Shattered and bruised by Michigan's many legions a week earlier. Army hardly figured to give Penn State more than a rousing workout. The Cadets, it was said, lacked the outside speed to soread the fierce State defenders, and their long gray line was much too thin to stand up to another pounding. But, while the Army line more than held its own, No. 2 Quarterback Joe Blackgrove, shifted to left half, picked apart the Nittany Lion defense with swerving dashes, No. 1 Quarterback Dick Eckert further confused it with roll-outs and strategically placed passes, kicker Dick Heydt booted a 22-yard held goal, and the Cadets won 10-6.
Bumbling Pitt had a frustrating afternoon. Smothered by a surprisingly tough West Virginia defense and overwhelmed by Mountaineer rookie Fred Colvard, who ran and passed for 193 yards, and Halfback Roger Holdinsky, who sprinted for two touchdowns, the Panthers succumbed rather meekly 20-6. Of the major Pennsylvania schools, only unbeaten Villanova continued to sparkle. The suddenly wrathful Wildcats held Buffalo to three yards rushing, and Quarterback Richie Richman, passing and running brilliantly, led them to their fifth straight victory 28-6.
Columbia Coach Buff Donelli set his defenses to hem in the familiar Yale roll-outs and fullback smashes up the middle, then spent an enjoyable afternoon in Yale Bowl admiring his handiwork as his aroused Lions beat the Elis 11-0. Quarterback Tom Vasell passed just often enough to confound Yale, sophomore Fullback Al Butts battered away at the line until he scored and Tom O'Connor kicked a 23-yard field goal to end Yale's victory string at 11 and perhaps their chances for a second straight Ivy League title. Moving to the top of the league, Princeton's swift tailbacks outran Penn 9-3, while Quarterback Bill King starred as Dartmouth routed Brown 34-0. But two other Ivy Leaguers found themselves in over their heads. Cornell was no match for Navy and bowed 31-7; Harvard's "staunch" defense fell apart as Colgate beat the Crimson 15-0.
In other games, Holy Cross got a lift from sub Quarterback Billy Joern to beat Boston U. 20-7, and Rutgers trimmed Mid-Atlantic rival Bucknell 21-6. The top three:
1. SYRACUSE (3-1)
2. NAVY (3-1)
3. ARMY (3-1)
Coach Bobby Dodd, with painful memories of last year's game when Duke's Lonely End mesmerized his Georgia Tech team, sent two men out to keep the lonesome man company while the rest of his players gathered around the ball. The strategy worked. The Blue Devils completed only four passes for 13 yards, and their running game was stacked up by the hard-charging Tech linemen. Quarterback Stan Gann found a willing receiver in Halfback Joe Auer, subbing for injured Billy Williamson, as the Jackets won easily 21-0.
While Duke was getting its lumps at Atlanta, strange things were happening back home in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Unbeaten Maryland, emotionally flat after its astonishing win over Syracuse, twice gave the ball away on fumbles inside its own 20-yard line and lost to North Carolina 14-8 in the rain at College Park. The Tar Heels' Gib Carson was equally butterfingered with the football but teammates Lenny Beck and Ray Farris alertly pounced on his end-zone fumbles for touchdowns. Last-place Wake Forest, after seven straight losses, roamed through the big Clemson line for 298 yards and eked out a 17-13 win on Mickey Walker's 27-yard field goal and Chuck Reiley's two-point conversion pass. Virginia, once so hard put for a victory, got its second of the season, beating VMI 14-7.
SEC teams were busy polishing their skills against nonconference rivals. Quarterback Pat Trammell completed 10 of 14 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns as Alabama beat North Carolina State 26-7; Mississippi ran over Houston 47-7; LSU whipped South Carolina 42-0; Kentucky defeated Kansas State 21-8; Auburn trampled Chattanooga 35-7; Tennessee beat Tulsa 52-6 and Tulane outscored Virginia Tech 27-14. But Georgia was less fortunate, bowing to Florida State 3-0.
Miami, still aching desperately from assorted injuries, matched Colorado's touchdown but couldn't equal Jerry Hillebrand's 37-yard field goal and lost 9-7. Undefeated Memphis State won its fifth game, against Mississippi Southern 21-7. The top three:
1. MISSISSIPPI (4-0)
2. ALABAMA (4-0)
3. GEORGIA TECH (3-1)
While Michigan State quite impressively planted its title seed against Michigan, the other Big Ten contenders—Ohio and Iowa—fattened up on less demanding opposition. The Buckeyes sent Fullback Bob Ferguson crashing over for four touchdowns and whipped Illinois 44-0. Iowa's makeshift backfield sputtered a bit, but with Matt Szykowny subbing for injured Quarterback Wilburn Hollis, raked Indiana with passes and won 27-8. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Purdue still showed signs of life. The Golden Gophers undermined jittery Northwestern and destroyed the Wildcats 10-3; Wisconsin's Ron Miller and Pat Richter played catch to lead the Badgers past Oregon State 23-20; Purdue set down ambitious Miami of Ohio 19-6.
There was mounting evidence that the Big Eight may yet turn out to be at least a three-team race. While Missouri was having its troubles getting by Oklahoma State 10-0, Kansas finally roused itself to beat Iowa State 21-7. John Hadl, back at quarterback after playing the first three quarters at left half, picked up the lifeless Jayhawks in the last period and ran for the lead touchdown, then set up the clincher with another key pass.
Syracuse, chastened by its losing experience at Maryland, was determined not to let it happen again at Nebraska. The Orangemen went back to grind-it-out football, gave the ball to Halfback Ernie Davis and let him run. Davis burrowed through and ran around the Nebraska line to lead Syracuse on 98-, 99-and 92-yard touchdown marches, and scored twice himself to break Jimmy Brown's school record (see page 59), and the Orange won easily 28-6.
Notre Dame continued target-shooting at South Bend, the victim this time being USC's Bill Nelsen, whose life was made miserable by hard-charging Irish linemen. They spilled him for 123 yards in losses. With this problem adequately taken care of, Quarterbacks Daryle Lamonica and Ed Rutkowski skillfully engineered the ground game for 322 yards, and Notre Dame whomped the helpless Trojans 30-0. The top three:
1. MICHIGAN STATE (3-0)
2. IOWA (3-0)
3. OHIO STATE (2-0-1)
For a whole year Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles plotted to defend against Baylor's pro-type attack. Last Saturday night at Waco, the quick, purposeful Porkers put Broyles's plan to work. They pinched and rushed the ends to keep Baylor's feared runners inside and held All-America Ronnie Bull to 13 yards. Meanwhile Arkansas exploited a weakness at the Baylor ends. Quarterbacks George McKinney and Billy Moore faked their fullbacks inside and then kept the ball and swung wide themselves for long gains when they weren't handing off to speedy Halfbacks Lance Alworth and Paul Dudley. Mickey Cissell kicked a 26-yard field goal, McKinney passed three yards to Dudley and Moore pitched 32 to Alworth for a 16-0 lead. After Baylor narrowed the gap to 16-13 on touchdown passes by Ron Stanley and Bobby Ply, the Porkers switched their attack. Faking outside and hitting inside, they moved 42 yards in 12 plays, the last one a four-yard jump pass from Moore to End Jimmy Collier for a 23-13 victory. Explained a happy Broyles: "We just guessed right."
Next Saturday, Arkansas may find it more difficult to guess right when it faces powerful Texas at Fayetteville. Against Oklahoma, the still-to-be-tested Long-horns turned loose their swift backs only briefly and thrashed the poor Sooners 28-7.
TCU, so impressive in its first two games, was just about out of the SWC race after Texas Tech wrapped big Sonny Gibbs in an unrelenting defense and surprised the Horned Frogs 10-0. However, Rice may still be a factor. The Owls hustled past Florida 19-10 as Butch Blume kicked 24-and 31-yard field goals and picked off two Gator passes. The top three:
1. TEXAS (4-0)
2. ARKANSAS (3-1)
3. BAYLOR (2-1)
After too many years of despair, Californians suddenly had a gleam in their eyes again. In one glorious weekend California, UCLA and Stanford all counted victories, and a faintly discernible scent of roses was in the air—especially at Berkeley, where California took favored Washington apart and left the Huskies for dead. Quarterback Randy Gold pitched Cal to a 7-6 half-time lead and, when he twisted his ailing knee again, defensive specialist Larry Balliett came in to throw a 21-yard touchdown pass to George Pierovich, and run six yards for the score that beat Washington 21-14.
UCLA, said to be so rich in tailbacks that they fall over each other trying to get into the game, came up with the best one yet against Vanderbilt. Sophomore Mike Haffner, a swivelly towhead, proved hotter even than the 110° temperature in the steaming Coliseum as he led the Bruins past Vandy 28-21. Stanford produced its own heat to beat San Jose State 17-6.
For a change, there was some fun in the Skyline. Brigham Young had league-leading Utah squirming uncomfortably before the Redskins squeezed out a 21-20 victory. Colorado State led Wyoming 7-0 at the half, but Chuck Lamson pulled the Cowboys to an 18-7 win. Only Utah State had things easy. Halfback Tom Larscheid ran for two touchdowns, and the Aggies downed New Mexico 41-7. The top three:
1. WYOMING (3-0-2)
2. WASHINGTON (2-2)
3. UCLA (2-2)
SATURDAY'S TOUGH ONES
Syracuse over Penn State. The Nittany Lions will be hungry after the loss to Army. But Ernie Davis is running better than ever, and the Syracuse attack has better balance.
Alabama over Tennessee. Even as unbeaten 'Bama's tough defenders learn to control the Vols' single wing, Pat Trammell will be controlling the offense.
Georgia Tech over Auburn. It won't be easy, but Tech can make touchdowns—a sturdy Auburn line notwithstanding.
LSU over Kentucky. In games against equals, LSU doesn't score much, but neither do its opponents. For all its passing, Kentucky is no equal.
Duke over Clemson. The Atlantic Coast Conference, after a rough week, is yearning for a return to normalcy. Duke will provide it—at Clemson's expense.
Ohio State over Northwestern. Woody Hayes has his Buckeyes on the Big Ten title. The fumbling Wildcats won't impede his vision.
Michigan State over Notre Dame. Strictly a tossup between two fine teams. The Irish are on the way back, but a more solid defense should win for the Spartans.
Texas over Arkansas. The Porkers can match Texas in the backfield, but the Longhorns are razor sharp up front.
California over USC. Willie Brown is ailing, and so are the Trojans. Cal has shown steady improvement and may be ready to take a firm stand in the Big Five.
UCLA over Pitt. The slumping Panthers lack the attack to move the ball consistently against that big UCLA line.
COLORADO OVER KANSAS STATE
COLUMBIA OVER HARVARD
FLORIDA OVER VANDERBILT
KANSAS OVER OKLAHOMA
MICHIGAN OVER PURDUE
MISSOURI OVER IOWA STATE
N.C. STATE OVER WAKE FOREST
VILLANOVA OVER BOSTON COLLEGE
WASHINGTON OVER STANFORD
YALE OVER CORNELL
LAST WEEK'S PREDICTIONS:
11 RIGHT, 9 WRONG
SEASON'S RECORD: 49-26-5
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.
Gabriel, N.C. State
Wright, Memphis State
Furman, Texas Western