1. UCLA (9-1)
2. USC (7-2)
3. WYOMING (9-1)
All week long Angelenos brooded over UCLA'S bad luck. Quarterback Gary Beban was out with a broken ankle, and Norman Dow, his senior substitute, had had almost no varsity experience. But while USC backers got themselves in the proper frame of mind for the Rose Bowl, Coach Tommy Prothro built up the nervous Dow's confidence by telling him, "If we win, boy, you're the toast of the town." Last Saturday night he was. Handling his team flawlessly, passing sparingly but prodding USC off-balance with his skittish running, Dow scored on a five-yard dash and handed off to Cornell Champion on a 21-yard bolt through tackle for another score. The Bruins won 14-7 but USC, the AAWU champion with a 4-1 record to UCLA's 3-1, was named to play in Pasadena on Jan. 2. Cradling the game ball in his left arm, Dow insisted, "I'm not a good passer or a good runner. I don't excel at anything." Too bad. He would have looked good in the Rose Bowl.
It did not mean a thing, except to OREGON STATE. The Beavers (7-3) tied UCLA for second by beating Oregon 20-15 as stubby Fullback Pete Pifer rammed for 130 yards to become the first conference player to twice gain more than 1,000 yards in a season. WASHINGTON and STANFORD also salvaged some glory. The Huskies beat Washington State 19-7, while Stanford took California 13-7.
November 28, 1966
The Western AC title belonged to Wyoming, of course, but the competition was still on for places in the standings. ARIZONA STATE rolled over New Mexico 28-7 and can still tie Utah, a 13-7 loser to independent UTAH STATE, for third. ARIZONA surprised Iowa State 27-24 as Quarterback Mark Reed completed 27 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a fourth. But IDAHO'S Ray McDonald had the biggest day—250 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-12 rout of Weber State.
1. ALABAMA (8-0)
2. GEORGIA TECH (9-0)
3. GEORGIA (8-1)
The big teams—unbeaten Alabama and Georgia Tech and once-beaten Georgia and Florida—all rested last week, but that did not deter bowl promoters. They made their matchups anyway, and it is official now: Alabama goes to the Sugar Bowl to meet Nebraska; Georgia to the Cotton Bowl to play either SMU or Arkansas; and Georgia Tech and Florida to the Orange Bowl.
Tennessee (6-3), Mississippi (7-2) and Miami (6-2-1), however, had to earn their: invitations. Quarterback Dewey Warren pitched four touchdown passes, two to Richmond Flowers, to beat Kentucky 28-19 and put Tennessee into the Gator Bowl against: Syracuse (8-2). Ole Miss had it easier. The Rebs turned Halfback Doug Cunningham loose for 19-and 64-yard touchdown runs as they crushed Vanderbilt 34-0. Mississippi will probably play the Southwest runner-up in the Bluebonnet. Miami Quarterbacks Bill Miller and David Olivo passed for three scores, Halfback Joe Mira ran for a couple and the Hurricanes smashed defenseless Iowa 44-0. Then Miami accepted a bid to the Liberty Bowl in Memphis.
West Virginia was no match for SYRACUSE, losing 34-7. The Mountaineers stacked their defenses, using a 7-4 and defying the Orange to pass, and still Larry Csonka and Floyd Little ran through them. Pounding inside, Csonka picked up 145 yards and a touchdown, while Little, hitting outside, got 127 and scored twice. And just to prove that West Virginia's massed defense was a sad mistake, Quarterback Rick Cassata passed I for two touchdowns. "It was just no use," mourned Coach Jim Carlen.
Clemson had bowl hopes, too, before NORTH CAROLINA STATE deflated them. State held the Tigers, who had moved the ball 240 yards while rushing to a 14-7 half-time lead, to a measly 39 in the second half and won 23-14 on three field goals by Harold Deters and Don DeArment's 53-yard run. Now Clemson has to beat or tie South Carolina Saturday to avoid a tie with State for the ACC title.
Virginia Coach George Blackburn, with a week off to prepare for Maryland, changed his style. He put a man in motion on offense and switched to a 4-3 pro defense. The moves paid off. Halfback Frank Quayle roamed through Maryland for 221 yards, Bob Davis ran and passed superbly and Virginia won 41-17. DUKE, wrapped in a close game with North Carolina, scored three times in the last quarter to rout the Tar Heels 41-25.
William & Mary outscored Richmond 35-19 to tie East Carolina, a 35-14 loser to independent SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI, for the Southern Conference championship, while FLORIDA STATE shut out Wake Forest 28-0, MEMPHIS STATE beat Cincinnati 26-14 and LSU held off Tulane 21-7.
1. MICHIGAN STATE (9-0-1)
2. NOTRE DAME (8-0-1)
3. NEBRASKA (9-0)
The big game was in East Lansing (page 22), but PURDUE, which had lost only to Notre Dame and Michigan State and was very happy with its lot as runner-up in the Big Ten, went after poor Indiana as if the national championship hung in the balance. With Quarterback Bob Griese putting on a spectacular show, the Boilermakers pounded the luckless Hoosiers for 525 yards in total offense and 51-6 in points. Then came the official word: the Big Ten had formally voted Purdue into the Rose Bowl for the first time ever. Coach Jack Mollenkopf, enchanted by Griese's performance, declared: "If he doesn't get the Heisman Trophy it's an injustice."
There were some pick-me-ups for other Big Ten also-rans. MICHIGAN'S Bump Elliott had a new wrinkle ready for Ohio State—an I formation, with Carl Ward in the deep spot instead of at flanker—that sprang Jim Detwiler, the other halfback, loose. Before he left in the third quarter with stomach trouble, he slashed for 140 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown run that broke a 3-3 tie. Michigan won 17-3, condemning Woody Hayes to only his second losing season (4-5) in 16 years at Ohio State. WISCONSIN gave Coach Milt Bruhn, who resigned under fire earlier in the week ("if a change will help I'm for it," he said), a 7-6 win over Minnesota as a going-away present. NORTHWESTERN, surprisingly, routed Illinois 35-7.
Minor prizes were all that remained for Big Eight teams. MISSOURI took third place behind champion Nebraska (idle last week) with a 7-0 victory over Kansas, while OKLAHOMA STATE pounded Kansas State 21-6 to finish fourth. COLORADO, the conference runner-up, came from behind to edge Air Force 10-9 on John Farler's field goal, with 5:14 to play.
It was a day for runners in the Mid-American, OHIO U.'S Dick Conley rushed for 275 yards (a MAC record) and four touchdowns, as the Bobcats licked Marshall 28-0 and KENT STATE'S Don Fitzgerald carried 30 times (296 for the season, an NCAA record) for 138 yards, as State beat Xavier 42-14. Toledo lost to DAYTON 20-16, giving the Flyers an 8-2 season, their best since 1942.
Tulsa, which has lived so well by the pass for so long, died by it against LOUISVILLL, as the Cards' Ed Harmon picked one off in the last quarter and ran it back 51 yards to beat the Hurricanes 29-18. WICHITA STATE, however, upset Colorado State 37-23 with its passing game. Quarterback John Eckman completed 27 for 405 yards and three scores, while End Glenn Meltzer caught 16.
1. SYRACUSE (8-2)
2. ARMY (7-2)
3. HARVARD (8-1)
The Ivy League came down to its last week with HARVARD, DARTMOUTH and PRINCETON all tied for the lead, and that is just the way it ended—in a triple tie for the championship. Harvard had the pressure game to win against Yale, and came through handsomely 17-0. While the sturdy Crimson defense held the Elis down, shifty Halfback Bobby Leo plunged a yard for one touchdown, sprinted 52 for another and gained 106 yards in all.
Dartmouth, too strong for game Penn, attacked smartly from Coach Bob Blackman's ingenious and irritating variety of offenses for 413 yards on the ground, most of them by Pete Walton and Jim Menter. But the unpeaceful Quakers' Bill Creeden, passing for 317 yards, made it a ball game before giving in 40-21. Princeton, the only team to conquer Harvard, had its hands full with Cornell. Despite some abject fumbling and bumbling, the Big Red held the Tigers scoreless until the last quarter. Then Tailback Dick Bracken led Princeton on a 51-yard march, covering the last five himself for a 7-0 victory.
The battle was only for last place, but COLUMBIA and Brown struggled furiously before the Lions won the slugfest 40-38. Tailback Jim O'Connor, with 225 yards rushing for an Ivy record and four touchdowns, was the difference.
Beating Pitt this year is like vanquishing a paper tiger, but PENN STATE enjoyed it all the same. Tom Sherman threw three touchdown passes and Bob Campbell broke away for three scores, as the Lions won 48-24 to give Coach Joe Paterno a 5-5 record in his first year. But there are better times ahead for Paterno. Most of this year's varsity will be back in 1967.
Yankee Conference champion Massachusetts came away chastened after losing to BOSTON COLLEGE 14-7. Connecticut, another Yankee hopeful, lost to HOLY CROSS 16-0. COLGATE, with Halfback Marv Hubbard hammering for 194 yards and Quarterback Ron Burton picking up 167 on runs and passes, beat Rutgers 26-7 for its best record (8-1-1) since 1932.
1. SMU (7-2)
2. HOUSTON (7-1)
3. ARKANSAS (8-2)
Arkansas, riding serenely toward a Cotton Bowl appearance, came a serious cropper when lowly TEXAS TECH upset the Hogs 21-16. It was living dangerously, but Tech Coach J. T. King's game plan called for his Raiders to run straight at Arkansas' strength, All-America Tackle Loyd Phillips. "If our Phil Tucker can whip Phillips, we can whip Arkansas." King said bravely. Tucker did, enabling Quarterback John Scovell and Halfback Jerry Lovelace to take unthought-of liberties with the Arkansas defense. More unthinkable was Tackle Gene Darr's grab of the ball just as Arkansas' Jon Brittenum was passing. He returned the interception 20 yards for the winning touchdown.
SMU now is favored to represent the SWC at Dallas come Dec. 31, but the way things have been going, don't bet on it. The Mustangs, despite a 100-yard kickoff return by Jerry Levias and a 21-0 lead, almost went down the drain against Baylor, when Terry Southall, who completed 29 passes for 350 yards, got his team going. It took a Dennis Partee field goal from 20 yards out with 15 seconds left to win for SMU 24-22. The Mustangs now have to beat TCU, losers to RICE 21-10, to take the championship.
Texas Western beat New Mexico State 28-14 on Billy Stevens' three touchdown passes; Hank Washington completed 15 of 20 for 164 yards and a score and ran for 64 more to lead WEST TEXAS STATE past Western Michigan 30-7; NORTH TEXAS STATE'S Corkey Boland threw to John Love for three touchdowns, as the Eagles crushed Chattanooga 42-7.
BEST OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Quarterback Bob Griese did just about everything in Purdue's 51-6 pounding of Indiana. He completed 11 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns scored twice on runs, kicked a field goal and six extra points.
THE LINEMAN: End Mike Roof, an important man in the sturdy UCLA defense that helped smother USC 14-7, was in on eight tackles, deflected a pass and three times dropped Trojan ballcarriers for losses on key third-down plays.