Since Texas Tech College sits rather aloofly out in Lubbock on the south plains, surrounded by towns like Bronco, Shallowater, Idalou and Frenship—towns known mostly to tool dressers and rig watchers—it is possible that even now the football world is not too familiar with The Golden Palomino, or Donny Anderson, a horse in hip pads. It should be. Anderson, who is poured with almost perfect bulges into a suit at 6 feet 3 and 210 pounds, is proving for the third straight season that he is one of the buckingest, swiftest, busiest halfbacks ever to come along.
Last week Anderson, who has a square chin, high cheekbones and blond hair that lies down flat, did all the things he does so well—run, catch, return, kick, block, tackle. In consequence, the Red Raiders' astonishing record rose to 8-1, and the professional scouts, wiping the drool from their chins, pondered even more deeply which position he ought to play when he graduates.
"He's got to be a running back," said one scout. "Speed, size and tough—why, he hasn't been hurt in three years." Well, Donny Anderson could play running back. He gained 609 yards as a sophomore, 966 last year, and his 1965 total went to 630 yards after he helped defeat Baylor 34-22 on Saturday.
"Nope," another scout said. "He's the ideal flanker or split end." Possibly. He caught five more passes against Baylor, which gave him 50 for the season and 654 yards. Once he took a short toss over the middle from Quarterback Tom Wilson and zoomed, after one subtle shoulder feint, 43 yards for the touchdown that assured Tech's win.
November 22, 1965
"I'll tell you the truth," said one more scout, "with his speed he could be a truly great defensive safety, even though he could play four places on offense."
He could do that easily enough. He made a score-saving tackle against Baylor after a punt, and in high school at Stinnett, in the Texas Panhandle, he was a linebacker. And he can punt. He boomed one 56 yards in the pleasant, clear air above Tech's Jones Stadium. The best thing he does, however, is move the football forward.
In fact, if Donny Anderson can advance the ball just 26 more yards this week in the Southwest Conference championship game against Arkansas in any of the nonpassing ways—rushing, receiving, on punt or kickoff returns—he will erase an obscure but nonetheless cherished NCAA record. Back in the 1949 to 1951 seasons Ollie Matson amassed 4,963 yards doing these things, and Donny Anderson is the first player to come along with a chance to top him. He ran his all-ways (except punting and passing) total to 4,938 yards last week, scoring his 90th point of the year in the process. "He's the greatest back in America," said Tech Coach J. T. King, "and he'll get a record bonus for a runner."
For all of his abilities—his running power coupled with speed and moves, his good hands and his durability—Anderson has the pros worried on one count. He is something of a maverick, so much so that one of his teammates last year remarked, "They call him The Golden Palomino, but they ought to call him The Golden Great Dane, because he's a big dog." He doesn't dog it in games but in practice, his critics say, and he has even admitted he does not enjoy practicing. He has not helped his image with some wisecracks that listeners took more seriously than Anderson intended they should. Last year, in a game Tech was winning handily, he joked, "Don't take me out, coach, I need the statistics." Another time, when he came slowly off the field after taking his usual battering, Tech's "brain coach," Clyde Prestwood, asked if he could get Anderson something. "Yeah," was the reply, "a C in sociology."
After the Baylor game Anderson admitted that his attitude for three years had not been the best. He flunked out as a freshman, and he did do some loafing. "He's not lazy when they snap the ball," snaps King, who says he believes Anderson has matured. He is slower with the wisecracks, more quietly confident than cocky and he has maintained a C-average in school.
Anderson was drafted last year by Green Bay (No. 1) and Houston, both of which could use him in many ways but particularly as an outside runner. But he is smart enough at this point not to reveal a league preference. Tech, a team that has won three games in the last two minutes, probably will go to a major bowl even if it loses to Arkansas, so Anderson cannot sign what will certainly be a big money contract until after that. "I'd play safety if that was the only place I could play," he said. "But I prefer running with the ball and breaking for a pass." Those are two things that have made Texas Tech one of the surprise teams of the year and Donny Anderson, maverick or palomino, one of the Southwest's alltime performers.
1. MICHIGAN STATE (9-0)
2. NEBRASKA (9-0)
3. NOTRE DAME (7-1)
What a pity ILLINOIS did not have the defense all year to go with Jim Grabowski's booming charges (left). This year the 210-pound fullback has gained 1,071 yards rushing, giving him a 2,691 total, the most ever in three years for a Big Ten back. Against Wisconsin Saturday he ran for 196 yards and two touchdowns, one on a 51-yard scamper, as the Illini whomped the Badgers 51-0.
Maybe the pressure was beginning to tell, or perhaps everybody was just trying harder. Whatever the reason, the big teams in the Midwest—Michigan State, Notre Dame and Nebraska—all had troubles. About the only thing MICHIGAN STATE'S Duffy Daugherty should have had to worry about when his team played Indiana was which three players would carry him off the field after the Spartans won. The Hoosiers, leading 13-10 going into the fourth quarter, almost carried his whole team off. Then Quarterback Steve Juday got the Spartans going, passing twice to End Gene Washington for touchdowns. Dick Kenney barefooted his second field goal, and Michigan State won 27-13 for its first outright Big Ten title and a place in the Rose Bowl.
Notre Dame was caught up in a scoreless tie with North Carolina for three quarters. The Tar Heels shut off the Irish inside threat and, without ailing Bill Wolski, Notre Dame had to struggle just to stay alive—until Nick Eddy came to the rescue. Eddy's two scores, one on a 66-yard dash, along with Ken Ivan's 38-yard field goal, gave the Irish a 17-0 win. Come to think of it, maybe Notre Dame and Michigan State had a common ailment last week, like looking ahead to Saturday's game at South Bend.
All week long NEBRASKA'S Bob Devaney brooded about his team's No. 3 ranking. "I'll tell you," he grumped, "no team in the country is better than we are." Devaney was so sure that Nebraska voted to accept an Orange Bowl bid before it went out to play Oklahoma State, seventh in the Big Eight. It was almost a disaster. The Cowboys, with Walt Garrison attacking viciously (for 123 yards) had the mighty Huskers licked 17-14 with 38 seconds to go. That is when Nebraska, climaxing a 74-yard comeback, sent Fullback Pete Tatman storming over from the two to save the day 21-17. What did Devaney say then? "Whew!"
Missouri's Dan Devine, chatting with friends before the Oklahoma game, said pointedly, "It's still the same old Oklahoma. They still have fine recruiting, fine coaching and a Miami Beach-type athletic dormitory." As it turned out, Devine was wrong. The Sooners just withered and died 30-0, once Missouri went at them with a ramming ball-control game. Then the Tigers accepted an invitation to play in the Sugar Bowl. COLORADO was hoping for a bowl bid, too, after beating Kansas 21-14.
Back in the Big Ten, the battle for second raged on. OHIO STATE, flogging Iowa 38-0, had the upper hand, but PURDUE, a game behind, stayed alive by blasting Minnesota 35-0. Michigan's defending champions, however, were out of it. NORTHWESTERN upset the Wolverines 34-22.
Bowling Green got a piece of the Mid-American title, drubbing hapless Ohio U. 17-7, to tie MIAMI OF OHIO, winner over independent Dayton 28-0.
1. ALABAMA (7-1-1)
2. FLORIDA (6-2)
3. TENNESSEE (4-1-2)
Sophomore Quarterback Charley Fulton, another of the year's precocious movers and shakers, had led unbeaten Tennessee to four victories and two ties, but when the Vols played MISSISSIPPI last week he was around for only one play. Ailing all week with a pulled muscle in his right leg, he sprained his left ankle the first time he carried the ball, and Tennessee lost its first game 14-13. Dewey Warren, a sophomore quarterback whose experience amounted to six plays, filled in and had Tennessee ahead 13-7 going into the fourth quarter. Then Ole Miss Coach Johnny Vaught brought in his rookie, Quarterback Joe Graves, who had all of 13 plays under his belt. Graves, running and passing, sparked a drive that ended with Mike Dennis plunging over from the one-yard line and Jimmy Keyes kicked the winning point. "I thought Graves would do the job," said Vaught.
That left AUBURN, an unlikely preseason choice, leading the Southeastern Conference. The opportunistic Tigers, who managed to lose three games to nonconference opponents, beat Georgia 21-19. Quarterback Alex Bowden passed for one touchdown, and Fullback Tom Bryan ran for 162 yards.
Smart as Auburn has been, its days at the top of the SEC are probably numbered. The Tigers must beat ALABAMA November 27 to win the championship, and that is never easy. The Tide, reportedly headed for the Orange Bowl to play Nebraska, bombed South Carolina 35-14 after a few anxious moments. But Quarterback Steve Sloan passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third, and that was that. "The last four games," said Bear Bryant, "Steve has been the most accurate passer I've ever had." Whatever happened to Joe Namath?
Florida, out of the SEC race but being wooed by the Cotton and the Sugar bowls, gave its most ardent backers reason for hope. The Gators crushed Tulane 51-13 as Quarterback Steve Spurrier had one of his finest days. He threw three touchdown passes and piled up 262 yards in total offense. LSU, almost out of everything, ripped Mississippi State 37-20, while Vanderbilt, buffeted by Quarterback Bill Miller's splendid passing, succumbed to MIAMI 28-14.
Gator Bowl people were handy with an invitation after GEORGIA TECH, putting on its most exciting face, clobbered Virginia 42-19. Coach Bobby Dodd was happy to accept—probably to play Saturday's Arkansas-Texas Tech loser. But Florida State's bowl hopes ended when the Seminoles lost to NORTH CAROLINA STATE 3-0.
Clemson's Frank Howard for once was practically speechless when old feudin' buddy Tom Nugent's MARYLAND team upset his Tigers 6-0 on Chilean Bernardo Bram-son's two soccer-type field goals. And no wonder. All the Terps did was knock Clem-son out of a sure Atlantic Coast title and back into the suddenly crowded field. Now the Tigers are only half a game ahead of South Carolina (their next opponent), DUKE (a 40-7 winner over Wake Forest), North Carolina and Maryland. Duke and North Carolina play Saturday, while Maryland meets Virginia.
As spectacular as he was against West Virginia, SYRACUSE'S Floyd Little had some man-sized help from 240-pound sophomore Fullback Larry Csonka, who rammed up the middle for 216 yards, breaking Jimmy Brown's one-game school record.
1. PRINCETON (8-0)
2. SYRACUSE (6-3)
3. DARTMOUTH (8-0)
Unbeaten PRINCETON and unbeaten DARTMOUTH were ready for an eastern showdown Saturday. The Tigers chopped away at Yale with their usual élan and won 31-6 for their 17th in a row. Tailback Ron Landeck ran for three touchdowns and passed for a fourth, and Charley Gogolak, automatic as ever, booted a 48-yard field goal and four extra points. He now has 48 straight conversions, four more than his brother Pete, who held the NCAA record. Dartmouth, nursing a 6-0 lead on Bill Hay's two field goals, put down Cornell 20-0 when Earl Mabry ran back a punt 72 yards and Quarterback Mickey Beard raced 10 yards after taking a lateral from Pete Walton.
The way things had been going for the ARMY team, Wyoming need only have presented its credentials—a shiny 6-1 record—and accepted victory gracefully. What did happen was that the Cowboys and their superb passer, paunchy but quick Quarterback Tom Wilkinson, gave the Cadets an object lesson in 99-yard football. It was that last yard that Army had down pat, however, and that was the difference. Army scored once when startled End Sam Champi found a bumped Wilkinson pass coming his way and ran 45 yards. Minutes later, Army scored again when Quarterback Curt Cook hit Terry Young with a pass in the end zone and Army led 13-0. Then Wyoming took over, except for that last yard. Twice the surging Cowboys fumbled going into the end zone, and Army's alert Sam Bartholomew recovered; another time they were stopped dead on the one, after Mike Davenport slipped going in for a sure score.
Navy's day was thoroughly unrewarding. For a change PENN STATE stayed loose against the blitzing Middies, ran well, passed effectively and broke the Navy attack with a firm defense. Quarterback Jack White and sophomore Split End Jack Curry set State passing records for yards gained (1,120) and catches (37) in a season, Don Kunit ran 22 yards and Mike Irwin five for touchdowns, and the Nittany Lions won 14-6. Now, with two games to go, State can still achieve its 27th consecutive winning season.
Harvard, surprisingly, came out passing, threw its first touchdown pass of the year and beat Brown 17-8. PENN, more used to the pass, used sophomore Bill Cree-den's three touchdown throws to overtake Columbia 31-21.
Boston College, with Quarterback Ed Foley throwing three scoring passes, routed William & Mary 30-17, but Boston U., enjoying its best season in years, was suddenly brought up short by DELAWARE 50-7. AMHERST Quarterback Johnny Pass-more lived up to his name against old rival Williams. He passed and passed, throwing for four touchdowns to give the Lord Jeffs a 42-8 victory and the Little Three title. The small brutes from Maine went down for the first time, to TAMPA 2-0.
1 ARKANSAS (9-0)
2. TEXAS TECH (8-1)
3. SMU (4-3-1)
For Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles it was very much a routine day. The Razor-backs followed his simple game plan—to win—and beat Southern Methodist 24-3 for their 21st straight. Later, in the locker room, Broyles confined his remarks to, "Hurry it up guys, we gotta catch that plane," and he was back home in Fayetteville by 8 p.m. SMU was not quite as submissive as that sounds and actually led after Quarterback Mac White marched the Mustangs within Dennis Partee's field-goal range. Thereafter, per Broyles's instructions, his defensive monster was free to guess in what direction White planned to roll out. He usually had it right, and White was shut off. SMU, meanwhile, had worse luck outwitting Arkansas' Jon Brittenum, whose sprint-out option runs and passes set up all 24 points.
Texas Christian's Bruce Alford Jr. kicked four field goals, and the Frogs's bruising defense forced—and recovered—four Texas fumbles in a 25-10 shellacking of Texas in Austin. "When the locusts arrive they devour everything," said Darrell Royal, whose Longhorns now have lost four of five. Eddie McKaughan's 19-yard pass to John Poss and Glynn Lindsey's conversion with less than three minutes to play lifted TEXAS A&M over Rice 14-13.
Houston, one of the season's major disappointments until it upset Mississippi last week, stunned Kentucky 38-21 as Quarterback Bo Burris threw for three second-half touchdowns. The Cougars intercepted five passes, including two by Gus Hollomon that set up touchdowns. LAMAR TECH clipped West Texas State 21-14, and MEMPHIS STATE shattered North Texas State 28-0.
1. USC (6-1-1)
2. UCLA (6-1-1)
3. WASHINGTON STATE (7-2)
It is not only the Rose Bowl, or who is best on the Pacific Coast that will be decided this weekend, but which Los Angeles team is better. While UCLA's remarkable Gary Be-ban was running and passing Stanford silly, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA methodically and willfully took apart suffering Pitt 28-0. With UCLA scouts looking on hopefully, Coach Johnny McKay was not about to show them anything new. What they saw was the same old Trojan firepower—slithery Mike Garrett rummaging through the defenseless Panthers 26 times for 156 yards and three touchdowns, running back four punts for 49 yards and catching one bitty swing pass for a mere three. "That Garrett," said Pitt's admiring John Michelosen, "is incredible. He's quick, picks a hole, darts to daylight and is so difficult to hem up."
Washington State's gutsy Cougars finally ran out of miracles. Down 7-0 to ARIZONA STATE, they scored with two minutes to go after recovering a fumble on the five. Quarterback Tom Roth, naturally, went for two points, with a pass to Ammon McWashington, and made it. But the officials ruled State had taken too long to get the play off, and Roth had to try again. This time the charging Sun Devils dropped him on the 10-yard line. The score: 7-6.
Oregon State seemingly had WASHINGTON in a bind. The Beavers had wrecked the Huskies' passing game by double-teaming their star receiver, Dave Williams, and they led 21-14 at half time. Then Washington went back to its old-style tough, grinding game. Ron Medved and Don Moore crunched over for touchdowns, and the Huskies pulled the game out 28-21. CALIFORNIA, wallowing in the mud with Oregon at Portland, smothered the Ducks 24-0.
Records fell like wounded Falcons when AIR FORCE Quarterback Paul Stein went to work on Arizona. Stein completed 11 passes for four touchdowns and set an Air Force season's mark of 1,291 yards while Halfback Bill Manning became the first Cadet to catch three touchdown throws in a game. More to the point, the Falcons won 34-7.
It was a hard weekend all over for Western AC teams. COLORADO STATE picked off five Brigham Young passes and whipped the Cougars 36-22, NEW MEXICO STATE overpowered New Mexico 20-6 and TEXAS WESTERN caught Utah 20-19 on Billy Stevens' 92-yard touchdown pass to End Bob Wallace with 16 seconds to go.
Running this time, Texas Tech's big, versatile Donny Anderson, a one-man offense, blasts through the Baylor line
It was a dark, chill afternoon in Palo Alto, but Gary Beban (above) was as hot as usual when UCLA whipped Stanford 30-13. The resourceful sophomore, already considered by many the best quarterback in the country, ran to two touchdowns and passed for another. His startling Uclans now face off with Southern Cal, winner to go to the Rose Bowl.
Outmanned West Virginia found out, as so many others have done, just how difficult it is to keep Floyd Little (right) of Syracuse out of the end zone. The mercurial halfback, a master at using his blockers, scored four times, once on a twisty 61-yard run, raising his season's bag of touchdowns to 17. The Orangemen won easily at Morgantown 41-19.
Jim Grabowski of Illinois, who sets Big Ten records every time he carries the ball, powers into Wisconsin's defense.
BEST OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Sophomore Quarterback Kim King's left-handed passes ruined Virginia 42-19 and shot Georgia Tech into the Gator Bowl. Completing 21 of 30 tosses for 319 yards and two touchdowns, King set four Tech records.
THE LINEMAN: Gene Washington, a Big Ten and NCAA hurdles champion, caught three touchdown passes and revived Michigan State. The Spartans scored 17 points in the fourth period to beat Indiana and win a Rose Bowl bid.
THE 15 HARDEST PICKS
MICHIGAN STATE OVER NOTRE DAME
After fierce head-knocking, a plus for State defense.
OHIO STATE OVER MICHIGAN
Hayes's Buckeyes are fighting for second place.
PRINCETON OVER DARTMOUTH
The classier Tigers will win a high-scoring bat lie.
HARVARD OVER YALE
The Crimson cannot pass, but it runs well—and defends better.
SYRACUSE OVER BOSTON COLLEGE
The Orange wakes up against natural foes, like BC.
TENNESSEE OVER KENTUCKY
With Norton out, the Wildcats will be hard pressed to score.
NORTH CAROLINA OVER DUKE
The Tar Heels have Talbott, Duke has only fond memories.
CLEMSON OVER SOUTH CAROLINA
With the ACC title in sight, the Tigers will not falter.
VIRGINIA OVER MARYLAND
The Terps get caught again by a better passing game.
ARKANSAS OVER TEXAS TECH
But the quick Hogs have a quick, passing team to beat.
SMU OVER BAYLOR
Even losing, the Mustangs have looked stronger than the Bears.
USC OVER UCLA
The Trojans have an answer for Prothro's trickery—Garrett's running.
CALIFORNIA OVER STANFORD
A tougher Schedule has prepared the Bears for the big one.
WASHINGTON OVER WASHINGTON STATE
The blush is off the bloom for State.
OREGON STATE OVER OREGON
Two good passers are better than the one Oregon has.
LAST WEEK'S PREDICTIONS
8 RIGHT, 7 WRONG
SEASONS RECORD: 79-51-5