In a week of upsets, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Auburn, North Carolina, Miami, TCU and Cornell, all of whom may have expected more careful treatment from lesser rivals, were sent crashing down. While unbeaten Iowa, Notre Dame and Colorado managed to escape a similar fate, they did so by the barest of margins, and Missouri was hard put to hold California to a tie.
"When you get ready for Syracuse," Maryland Coach Tom Nugent told his team, "you'd better get ready for the toughest day of your lives." Nugent's boys were ready enough. They couldn't quite stop Ernie Davis, who rammed over for two touchdowns, but neither could the Orangemen hold End Gary Collins, who eluded a Syracuse defender to catch Quarterback Dick Novak's pass for the two-point conversion that gave the Terps a 22-21 victory.
Even with Quarterback George Mira nursing badly bruised ribs, Miami had no reason to believe that it couldn't handle inexperienced Navy. But the aggressive Middies had other ideas. An alert defense snatched two Miami passes and three fumbles and an insistent offense pounded off tackle to take advantage of injuries to the Hurricanes' four best linebackers. Halfback Jim Stewart grabbed a swing pass from Ron Klemick and ran 83 yards for a touchdown, Greg Mather kicked a 36-yard field goal, and Navy won 17-6.
It was back to defense in the SEC as LSU's monster line brought Georgia Tech out of the clouds 10-0. In still another upset Kentucky held Auburn to minus-11 yards rushing and won 14-12 when End Tom Hutchinson caught a six-yard pass from Jerry Wool-urn. In other games Ole Miss coasted past Florida State 33-0, and Alabama's Pat Trammell scored 20 points as the Crimson Tide whipped Vanderbilt 35-6.
The ACC race was beginning to look better. Clemson, smarting from two close losses, stopped North Carolina's passing with a furious line charge and shattered the Tar Heels 27-0, while Duke won easily from Wake Forest 23-3. In the Southern Conference, William & Mary upset Furman 19-6 and West Virginia beat Virginia Tech 28-0 after 18 winless games. The top three:
1. MISSISSIPPI (3-0)
2. ALABAMA (3-0)
3. MARYLAND (3-0)
Penn State, depressed by the loss of Quarterback Galen Hall, was worried—but it shouldn't have been. Coach Rip Engle simply turned loose sophomores Pete Liske and Don Caum against Boston U., and the rest was easy. While the fierce State linemen held the Terriers to 31 yards rushing, Liske and Caum spread their defenses with 12 passes for 178 yards. Fullback Dave Hayes plunged for two touchdowns, Liske ran 33 yards for another and State won 32-0.
Ivy League prophets were badly shaken when Harvard suddenly put up a staunch defense to upset Cornell 14-0, and Princeton's exciting backs outran hopeful Columbia 30-20. However, highly regarded Yale survived some anxious moments before it whipped Brown 14-3 for its 11th straight.
Villanova, picking up more believers as the weeks go on, beat Massachusetts 33-13; Holy Cross took Buffalo 20-8, and Rutgers overcame Connecticut 35-12. The top three:
1. PENN STATE (2-1)
2. SYRACUSE (2-1)
3. NAVY (2-1)
The Big Ten was up to its ears in success, but not all of it came easy. Ohio State had to go to razzle-dazzle to overcome stubborn UCLA 13-3. Sophomore Quarterback Bill Mrukowski pitched passes like a pro (10 for 11), knocking the Bruins off balance, and sophomore Halfbacks Paul Warfield and Matt Snell ran 13 and 33 yards for touchdowns in the last quarter. Minnesota, bogged down in its own sluggishness, finally overhauled Oregon 14-7. Michigan wrapped fumbling Army in a tenacious defense, and its swift backs romped to a 38-8 win while Michigan State wore down Stanford 31-3.
Only Purdue fell—and not without a fight. The Boilermakers, who led Notre Dame 20-13 at the half, gave ground grudgingly to 240-pound Fullback Jim Snowden in the last 30 minutes, and the Irish scored on Daryle Lamonica's five-yard pass to End Jim Kelly. Notre Dame missed out on the two-point conversion but won 22-20 when Joe Perkowski kicked a 28-yard field goal.
The first showdown was over in the Big Eight. For three quarters Kansas played like the team it was supposed to be. Its front line outcharged the bigger Colorado forwards, and John Hadl and Curt McClinton passed and ran the Jayhawks to a 19-0 lead. Then Colorado's Gale Weidner took charge. He quickly flipped scoring passes of 58, 47 and 17 yards to Ends Ken Blair and Jerry Hillebrand, and the Buffs won 20-19. However, the Big Eight lost some prestige at Columbia, where Missouri, harassed and outplayed by improved California, was lucky to get a 14-14 tie. The top three:
1. IOWA (2-0)
2. OHIO STATE (1-0-1)
3. MICHIGAN (2-0)
TCU's troubles began in Fort Worth, where an airplane ramp collapsed and five players, including Quarterback Sonny Gibbs, tumbled 13 feet to the ground. They ended in Little Rock, where Gibbs limped about on an injured ankle and the Horned Frogs lost to Arkansas 28-3. The Arkansas offense ran traps up the middle all night long as the lighter Porkers cut down their bulkier foes, and Quarterback George McKinney, who kept the Frogs hopping, scored twice on keeper plays. Admitted TCU's Abe Martin: "We just got a good country lickin'."
While Baylor and Rice rested, Texas rolled up 545 yards and trounced Washington State 41-8, and Texas A&M whipped Texas Tech 38-7. Even SMU, winless for almost two years, won. John Richey, a barefoot kicker, booted a 20-yard field goal to beat Air Force 9-7. The top three:
1. TEXAS (3-0)
2. BAYLOR (2-0)
3. ARKANSAS (2-1)
Iowa's usually smart-looking Hawkeyes were suddenly fighting for their lives against aroused USC. Trojan Bill Nelsen fired 71- and five-yard touchdown passes to big Hal Bedsole and Iowa's lead was cut to 35-34 with a minute to go. USC elected to go for two points, but Sammie Harris batted down Nelsen's pass to save the victory.
Rumored to have "plenty of players in the deep freeze," Washington's Jim Owens thawed one out last Saturday. Transfer Quarterback Pete Ohler completed six of 11 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns to beat Pitt 22-17. Terry Baker and Oregon State finally won one, against Idaho 44-6.
"Sneaky" was the kindest epithet Utah State coaches had for Wyoming's Bob Devaney, who announced early in the week that injured Quarterback Chuck Lamson would be ready to go. So Utah State drilled all week for Lamson, who didn't even suit up, and the Skyline co-champions tied 6-6. The top three:
1. WASHINGTON (2-1)
2. WYOMING (2-0-2)
3. UTAH (3-1)
SATURDAY'S TOUGH ONES
Penn State over Army. Coming off a battering by Michigan, Army may have the stomach but hardly the talent to handle another bruising opponent.
Alabama over North Carolina State. After Roman Gabriel's passing, what then? Alabama has a sounder defense to go with Quarterback Pat Trammell's versatility.
Georgia Tech over Duke. Both teams throw the ball, but Tech, despite its defeat by LSU, will win with more rugged defense.
Maryland over North Carolina. The Terps are on the way back. Imaginative Coach Tom Nugent may even have another new formation ready for the Tar Heels.
Colorado over Miami."* Injuries have hurt the Hurricanes, who will need all their available manpower to stop Gale Weidner and the big, capable Colorado line.
Michigan over Michigan State. The swifter Wolverine backs, running behind that 224-pound line, will lead the more methodical Spartans a merry chase.
Notre Dame over USC. There is a suspicion that the Trojans played over their heads against Iowa. Notre Dame isn't likely to yield as much on defense.
Baylor over Arkansas. The Southwest Conference title may be decided right here. Baylor's Ronnie Bull and a bigger line will make the difference.
Rice over Florida. The Owls have had time to strengthen their weak spots. Florida will give them trouble but not quite enough to win.
Texas over Oklahoma. Bud Wilkinson's Sooners need more maturing before they can hope to hogtie all those speedy Long-horns.
CLEMSON OVER WAKE FOREST
COLUMBIA OVER YALE
KANSAS OVER IOWA STATE
KENTUCKY OVER KANSAS STATE
NORTHWESTERN OVER MINNESOTA
OREGON OVER ARIZONA
OREGON STATE OVER WISCONSIN
SYRACUSE OVER NEBRASKA
UCLA OVER VANDERBILT
WASHINGTON OVER CALIFORNIA
*Friday night game
LAST WEEK'S PREDICTIONS:
11 RIGHT, 8 WRONG, 1 TIE SEASONS RECORD: 38-17-5
THIS WEEK'S LEADERS
Pedro, West Texas State
Pilot, New Mexico State
Wright, Memphis State
Pedro, West Texas State
Pilot, New Mexico State
Gallegos, San Jose St.
Melin, Washington St.
Wright, Memphis State
Gallegos, San Jose State