THE TOP THREE:
1. PENN STATE (1-0)
2. NAVY 1-0)
3. PITT (1-0) and SYRACUSE (1-0)
While PENN STATE, NAVY, PITT and SYRACUSE were busy boosting the East's prestige, there was some indication that they may soon be joined by still another team, ARMY. Somewhat fancier than usual under Coach Paul Dietzel, Army even flashed some unaccustomed speed while trouncing Boston U. 30-0. Tom Smith, a quick-bursting sophomore halfback, thoroughly demoralized the diligent but ineffectual Terriers with two touchdown runs of 80 and 66 yards. The Army defense, too, looked solid. The Terriers quick-shifted, used double and triple flankers, men in motion and split ends and still they were able to gain only 28 yards against the toughened Cadet line.
September 29, 1963
Villanova spotted West Chester State a 3-0 lead and then came back to defeat the Rams 21-9. BUCKNELL pulled itself together in the last period to beat Gettysburg 19-7, while MASSACHUSETTS outscored Maine 14-7. Little Susquehanna, after 22 straight victories (the nation's longest winning streak), finally lost to UPSALA 34-12.
THE TOP THREE:
1. ALABAMA (1-0)
2. GEORGIA TECH (1-0)
3. FLORIDA STATE (1-0)
Mississippi, unbeaten in 10 games last year and considered by many this season's best team, met MEMPHIS STATE in its 1963 opener. Memphis won 0-0. Seldom have no points meant so much to so many. To Mississippi, the tie spelled ruin of hopes for a second perfect season; to Memphis, it most likely meant an unbeaten team and perhaps national recognition. For southern adherents of defensive football, the stand-off was the logical outcome of a clash between teams that had ranked first and second in defense last year. Ole Miss was held to 57 yards rushing, Memphis to 87. It was Mississippi, however, that came closest to scoring. The Rebs had three downs within the Memphis two-yard line. But the Memphis line held three times.
Miami Coach Andy Gustafson was disgusted by FLORIDA STATE'S 24-0 destruction of his touted Hurricanes. "When you have a 255-pound tackle and a 220-pound end to block for a 210-pound fullback and can't make six inches, you know you're in trouble," Gustafson said. Those inches were what Miami, trailing 14-0 in the third quarter, needed—and didn't get—for a first down on its own 40. Meanwhile, FSU Quarterback Steve Tensi had thrown two touchdown passes to Flanker Back Al Biletnikoff. For Miami Quarterback George Mira, it was this kind of day: when he rolled out in the wrong direction on an option, he threw a strike to Biletnikoff, who laughed all the way to his third touchdown, 99 yards away. Gustafson wasn't laughing. As he trudged from the field, a little red-haired kid leaned over a rail and squeaked, "Hey, Coach!" Gustafson looked up. The boy dumped a hatful of trash into his face.
Neither TEXAS nor LSU was upset, but their coaches were. Tulane made top-ranked Texas sweat for a 21-0 win. LSU needed an 83-yard punt return by Joe Labruzzo to beat out Texas A&M 14-6.
Alabama Coach Bear Bryant took his team to Athens for a replay of last year's highly publicized game and whipped Georgia 32-7 (see page 20). KENTUCKY belted VPI 33-14, TENNESSEE routed Richmond 34-6 and MISSISSIPPI STATE bullied little Howard 43-0, but Vanderbilt lost to FURMAN 14-13.
Maryland Quarterback Dick Shiner completed 17 of 20 passes for 189 yards, but NORTH CAROLINA STATE drubbed the Terps anyway, 36-14. DUKE overhauled South Carolina 22-14 when Fullback Mike Curtis, injured earlier, scored two touchdowns and a field goal, NORTH CAROLINA just did get by Virginia as Quarterback Junior Edge was knocked woozy. "It's not a good feeling," said Tar Heel Coach Jim Hickey, "to have your quarterback on the bench beside you asking you what his name is."
THE TOP THREE:
1. NORTHWESTERN (1-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (1-0)
3. WISCONSIN (1-0)
Northwestern's Ara Parseghian sat in the steaming dressing room at Missouri's Memorial Stadium mopping his forehead, partly because of the heat and partly from relief. "I'm glad to get out of this one," he sighed. His Wildcats had just beaten Missouri 23-12 with a rough defense and Quarterback Tom Myers. Myers completed 10 out of 16 passes for 209 yards. When Missouri set its defense to stop his over-the-middle passes, Myers threw to Ends Chuck Logan and Gary Crum in deep patterns. Moaned Missouri's Dan Devine, "He's almost impossible to defense."
Clemson made the sorry mistake of scoring two second-quarter touchdowns. This infuriated proud OKLAHOMA. Its rangy linemen began to hit more purposefully, Jim Grisham ran 26 yards for a touchdown, Lance Rentzel raced 49 yards and Oklahoma won 31-14. For once, Clemson's Frank Howard, noted for his droll witticisms, was not funny. His lone, sad comment: "They've got big, tough bullies in that line."
Wisconsin and Nebraska won easily. Wisconsin ran and passed for 479 yards while beating Western Michigan 41-0; Nebraska whomped overmatched South Dakota State 58-7. KANSAS STATE was feeling 10 feet tall after its first victory in 19 games. The Wildcats got so enthusiastic when Larry Corrigan threw a five-yard scoring pass to Doug Dusenbury that they went on to beat Brigham Young 24-7.
Bowling green had trouble with Detroit, but the Falcons finally won 27-14. Ohio, however, lost to BUFFALO 7-0.
THE TOP THREE:
1. TEXAS (1-0)
2. ARKANSAS (1-0)
3. TCU (1-0)
What Southwest Conference members had merely suspected, they now know. TCU has a team that even Texas and Arkansas can respect. The Frogs, back at the old power game that Coach Abe Martin loves, pounded away at Kansas until the Jayhawkers gave in 10-6. Behind 6-0 at half time, TCU simply gave the ball to Tommy Crutcher and he split the weary Kansas line with his booming charges until he got the Frogs even. Jimmy McAteer kicked the extra point, then added a 23-yard field goal.
Texas tech, as expected, was beginning to look good, too. Heralded sophomore Donnie Anderson ran an intercepted pass back for a touchdown. H. L. Daniels kicked three field goals and Tech upset Washington State 16-7. Meanwhile, ARKANSAS overwhelmed Oklahoma State with its quarterbacks. Billy Gray and sophomore Jon Brittenum each threw scoring passes as the lively Porkers won 21-0.
For 30 minutes against Houston, AUBURN looked like the best football team in the country. Shifting out of a new I formation into T sets, and with their line blocking and tackling fiercely, the Tigers romped to a 21-0 lead. Quarterback Jimmy Sidle had an explanation for Auburn's sudden affluence. "Last year we had a big, fat line. This year we have a small, quick one," he said. But then the heat—and Houston's Joe Lopasky—got the Tigers' small, quick linemen. Lopasky scored on a two-yard plunge and on an 82-yard punt return, and Auburn had to hang on desperately to win 21-14.
THE TOP THREE:
1. USC (1-0)
2. AIR FORCE (1-0)
3. STANFORD (1-0)
It looked like a routine finish to what had been a fairly dull game. Washington led AIR FORCE 7-3, and there was only 3:15 to play when the Huskies lost the ball on downs on the Cadet nine-yard line. Then Quarterback Terry Isaacson threw seven straight passes, five of them to End Jim Greth, a sophomore who entered the game as a potential field-goal blocker and was still in only because Coach Ben Martin could not get him out. "All we could do was cheer him along," said Martin later. With the ball on Washington's seven, Isaacson raced through the embarrassed Huskies. Air Force won 10-7.
USC's Johnny McKay was spitting mad when he got a look at Colorado's Folsom Field. Despite a heavy downpour, Colorado officials had neglected to cover the field and it was as gooey and slick as a marshmallow sundae. McKay's disposition was not helped any, either, by 107 yards in penalties against his Trojans. Quarterback Pete Beat-hard, mired down in the mud, had trouble with his passes (he completed only six out of 19), but he did slip past the Buffaloes twice, and use won 14-0. Even that did not make McKay feel any better. He just growled, "The sooner we get out of here the better."
Stanford's John Ralston and CALIFORNIA's Marv Levy were happier. Stanford's Dick Ragsdale caught two touchdown passes from Clark Weaver, ran 49 and 55 yards for two more scores and the Indians rolled over San Jose State 29-13. Cal's Craig Morton led the Bears past Iowa State 15-8.
Utah plotted its defensive strategy around curbing Vern Burke, OREGON STATE'S talented pass catcher. Wherever Burke roamed, at least two and sometimes three nagging Utes roamed with him. Soon Oregon State was behind 14-0. So Coach Tommy Prothro switched tactics. Gordon Queen threw to Len Frketich and Fullback Charlie Shaw suckered Utah with devastating trap plays. Oregon State won 29-14.
All in all, it was a sad day for Western AC teams. Arizona was thrashed by UTAH STATE 42-0, while Arizona State lost to WICHITA 33-13. Only WYOMING won, over Montana 35-0. But there was unrestrained joy at COLORADO STATE. After 26 straight defeats, the Rams finally won, beating Pacific 20-0 at Stockton.
THE WEEK'S BEST
LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Memphis State Tackle John Fred Robilio, leading a stirring goal-line stand that preserved a 0-0 tie with Mississippi and made State's season, slammed blockers all night and got into 20-odd tackles.
BACK OF THE WEEK: Quarterback Roger Staubach of Navy, completing 17 of 22 passes for 171 yards at West Virginia, ran almost as well while directing his team to an impressive 51-7 taming of the vaunted "Mountain Line."
SATURDAY'S TOUGH ONES
USC over Oklahoma. The difference is at quarterback. USC has Pete Beathard.
Oregon over Stanford. Running Or passing, Oregon has too much speed for Stanford.
Pitt over Washington. Pitt's new offensive look is pleasing—and it wins games.
Georgia Tech over Clemson. Tech is Stronger up front and more adept on the attack.
Purdue over Miami. Miami has a weakness. Its line cannot protect George Mira.
Florida State over TCU. FSU's good passing game will prevail over TCU's power.
Syracuse over Kansas. Syracuse plays tougher defense and has good runners, too.
Wisconsin over Notre Dame. Those quick Badger backs will run away from the Irish.
LSU over Rice. Sturdy defense and LSU's patient offense will hold off the Owls.
Arkansas over Missouri. But Mizzou Could be troublesome for the slick Porkers.
AUBURN OVER TENNESSEE
ILLINOIS OVER CALIFORNIA
FLORIDA OVER MISSISSIPPI STATE
IOWA OVER WASHINGTON STATE
MARYLAND OVER SOUTH CAROLINA
MICHIGAN STATE OVER NORTH CAROLINA
NEBRASKA OVER MINNESOTA
OHIO STATE OVER TEXAS A&M
PENN STATE OVER UCLA
SMU OVER MICHIGAN
LAST WEEK'S PREDICTIONS
12 RIGHT, 7 WRONG, 1 TIE