1. MICHIGAN STATE (5-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (4-0)
3. NEBRASKA (5-0)
Michigan State's Duffy Daugherty, quipping fast and furious the afternoon before the Ohio State game in Columbus, stood out in sharp contrast to Ohio State's Woody Hayes, who was as grim as his offense. OSU had lost its last two games, and had never dropped three in a row under Hayes. The next day, as rain poured on 84,282 in Ohio Stadium, the two States went at each other like Army halftracks. The Bucks, although not as famous as the Spartans' ponderous Bubba Smith, George Webster and friends, held their own for three quarters and even went ahead 8-3 when Quarterback Bill Long floated a 47-yard pass to Split End Billy Anders. But Michigan State, with Quarterback Jimmy Raye running and throwing, came back strong, moving 82 yards to the Ohio State two. Three times the defense held, but Fullback Bob Apisa finally wriggled over. Then Dick Kenney, faking a kick, flipped a two-point pass to Charley Wedemeyer, his holder, to give Michigan State an 11-8 lead. The Bucks fought back to the MSU 24 with 2:27 to go, but Drake Garrett picked off a pass on the 11, saving the day—and maybe the Big Ten title—for Michigan State. Daugherty was even runnier after the game.
Purdue is next for unbeaten Michigan State, and the Boilermakers almost did not survive their tussle with Michigan. The Wolverines had Purdue down 21-14 when they began to bumble. Rick Sygar picked up a punt on his one-yard line and was nailed for a safety. Then Purdue Linebacker Frank Burke blocked a Michigan punt and grabbed it in the end zone to put this team ahead 22-21. That is the way it ended after Michigan's Dick Vidmer fumbled on the Purdue one. ILLINOIS beat Indiana 24-10, MINNESOTA whipped Iowa 17-0 on Tackle Ed Duren's 95-yard run with a blocked pass and NORTHWESTERN and WISCONSIN played to a 3-3 tie.
Notre Dame's Terry Hanratty came up with a sore arm, and that gave Coach Ara Parseghian a chance to give his runners some exercise against North Carolina. Hanratty managed one touchdown pass to playmate Jim Seymour, but it was Nick Eddy and Larry Conjar who bashed the Tar Heels into submission 32-0.
Heading for a showdown in the Big Eight, NEBRASKA'S Bob Devaney was still not happy with his Huskers' offense, even after a 21-10 win over scrappy Kansas State. MISSOURI'S Dan Devine, hoping to get more dash in his backfield, tried an I instead of his traditional wing-T against Oklahoma State. It was scarcely devastating, as Mizzou won 7-0. COLORADO had one of its good days, walloping Iowa State 41-21. But OKLAHOMA, the team that everybody fears, looked better than ever in mashing Kansas 35-0. Even Jayhawk Coach Jack Mitchell marvelled: "That quickness. I can't get over it."
In the Mid-American, MIAMI of Ohio won its fifth straight, over Marshall 12-0, while BOWLING GREEN edged Toledo 14-13, WESTERN MICHIGAN beat Kent State 23-20 and surprising OHIO U. took Xavier 24-10. TULSA outscored North Texas State 30-27, while DAYTON smothered Buffalo 13-3.
1. ARMY (4-1)
2. SYRACUSE (3-2)
3. DARTMOUTH (3-1)
After a poor start SYRACUSE was beginning to look like the team everybody thought it should be. Coach Ben Schwartzwalder kept frustrated Boston College off-balance by crashing his linebackers, and BC's air game never took flight. Meanwhile Quarterback Rick Cassata, who came in when sophomore Jim Del Gaizo got the shakes, scored on a 20-yard run, 230-pound Fullback Larry Csonka smashed inside for 119 yards and Floyd Little slipped away for 73 yards and two touchdowns as the Orange won their third straight 30-0.
Should anybody wonder, there is compassion among college coaches. Pitt's Dave Hart, who was a Navy assistant last year, was forced to watch NAVY Quarterback John Cartwright throw a 57-yard pass to Rob Taylor for a score and run over for another. The alert Middies also intercepted five of his poor Panthers' errant passes. With the score 24-7, Navy's Bill Elias called off his regulars. "You don't roll it up on your friends," he explained.
Army may have expected it would have to be equally merciful with Rutgers. It shouldn't have. The Cadets eked out two touchdowns on sneaks by Quarterbacks Steve Lindell and Jim O'Toole after Rutgers fumbles and then spent the rest of an anxious afternoon fighting off the stubborn Scarlet. They felt lucky to win 14-9.
Dartmouth crushed Brown 49-14, but now the Indians have to go up against the menfolk in the Ivy League, HARVARD, next week's opponent, whipped Cornell 21-0. The Crimson linemen blocked crisply and defended tenaciously, Quarterback Rick Zimmerman threw two touchdown passes and stubby sophomore Vic Gatto crazy-legged it 61 yards for a third score, YALE, too, looked good. No. 2 Quarterback Pete Doherty outpitched Columbia's Marty Domres five touchdown passes to three for an Ivy record, as the Elis won 44-21. But COLGATE took Princeton 7-0, while BUCKNELL humiliated Penn 28-21.
Among the small independents, HOLY CROSS rallied to overtake Boston U. 17-14, and VILLANOVA beat Delaware 16-14.
1. ALABAMA (4-0)
2. GEORGIA TECH (5-0)
3. FLORIDA (5-0)
Alabama (page 22) was not the only unbeaten team in the South that found things sticky. GEORGIA TECH'S speedy backs were going nowhere on Birmingham's soggy Legion Field as Auburn led 3-0 in the third quarter. Then Bunky Henry kicked a 26-yard field goal, Kim King sprinted over from the four and Tailback Jimmy Brown ran back a punt 59 yards. Tech won 17-3, and now Bobby Dodd can see a bowl in Tech's future.
Florida was in trouble, too, against North Carolina State. The Wolfpack put a big rush on Steve Spurrier and had the Gators 10-3 before Florida got going. Tailback Larry Smith slashed away at State until he scored from the one, and then, with 3:07 to go, Flanker Richard Trapp got free on a stop-and-go pattern, grabbed a 31-yard pass from Spurrier and Florida squeaked by 17-10. Georgia, however, suffered its first loss. After a dull first half MIAMI'S determined defense began swarming over Bulldog Quarterback Kirby Moore. The Hurricanes won 7-6 on Doug McGee's one-yard plunge and Ray Harris' placement. Moore was impressed. "They stopped us outside," he explained, "and then their big linemen started blocking my passes. They didn't leave me many places to go."
LSU, for all its troubles, was still in the SEC race. Sub Tailback Tommy Allen came in to run Kentucky's skimpy flanks ragged and score twice in a 30-0 victory. MISSISSIPPI pulled itself together in the last quarter to take tough Southern Mississippi 14-7, but Vanderbilt lost to independent VIRGINIA TECH 21-6.
Duke had CLEMSON licked 6-3 until little Jimmy Addison threw a 25-yard pass to Phil Rodgers in the final minutes to edge the Blue Devils 9-6. That put Clemson in the ACC lead, along with MARYLAND, a 28-9 winner over West Virginia. VIRGINIA out-scored VMI 38-27 as Quarterback Bob Davis passed for four touchdowns and piled up 301 yards in total offense. South Carolina, however, lost to WAKE FOREST 10-6.
Louisville's Benny Russell had the kind of game that Louisville quarterbacks ever since Johnny Unitas have dreamed about. In fact he broke Unitas' passing record, throwing for 330 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for two more as the Cards trounced Drake 66-26. TULANE was 4-1 after holding off Cincinnati 28-21 on the good running of Bobby Duhon and Pete Johns.
1. BAYLOR (3-1)
2. ARKANSAS (4-1)
3. SMU (3-1)
Call it nonbrilliance, call it a fiasco, maybe, but don't call it unexciting. Both Texas and ARKANSAS lost three key men on injuries, lost the ball three times on fumbles and twice on pass interceptions and, perhaps, lost a few football purists as the Hogs won 12-7. Martin Bercher's 49-yard punt return set up Jon Brittenum's winning touchdown pass to Tommy Burnett.
At Dallas, heroic doings by End Jerry Levias in the final minutes kept strong SMU rolling 28-24 over Rice. The winning score came with nine seconds left, giving the Owls, who lost to UCLA last week in the final seven seconds, this year's Dick Nixon award. TEXAS A&M, the SWC surprise of the year, led the league after a 35-7 victory over TCU. Sophomore Edd Hargett missed freshman ball because of a knee operation, but had 15 completions for 309 yards and two touchdowns. Texas Tech was thrashed by the four-touchdown performance of Jim Mankins and lost to FLORIDA STATE 42-33.
Houston's 11 previous scores had come on 10 passes and a punt return. However, against Mississippi State on the artificial grass of the Astrodome, the Cougars went with four yards and a cloud of Chemstrand, scored thrice on the ground to win 28-0. Billy Stevens passed for five touchdowns in TEXAS WESTERN'S 68-21 rout of Arlington State, and WEST TEXAS STATE beat Richmond 41-7.
1. UCLA (5-0)
2. USC (5-0)
3. WYOMING (5-0)
For an entire year Stanford had pointed for use, but in the end the waiting was pointless. The first two times the Trojans got the ball they scored. Troy Winslow passed seven yards to Rod Sherman for one touchdown, and Don McCall crashed over from the one for the other. Before half time Winslow had thrown to Ron Drake for a third score, and Stanford was down 21-0. The Indian defense stiffened in the second half but too late, as USC won 21-7. "Better than last year," was losing coach John Ralston's estimation of the Trojans.
Penn State Coach Joe Paterno, said the same thing, but of UCLA, after the talented Bruins had taken his young Lions apart 49-11 in a gross mismatch. UCLA paraded for 31 first downs and 533 yards running and passing, Gary Beban and Mel Farr each scored twice and the game was over almost before it began. "It's as good as any team I've seen," said Paterno—and he has been clobbered by No. 1-ranked Michigan State.
The other AAWU teams were plodders by comparison. Washington, sitting pretty with a 14-0 half-time lead over CALIFORNIA, suddenly had the chair pulled out from under it. Cal's Barry Bronk passed to Jerry Bradley for two touchdowns, Dan Sinclair kicked a 33-yard field goal, Frank Lynch scored from the one and the Bears won 24-20. OREGON shocked Air Force 17-6 as Ken Klein ran back an intercepted pass 99 yards, while OREGON STATE beat Idaho 14-7. But Washington State lost to UTAH 26-15.
The season is only half over, but already unbeaten WYOMING has clinched a share of the Western AC title. The Cowboys broke Quarterback Randy Egloff loose for 71 yards on the first play against New Mexico, Jerry DePoyster kicked three more field goals and Wyoming coasted to a 37-7 win. Brigham Young, Wyoming's closest rival, was upset by ARIZONA STATE 10-7.
New Mexico State, with Jim Pohl piling up 76 yards and four touchdowns, trounced Wichita State 45-17, while COLORADO STATE added one more insult to Utah State's win-less season, a 10-7 defeat.
BEST OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: After a woeful first half Kenny Stabler of Alabama plunged for a touchdown, completed a two-point conversion pass, then ran and passed The Tide into position for the field goal that beat Tennessee 11-10.
THE LINEMAN: In the last seven minutes of SMU's 28-24 thriller over Rice, Mustang End Jerry Levias threw a 47-yard touchdown pass, then ran 10 yards on a fake field-goal try to set up his own five-yard scoring catch.