THE TOP THREE:
1. PITT (4-0)
2. NAVY (4-1)
3. SYRACUSE (4-0)
"We'll be tricked up some for Penn State," admitted SYRACUSE Coach Ben Schwartz-walder last week. Sure enough, Quarterback Walley Mahle hot-caked the ball back and forth with his halfbacks and fullbacks in a wing T version of the old single-wing buck lateral series, but it was not Syracuse's unaccustomed ginger that beat State 9-0. It was the tough Orange line and Schwartz-walder's old reliable bludgeoning game that did in the Nittany Lions. Late in the second quarter, Halfback Billy Hunter slanted out toward his right end, cut inside behind crisp blocking and then blew past the frantically grabbing safety man, Joe Vargo, on his way to a 53-yard touchdown run. On the first play of the second half, Halfback Mike Koski went 58 yards to the State seven with the same power sweep and, when the Lions held, Joe Paglio kicked a 24-yard field goal. Meanwhile, Penn State, unable to move on the ground, tried desperately to win with Pete Liske's passes, but Z Back Don Caum and End Dick Anderson each dropped one in the end zone.
October 28, 1963
If PITT had a time squeezing past West Virginia 13-10 (see page 22), ARMY had no problems at all against Wake Forest, as its backs ran over the Deacons for 501 yards. The score: 47-0. VILLANOVA recovered from some early George Washington skulduggery (a no-center-snap screen pass) to win 14-13, while BUFFALO beat Boston U. 22-13.
Harvard and Dartmouth, approaching Saturday's Ivy League showdown, both had their troubles. Despite some first-half body English by a distinguished visiting alumnus, President John F. Kennedy, Harvard had to settle for an undistinguished 3-3 tie with COLUMBIA. Dartmouth needed some late trickery, a pitchout, hand-back and then a 12-yard pass from Dana Kelly to sub Halfback Bob O'Brien, to edge Holy Cross 13-8. Gary Wood's talented running and Pete Gogolak's last-minute 33-yard field goal put down Yale 13-10 for CORNELL. Led by Tailback Hugh MacMillan and Fullback Cosmo Iacavazzi, PRINCETON routed Colgate 42-0; BROWN sophomore Bob Hall's passing and running overwhelmed Penn 41-13.
THE TOP THREE:
1. AUBURN (5-0)
2. MISSISSIPPI (3-0-1)
3. LSU (4-1)
Auburn Coach Shug Jordan comes from Selma, Ala., so it was only natural that he should name a cute little delay-pass play he dreamed up for Georgia Tech "Selma right" and "Selma left." The pass went to his slot backs going up the middle, and Quarterback Jimmy Sidle threw it six times. The first time the ball was intercepted. The next five, to George Rose and David Rawson, set up three touchdowns and two field goals by Woody Woodall, and the unbeaten Tigers upset Tech 29-21.
Tennessee fumbled away the ball six times to ALABAMA and lost to Joe Namath's three touchdown passes, 35-0. MISSISSIPPI, SO busy playing soft touches that it hardly knows its own strength, bombed winless Tulane 21-0. FLORIDA, coming on fast, hammered Vanderbilt 21-0. LSU, too, was still winning, over Kentucky 28-7, but Fullback Buddy Hamic and Halfback Joe Labruzzo were cut down by injuries. MISSISSIPPI STATE, the surprise of the SEC, coasted past Houston 20-0.
When Miami and GEORGIA met in the Orange Bowl, Miami's George Mira was expected to bomb away—and he did. He completed 25 out of 44 passes for 342 yards and, at last, a touchdown. But Georgia's Larry Rakestraw was even better. His 25 completions earned two scores, and he ran for two others. Georgia won 31-14.
VMI's John McKenna was honest. "Reviewing NAVY movies has been like watching horror films," he said. "There's just no way to stop Roger Staubach. I've told my boys to go out there, play with abandon and hope for the best." Staubach completed nine of 13 passes for 148 yards, and Navy won 21-12. That was expected. But it was the abandon that bothered McKenna. When Fred Marlin tried a field goal from the VMI 31, Quarterback Mark Mulrooney batted down the short kick in the end zone and then nonchalantly walked away from the ball. Marlin fell on it for Navy's first touchdown.
Duke's ACC future was shaky indeed after Clemson peppered the Blue Devils for 364 yards passing and barely lost 35-30. Four touchdown passes by Scotty Glacken, three of them to Stan Crisson, and some solid running by Jay Wilkinson saved the day. NORTH CAROLINA looked like a solid challenger. The Tar Heels used two units to wear down the skimpy North Carolina State line and Junior Edge hit the Wolfpack hard with a new option pass to Tight End Joe Robinson. It scored twice as North Carolina won 31-10. MARYLAND, after four straight losses, was crying poor mouth all week. But Coach Tom Nugent was talking big again. All it took was Dick Shiner's last-second 36-yard pass to Darryl Hill for the touchdown that surprised Air Force, 21-14.
THE TOP THREE:
1. WISCONSIN (4-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (3-1)
3. ILLINOIS (3-0-1)
Iowa, a popular preseason pick for last place in the Big Ten, nearly upset WISCONSIN, the nation's second-ranked team. Springing to a 7-3 lead on Halfback Lonnie Rogers' 21-yard touchdown and holding the Badgers to 99 yards rushing, Iowa lost the victory through a fumble and lost a tie through pride and inches. When stout defense (led all day by Guard Mike Reilly) forced a Wisconsin fumble on the nine, the game seemed saved. Sadly, the Hawkeyes fumbled right back, and a Hal Brandt-Holland pass scored. Then, once again deep in enemy territory with 99 seconds left, Iowa scorned a field goal. Halfback Paul Krause's eight-yard fake-kick run was inches short.
Playing with a stiffened, swollen arm taped from wrist to bicep, ILLINOIS Center Dick Butkus got in on 17 tackles and caused two of Minnesota's four fumbles. But it was Butkus' substitute, Jim Plankenhorn, who fell on the fumble that led to the last Illini touchdown in a 16-6 win. Plankenhorn, in for the injured Butkus, snapped to the punter, then got downfield in time to recover the dropped kick on the nine. Quarterback Fred Custardo scored on the next play. Gopher bobbles had already led to the first Illinois score and to Plankenhorn's field goal.
Trailing Indiana 3-0 because of seven fumbles, MICHIGAN STATE scored on a pretty fake-field-goal-pass play from Dave McCormack to Fullback Roger Lopes and went on to win 20-3. Six minutes into the first quarter, Michigan fumbled on its 26. PURDUE recovered, scored, recovered a fumble on the kickoff, scored again, and won 23-12. NORTHWESTERN crushed Miami 37-6.
Despite last week's thrashing by Texas, the disciplinary firing of star Halfback Joe Don Looney and Kansas' 269 yards rushing, OKLAHOMA bounced back 21-18. NEBRASKA and MISSOURI whomped Kansas State and Oklahoma State by identical 28-6 scores, and IOWA STATE jarred Colorado 19-7. Unbeaten little DELAWARE whipped Ohio 29-12, and unbeaten BOWLING GREEN edged Toledo 22-20.
Statistically football's all-time greatest quarterback, NORTHERN ILLINOIS' George Bork set still more records, completing 38 of 53 for 445 yards and five touchdowns in a 43-0 rout of Illinois State U.
THE TOP THREE:
1. TEXAS (5-0)
2. RICE (3-1)
3. BAYLOR (3-1)
Strategy burned like a runaway prairie fire when TEXAS and Arkansas met before a record 42,000 at Little Rock. Expecting Texas to exploit the split T option it used so gloriously against Oklahoma, Arkansas' Frank Broyles moved his corner linebacker wide off the weak side. So the Longhorns ignored the option. Quarterback Duke Carlisle faked one way and sent Fullback Harold Philipp charging up the middle (for 135 yards). Before the put-upon Porkers could adjust, Texas had a 17-0 lead. But then two 19-year-old sophomores suddenly came of age for Arkansas and, all at once, it was a game. Tailback Jackie Brasuell took a kick-off back 89 yards; Quarterback Jon Brittenum cashed it in with a 12-yard pass to Wingback Stan Sparks, later ran and passed most of 90 yards to a second touchdown to make the final score a respectable 17-13. Said Texas' Darrell Royal whimsically: "Both sides had occasion to show a lot of character."
Larry Rice and John Sylvester, too delicate to work out with the RICE team, scored all the points as the Owls beat SMU 13-7. Rice, who has a knee injury, booted 27-and 41-yard field goals and an extra point; Sylvester, who suffers from an eye infection, grabbed a nine-yard pass from Benny Hollingsworth in the last minute.
Texas A&M shocked TCU by going ahead 14-7 in the first half, then shut off the plodding Frogs late in the game to earn a 14-14 tie. BAYLOR'S Don Trull completed 19 of 32 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns, the last one to Jim Ingram with 1:51 to play, to overhaul Texas Tech 21-17.
THE TOP THREE:
1. OREGON (4-1)
2. USC (3-2)
3. OREGON STATE (4-1)
Woody Hayes, who should know, said after Ohio State's 32-3 loss to USC, "Our No. 4 national rating was a joke." Beyond question, OSU was less ranked than rank: the Buckeyes were outgained 215 yards to 119 on the ground and had more passes intercepted than completed. Meanwhile, USC's Pete Beathard completed nine of 13 for 159 yards and a touchdown. Almost as if to mock State, USC used only three plays in the second half and benched Beathard.
Arizona could not decide which man it liked less. OREGON Halfback Mel Renfro carried 13 times for 113 yards and a touchdown, then got bored with travel and tried playing quarterback. Regular Quarterback Bob Berry completed 13 of 18 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown, ran for another. Oregon won easily, 28-12. Stanford Coach John Ralston, no happy loser, actually wept when pass interference nullified the late touchdown that could have tied WASHINGTON, letting the Huskies escape with a 19-11 win. Ralston had plenty of provocation. Washington's first touchdown was an 88-yard run by Halfback Ron Medved, and its last two were identical 30-yard tackle-eligible pass plays to Jack Kupp.
Oregon State capitalized on Washington State mistakes to win 30-6, and CALIFORNIA trounced San Jose 34-13. Quarterback Tom Wilkinson led WYOMING to a 41-14 win over Brigham Young, whose Tailback, Phil Brady, was limited to four yards by BYU's new Y formation.
LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Linebacker Ed Conti, at 5 feet 10 and 185 pounds the midget of the big Syracuse defensive line, made five tackles, was in on 13 others, recovered a fumble and helped lead a rush that beat Penn State.
BACK OF THE WEEK: Georgia Quarterback Larry Rakestraw broke every major SEC passing record in routing heavily favored Miami. He completed 25 of 38 passes for 407 yards and gained 414 yards in all, also an SEC record.
SATURDAY'S TOUGH ONES
Pitt over Navy. Despite Staubach's brilliance, Pitt can beat the Middies in the line.
Syracuse over Oregon State. This is a Case of power over some very good passing.
Dartmouth over Harvard. Tough as it is, Harvard's line will yield to Indian trickery.
Duke over North Carolina State. Both Can throw, but Duke has more good runners.
Florida over LSU. Minus most of its backfield, LSU can't match Dupree's running.
Texas over Rice. Attacking or defending, the efficient Longhorns are too much for Rice.
Wisconsin over Ohio State. The Buckeyes will fall to the old Badger game—passing.
Northwestern over Michigan State. The mercurial Wildcats are in another barn-burner.
Oregon over Washington. Holding all those fast Webfoots is a large chore for anybody.
Wyoming over Utah. The cagey Cowboys are too quick for the solid Redskins.
ARMY OVER WASHINGTON STATE
BOSTON COLLEGE OVER AIR FORCE
GEORGIA OVER KENTUCKY
ILLINOIS OVER UCLA*
IOWA OVER PURDUE
MINNESOTA OVER MICHIGAN
MISSISSIPPI STATE OVER MEMPHIS STATE
MISSOURI OVER IOWA STATE
PENN STATE OVER WEST VIRGINIA
SMU OVER TEXAS TECH
* Friday night game
LAST WEEK'S PREDICTIONS
15 RIGHT, 4 WRONG, 1 TIE
SEASONS RECORD: 61-32-7