1. ARMY (1-0)
2. SYRACUSE (1-0)
3. NAVY (1-0)
All week long Navy's Bill Elias and Penn State's Joe Paterno had worried about their defenses. "We have our best men on offense," confessed Elias. "We're inexperienced," complained Paterno. Last Saturday, in a wild game at Annapolis, their teams proved how right they were—1,185 yards of proof. Navy amassed 564 yards on passes, runs and kick returns while the Lions gained 621 in all. The two offenses traded touchdowns and field goals back and forth for much of the game, and the Middies seemed lost when Quarterback Tom Sherman's 20-yard touchdown pass to Halfback Bob Campbell and Campbell's two-point run put Penn State ahead 22-17 with 1:44 to play. But Navy Quarterback John Cartwright began throwing little sideline passes and, with 57 seconds left, the Middies were on State's 16-yard line. On the next play, Split End Rob Taylor cut up the middle and was free in the end zone, where Cartwright hit him for a 23-22 Navy win.
When preseason practice began. Army Coach Tom Cahill had two quarterbacks. Then, suddenly, he had none. Second-stringer Jim O'Toole suffered a shoulder separation and Starter Steve Lindell went to the hospital with a gastrointestinal disorder. However, Roger LeDoux, an unheard of sophomore, took over stylishly against Virginia. He completed 10 passes, seven of them simple down-and-outers to Split End Terry Young, and ran for 52 yards. When that was combined with the work of Van Evans, a 5'9" sprinter up from the 150-pound team, who returned a punt 41 yards for a touchdown and scored another on a 24-yard sweep. Army was a winner 26-7.
October 1, 1967
Syracuse, despite a tenacious defense that held Baylor to four yards rushing, staggered on offense until sophomore Quarterback Rich Panczyszyn got into the game. His passing limited because of a sore arm, Panczyszyn stirred up the Orange with his running, and Syracuse finally beat Baylor 7-0.
Pitt never had a chance against UCLA, as the Bruins' new running star, Greg Jones, picked up 160 yards, Quarterback Gary Be-ban ran for two touchdowns and soccer-style Kicker Zenon Andrusyshyn made two field goals and four extra points. The result was a 40-8 UCLA win. "UCLA is better than last year," said Pitt Coach Dave Hart. Maybe. Last year UCLA won 57-14.
Two New England teams went in for close ones. Boston College barely made it past Villanova 27-24 on Bob Gallivan's 25-yard field goal with 35 seconds to go, and Boston U. took Colgate 20-14 on Quarterback Tom Thornton's late touchdown pass.
1. GEORGIA (1-0)
2. ALABAMA (0-0-1)
3. TENNESSEE (0-1)
When Florida State's Kim Hammond passed for a touchdown and Walt Sumner ran back a punt 75 yards for a 14-0 lead in the first six minutes of the game, it was presumed by everybody in Birmingham's 70,000-seat stadium that Alabama would make the Seminoles pay dearly for their arrogance. Alabama had only given up 37 points all last season, and no team scored more than 14 points against them. You don't do that. Sure enough, Kenny Stabler, out of Coach Bear Bryant's doghouse and into action, soon had 'Bama ahead 15-14 on a two-yard run and a scoring pass to Dennis Homan. But Florida State kept tearing at Alabama's defense, and slow as a Southern dawn the realization came that maybe on this night Alabama did not have a pass defense. Hammond threw completion after completion—he had 23 for 280 yards—Grant Guthrie kicked three field goals and, with four minutes to go, Alabama was leading still, but by a mere 37-30. Then Hammond brought Florida State downfield again, finishing a 65-yard drive with an eight-yard pass to Bill Moreman for a touchdown, and Guthrie kicked the point for a 37-37 tie. Never at Alabama, and not since 1954 when Texas Tech beat his Texas A&M team 41-9, had anybody scored that many points against a Bear Bryant team. "That," Bryant said sadly, "was the worst effort I ever got from a defensive team." Why did FSU Coach Bill Peterson go for the tie? "Well," he said, "I wasn't going to mess up 60 minutes of great effort by failing on a two-point try."
Mississippi received a rude shock, too. Memphis State, which had never beaten Ole Miss in 22 tries, turned on its old tormentors. Two long kick returns and a 24-yard run by sophomore Quarterback Rick Thurow won for the Tigers 27-17.
Of the Southeastern Conference powers, only Georgia avoided the quicksand as it rolled over Mississippi State 30-0. But Coach Vince Dooley was not happy about it. "Too many fumbles," he complained. Florida showed some muscle, overpowering Illinois 14-0 on the running of sophomore Quarterback Jack Eckdahl and Halfback Larry Smith, and Auburn battered Chattanooga 40-6. But LSU needed a seven-yard run by Halfback Glenn Smith with 29 seconds left to overtake Rice 20-14. Vanderbilt lost to Georgia Tech 17-10.
It took Clemson a while to get over the shock of losing Quarterback Jimmy Addison with a knee injury early against Wake Forest, but Head Coach Frank Howard heeded his assistants who advised, "Don't do nothing fancy." Halfbacks Buddy Gore and Jacky Jackson ran the Deacons down and Clemson won easily 23-6. South Carolina, perhaps an ACC challenger, came from behind to beat North Carolina 16-10, while North Carolina State took Buffalo 24-6. West Virginia, the best in the Southern Conference, was no match for VMI, winning 21-9.
Virginia Tech, starting slowly, erupted with 21 points in the last quarter to roll over William & Mary 31-7, and Tulane was surprised by Miami of Ohio 14-3.
1. NOTRE DAME (1-0)
2. COLORADO (2-0)
3. PURDUE (1-0)
Miami's hopes for a national championship expired all but unborn quite unexpectedly in a most unlikely place, Northwestern's Dyche Stadium. The Wildcats, who had been steaming all week over a clipping from a Miami paper that branded them as "patsies," did everything they were not supposed to do against the esteemed Hurricanes. They put a 5'9" defensive back—Dennis While—on Jim Cox and Steve Smith, Miami's touted receivers, and he stopped them cold. They ran around Ted Hendricks, the big defensive end people are not usually anxious to challenge. And then, with 4:13 left to play and the score 7-6, they pulled off a slick piece of razzle-dazzle that they had worked on in secret and caught Miami dozing. The play started like a power sweep with Quarterback Bill Melzer handing off to Halfback Chico Kurzawski. Only Chico did not sweep. Instead he stopped and threw a pass to Melzer, who had swung left and gone down and out. It was good for nine yards and the touchdown that shocked the Hurricanes 12-7. "We knew they wouldn't be looking for it," said Coach Alex Agase. "Who's going to set up a pass defense to cover a quarterback as a receiver?"
Notre Dame had no such problems, and California Coach Ray Willsey says the Irish probably won't have any the rest of the season. Willsey thought the only chance he had was to go strong on passing. So Notre Dame's alert defense destroyed California's passing game with four interceptions. It took Quarterback Terry Hanratty a while to get the Notre Dame offense going, but once he did, it was all over for Cal. Hanratty completed 15 of 30 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns, ran for another and Notre Dame coasted 41-8.
Except for Michigan State, the stay-at-homes in the Big Ten had a profitable afternoon. Despite some bumbling, Michigan's inexperienced team managed to squeeze past Duke 10-7. But Quarterback Dick Vidmer was far from sharp and Frank Titas' winning 27-yard field goal, with 16 seconds left, was not exactly a boomer. He shanked the ball, and it floated lazily like a soaked bubble, barely clearing the crossbar.
Minnesota Coach Murray Warmath tried four quarterbacks before sophomore Phil Hagen finally got the Gophers going against Utah. With Minnesota behind 12-7, Hagen threw a 28-yard pass that End Chip Litten took away from Utah's Jim Street in the end zone. The steal won for the Gophers 13-12. Indiana spotted visiting Kentucky 10 points before sophomore Quarterback Harry Gonso pitched two touchdown passes to earn the Hoosiers a 12-10 victory. Iowa, too, fared well, beating TCU 24-9.
Missouri Coach Dan Devine, a noted pessimist, worried that his untested secondary would not be able to handle SMU's 5'4" quarterback, Ines Perez, and his game-winning receiver, Jerry Levias. So Halfback Johnny Davis intercepted one SMU pass and ran it back 53 yards for a touchdown, and Safely John Neyer picked off two. Roger Wehrli, another defensive back, returned a punt 64 yards for a score and, in between, Quarterback Gary Kombrink stampeded the Mustangs with 128 yards in runs as Missouri won 21-0. Oklahoma had it just as easy against Washington State. Quarterback Bob Warmack ran 15 yards for one touchdown, threw to Wing-back Eddie Hinton for another and the Sooners took the game 21-0.
Although the season was only two weeks old, Ohio U. had a solid hold on the MidAmerican Conference. The Bobcats trimmed Marshall 48-14 on the passing of Cleve Bryant and the 129-yard running of Dick Conley for their second conference win. In non-league games, Toledo rolled over Xavier 24-7, Kent State swamped Northern Illinois 35-0 and Bowling Green opened with a 29-0 victory over the Quantico Marines. Independent Dayton outscored Cincinnati 27-13, while Louisville shut out Southern Illinois 26-0.
1. USC (2-0)
2. UCLA (2-0)
3. WYOMING (2-0)
Before USC applied the icing late Saturday night against Texas (page 22) most of the Pacific Fight had baked a fine victory cake. Washington's defenders hounded Wisconsin into minus 26 yards on the ground in a 17-0 victory, though Coach Jim Owens still had problems with his new attack, one that all too often looked new to the Huskies themselves. "We were ragged, still too sloppy," he complained, referring to about everybody on the offensive unit except Quarterback Tom Manke. Manke, subbing for the injured Tom Sparlin, carried 20 times for 88 yards and one touchdown and passed 44 yards to Harrison Wood for another touchdown. Stanford lost a 14-0 lead against Kansas, fought back to go ahead 21-17 on Fullback Jack Root's third touchdown and managed to survive for a 21-20 victory. Oregon State Quarterback Steve Preece ran for 107 yards, mostly on roll-outs, and scored three times to lead the Beavers past Arizona State 27-21.
In Eugene, 27,000 turned out in Oregon's new Autzen Stadium to watch the Webfoots torment highly rated Colorado, doing everything to the Buffaloes except beat them. Oregon gave the ball away nine times on six pass interceptions and three lost fumbles, but Coach Jerry Frei still only had praise for his team. "Our kids just decided in that second half that we weren't going to get beat," he said. And the kids were almost right. Behind 17-0 on Quarterback Bob Anderson's 18-yard run, a 58-yard touchdown pass and John Farler's field goal, Oregon came back with 13 points of its own in the second half and ended up with 347 yards total offense to the Buffs' 261.
Wyoming, behind Quarterback Paul Toscano, who threw four scoring passes, smothered Air Force 37-10. "They turned the game into a track meet, and we just don't have track stars," sighed Falcon Captain Neal Starkey. Brigham Young, using three potent quarterbacks, swamped New Mexico, 44-14.
It was a longtime coming. After 21 straight games without a victory, Kansas State finally got one, a 17-7 triumph over Colorado State. A 29-yard field goal by Mike Bruhin, Cornelius Davis' one-yard plunge and Bill Nossek's 49-yard pass to Ossie Cain won it for the Wildcats. "A fantastic effort by a group of kids who have had their rumps kicked too often," said new Coach Vince Gibson. "Some of the doubting Thomases who were just hopefully with us can now come out of the woodwork."
1. HOUSTON (2-0)
2. TEXAS (0-1)
3. ARKANSAS (0-1)
The Southwest Conference would just as soon forget there ever was Saturday. Seven of its eight members—from mighty Texas and Arkansas to Baylor and Rice—took beatings. Texas A&M, a 24-20 loser to Purdue in the steamy Cotton Bowl, had to contend with Sophomore Mike Phipps, a Purdue quarterback who brings to mind Bob Griese. Phipps accounted for one touchdown and set up two others while completing 17 of 35 passes for 269 yards. But A&M's anguish is nothing to that of Arkansas. Before a partisan crowd of 53,000 in Little Rock, the happy Hogs came out to open their season with a laugher over Oklahoma State and ended up as stuck pigs instead, losing 7-6. After taking a 6-0 first-quarter lead, the Razorbacks stumbled the rest of the way, giving the Cowboys their chance to win on Fullback Jack Reynolds' 13-yard run in the fourth quarter. Texas Tech, the only SWC team to save face, did it against hapless Iowa State, 52-0.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Houston's Warren McVea, tantalizing Michigan State with his body fakes and speed, ran 50 yards for a touchdown, got away on two other long runs and gained 155 yards to demoralize the entire Spartan defense.
THE LINEMAN: Rob Taylor, Navy split end who caught the winning pass in the final minute against Perm State, grabbed 10 in the game for 140 yards and then explained: "Why drop one? It's a long run back to the huddle."