THE TOP THREE: 1. OHIO STATE (0-0) 2. MICHIGAN STATE (0-0) 3. PURDUE (0-0-1)
For almost 58 minutes Syracuse pounded away at Oklahoma's snapping-quick linemen. Elusive Halfbacks Bill Schoonover and Gus Giardi and Fullback Jim Nance got the Orangemen close enough for Tom Mingo to kick a 35-yard field goal in the second quarter, but fumbles spoiled three other opportunities. Then, with 2:07 to go and Syracuse sitting gingerly on its 3-0 lead, the Sooners exploded from their 40-yard line. Third-string Fullback Joe Don Looney, a swift 207-pounder who shuttles in and out of colleges (Texas, TCU, Cameron Junior College) like an itinerant peddler, took a short pitch over the left side, slid away from four grasping Syracuse linemen, cut to his left and made it to the goal line. The score: Oklahoma 7, Syracuse 3. Quipped Coach Bud Wilkinson: "Maybe sometimes it's better to be lucky than good." As much as it hurt, Syracuse's Ben Schwartzwalder had to agree.
Kansas was less fortunate. Inside TCU's 20-yard line so often that they were ready to claim squatter's rights, the Jayhawkers were turned back four times by the Frog linemen. The fifth time sophomore Gary Duff kicked a 26-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. Then TCU Quarterback Sonny Gibbs, whose deep passing had been successfully curtailed by Kansas' corner defense men, got the Frogs hopping. They moved 60 yards to the 12-yard line, from where Gibbs passed to Tom Magoffin for the second-quarter touchdown that eventually won for TCU 6-3.
In the Big Ten, while Purdue played away, Northwestern and Indiana enjoyed days at home. The Wildcats uncovered sophomore Quarterback Tom Myers, a precise passer, to the perfect horror of South Carolina. Myers completed 20 of 24 passes to tie one of Otto Graham's school records, totted up 275 yards and two touchdowns with his tosses and ran for a third score. Northwestern outscored the shellshocked Gamecocks 37-20. Indiana, happy to find a team at last which it could beat, was unable to contain itself. The overeager Hoosiers lost 189 yards in penalties but still managed to beat Kansas State 21-0.
In the Mid-America Conference, powerful Bowling Green took up where it left off last year, battering Marshall 48-6 in the opener. Ohio U. ran up a 31-0 score over Toledo and Miami of Ohio beat Quantico Marines 16-0. In other games, Nebraska whomped South Dakota 53-0; Cincinnati shut out Dayton 13-0; Arizona State struck for two long touchdowns in the last quarter to defeat Wichita 21-10.
THE TOP THREE: 1. TEXAS (1-0) 2. ARKANSAS (1-0) 3. TCU (1-0)
All is as it should be in the suddenly ever-normal Southwest Conference. Texas, with a seemingly endless abundance of talent, is still the team to beat, Arkansas has enough quick, hard linemen and good backs to fight the Longhorns for the title, TCU is up to its old upsetting tricks and Texas A&M will bear closer watching.
Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles, who never seems to want for quarterbacks, hardly flinched when his star, Billy Moore, had the wind knocked out of him after getting the Porkers off to a 13-0 lead over Oklahoma State. He turned to sophomore Billy Gray, a sprightly little fellow with a whippet arm, who responded with passes for three more touchdowns as Arkansas won 34-7.
Life proved considerably harder for Texas Tech and Baylor, who had the misfortune to run into out-of-staters. Tech's nemesis was Pistol Pete Pedro, a 5-foot-8, 160-pound desperado out of Lynn, Mass., playing for West Texas State. Before 41,000 in Lubbock, Pedro turned the Tech ends for 157 yards and two touchdowns, passed for a third as West Texas upset the Red Raiders 30-27. Baylor ran head on into Houston's Joe Lopasky, a 190-pound sophomore halfback from Lehman, Pa., who tromped over the Bear linemen for three scores at close range. The Cougars won 19-0.
Arizona, which left the coziness of the now dead Border Conference for the newer and more muscular Western AC, had to fight for its life against Brigham Young. It took a 52-yard pass from Quarterback Jim Faulks to Ken Cook in the last quarter to win 27-21. New Mexico State, another Border refugee, beat U. of Pacific 28-6.
THE TOP THREE: 1. PENN STATE (1-0) 2. ARMY (1-0) 3. SYRACUSE (0-1)
While Coach Rip Engle's powerful Nittany Lions were rolling over Navy 41-7 (see page 28) not all of Penn State's rivals were about to roll over and play dead. Army, for one, was too busy enjoying its renaissance under Coach Paul Dietzel, who took last year's undistinguished Cadets, regrouped and redistributed them among his Regular, Go and Chinese Bandit units, added a few sparkling sophomores for more zest in the attack and turned the works loose on Wake Forest. The outmanned Deacons didn't have a prayer. They were psyched by the noisy Cadet corps, which donned red coolie hats (thoughtfully provided by Dietzel) whenever the Bandits entered the game; Quarterbacks Joe Blackgrove, Art Lewis and Dick Eckert passed over them for three touchdowns; and Halfbacks Paul Stanley and John Seymour, a wiggly sophomore, ran through and around them for three more. The score: Army 40, Wake Forest 14.
There was some new life in Boston College too. But for a while Detroit Quarterback Jerry Gross almost put the Eagles to flight with his accurate passes. He completed eight of his first nine, then BC Coach Jim Miller, who coached at Detroit last year, made some knowledgeable adjustments in his secondary defense. Things got tougher for Gross and easier for the Eagles. Quarterback Jack Concannon broke away for 58 yards, sophomore Halfback Bob Shann sprinted 74 yards and soon BC had a 27-0 victory. Villanova, which meets Boston College this Saturday, was just as impressive beating VMI 24-0. Quarterback Richie Richman took turns at throwing and catching and did both well enough to confuse the Keydets thoroughly. Three of his tosses went for touchdowns, two of his catches set up a 35-yard field goal by Bill Barbara.
After a year of abstinence, Brown feasted on victory, beating Colgate 6-2 on Dennis Hauflaire's 19-yard pass to End Bob Seiple in the last quarter. Buffalo scored three touchdowns in the fourth period, the last one on Quarterback John Stoffa's 18-yard pass to Tom Butler with 35 seconds to play, to overtake Boston U. 27-23.
Massachusetts, with a 10-0 win over Maine, gained the lead in the Yankee Conference while Delaware wasted little time asserting itself in the Mid-Atlantic. The Blue Hens treated chief challenger Lehigh shamefully, making off with an easy 27-0 victory. Bucknell, another contender, had to come from behind to catch Gettysburg 22-21, and Lafayette wore down Muhlenberg with a tough defense, winning 17-0.
THE TOP THREE: 1. GEORGIA TECH (1-0) 2. LSU (1-0) 3. ALABAMA (1-0)
One day last week, Alabama's Bear Bryant bravely intoned, "Our only hope against Georgia is to fight for our lives." The game was as ridiculous as the statement. Not only did Alabama win 35-0, Georgia never got closer to its goal than the 41-yard line. Bryant also introduced swarthy, 19-year-old sophomore Quarterback Joe Namath. Namath, who yields to no man in his estimation of himself, passed 14 times, completed 10 for 179 yards and three touchdowns and then sat down midway in the third quarter. Said Bryant ingenuously: "I don't know if we are that good or if Georgia is that bad." Alabama is good.
Bryant will find out how good when his team meets Georgia Tech in mid-November. Tech didn't have an easy opener, but Coach Bobby Dodd was pleased with his team's 26-9 victory over Clemson and especially with Quarterback Billy Lothridge. With Clemson leading 3-0, and Tech backed up to its six-yard line. Lothridge threw three touchdown passes in seven minutes and the Tigers were harmless tabby cats.
LSU, as expected, won readily, but Mississippi had to scratch hard for its victory. The Rebels were reduced to taking advantage of a wild fourth-down center pass and a fumble to beat Memphis State 21-7. Florida shrugged off three field goals by Mississippi State's Sammy Dantone and whipped the Bulldogs 19-9, with the South's deepest and most dangerous halfbacks. Tulane's "new look" wasn't up to beating Stanford and the Green Wave lost 6-3; Kentucky played to a scoreless tie with Florida State.
Maryland had more trouble with college football rules than with SMU. The Terps were penalized 106 yards and needed every bit of Quarterback Dick Shiner's individual brilliance to squeeze past the Mustangs 7-0. Shiner, who completed 16 of 25 passes for 238 yards, scored on a four-yard run. North Carolina State upset North Carolina on a placement 7-6; Virginia bumbled at the start but recovered to beat William & Mary 19-7; Quarterback Jerry Yost led West Virginia past Vanderbilt 26-0.
THE TOP THREE: 1. WASHINGTON (0-0-1) 2. USC (1-0) 3. UTAH (1-0)
West Coast football enjoyed the kind of day Leland Stanford must have dreamed about. Perhaps as significant as Washington's 7-7 tie with Purdue was USC's unexpected 14-7 throttling of Duke. The Trojan line, which was expected to be helpless against the Blue Devils' running game, held Duke to 55 yards. Quarterbacks Pete Beathard and Bill Nelsen did the rest. Beathard passed four yards to Willie Brown for one touchdown and Nelsen floated a 51-yarder to big Hal Bedsole for the winning score.
Even California gave Missouri some fretful moments before succumbing 21-10. The Bears wrapped the Tigers in a "monster" defense and then taunted them with Randy Gold's passing to take a 10-0 lead. But in the second half Mizzou dispersed the "monster" and sophomore Halfback Johnny Roland went to work. He bolted three yards up the middle for one touchdown, sprinted 58 yards inside left end for another and snared a six-yard pass from Vince Tobin for a third.
Up north, Oregon State and Iowa State turned their backs on defense and concentrated instead on their stars, Terry Baker and Dave Hoppmann. The result was a barnburner that had 30,000 screaming before Oregon State won 39-35. If Hoppmann was fabulous, Baker was fantastic. He ran and passed for six touchdowns, including the winning 43-yard pitch to End Jerry Neil with 29 seconds to play. Washington State found some swift runners to go with its passing game, trounced San Jose State 49-8.
The new Western AC was hardly underway before one of its favorites fell with a loud thud. Wyoming, no match for New Mexico's fleet Bobby Santiago, lost 25-21. Meanwhile Utah outslicked Colorado with end sweeps and trap plays and beat the Buffs 37-21. Utah State, left behind when the Western AC was formed, had a picnic at Idaho. Halfback Bill Callahan picked a fumble out of the air and ran it back 68 yards, Quarterback Jim Turner snared another one for a 100-yard runback and the Aggies won 45-7. Air Force formally opened its new $3.5 million stadium by routing Colorado State 34-0.
SATURDAY'S TOUGH ONES
Army over Syracuse. But Dietzel's passers will have to be sharp, his linemen tenacious.
Boston College over Villanova. A toss-up, but the new Eagles are hungrier.
Tennessee over Auburn. The single-wing Volunteers are just too quick for the Tigers.
Georgia Tech over Florida. The Gators are hopeful, but Tech is solid and deep all over.
Mississippi over Kentucky. What's left at Kentucky isn't enough to stop Ole Miss.
Miami over TCU. Mini's passing will keep the Frogs jumping—and Miami winning.
Oklahoma over Notre Dame. The Sooners are on the way back. The Irish aren't.
Missouri over Minnesota. Mizzou has too many back field swifties for the Gophers.
Utah over Oregon. Better—and more—passing will win for the Utes.
USC over SMU. The Trojans are maturing fast, too fast for the hobbled Mustangs.
CLEMSON OVER N. CAROLINA STATE
LSU OVER RICE
MARYLAND OVER WAKE FOREST
MICHIGAN OVER NEBRASKA
MICHIGAN STATE OVER STANFORD
NEW MEXICO OVER ARIZONA
PENN STATE OVER AIR FORCE
PITT OVER BAYLOR
PRINCETON OVER RUTGERS
WYOMING OVER WASHINGTON STATE
LAST WEEK'S PREDICTIONS
13 RIGHT, 5 WRONG, 2 TIES