1. ARMY (5-1)
2. SYRACUSE (4-2)
3. HARVARD (5-0)
The Ivy League race is not over yet—but don't try to tell that to a Harvard man after the Crimson's stirring win over Dartmouth. The Harvards, however, still must play PRINCETON and Yale. The Tigers, with all their good backs healthy again, trounced Penn 30-13, while Yale lost to CORNELL 16-14 when the Big Red's Pete Larson ran back a kickoff 99 yards and Pete Zogby kicked a 20-yard field goal. Brown, also on Harvard's future list, went down ingloriously to independent COLGATE 48-7.
Rutgers Coach John Bateman, a sufferer whenever he plays his Alma Mater, had an ulcerous afternoon as his team and Columbia traded touchdowns furiously. With 59 seconds to go, Quarterback Marty Domres' seven-yard pass to Rich Brown put the Lions ahead 34-30. But Quarterback Fred Eckert brought Rutgers back 55 yards in nine plays, the last a seven-yard pass to Jack Emmer with 14 seconds left for a 37-34 win. "Thank God for the offense!" said Bateman.
October 31, 1966
Plucky Holy Cross threw a scare into SYRACUSE, holding the Orange scoreless in the first half and confining Floyd Little to only 34 yards rushing in the game (but he scored twice). But Quarterback Rick Cassata picked the Crusaders apart with neat little passes and option runs in the second half, and Fullback Larry Csonka battered their line for 166 yards. Dave Casmay and Terry Roe ran back pass interceptions for touchdowns, and eventually weary Holy Cross succumbed 28-6. "They wouldn't let us do a lot of things," complained Syracuse's Ben Schwartzwalder.
Army had it easier beating Pitt, 28-0. When the Panthers tried to get through the Army middle, they ran into Linebacker Townsend Clarke. And when they attacked the flanks, Ends Bud Neswiacheny and Dave Rivers contained them. Meanwhile Army Quarterback Steve Lindell ran the option for 49 yards, threw two touchdown passes and kicked two field goals and two extra points, NAVY was on the go again, too, against William & Mary. Quarterback John Cartwright passed for three touchdowns, two by sophomore End Mike Clark, as the Middies won 21-0.
Boston College, still having its troubles, barely made it past Buffalo 22-21 on Paul Delia Villa's second touchdown, a 55-yard pass from Quarterback Joe Marzetti, and Marzetti's two-point pass. MASSACHUSETTS tumbled Boston U. 12-7, while VILLANOVA rallied to take West Chester State 15-0.
1. NOTRE DAME (5-0)
2. MICHIGAN STATE (6-0)
3. NEBRASKA (6-0)
It was a battle of the unbeatens—NOTRE DAME and Oklahoma—but not for long. By the middle of the second quarter the Sooners were hopelessly out of the game and the national rankings. The big Notre Dame defensive line shut them off with a mere 39 yards, 27 of which came on the last three plays against the subs, and the offense did the rest. Quarterback Terry Hanratty ran for a touchdown and spread Oklahoma with his deft passes, even after End Jim Seymour left with an ankle injury. Larry Conjar slashed inside for 51 yards, and Nick Eddy scored twice on short thrusts as the Irish won 38-0. "I thought for sure we were playing the Green Bay Packers," said Sooner Linebacker Harry Hettmannsperger.
Purdue was supposed to test MICHIGAN STATE, too, but the Boilermakers, who may get to the Rose Bowl anyway, were also outclassed 41-20. Coach Duffy Daugherty's team was loose and ready. "We had a little gimmick," Duffy explained. "One night before practice the coaching staff got together in a huddle and chanted, 'We're No. 2, we're No. 2.' I think it took the pressure off." Big Bubba Smith, George Webster and the other celebrated Spartans put a madding rush on Purdue's Bob Griese and MSU opened up a 28-0 lead early in the third quarter. Quarterback Jimmy Raye scored on a 16-yard run and threw a touchdown pass. Fullback Bob Apisa went over for three scores and Michigan State coasted. Did Purdue's Jack Mollenkopf mind when Daugherty kept his first string in after the 35th point? "I think what he said was the hell with poor old Jack," said Mollenkopf sadly.
Illinois, which shares second with Purdue in the Big Ten, got clipped by STANFORD 6-3, but what may be the best of the rest—MICHIGAN and OHIO STATE—finally came alive. After three weeks of utter frustration, Michigan blasted Minnesota 49-0 to win the battered Little Brown Jug. Quarterback Dick Vidmer threw like a pro (15 for 19), Jack Clancy caught like one and the Wolverines had it easy. Scoring came harder for Ohio State, another three-time loser, before it finally managed to mash Wisconsin 24-13. Iowa lost its 16th straight in the conference, to NORTHWESTERN, 24-15.
It was almost all over for NEBRASKA in the Big Eight. Husky Wilmer Cooks, bashing inside, quick Dan Kelly, striking outside, and the other Buffs had cracked the Huskers' defense for 252 yards in the first half and Colorado led Nebraska 19-7 in the last quarter. Then Quarterback Bob Churchich took over. He flipped his second scoring pass to Dennis Morrison, completed five in a row to set up Pete Tatman's dive from the two with 43 seconds to go and the Huskers won 21-19.
The other Big Eight contenders hardly looked ominous. MISSOURI tied IOWA STATE 10-10 on Chuck Weber's leaping touchdown catch in the closing minutes. OKLAHOMA STATE edged Kansas 10-7 on Craig Kessler's 38-yard field goal.
Miami of Ohio stood tall at the top of the Mid-American after Quarterback Bruce Matte ran and passed for three scores in a 33-13 route of upstart Ohio U. WESTERN MICHIGAN edged Toledo 14-13 to take second place while Bowling Green, regarded as Miami's most likely challenger, was upset by KENT STATE 35-12.
1. ALABAMA (5-0)
2. GEORGIA TECH (6-0)
3. FLORIDA (6-0)
About the best Vanderbilt could hope for when it played ALABAMA was to survive. It did, barely. The game was only three plays old when 'Bama's Bobby Johns picked off a Vandy pass and ran it back 40 yards for a touchdown. The Crimson Tide just rolled on and on, until merciful Bear Bryant called it quits with the score 42-6. How good was Alabama in this one? "Well," said Bryant, "we played so many people it was hard to tell."
For all its strength, Alabama was still tied for the SEC lead with unbeaten FLORIDA and GEORGIA. Georgia had a few anxious moments against Kentucky when Quarterback Kirby Moore went out with a sprained ankle in the third quarter. But Defensive Safety Lynn Hughes moved right in and led the Bulldogs to a 27-15 victory. LSU tried everything against Florida's Steve Spurrier. They rushed him. dropped off on his receivers, double-teamed Flanker Dick Trapp. his favorite catcher, and still Spurrier completed 17 of 25 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns as the Gators won 28-7. "He was great," said Coach Ray Graves. "I'm running out of new ways to describe him."
For the first time in years Tulane had GEORGIA lien's Bobby Dodd worried. He had lost Quarterback Kim King with a broken right wrist and a cracked rib. and the surging Green Wave, behind 21-10, was on the Tech seven. Then the defense took over. Halfback Bill Eastman intercepted a pass and raced it back 99 yards for a touchdown. Minutes later Tech's "Wrecker." Giles Smith, picked off another Tulane pass and returned it 40 yards for a score. Georgia Tech won 35-17.
Tennessee was in trouble, too, against South Carolina. The underdog Gamecocks got off to an 11-0 lead before Quarterback Dewey Warren warmed up. He pitched two touchdown passes to Richmond Flowers, scored on a one-yard plunge and the Vols pulled it out 29-17. MISSISSIPPI intercepted seven Houston passes and upset the previously unbeaten Cougars 27-6, while AUBURN'S Jimmy Jones kicked an extra point, TCU's Bruce Alford missed for the first time in 66 tries and the Tigers won 7-6. But Mississippi State lost to FLORIDA STATE 10-0 when the Seminoles, who had been riddled for 96 points in four games, suddenly came up with a firm defense.
Miami, down 7-6 to Indiana in a torrential downpour, overtook the Hoosiers 14-7 on David Olivio's four-yard pass to Jim Cox. MEMPHIS STATE stopped Tulsa's aerial act 6-0 with a four-man front and an alternating rush. The shutout was the Hurricanes' first in 54 games, PENN STATE, starting what Coach Joe Paterno grimly called a "new season," smashed West Virginia 38-6 as new Quarterback Tom Sherman completed 15 of 26 passes, ran for a touchdown and kicked three field goals and two extra points. LOUISVILLE'S Benny Russell passed for 213 yards for a school career record in a 35-15 win over Marshall.
The ACC was full of surprises. NORTH CAROLINA STATE whipped Duke 33-7 at Durham—the first time in 35 years—while WAKE FOREST shocked North Carolina 3-0 on Chick George's 40-yard field goal. Virginia, no match for VIRGINIA TECH'S muscle, went down 24-7. In the Southern Conference. GEORGE WASHINGTON knocked VMI out of the lead 13-0 and EAST CAROLINA moved into it by outscoring The Citadel 27-17. But RICHMOND had the most pleasant afternoon of all. The Spiders, after 19 straight losses. beat Davidson 23-17. Said one Richmond partisan gleefully, "We've won one in a row, and I feel almost undefeated."
1. ARKANSAS (5-1)
2. SMU (4-1)
3. TEXAS A&M (3-2-1)
Texas A&M can keep raising all the hob it wants; the Aggies' SWC probation will keep them out of a bowl game, where it now appears they belong. Edd Hargett ran and passed for two scores as A&M went to a 17-0 lead against Baylor. Then the Aggies intercepted five Terry Southall passes and, keyed by Tackle Maurice Moorman, stopped two deep Baylor drives in the final minutes to win 17-13.
SMU, the only other SWC team unbeaten in league play, is also on probation—making it a good year for the bad. Quarterback Mac White ran fix two touchdowns and passed for one. and Dennis Partee kicked a 39-yard field goal as the Mustangs heat Texas Tech 24-7. At Houston, where Rice almost always surprises TEXAS, the Owls continued to have the kind of season you wouldn't wish on a dog. Trailing 14-6 in the second half, they went to the Longhorn 15-, 21-, and 19-yard lines and never did score again.
For ARKANSAS, the likely Cotton Bowl team, it was a day in which the fullback, who ran only seven times last year and who really is a deep guard, led all ball carriers with 49 yards in four carries. The Hog regulars played 22 minutes, scored four of the first five times they touched the ball, and Arkansas beat Wichita State, 41-0.
Billy Stevens" passing duel with Danny Holman never came off, as TEXAS WESTERN routed San Jose State 35-0. WEST TEXAS STATE beat New Mexico State 17-14, and NORTH TEXAS unveiled a brand-new arm, Corkey Boland's. He hit 28 of 43 passes for 398 yards and four touchdowns in a 53-6 win over Southern Illinois.
1. UCLA (6-0)
2. USC (6-0)
3. WYOMING (6-0)
The only difference between use and Clemson, insisted Coach Frank Howard after his Tigers had been clawed nearly to death by the Trojans, 30-0, was "our plays didn't go quite as far." USC's biggest one was a 74-yard punt return by spindly-legged Mike Battle. While Tackle Rudy May led a smothering defense that held Clemson to 33 yards rushing, USC's quick backs smashed the Tigers for 449 yards in total offense. "Thank God we don't play them tomorrow," said Howard. "We play Disneyland. That's more our kind of game."
UCLA'S Gary Beban, keeping his cool against California, passed sparingly but often enough to get two touchdowns, Mel Farr ran for 70 yards and scored twice, and the Bruins were enjoying a nice afternoon outing when Cal's Barry Bronk began winging the ball around in the fourth quarter. Surprised UCLA had to be content with a 28-15 victory.
The week began badly for WASHINGTON. First sophomore Halfback Jim Cope came down with mononucleosis, then Don Moore, the league's leading rusher, was dropped for breaking training. To make matters worse. Oregon took a 7-3 lead last Saturday. But the Huskies recovered nicely, got the ball on the Oregon three on a fumble and scored on Quarterback Don Sparlin's rush for a 10-7 win. WASHINGTON STATE turned two Idaho fumbles into second-half touchdowns to beat the Vandals 14-7. OREGON STATE made it a perfect week for AAWU teams against outsiders, squeaking past Arizona State 18-17 on Pete Pifer's one-yard plunge.
There is just no stopping WYOMING. When the deep Cowboys sputtered under No. 1 Quarterback Randy Egloff" against Utah State, in came Chuck Shelton to get them going. Wyoming won 35-10. BRIGHAM YOUNG and UTAH—still hoping to catch the Cowboys in the Western AC—both won, the Cougars over New Mexico 33-6 and the Utes over Arizona 24-19. COLORADO STATE, which wants to get into the WAC, helped itself to its biggest win under Coach Mike Lude as Halfback Oscar Reed scored four times to lead the Rams past Air Force 41-21.
BEST OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Richmond had the nation's longest losing streak (19 games), but Halfback Larry Zurich fixed all that. He carried 36 times for 239 yards (a Southern Conference record) and two scores as the Spiders beat Davidson 23-17
THE LINEMAN: In Michigan's 49-0 rout of Minnesota, Split End Jack Clancy held onto the No. 1 spot among pass receivers. He caught 10 for 168 yards and two touchdowns—his first of the season—and has 50 catches for the year.