THE TOP THREE:
1. NOTRE DAME (7-0)
2. NEBRASKA (8-0)
3. OHIO STATE (6-1)
The silence in Ohio Stadium last Saturday was almost eerie. The 84,279 Ohio State rooters who were there to celebrate Dad's Day could hardly believe their eyes. There was 13-point underdog PENN STATE, a lackluster 3-4 team from the East, bullying their unbeaten and No. 2-ranked Bucks as though they were so many chihuahuas. Quarterback Gary Wydman prodded them off' balance with little sideline passes, Fullback Tom Urbanik burrowed through their celebrated defense and Halfback Don Kunit romped for two touchdowns. Even more upsetting, the charging Penn State defense so thoroughly inundated the Bucks that they did not get a first down until the game was almost 10 minutes into the third quarter. When it was all over, Ohio State counted up its humiliations: a mere 33 yards rushing, a totally unexpected 27-0 thrashing and their first shutout in 45 games.
November 16, 1964
If Ohio State lost face, it did not lose its Big Ten lead. And it can thank MICHIGAN STATE for that. The Spartans, after giving up a first-quarter touchdown to Purdue's Randy Minniear, manhandled the shocked Boilermakers. They ran over them for 302 yards, Halfback Clinton Jones scored twice, and State took the game 21-7. Said Duffy Daugherty, recalling that Purdue knocked him out of the Rose Bowl in 1957 and 1961, "We were just repaying the favor."
Michigan, which plays Ohio State November 21, suddenly had Rose Bowl potentialities as Illinois, coached by Pete Elliott, lost for the fifth straight time to brother Bump's Wolverines. Michigan used an intercepted pass and a fumble to set up two touchdowns, on a 15-yard run by sophomore Carl Ward and a 24-yard pass from Quarterback Bob Timberlake to Jim Detwiler, as it won 21-6. It was meaningless to the Big Ten race, but MINNESOTA and NORTHWESTERN managed upsets. The Gophers edged Iowa 14-13 when they hurried Gary Snook's pass for two points, while North: western surprised Wisconsin 17-13.
"We'll try to control the game with our running against Kansas," mused NEBRASKA'S Bob Devaney last week. "We won't throw the ball just to amuse people." So, with second and eight on the Nebraska eight-yard line late in the first quarter, Quarterback Bob Churchich threw long to End Freeman White and the play went 92 yards for a touchdown. After that the two teams traded scores, Ron Oelschlager going over for Kansas and Bob Hohn plunging one yard for the Huskers. The Jayhawkers got to the Nebraska one in the last period, but the Huskers held for a 14-7 victory and a solid grip on the Big Eight title. Now all Nebraska has to do is beat OKLAHOMA STATE, a 31-7 winner over Wichita, and OKLAHOMA, which throttled Iowa State 30-0.
Passing records fell like autumn leaves as TULSA'S Jerry Rhome (page 28) led the Hurricanes past Memphis State 19-7. BOWLING GREEN, meanwhile, clinched the Mid-American championship. The powerful Falcons whomped Marshall 28-0 for their eighth straight, while WESTERN MICHIGAN was upsetting second-place Ohio U. 13-8.
THE TOP THREE:
1. ALABAMA (7-0)
2. LSU (5-1-1)
3. FLORIDA STATE (6-1-1)
Alabama and LSU came to grips at Birmingham's Legion Field before 68,000, the largest crowd ever to watch any event in the state of Alabama, and the prize was the Southeastern Conference championship. Alabama's Bear Bryant knew that he could win with defense. LSU's Charlie McClendon, who learned his football from The Bear, thought passing was his game. The Bengals' Pat Screen and Billy Ezell put the ball in the air 40 times, and 22 times Alabama knocked it down. 'Bama also intercepted three, one leading to a 33-yard run-back by Hudson Harris for the score that put the game away 17-9.
Florida's Ray Graves learned a painful lesson: never let a 145-pound kicking specialist get his hands on the ball. GEORGIA'S Bobby Etter, an A-plus math student, in the game to try a field goal from the 12-yard line, picked up a fumbled center snap, saw a patch of daylight and ran through the Gators for the touchdown that beat them 14-7.
Georgia Tech, living on borrowed time in recent weeks, finally paid up, losing to TENNESSEE 22-14. The Vols, down 14-3 in the last period, suddenly came to life under the firm hands of sub Quarterback David Leake. He threw a 23-yard pass to Al Tanara for a touchdown, then moved his team 20 yards to put the Vols ahead 15-14. "I never had a group go so far on so little," Coach Bobby Dodd said.
Auburn, still struggling, put ailing Jimmy Sidle at wingback and scored its first touchdown against an SEC team. It was more than enough to beat Mississippi State 12-3. KENTUCKY can thank End John Andrighetti for a 22-21 win over Vanderbilt. He intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble and then caught Vandy Quarterback Dave Waller behind the line to thwart a two-point conversion try in the last minute. MISSISSIPPI, playing its second-and third-stringers, trounced Tampa 36-0. Tulane ran into passing trouble, MIAMI'S Bob Biletnikoff providing all of it as he led the Hurricanes to a 21-0 victory.
Navy Coach Wayne Hardin thought he had a victory neatly salted away when Roger Staubach, passing superbly, pitched three scoring passes to put the Middies ahead of MARYLAND 22-21. But the Terps' Kenny Ambrusko spoiled the day. He took a kick-off back 101 yards to beat Navy 27-22. Naturally that disturbed Hardin, but what bothered him even more was Maryland's Jerry Fishman, who had aroused the corps of midshipmen with his spirited play. "He is a disgrace to the game," ranted Hardin. Maryland's Tom Nugent admitted that Fish-man might have been "a little wild-eyed," but said, "I can't chastise him publicly. I didn't see him do anything deliberate."
Duke's bubble was ruptured again, this time by WAKE FOREST'S Brian Piccolo, who singlehandedly beat the Blue Devils 20-7. North Carolina State, the Atlantic Coast leader, also lost, to VIRGINIA TECH 28-19. NORTH CAROLINA put down Clemson 29-0, while VIRGINIA edged William & Mary 14-13.
THE TOP THREE:
1. SYRACUSE (6-2)
2. PENN STATE (4-4)
3. BOSTON COLLEGE (4-2)
Syracuse Coach Ben Schwartzwalder admitted last week that he did not plan anything fancy when he brought his team to New York's Yankee Stadium to face Army—and he proved a man of his word. With bruising runners like 220-pound Fullback Jim Nance and Quarterback Walley Mahle, who passes about as well and as often as a Civil War statue, and a punishing line ahead of them, Syracuse crashed the Army line for 229 yards to win 27-15. But the game was by no means as pat as the score. Army actually had the lead, 15-14, in the third quarter before Syracuse's superior, unfancy weight decided matters for good. Nance rammed over from the two, Mahle scored from the four and a fine performance by Army's Rollie Stichweh was only a memory.
Unbeaten NOTRE DAME seemed sure to win its seventh straight when it rushed to a 14-0 lead over Pitt in the first quarter. The big play was Quarterback Johnny Huarte's 91-yard touchdown pass to Halfback Nick Eddy. But Pitt had notions other than quick death. Reverting to their old grinding offense, the Panthers forced the Notre Dame linebackers to slide with a man in motion and then zoomed Fullback Barry McKnight inside on belly plays, slants and traps while Quarterback Freddy Mazurek occasionally took the ball to the opposite side on keepers. McKnight scored in the first and fourth quarters, but in between Notre Dame's Joe Azzaro kicked a 30-yard field goal and the Irish led 17-15 with 11 minutes to go. Pitt actually might have won. With fourth and one on Notre Dame's 16, the Panthers surprisingly went for the first down instead of a field goal. Mazurek failed to make the yard, and the Irish, who had given up only 183 ground yards in six games but were breeched for 199 by the methodical Pitts, eased out of their toughest fight this year.
Villanova, another undefeated team, was not as lucky. For more than 57 minutes the Wildcats' blitzing line, led by Tackle Al Atkinson and Guard Mike Strofolino, treated BOSTON COLLEGE shamefully. Then BC's Don Moran blocked a kick on the Villanova 16. Halfback Jim McGowan ran over from the three, Quarterback Ed Foley rolled out for two points, and Villanova had its first loss 8-7.
The Ivy League was down to one game—PRINCETON against YALE this Saturday. The unbeaten Tigers shut out Harvard 16-0 as Charlie Gogolak kicked three field goals; Yale, undefeated but tied, beat Penn 21-9. In other games BROWN outscored Cornell 31-28 in a marvelous game in which each side led three times before Brown went ahead to stay with three minutes left, and DARTMOUTH drubbed Columbia 31-14.
THE TOP THREE:
1. ARKANSAS (8-0)
2. TEXAS (7-1)
3. TEXAS TECH (5-2-1)
If there is anything that TEXAS' Darrell Royal distrusts more than a $3 bill it is the pass. But, with his Longhorns down 14-13 to Baylor and 75 yards of "tough grass" (his words) ahead in the last quarter, Royal told Quarterback Marv Kristynik to throw. Kristynik reacted as though he had been throwing all his life, completing three for three for 60 yards, the last a 25-yarder with 1:51 to go that End George Sauer grabbed for the touchdown that beat the Bears 20-14.
Arkansas' sharp Razorbacks, who do almost everything right, intended to test their passing game against Rice. But it came up rain and they switched with commendable effect to the ground. Tailback Jack Brasuell waded 121 yards on 26 carries, and Bobby Burnett, his goal-line sub, leaped across for two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Linebacker Ronnie Caveness and the rest of the quick Porker line shut off every Rice drive short of midfield. Arkansas won easily 21-0, for its ninth in a row.
Texas A&M finally found a team it could beat. The Aggies pounced on four SMU fumbles, turned three of them into touchdowns and took the Mustangs 23-0. TEXAS TECH'S Donnie Anderson had a field day against West Texas State. He ran for 134 yards, scored once on a seven-yard dash and twice on passes from Tommy Wilson, who also threw for a third touchdown, as Tech romped 48-0.
Florida State, leading 13-0, suddenly found HOUSTON troublesome. Quarterback Bo Burris went over from the one, kicked the extra point and passed Houston into position for Dick Post's 18-yard dash to the tying touchdown. But this time he missed the extra point, and the Cougars had to settle for a 13-13 tie.
THE TOP THREE:
1. OREGON STATE (7-1)
2. OREGON (6-1-1)
3. USC (5-3)
Oregon State, busy with Rose Bowl plans, almost neglected the business at hand: beating Indiana and becoming the first West Coast team to take a Big Ten member this year. Off to a bad start, the Beavers let Indiana's Rich Badar penetrate their usually reliable defenses with two touchdown passes in the first half. Fortunately, sophomore Paul Brothers, despite some very sore ribs, matched those with a pair of his own. Then Oregon State tightened up. Its secondary muscled in on Badar's receivers, Steve Clark kicked a 34-yard field goal. Brothers ran for a score and the Beavers pulled it out 24-14 to make it one in eight for the Coasters against the Midwesterners in 1964.
USC, still not out of the bowl picture, bumbled along with Stanford as each team lost the ball four times on fumbles. But stubby little Mike Garrett, barreling through the Indians for 92 yards, scored twice to save the day for the Trojans 15-10.
Oregon had real problems. With Quarterback Bob Berry on the bench nursing his injured shoulder, Coach Len Casanova decided to abandon his flanker, three-end offense and go back to the T and slot in an effort to arouse his anemic ground game. It failed. The Ducks needed sophomore Mike Brundage's green but good passing (20 of 36 for 239 yards and two touchdowns) to salvage a 21-21 tie with WASHINGTON STATE.
Washington, looking better too late, figured that California's defenses were set just about right for Junior Coffey's off-tackle slashes. So the Huskies ran Halfbacks Char-Icy Browning and Ron Medved and No. 2 Fullback Jeff Jordan around the Bear flanks and they built a 21-3 half-time lead. Just in time, too. Cal's artful Craig Morton, who survived a smothering rush to complete 20 of 30 passes, got the Bears a couple of scores and almost caught Washington before losing 21-16.
Air force put away its passing game and built a running attack around Fullback Steve Amdor for UCLA. It was all too much for the Bruins, who went down 24-15. UTAH STATE had a 20-17 lead over WYOMING with three seconds to go. Then George Squires, a Briton who plays soccer all week and football on Saturdays, kicked a 17-yard field goal to give the Cowboys a 20-20 tie. UTAH, meanwhile, crushed Brigham Young 47-13 to tie Wyoming for the Western AC title. ARIZONA, which can still tie, too, just made it past Idaho 14-7, while ARIZONA STATE beat Kansas State 21-10.
BACK OF THE WEEK: Brian Piccolo, rugged Wake Forest fullback who leads the nation's rushers, thumped for 115 yards in 36 carries, caught three passes for 46 yards and scored all his team's points in 20-7 upset of Duke.
LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Glenn Resslcr, 235-pound Penn State middle guard, was the ringleader of a raging rush that smashed Ohio State's running game. As offensive center, he also opened gaping holes for the Lion backs.
SATURDAY'S TOUGH ONES
Michigan State over Notre Dame.* All upset. State has a knack with the Irish.
Michigan over Iowa. The Wolverines need this one to stay alive in the Big Ten.
Purdue over Minnesota. So does Purdue. A tougher defense will keep the Gophers down.
Nebraska over Oklahoma State. The unbeaten Huskers will go all the way after all.
Bowling Green over Ohio U. Doyt Perry's Falcons already have the Mid-American title.
Alabama over Georgia Tech. 'Bama has too many weapons for Tech.
Florida State over North Carolina State. Tensi's passing will win for the Seminoles.
Oregon over Indiana. The Hoosiers give lip too many points. And Oregon has Berry.
Oregon State over Stanford. State, with the Rose Bowl in sight, shouldn't boggle here.
Princeton over Yale. A Simple Case of too many and too good.
AUBURN OVER GEORGIA
BAYLOR OVER KENTUCKY
BOSTON COLLEGE OVER MIAMI**
CALIFORNIA OVER UTAH
MISSOURI OVER OKLAHOMA
NAVY OVER DUKE
PITT OVER ARMY
SYRACUSE OVER VIRGINIA TECH
TEXAS OVER TCU
WASHINGTON OVER UCLA
**Friday night game
LAST WEEK'S PREDICTIONS
11 RIGHT, 7 WRONG, 2 TIES
SEASON'S RECORD: 88-65-6