1. MICHIGAN STATE (4-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (3-0)
3. NEBRASKA (4-0)
While Michigan State was overwhelming Michigan, Ohio State, a blue-chip preseason challenger, went after ILLINOIS with dusty, ball-control diligence. Gary Cairns kicked three field goals, one for 55 yards and a Big Ten record, and the Bucks led 9-3 going into the last quarter. Then, with Illinois on its own 26, second and 30 and going nowhere, Coach Pete Elliott sent in a play—a slant-in pass from sophomore Quarterback Bob Naponic to Split End John Wright. It worked for 41 yards. Four plays later Naponic sneaked over from the one, Jim Stotz kicked the extra point and the Illini upset the plodding Bucks 10-9.
That left PURDUE with the best chance to catch Michigan State, and the Boilermakers polished up their game with a 35-0 win over Iowa. Bob Griese got them going with a 40-yard touchdown pass to Jim Bierne on the very first play, completed 16 of 24 for 215 yards and kicked five extra points. MINNESOTA and INDIANA played to a 7-7 tie, but Wisconsin ran into NEBRASKA and came away shattered, 31-3.
October 16, 1966
Army never had a chance against NOTRE DAME. The brave Cadets blitzed, stunted and stood on their heads, but Quarterback Terry Hanratty, protected by his huge pass-blockers, completed 11 passes, eight to fellow sophomore Jim Seymour, before he sat down with the Irish ahead 35-0. After that, Coach Ara Parseghian mercifully turned the game over to his reserves and Army held them scoreless.
Strange things were going on in the Big Eight. MISSOURI trouncing Kansas State 27-0 was routine, but IOWA STATE trotted out a scrawny 5-foot-5, 130-pound sandlot soccer player who had kicked his first football only eight days earlier to help it beat Kansas 24-7. Dave Spealler, dressed in helmet, shoulder pads, jersey and gym shorts, booted a 36-yard field goal and an extra point. OKLAHOMA STATE upset Colorado 11-10 when Quarterback Ronnie Johnson took the Cowboys 78 yards in the last four minutes, passing to End Tony Sellari for two points after Fullback Jack Reynolds crashed over from the one.
Miami of Ohio, a 7-0 winner over Kent State, was in charge of the Mid-American after WESTERN MICHIGAN surprised Bowling Green 16-14 and OHIO U. beat Toledo 21-6. TULSA took Colorado State 20-6 as Glenn Dobbs III pitched three touchdown passes.
1. ARMY (3-1)
2. SYRACUSE (2-2)
3. PENN STATE (2-2)
Syracuse's Ben Schwartzwalder was saying the night before the Navy game, "We were so bad that I was even afraid to tell my wife." But that was before he began making some changes. Last Saturday Syracuse stacked its linebackers instead of gapping them—that stopped Navy's runners—and shifted from the crooked I into a T with a split end and flanker. There was even a flashy reverse pass, with sophomore Quarterback Jim Del Gaizo, who started it, taking a nine-yard toss from Flanker Terry Roe, a converted linebacker, for a touchdown. There were some anxious moments, though, when the Orange lost Floyd Little with a twisted ankle on the fifth play and Navy Quarterback John Cartwright floated two neat scoring passes to Terry Murray. But big Fullback Larry Csonka smashed the tender Middie middle for 135 yards and two touchdowns and Syracuse won 28-14.
Penn state's Joe Paterno made some switches, too. He moved Tom Sherman over from the defense to replace Jack White at quarterback and junked his I for a wing T. Despite the regrouping, Quarterback Joe Marzetti of Boston College had the Eagles a head 15-8. Then Sherman, who had already passed 49 yards to End Ted Kwalick for a touchdown, threw to Kwalick for another, and the Lions went on to win 30-21.
All season long PITT'S Dave Hart had fretted while his Panthers bumbled and stumbled. They were up to their old tricks against West Virginia, fumbling away two scores, one on a 56-yard run by Halfback Garrett Ford. Then the Mountaineers fumbled, Pitt's Howard Heit kicked a 25-yard field goal and the Panthers won 17-14 on Joe Jones' four-yard run. "It's a refreshing change," said Hart gratefully.
Dartmouth's worries in the Ivy League, it seems, are still to come. The Indians, once Quarterback Mickey Beard got them going, had no trouble knocking off Princeton 31-13, but CORNELL, HARVARD and VALE all looked good enough to test them. Unbeaten Cornell whipped Penn 45-28. Harvard's good backs—Rick Zimmerman, Bobby Leo, Vic Gatto and Tom Choquette—rolled over Columbia 34-7 and Yale beat Brown 24-0.
Holy cross, on the way up, held off COL-GATE for a 14-14 tie while BOSTON U. took Buffalo 26-16 and RUTGERS routed Lehigh 42-14. But no team anywhere matched TEMPLE. The Owls ran all over Bucknell 82-28 as Quarterback John Waller threw six touchdown passes, five to End Jim Callahan.
1. ALABAMA (3-0)
2. GEORGIA TECH (4-0)
3. FLORIDA (4-0)
What was supposed to be a duel of runners and passers between GEORGIA TECH and Tennessee, both unbeaten, ended as a fierce defensive battle. Vol Linebacker Paul Naumhoff personally neutralized Tech's Lenny Snow, and a swarming Georgia Tech defense picked off three of Dewey Warren's passes. That left it up to the kickers. Tech's Bunky Henry kicked two field goals, from 22 and 41 yards, Tennessee's Gary Wright got one and Georgia Tech won 6-3.
"We got two chances," said Clemson's Frank Howard before his team played ALABAMA, "poor and slim." Actually, he had none. By the middle of the third quarter, 'Bama's tough little linemen had picked the Tigers clean and lefty Kenny Stabler had passed and run the Tide to a 23-0 lead. Then kindly Bear Bryant let up on his old pal Howard, and Alabama coasted 26-0.
Florida was still unbeaten, too, but barely. Steve Spurrier wrecked Florida State's secondary with three touchdown passes, the last a 41-yard shot to Larry Smith that put the Gators ahead 22-19. Then, with 17 seconds to go, FSU Flanker Lane Fenner made a falling catch of Gary Pajcic's pass in the end zone, but an official ruled it out of bounds. "A damned tragedy," fumed Florida State's Bill Peterson, and next day it was even more of a tragedy. Pictures in Florida newspapers clearly showed Fenner's feet in bounds as he caught the ball.
Georgia sent Fullback Ronnie Jenkins up the middle for 46 yards and the game's only touchdown in a 9-3 victory over Mississippi. TULANE put down Virginia 20-6, and AUBURN defeated Wake Forest 14-6, but other SEC teams had worse luck, LSU was tied 7-7 by TEXAS A&M while VIRGINIA TECH upset Kentucky 7-0 and SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI shocked Mississippi State 10-9.
It was a great day for underdogs in the ACC. MARYLAND surprised Duke 21-19, and SOUTH CAROLINA finally won for Coach Paul Dietzel, beating North Carolina State 31-21 on a 98-yard punt return by Bobby Bryant and a 43-yard run by Ben Galloway.
1. UCLA (4-0)
2. USC (4-0)
3. WYOMING (4-0)
To go for a win or settle for a tie? That was the question when Washington, behind 17-14, found itself with a first down on the USC four and 1:53 to go. The Trojans' tough defense had shut off Washington's running game, holding the Huskies to a mere 54 yards, but Quarterback Tom Sparlin had completed 14 passes, 11 to Halfback Jim Cope for 195 yards and two touchdowns. So Coach Jim Owens disdained the field goal and ordered Sparlin to throw. He did, four times, without success, and USC took the game. "If we had it to do over again," admitted Owens, "we might have run."
Aside from USC and UCLA, there was hardly another worthy AAWU challenger in sight. Stanford, which might have been, was upset by OREGON 7-3 when the Ducks' previously feathery defense turned firm. California found SAN JOSE STATE Quarterback Danny Holman too hot to handle as he beat the shocked Bears 24-0. Oregon State lost to NORTHWESTERN 14-6. WASHINGTON STATE beat Arizona State 24-15.
Wyoming, still smarting from last year's 42-3 waxing, got Utah in Laramie this time, and Specialist Jerry DePoyster gave the unsuspecting Redskins a lesson in the art of field-goal kicking. He booted two for 54 yards (a WAC record), one for 52 and, just for kicks, a little old 21-yarder as the Cowboys pounded Utah 40-7. BRIGHAM YOUNG had it as easy, whipping Utah State 27-7 on Quarterback Virgil Carter's four touchdown passes. ARIZONA'S Mark Reed equaled that feat in a 36-15 lambasting of New Mexico, while NEW MEXICO STATE beat Pacific 49-23. AIR FORCE shelled Hawaii 54-0.
1. BAYLOR (3-1)
2. ARKANSAS (3-1)
3. SMU (2-1)
The way to beat Arkansas, Coach John Bridgers kept telling his BAYLOR players, was to get the best of them at their own game. Don't fumble, don't throw any interceptions, don't make any kicking errors and be quick on defense. Easier said than done, but Baylor played it Bridgers' way on a rainy day in Fayetteville and sloshed out a 7-0 upset. The Bears stopped Arkansas drives on their 18-, 6-, 28- and 15-yard lines and then took advantage of the biggest Arkansas bobble in years—a fourth-down snapback that soared over the punter's head in the fourth quarter. Four plays later cool Baylor Quarterback Terry Southall shot a 21-yard pass into Bobby Green's arms as he sailed across the Hogs' goal.
After eight long years of suffering, OKLAHOMA finally won that combination football game and riot known as "the Texas-OU game" 18-9. Place-kicker Mike Vachon, a Texan, booted field goals of 31, 43, 20 and 41 yards, and 160-pound Quarterback Bob Warmack kept pressure on the Texas defense with running and passing as the fading Longhorns, with Star Back Bill Bradley on the sidelines because of a knee injury, showed little offensive punch. Coach Jim Mackenzie's Sooners had another plus—Texas Rose, a young female who kept breaking into a Norman, Okla. radio program to ridicule the Sooners. She was, of course, a plant. With Mackenzie's approval, Coed Mary Martha Nelson, Oklahoma's Junior Miss of 1963, ragged his team to the win.
UCLA almost needed a hoax of its own to avoid a third big upset in the Southwest. Undermanned Rice ignored the press clippings of Gary Beban and Mel Fair and built a 24-16 lead over the Bruins with just four minutes left. But then sophomore Quarterback Robby Shelton, a Rice hero all night who ran for 164 yards and passed for 110, fumbled twice. After the first one, Beban passed 33 yards to Hal Busby for a touchdown, and after the second, Kurt Zimmerman kicked a 17-yard field goal with just seven seconds left for a 27-24 victory.
Field goals were also the difference in Fort Worth where TCU'S Bruce Alford Jr. kicked a couple, from 39 and 23 yards, enabling the Frogs to defeat Texas Tech 6-3. The Red Raiders' Ken Vinyard kicked a 55-yarder, the longest in conference history, TEXAS WESTERN beat West Texas State 9-3.
BEST OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: San Jose State's skinny quarterback, Danny Holman (6 feet 2, 159 pounds), the nation's leading passer, completed 20 of 37 aerials for 216 yards and two touchdowns as his surprising team whipped California 24-0.
THE LINEMAN: Baylor Guard Greg Pipes made five unassisted tackles, batted down two of Jon Brittenum's passes and generally led Arkansas a miserable chase as the Bears stymied repeated drives to score an upset, 7-0.