Joe Bellino, the Middies will be hard pressed to stay afloat against the big, fierce and highly optimistic Nittany Lions.
Alabama over Georgia. Bear Bryant's rebuilding program is on schedule. Typically tough linemen will spoil new Georgia Coach Johnny Griffith's debut.
Arkansas over Mississippi. Last year's defeat on a disputed field goal still rankles the Razorbacks. As usual, Ole Miss is two deep all over, but Arkansas has Lance Al-worth and a better offense.
Rice over LSU. This is one year when Coach Jess Neely isn't crying the blues. The Owls will smother LSU's learning juniors.
Kansas over TCU. The Jayhawks fly too fast and too high for the Horned Frogs, who have nobody in a class with Kansas' John Hadl and Curt McClinton.
Missouri over Washington State. With Mel Melin pitching and Hugh Campbell catching, the Cougars will score. But can they stop Missouri's swift sweeps?
Purdue over Washington. The Huskies have lost too much and need lime to regroup. Tougher defense will win for Purdue.
Georgia Tech over USC.* The Trojans are swifter than in the past, but Tech can match their speed and Stan Gann's nifty passing gives the Yellow Jackets an edge.
Syracuse over Oregon State. Two of the nation's best backs meet, but Syracuse's talented Ernie Davis will get more support than OSU's versatile Terry Baker.
UCLA over Air Force. The Bruins, with a stiff defense and fancy offense, are in a mauling mood.
BOSTON COLLEGE OVER CINCINNATI
DUKE OVER SOUTH CAROLINA
MIAMI OVER KENTUCKY
WISCONSIN OVER UTAH
MARYLAND OVER SMU
BAYLOR OVER WAKE FOREST
HOUSTON OVER TEXAS A&M
STANFORD OVER TULANE
TEXAS OVER CALIFORNIA
N. C. STATE OVER WYOMING
*Friday night game