THE TOP THREE:
1. SYRACUSE (5-2)
2. VILLANOVA (6-0)
3. BOSTON COLLEGE (3-2)
A crowd of 66,752, including a group of Orange Bowl scouts, invaded Philadelphia's John F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium to see if it was true what people were saying about NOTRE DAME. It is true. The Irish, big, bold and overwhelming, sent their husky linemen crashing through Navy's weak front to get at Roger Staubach, and although they could not keep him from completing 19 passes from a shotgun spread, they held him scoreless. Quarterback Johnny Huarte, a neat sidearm thrower with a flair for quickly finding the open receiver, had only 10 completions but they were good for 274 yards and three touchdowns. He sent Halfback Nick Eddy on a 74-yard run with a screen pass and hit End Jack Snow for two scores. There was more, too. Halfback Bill Wolski led a 230-yard rush as Notre Dame routed the helpless Middies 40-0.
Army is lucky it does not have to play the Irish until 1965. Iowa State was almost more than it could handle. It took some last-ditch heroics by Rollie Stichweh and an end-zone pass-interference call to bail out the Cadets. Tailback Mark Hamilton scored from the one and Army won 9-7, but not until Iowa State's Ron Halda missed a 20-yard field goal in the waning seconds.
Pitt had a weird formation—what SYRACUSE Coach Ben Schwartzwalder calls a "garbage" offense—ready for the Orange. It was a spread with Quarterback Fred Mazurek as a wide flanker and Kenny Lucas at quarterback. It got the Panthers an early touchdown, but that was all. Behind the slick running of Floyd Little and Jim Nance, Syracuse had no trouble winning 21-6.
Usually PENN STATE'S Glenn Ressler plays middle guard on defense and makes so many tackles most people think he is a linebacker. Last Saturday Coach Rip Engle put him in at offensive center and twice he led Fullback Tom Urbanik over for touchdowns against Maryland. That, and Gerry Sanker's 38-yard field goal, whipped the Terps 17-9.
Villanova, undefeated, was dismayed to find itself behind Xavier 13-12. So the Wildcats shook loose Halfback Joe Santomauro for two touchdowns, then broke Fullback Tom Brown up the middle for 75 yards to whomp the visitors 31-13. RUTGERS won its fifth straight, over Boston U., 9-0.
There is no doubt about it now. The Princeton-Yale game November 14 will decide the Ivy League championship. PRINCE-TON'S Cosmo Iacavazzi scored twice as the Tigers beat Brown 14-0. YALE had more trouble with Dartmouth, but finally took the Indians 24-15. CORNELL and Columbia traded touchdowns like Christmas goodies in a 28-20 first half. Then Archie Roberts' (page 34) protection broke down and Cornell won 57-20. HARVARD trounced Penn 34-0.
THE TOP THREE:
1. OHIO STATE (6-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (6-0)
3. NEBRASKA (7-0)
In the Big Ten last week the subject was roses. Ohio State's Woody Hayes has been to the Rose Bowl, but he would love to go again. Purdue's Jack Mollenkopf, who has never been there, probably is dreaming about it. And Michigan's Bump Elliott, a pessimist, will not even admit there is such a thing. Right now all three have a chance to go. Ohio State and Purdue are 4-0 and Michigan is 3-1 in Big Ten games.
But not even Woody Hayes liked OHIO STATE'S chances late last Saturday. He was prepared for what his scouts called Iowa's "three-ring circus" but did not anticipate how hard his No. 1-ranked Bucks would have to scramble to hold the eager Hawk-eyes. Despite three fumbles and a blocked kick, Ohio State took a 21-13 lead. Then, while Hayes sweated on the sidelines, Iowa moved steadily forward until Halfback Craig Nourse pounded over from the one with two seconds to go. That made it 21-19. Quarterback Gary Snook tried to sweep left end for the tying points but Linebacker Dwight Kelley smacked him down six inches short of the goal line. "Why, they climbed all over us like mad bulls," said Woody unbelievingly.
Purdue needed no survival techniques to beat Illinois 26-14. Just good solid football did it. The Purdue linemen, especially End Harold Wells and Tackle Jerry Shay, repeatedly beat the bigger Illini up front. Meanwhile, sophomore Quarterback Bob Griese passed to End Bob Hadrick (he caught eight) for a touchdown, Fullback Randy Minniear smashed through for three scores and the Boilermakers won easily. Asked about his chances for going all the way to the Rose Bowl, the careful Mollenkopf replied, "We're going all the way to Michigan State next week. That's as far ahead as we're looking."
Whatever Ohio State and Purdue might have in mind, MICHIGAN just plods along methodically, hoping that someone will do in its rivals. With Quarterback Bob Timberlake running for two touchdowns and four extra points, the Wolverines thumped Northwestern for 29 first downs and 336 yards rushing and thus beat the Wildcats 35-0.
About all the other Big Ten teams can hope for now is an opportunity to upset somebody's New Years plan. MICHIGAN STATE, for instance, can make trouble for Purdue. The Spartans looked impressive downing Wisconsin 22-6. MINNESOTA, too, can hurt the Boilermakers. Quarterback John Hankinson passed the Gophers to a 21-0 win over Indiana.
Missouri tried to gamble against unbeaten NEBRASKA in the last quarter of a scoreless game. When Quarterback Gary Lane faded back to his end zone to pass, Husker sophomore End Coleman Langston stormed in from the blind side and dropped Lane for a safety. A few minutes later Nebraska Quarterback Bob Churchich and Halfback Kent McCloughan teamed up on a 37-yard pass play and down went Mizzou 9-0. Now it is up to KANSAS to keep the Huskers from the Big Eight title. The Jayhawkers played it cozy as they edged Kansas State 7-0 on Halfback Gale Sayers' 77-yard run. OKLAHOMA had a time holding off Colorado 14-11.
Oklahoma State, unhappily, ran into the hottest passer in the country—TULSA'S Jerry Rhome—and what had been the nation's second-best pass defense suddenly disintegrated. Rhome threw for four touchdowns, End Howard Twilley caught 15 for 217 yards and two scores and Tulsa buried the Cowboys 61-14.
Miami of Ohio had a surprise for BOWLING GREEN—an unbalanced line and a switch to a running game. But the undefeated Falcons had their own secret weapon. Sophomore Fullback Stew Williams, a 230-pounder who moves like an avalanche, roared over the Redskins for the touchdown that won the game, 21-18.
THE TOP THREE:
1. OREGON STATE (6-1)
2. OREGON (6-1)
3. USC (4-3)
The way things are going on the West Coast, the AAWU may have to draw straws to pick its Rose Bowl representative. Only a week ago people were wondering if Oregon or USC—the most likely candidates then—would have a chance against the Big Ten champion. But both teams lost last Saturday and now Oregon State is the front-runner. Chances are the Beavers will not last very long either.
Oregon got its first defeat from STANFORD. With Quarterback Bob Berry nursing a sore shoulder and banged-up knees, the Ducks were hard pressed to muster an offense. What's more, the Indians pushed the Oregon defense all over the field. Even so, the Ducks led 8-7 until—with just 13 seconds to go—Braden Beck booted a 21-yard field goal to win for Stanford 10-8.
USC went into the fourth quarter with a 13-0 lead over listless WASHINGTON. But Tod Hullin, a third-string quarterback who had dunned Coach Jim Owens for a chance to play, got the Huskies going. He passed eight yards to Charlie Browning for one touchdown, then guided Washington 47 yards for another, Jeff Jordan going over from the two. Ron Medved kicked both the extra points, and the Huskies won 14-13. Said USC's Johnny McKay, "I've never had a bigger disappointment."
For the second week in a row, California had victory snatched away in the final minutes. "It was like watching a rerun of a Frankenstein movie," said Coach Roy Willsey. This time it was UCLA that did in Cal, 26-21. Quarterback Craig Morton did his best, completing 24 of 43 passes for 288 yards and two scores. But UCLA's Larry Zeno beat Cal with a neat 30-yard pass to Kurt Altenberger in the last minutes. OREGON STATE, meanwhile, continued to look good. The Beavers whipped Washington State 24-7 for their sixth straight as sophomore Quarterback Paul Brothers passed for one touchdown and ran for a second.
New Mexico made no special plans for Wyoming. It just wound up two-way Quarterback Stan Quintana and sent him out against the Cowboys. Quintana had his best day—one touchdown passing, a second running and a 90-yard run that set up a field goal. New Mexico won 17-6 to clinch a tie for the Western AC title. Utah State chuckled at the prospect of playing BRIGHAM YOUNG, a beanbag. But sophomore Quarterback Virgil Carter ran and passed the Aggies crazy as BYU had the last laugh, 28-14.
THE TOP THREE:
1. ALABAMA (7-0)
2. GEORGIA TECH (7-0)
3. LSU (5-0-1)
As usual, the bedlam in LSU'S crowded Tiger Stadium last Saturday night was absolute. Cowbells clanged, cheerleaders screamed. The two teams battled each other viciously, Ole Miss led 10-3 with six minutes to play and it seemed that LSU was in for its third straight loss to the Rebels. Then the clawing Tiger defense forced Mississippi's Doug Cunningham to fumble a punt, and LSU Guard John Aaron recovered on the Ole Miss 47. Quarterback Billy Ezell, in for injured Pat Screen, took the Tigers in for a touchdown in three plays, the last a 19-yard pass to tall sophomore End Billy Masters. Naturally, LSU went for the winning points. Ezell threw. Flanker Doug Moreau juggled the deflected ball, then grasped it firmly to give the Tigers an 11-10 victory. "We never considered kicking for a tie," said Coach Charlie McClendon later. "When you have to fight for your life, it's nice to get a little extra out of it."
LSU, however, will need more than just a little extra for unbeaten ALABAMA this Saturday. After some anxious moments when Mississippi State led 6-0 in the first quarter, the Alabama defense settled down and the offense went to work. David Ray got 'Bama ahead 9-6 at half time with 34-, 40- and 21-yard field goals, and Quarterback Steve Sloan, passing and running the option smartly, riddled State in the second half. Fullback Steve Bowman cracked over twice from the one and Alabama won 23-6.
Auburn, playing without ailing Quarterback Jimmy Sidle, was simply no match for FLORIDA. The alert Gator defense intercepted four of sub Quarterback Joe Campbell's passes, Halfback Dick Kirk ran one of them back 84 yards for a touchdown and Florida whipped the toothless Tigers 14-0.
Trying to pin down undefeated GEORGIA TECH was becoming a hopeless chore. Duke Coach Bill Murray thought he could do it with the I formation. He reasoned that Fullback Mike Curtis' rushes up the middle would draw in the Tech defense so Quarterback Scotty Glacken could throw to his Lonely End and halfbacks. Duke outgained Tech 371 yards to 270, Glacken completed 24 passes for 263 yards, but still the Blue Devils lost. Tech's offensive linemen suddenly began to move people and its split T option worked beautifully. Halfback Terry Haddock scored twice off it, and the Jackets took their seventh, 21-8. "It's just sickening. We did everything as planned except cross the goal line," complained Murray.
Kentucky, for all its toughness, was still losing. WEST VIRGINIA'S Allen McCune threw for three scores, ran for another as Kentucky lost its fourth straight, 26-21. TULANE had better luck. The aggressive Greenies surprised VMI 25-6 for their first win. GEORGIA romped over North Carolina 24-8.
THE TOP THREE:
1. ARKANSAS (7-0)
2. TEXAS (6-1)
3. TEXAS TECH (4-2-1)
Somewhere, somehow, some team may find a way to beat ARKANSAS, just as some team may come up with a method of losing to Texas A&M, but Quarterback Fred Marshall saw to it that the unbeaten Razorbacks and the unwinning Aggies stayed that way for at least another week. In the first period Arkansas went 83 yards for a touchdown, Marshall passing and running for all but nine of them. Before the half ended, Arkansas had a fat 17-0 lead. That was plenty. In the second half, Arkansas' quick defensive platoon manhandled the Texas A&M backs so thoroughly the brooding Aggie fans stopped the game four times with a roar of boos. It changed nothing, including the score, which stayed 17-0.
All week long SMU drilled behind closed gates on a play designed especially to beat TEXAS. It almost worked. The play started with a lateral that crossed half the state of Texas, followed by a pass. SMU moved up and down the field with it, but when it came time to score, Texas' do-everything linebacker, Tommy Nobis, made a one-handed interception. Thirteen plays later Ernie Koy scored and that was it; Texas 7, SMU 0.
Rice Coach Jess Neely nearly fell out of bed (where he was stuck with a sore throat) when Owl Halfback Gene Fleming scooted 81 yards on the first play from scrimmage, putting Rice six points up on TEXAS TECH. But that ended Rice's offense, and Tech's Ken Gill booted 33-and 36-yard field goals in the second half to tie the game 6-6.
"Eat Bear" was the way the TCU cheering section put it, and Jim Fauver and Larry Bulaich got the message. The two backs took turns following behind a herd of massed blockers and simply ran over Baylor 17-14.
BACK OF THE WEEK: Tulsa's Jerry Rhome, the nation's leader in passing and total offense, had another fantastic day against Oklahoma State. He completed 35 of 43 passes for 488 yards and four touchdowns.
LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Ohio State Linebacker Dwight (naturally they call him Ike) Kelley saved a 21-19 win over Iowa for the Bucks. He blocked an extra-point kick, then stopped Gary Snook on a two-point play.
SATURDAY'S TOUGH ONES
Alabama over LSU. Both are unbeaten, but Bear Bryant wins the big ones.
Georgia Tech over Tennessee. The Tech defense has yielded only three points per game.
Syracuse over Army. The Cadets are hurting, while Syracuse has depth.
Notre Dame over Pitt. That attacking defense will make the Irish winners again.
Boston College over Villanova. The Eagles will give plucky Villanova its first loss.
Michigan over Illinois.* Bump Elliott always beats brother Pete. He will again.
Purdue over Michigan State. Purdue has more muscle for this Big Ten rumble.
Kansas over Nebraska. The undefeated Huskers are ripe for an upset.
Arkansas over Rice. With the Cotton Bowl in sight, Arkansas is not about to falter.
USC over Stanford. The swifter Trojans pass and run better than Stanford.
AUBURN OVER MISSISSIPPI STATE
CALIFORNIA OVER WASHINGTON
FLORIDA OVER GEORGIA
IOWA OVER MINNESOTA
NAVY OVER MARYLAND
OREGON OVER WASHINGTON STATE
OREGON STATE OVER INDIANA
UTAH STATE OVER WYOMING
PRINCETON OVER HARVARD
TEXAS OVER BAYLOR
LAST WEEK'S PREDICTIONS
12 RIGHT, 7 WRONG, 1 TIE SEASON'S RECORD: 77-58-4