1. ARMY (2-0)
2. SYRACUSE (2-0)
3. NAVY (1-1)
For a while last Saturday Army Coach Tom Cahill might have thought he was in for another Boston Massacre when Boston College took the opening kickoff and went 80 yards, scoring on a three-yard lunge by sophomore Quarterback Mike Fallon. The Army defense recovered, but despite heroics by Linebacker Jim Bevans, who blocked a punt for a safety and prevented a BC score with an interception, the Cadets were still behind 10-9 at half time. Then Nick Kurilko kicked two field goals, Fullback Charley Jarvis broke away for 64 yards to set up a nine-yard touchdown run by his substitute, Jim Greenlee, and Army pulled through 21-10.
Syracuse Coach Ben Schwartzwalder felt that West Virginia would look for a heavy pounding from Fullback Larry Csonka, so he decided on a most unlikely gambit, a passing game, and Quarterback Rick Cassata threw for two touchdowns. Between passes Csonka managed 117 yards. But most impressive of all was the Syracuse defense, the best against rushing in the nation. Led by Ends Dave Casmay and Steve Zegalia, it held West Virginia to minus 19 yards, as the Orange won 23-6.
October 8, 1967
The Ivy League opened against outsiders and met some unexpected difficulties. Princeton looked beaten when Rutgers Halfback Bryant Mitchell ran 33 yards for his third touchdown to put the Scarlet ahead 21-14 with only 2:04 to go. In the last minute, however, Tailback Bob Weber threw an 11-yard pass to Bob Schoene and then caught a two-point pass from Norman MacBean to win for the Tigers 22-21. Dartmouth also had to come from behind to beat Massachusetts 28-10, while Yale lost to Holy Cross 26-14. Harvard trounced Lafayette 51-0 as Quarterback Ric Zimmerman threw three touchdown passes. In other Ivy games Columbia took Colgate 17-14, Penn outscored Lehigh 35-23, Cornell beat Bucknell 23-7 and Brown was defeated by Rhode Island 12-8.
1. GEORGIA (2-0)
2. ALABAMA (1-0-1)
3. TENNESSEE (1-1)
Bruised in the ego by giving up 37 points in its opening game, Alabama's defense was back to normal against Southern Mississippi, permitting only 12 yards rushing and 120 passing. Nor was the offense sluggish. Quarterback Kenny Stabler completed 19 of 26 passes, three of them to his roommate, Split End Dennis Homan, for touchdowns, and Alabama won 25-3.
But Alabama may not have things quite so easy next week against Mississippi, for Ole Miss began to look like the SEC contender everybody thought it was when the Rebels ran past Kentucky 26-13. Tennessee could have been in for real trouble when Quarterback Dewey Warren was carried off the field with a knee injury early in the second half against Auburn, with the Vols ahead only 14-13. But Tailback Charlie Fulton, who used to be a quarterback, had not forgotten how. He ran and passed Tennessee to two touchdowns and a 27-13 victory. Florida, with Fullback Graham McKeel scoring twice in the second half against Mississippi State, won handily 24-7. LSU showed lots of verve in beating poor Texas A&M 17-6.
South Carolina continued to act like an Atlantic Coast challenger. Coach Paul Dietzel came up with a spread offense that loosened up Duke's defense, and Fullback Warren Muir's one-yard plunge, with 38 seconds to play, gave the Gamecocks a 21-17 victory.
Miami, struggling with its quarterback problems, got upset again, this time by Penn State 17-8. Miami Coach Charlie Tate had to be envious when State's Tom Sherman efficiently completed 15 of 24 passes for 188 yards. "Too bad I can't trade for a quarterback or buy one," Tate said later.
North Carolina State's defensive unit, which has been wearing white shoes this year because it wants "identity," earned it against Florida Slate. The Wolfpack held FSU to 36 yards rushing in a 20-10 victory. Georgia Tech struggled for a while with TCU before winning 24-7, and Tulane looked sound against North Carolina 36-11
1. HOUSTON (3-0)
2. TEXAS TECH (2-0)
3. TEXAS AT EL PASO (1-0)
Texas and Arkansas are supposed to be the two strongest teams in the Southwest Conference, and perhaps someday this season they may win a game. But not yet. It was Texas Tech that beat the Longhorns on Saturday after eight years of trying. Tech Coach J. T. King instructed his defensive secondary to charge in fast to stop the runs of Texas' Bill Bradley and Chris Gilbert, with all the risks of long gains that such a defense implies. But only once was Tech caught; Gilbert got away for an 80-yard touchdown run. Tech Quarterback John Scovell more than made up for it. He carried 25 times for 175 yards, ran for one touchdown and passed for another. Ken Vinyard kicked 37-and 54-yard field goals, and the Raiders had a 19-13 win. "We were sick of hearing about this Longhorn supremacy," said King. "We had the best material and we won."
Arkansas also lost its second straight, this time to Tulsa 14-12. In 1966 Coach Glenn Dobbs had predicted, "Arkansas won't beat me next year. I'll have my team, and theirs will be gone." How right he was. He got his big boys flatbellied and went after the Hogs hard with a surprising running game instead of Tulsa's usual throw, throw, throw. Quarterback Mike Stripling scored on eight-and two-yard runs, Doug Wyatt kicked two extra points, and that was enough.
Houston, meanwhile, rolled on. Quarterback Dick Woodall threw four touchdown passes, three of them to Split End Ken Hebert, who also kicked six extra points and ran for two to score 26 in all, as the Cougars ripped off 695 yards on offense and beat Wake Forest 50-6. Houston's first team played only a half and Wondrous Warren McVea a little more than a quarter, scoring once on a 70-yard pass play. Rice was the only SWC team to win. The Owls, overcoming a slow start with a 33-yard pass and a 60-yard run, beat Navy 21-7.
1. PURDUE (2-0)
2. COLORADO (2-0)
3. NOTRE DAME (1-1)
USC Coach John McKay was talking about his team the night before the Michigan State game. "I wish I knew how good we really are." he said. "What will we do tomorrow? Well, we'll pass against them if we can, and I think we'll just let O.J. [Simpson] see how strong their defense is." O.J. found out, and it wasn't strong enough. Quarterback Steve Sogge spread out the Spartan defense with his quick, short passes—he completed 14 of 16—and Simpson darted into the running room that the passing made available. Feinting, faking and bulling when he had to, he carried 36 times for 190 yards and scored two touchdowns. Even with that the Trojans were behind 17-14 at half time, thanks to a comedy of second-period errors that let Michigan State take advantage of a fumbled punt, an all-too-obvious long-passing situation and a misguided intentional safety for all of its points. Then Simpson showed another one of his talents. He threw a seven-yard pass actually it floated like a paper airplane—to Jim Lawrence for the touchdown that gave the Trojans a 21-17 win.
Michigan State's defeat was only part of one of the blackest Saturdays in Big Ten history. Except for Purdue's 28-21 upset of Notre Dame (page 20), Illinois' 34-6 whomping of Pitt and Indiana's narrow 18-15 win over Kansas, everybody lost. Wisconsin was shocked by Arizona State 42-16, Iowa lost to Oregon State 38-18 and Minnesota, Northwestern and Ohio State kept the scores presentable but went down, too. Minnesota managed to stay even until half time, when Nebraska Coach Bob Devaney told his players: "Run faster and block harder." They did, just enough to score one touchdown and win 7-0. Northwestern gave Missouri trouble until Gary Kombrink, a quarterback who is supposed to be too untalented to pass and too wobbly to run, jolted the Tiger offense. He passed and ran for 233 yards and set up two field goals by Jay Wallace, as Missouri won 13-7. Ohio State got the biggest surprise of all. Perhaps the Buckeyes believed it when Arizona Coach Darrell Mudra said, "If I were Woody Hayes, I wouldn't be too excited about playing us." OSU got an early touchdown and that was all, as junior Quarterback Bruce Lee led the Wildcats to two scores and a 14-7 victory.
Oklahoma showed some Big Eight muscle by walloping Maryland 35-0, but Kansas State tumbled back to reality when it lost to Virginia Tech 15-3. In the Mid-American, Kent State surprised Ohio U. 21-14 as Don Fitzgerald ran for 139 yards.
1. USC (3-0)
2. UCLA (3-0)
3. WYOMING (3-0)
UCLA Coach Tommy Prothro was offended. Washington State, which had not scored all season, marched through the Bruins for 80 yards and a touchdown the first time it got the ball. The brash Cougars were punished immediately for their fling. Quarterback Gary Beban and Halfback Greg Jones passed and ran for four touchdowns and, when they sat down, substitute Quarterback Bill Bolden scored two more, one on a 55-yard run. Soccer-style-Kicker Zenon Andrusyshyn booted two field goals and five extra points, and UCLA had its rout 51-23.
Most Pacific Eight coaches had equally pleasant days. Washington finally got its new swing offense going behind sophomore Quarterback Tom Manke. Don Martin kicked three field goals, including a 56-yarder, and the Huskies trounced Air Force 30-7. California pulled off a mild upset by stopping favored Michigan 10-9 and Stanford outscored San Jose State 28-14. Only Oregon faltered, losing to Utah 21-0.
Just in case any Wyoming player had forgotten last year's lone defeat—a 12-10 loss to Colorado State—Coach Lloyd Eaton had a handy reminder ready for him Saturday. When the Cowboys took the field they ran through a paper hoop that was inscribed: "Remember '66." After that bit of whimsy Quarterback Paul Toscano proceeded to tear at Colorado State with his passing, completing 14 of 29 for 250 yards and one touchdown. But even with that, Wyoming needed Jerry DePoyster's two field goals—the last one from 55 yards out—to win 13-10. Meanwhile, Brigham Young showed it will be a strong Western AC contender by rolling over Western Michigan 44-19.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Purdue Halfback Leroy Keyes, who played both offense and defense in win over Notre Dame—and both wonderfully well—catching nine passes, running the ball, scoring once and making a vital interception.
THE LINEMAN: Wyoming Linebacker Jim House, a 200-pound junior, raised havoc with Colorado State's offense by making 10 tackles, helping with eight others and knocking down three passes in the Cowboy's 13-10 victory.