1. SYRACUSE (3-0)
2. NAVY (2-1)
3. ARMY (2-1)
The last time UCLA Coach Tommy Prothro visited Penn State there was some talk he had wired Quarterback Gary Beban's helmet with a radio receiver. So last Friday afternoon when the lights suddenly blacked out in Coach Joe Paterno's office, he remarked facetiously, "Oh-oh, Prothro's back in town." As it turned out, the UCLA coach did not have time for any electrical annoyances. He was too busy trying to keep his team from getting beaten. Penn State took a 7-0 lead on Halfback Bobby Campbell's three-yard sweep, and then the Lions began to hound UCLA's Beban with defenses designed specifically for the occasion. While the linebackers laid back, Ends Jim Litterelle and Frank Spaziano and Tackle Steve Smear took turns blitzing Beban 10 times for 45 yards in losses and held UCLA scoreless in the first half. But Zenon Andrusyshyn kicked a 37-yard field goal, and the Bruins turned a Penn State fumble and a blocked punt into a 17-7 lead. The Lions scored late, on Halfback Tom Cherry's two-yard plunge and a two-point play, but all that did was cut UCLA's lead to 17-15. "We were happy to get out with a win," said Prothro. "We learned something about football today."
So did Army. After five straight, the Cadets learned how to lose. Even with Steve Lindell back at quarterback following a three-week bout with an ulcer, Army was dogged by interceptions and fumbles and scored only once against Duke. The Blue Devils won in the last quarter 10-7 on Quarterback Larry Davis' nine-yard pass to Ed Hicklin.
October 15, 1967
The Ivy Leaguers were doing better against outsiders. Dartmouth beat Holy Cross 24-8 while Harvard took Boston U 29-14. Cornell defeated Colgate 23-7, and Yale held off Connecticut 14-6. In formful league games, Princeton outscored Columbia 28-14, and Penn beat Brown 28-7.
Rutgers came from behind to down Lehigh 14-7 on 40- and 18-yard touchdown runs by Tailback Bruce Van Ness.
1. GEORGIA (3-0)
2. ALABAMA (2-0-1)
3. LSU (3-0)
There is something about an Alabama football team that gives Mississippi the jitters. Ole Miss has not beaten one since 1910, and almost every time the Rebels face Alabama they start playing pardon-me-suh with the ball. They fumbled six times last Saturday, and that was enough. Alert Safety Dicky Thompson recovered four of the fumbles for Alabama, and the Crimson Tide rolled to a 21-7 victory. Quarterback Kenny Stabler passed to Split End Dennis Homan for one touchdown and ran for a second but, more important, Alabama played defense like it has not all season—well.
Georgia Quarterback Kirby Moore was standing innocently back on his own 13-yard line trying to give the ball away to Fullback Ronnie Jenkins for a dive into the line against South Carolina when Jenkins went rushing right by him like a man catching a train. There was nothing for Moore to do but start running and he did, 87 yards for the score that moved the Bulldogs to a 21-0 win. "We're going to put that play in the book just as soon as we find out what it is," said bemused Coach Vince Dooley.
LSU, remembering Steve Spurrier's unkind remarks about its "cushion defense" when it lost to Florida last year, poured it on the Gators to win 37-6 as Quarterback Nelson Stokley ran 10 and 50 yards for touchdowns. Auburn had no mercy on Kentucky, cither, drubbing the Wildcats 48-7 and prompting discouraged Kentucky Coach Charlie Bradshaw to call his team's performance "the most despicable exhibition I ever saw." Vanderbilt enjoyed unaccustomed prosperity, beating North Carolina 21-7.
Almost before Clemson's voluble Frank Howard knew it, Georgia Tech had his Tigers 10-0. Quarterback Kim King ran 30 yards for a touchdown and Tommy Carmichael kicked a 29-yard field goal, all in the first 16 minutes. Tech shut off Clemson's passing game by putting Halfback Bill Eastman on Phil Rogers, the Tigers' top receiver. Rogers did not catch a pass. "Tech defensed us to death," admitted Howard. "They covered our receivers like a skin on a sausage."
After two straight losses, Miami Coach Charlie Tate knew he had to do something drastic to get his windless Hurricanes to score. He junked his flanker pro-set formations and went to an I with David Olivo, a third-stringer, at quarterback. Against Tulane, Olivo threw an early touchdown pass to Split End Jim Cox, but the Green Wave led 14-7 at the half on Quarterback Bobby Duhon's two scoring runs. Then Olivo ran for a touchdown, passed to Cox for another and, at last, Miami had a victory 34-14.
Syracuse, the top eastern independent, turned 230-pound Larry Csonka loose on Maryland, and he ran, as they say, like a runaway bull. But Maryland had a bullpen ready for this uninspired offense, and, though Csonka carried 43 times for 181 yards, it was a pass from Wingback Tom Coughlin to End Ed Nowicki that won a close one for the Orange 7-3. West Virginia's offense, bumbling almost as badly as Pitt's, was saved by soccer-style Kicker Ken Juskowich, who booted five field goals—from 32, 33, 25, 30 and 35 yards—for a 15-0 victory. Virginia Tech remained unbeaten, but just barely, getting past Villanova 3-0 on Jon Utin's 34-yard field goal in a game that ended on a boisterous note. When a last-second Villanova field goal try from the 31 hit the crossbar and bounced back to the five-yard line, Tech Safety Frank Loria, unaware that the game was officially over, grabbed the ball and started upfield. As he passed the Villanova bench, an assistant coach dashed onto the field and knocked Loria down with the most spectacular, if least meaningful, tackle of the day.
1. PURDUE (3-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (2-1)
3. COLORADO (3-0)
Purdue, heady from upsetting Notre Dame, was sobered up quickly by Northwestern. The Wildcats, always well-prepared by Coach Alex Agase, held a 16-6 lead after three quarters on Dick Emmerich's three field goals and Chico Kurzawski's touchdown. But sophomore Quarterback Mike Phipps and multitalented Leroy Keyes once again showed the flash that defeated the Irish. Early in the game Phipps hit Keyes for 78 yards. Phipps now found Keyes open again, this time for a 65-yard scoring pass. Next Bob Baltzell plunged for a three-yard score to put Purdue ahead, and then Keyes ran seven yards for the third Purdue touchdown of the period and a 25-16 win. Notre Dame, meanwhile, still burning from its loss to Purdue, incinerated poor Iowa. Quarterback Terry Hanratty completed nine of 10 passes, and the Irish showed their first trace of running power, racing to a 56-6 victory.
After two defeats, Michigan State played like a Big Ten champion again, beating Wisconsin in its conference opener en the power of Dwight Lee and the speed of LaMarr Thomas. For the first time in 39 years, Indiana won its first three games of a season. Only 86 seconds were gone at Illinois when Hoosier Tackle Rick Spickard fell on a fumble in the Illini end zone to give Indiana a 7-0 lead. Sophomore Quarterback Harry Gonso then completed nine of 14 passes to lead the Hoosiers to a 20-7 win. "People just don't know what it means to take three straight," said Coach Johnny Pont, a testament to the joys that steady losers find in small blessings. Since Indiana plays what's left of Iowa next week, it may be four.
It seemed like the clock never stopped running in a fast game at Minneapolis, but there were reasons: 1) it was raining, 2) Minnesota's Murray Warmath hates to pass and 3) Warmath's only daughter, Carol, was to be married Saturday night and her father needed time to change clothes. Three sophomores saw that he got it. Quarterback Phil Hagen, Fullback Jim Carter and Halfback George Kemp picked up most of the Gophers' 303 yards in a 20-3 win over SMU.
Surprising Navy upset Michigan 26-21, but the talk of the 72,000 who saw it was the Wolverines' prize Halfback Ron Johnson. The brother of the St. Louis Cardinal Outfielder Alex Johnson, Ron put on Michigan's best show since Tom Harmon, running for 270 yards in 26 carries, including touchdown dashes of 62 and 72 yards, all while his parents were in St. Louis for the World Series. "I'd hate to think what he might have done if we hadn't stacked our defenses against him," said Navy Coach Bill Elias later. After Navy had turned an onside kick into a 10-7 lead in the first period the teams traded touchdowns until the last eight minutes of the game, when Terry Murray ran 25 yards for the winning score.
Kansas State, which under Vince Gibson suddenly has the gall to think it can beat anybody, scared everybody at Nebraska, except sophomore Quarterback Frank Patrick. With time running out and K-State leading 14-13, Patrick marched the Cornhuskers 76 yards in 17 plays to set up Bill Bomberger's winning 19-yard field goal with 1:11 to go. Colorado breezed by Iowa State 34-0, Missouri beat Arizona 17-3 and Tulsa, apparently loaded with power, walloped Idaho State 58-0, piling up 798 yards on offense.
1. HOUSTON (3-1)
2. TEXAS TECH (2-1)
3. TEXAS (1-2)
Texas Tech, conqueror of Texas the week before, had the unfortunate task of playing Mississippi State, which was much rankled by the loss of its first two games. The Bulldogs, behind Quarterback Tommy Pharr, drove 72 yards for a touchdown in the first half and then concentrated on stopping the Red Raider attackers. Don Shanks's punts helped keep Tech jammed deep in its own end of the field and, when the game was over, all the Raiders had for their offensive efforts was a field goal in a 7-3 loss. Pharr, who scored the game's only touchdown, was not surprised. "We looked for them to be down after beating Texas," he said.
"I figured we'd get it sometime this season," said Texas' Darrell Royal, "but I'm glad it was now. These folks made me a professor. Pretty soon they might be asking what I teach." "It" was Royal's 100th career victory, and it came against previously unbeaten Oklahoma State 19-0. Bill Bradley directed the Longhorn attack smoothly, and Chris Gilbert's running was his sharpest of the year. Gilbert scored one touchdown on a 12-yard run and finished with 125 yards for the evening—the ninth time in 14 varsity games that he has run for more than 100 yards. Arkansas' Frank Broyles was also celebrating his first victory of the season, a 26-0 conquest of TCU. Broyles had started eight sophomores—the most he ever had—in the Razorbacks' two losses, so he started a ninth, John Eichler, against the Horned Frogs. Eichler responded with 112 yards rushing, including a 76-yard touchdown run on a quarterback sneak, and completed six of nine passes for 110 yards.
Baylor edged Washington State 10-7, while Texas A&M was losing its fourth game in a row to Florida State 19-18. The Aggies were clinging to an 18-12 lead late in the game when Tailback Larry Stegent fumbled on his 27 and the Seminoles recovered. On the next play Bill Moreman broke through left guard and fought his way into the end zone for the winning touchdown. It was another frustrating defeat for A&M. but it was in keeping with the entire season in the Southwest, where there is hardly a smile from Fayetteville to Austin.
1. USC (4-0)
2. UCLA (4-0)
3. WYOMING (4-0)
Stanford Coach John Ralston had two game plans ready for No. 1-ranked USC, one born out of wishful thinking and the other out of desperation. Trojan Quarterback Steve Sogge wrecked Ralston's ball-control game plan by throwing two touchdown passes to Split End Earl McCullouch for a 14-0 lead in the first half and, then, when Stanford went to its catch-up offense—the pass—things got even worse. Sogge kept on passing for USC and Halfback O.J. Simpson routed the demoralized Indians with his marvelous running, as he came up with 163 yards in 29 carries. O.J. also threw a nine-yard pass to Halfback Steve Dale for a touchdown, and USC coasted home 30-0. "We just got whipped every way you can get whipped," said Ralston sadly. But it was costly for the Trojans, who face Notre Dame next. Fullback Mike Hull tore the ligaments in his left knee and is out for the season.
More bad news for USC Coach John McKay arrived from up north, where Washington, after its usual slow start, was beginning to look like a Pacific Eight contender. The Huskies were expected to be in trouble when unbeaten Oregon State came to Seattle, and they were—for 57½ minutes. Then, with the score tied 6-6. the tough Washington defense pried the ball loose from OSU Fullback Bill Enyart on the State 35. Quarterback Tom Manke slipped up the middle for 18 yards, Halfback Carl Wojciechowski ran around end for the last 15 and Washington cut down Oregon State's nine-game winning streak with a 13-6 victory.
California, leading Air Force 14-6 on Quarterback Barry Bronk's eight-yard run and nine-yard touchdown pass, almost got bombed out of its victory when Falcon Quarterback Steve Turner began throwing to Wingback Carl Janssen and Halfback Mike Guth scored from the one-yard line to make it 14-12. A two-point pass attempt failed and Cal survived. Oregon was no match for Ohio State. The Buckeyes had thrown 26 passes against Arizona and lost, so Coach Woody Hayes went back to the style he likes. He sent his fullbacks, Jim Otis and Paul Huff, into the middle of the Oregon line 32 times for 122 yards. Huff scored twice, and Ohio State won 30-0. Oregon Coach Jerry Frei said he was not expecting a fullback attack. He should have known better.
Utah, with Quarterback Jack Gehrke passing for two touchdowns and running for another, outscored New Mexico 42-27. That was believable, but Arizona State's 33-32 victory over Texas at El Paso was not. Trailing 32-25 and trapped by a violent Miner rush with 2:06 to play, ASU Quarterback Rick Shaw frantically underhanded the ball to Fullback Max Anderson, who twisted his way 22 yards for a touchdown. ASU went for the win and got it on Shaw's two-point pass to Halfback J.D. Hill. New Mexico State was not quite so nervy. In similar circumstances after an equally exhausting effort, the Aggies settled for a 31-31 tie with North Texas State. Utah State did not have to worry about such decisions as it straightforwardly upset Memphis State 28-13.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Flanker Rick Eber was the prime target as four Tulsa quarterbacks threw for 698 yards and eight touchdowns in a 58-0 rout of Idaho State. Eber caught 20 passes (an NCAA record) for 322 yards and three scores.
THE LINEMAN: Terry Brookshire, stumpy North Carolina State middle guard, led the charge that choked off Houston's offense in a 16-6 upset. He also blocked an extra-point kick and recovered a fumble to set up a field goal.