1. ARMY (4-1)
2. PENN STATE (3-2)
3. NAVY (3-2)
Navy and William and Mary are not scheduled to play each other again for at least eight years, and as far as Navy Coach Bill Elias is concerned you can make that 80 years. Just when Elias thought his Middies had the Indians soundly beaten 16-0 and visions of a national ranking began to intrude en his thoughts, William and Mary Quarterback Dan Darragh launched the torpedoes. On the final play of the third quarter he scored on a quarterback sneak. Then, in the last five minutes of the game, he threw scoring passes to Jim Cavanaugh and Steve Slotnick, and Tailback Terry Morton plunged over from the two for a 27-16 upset.
Army did not have quite that much trouble, but with Quarterback Steve Lindell unable to play because he had added a sprained ankle to his ulcer miseries, the Cadets had to struggle to hold off Rutgers 14-3. The Scarlet bruised a few egos with its running game, but Rutgers' passing was too skimpy, and Army Fullback Chuck Jarvis' two touchdowns, one on a 34-yard sweep, were enough to win.
October 30, 1967
Syracuse and Penn State, building up to their meeting next Saturday, played it cozy. Against California, Syracuse gave the ball to Larry Csonka 35 times, and the pounding back went 204 yards and scored three touchdowns, the last one coming on a 22-yard pass from Quarterback Rick Cassata, as Syracuse won 20-14. Once Tailback Charlie Pittman got Penn State safely ahead of West Virginia with an 83-yard kickoff return, the Lions put away their tricks and settled for a 21-14 victory that showed Syracuse scouts as little as possible.
Pitt's elation over beating Wisconsin last week proved short-lived when Miami, having found its offense, crushed the Panthers 58-0. Boston College lost again, to Buffalo 26-14, but Holy Cross rallied to overtake Boston U. 21-17 in the last quarter.
The Ivy League is now ready for its big showdown of unbeatens—Harvard vs. Dartmouth Saturday at Cambridge. Harvard, playing defense diligently, edged Cornell 14-12, while Dartmouth, against less stern opposition, buried Brown 41-6. Yale was still undefeated in Ivy League competition after taking Columbia 21-7. Princeton battered independent Colgate 28-0, but Penn blew a 27-14 lead and lost to Bucknell 28-27.
1. TENNESSEE (3-1)
2. GEORGIA (4-1)
3. N. CAROLINA STATE (6-0)
Those who think Tennessee's 24-13 victory over Alabama (page 12) automatically gives the Vols the SEC championship can get an argument in Baton Rouge, Athens, Ga., University, Miss. and even Auburn, Ala. LSU prepared for its game against Tennessee next Saturday by beating Kentucky 30-7. Georgia tuned up its offense for the race ahead by trouncing VMI 56-6, while Mississippi eased past Southern Mississippi 23-14.
Auburn shaped up as a contender, too, by beating Georgia Tech 28-10 in a game that suggested how important a quarterback can be. Tech Coach Bud Carson had starter Kim King and backup-man Larry Good on the bench with injuries, and before the game was over he lost two more signal-callers. "I think I must be having a bad dream," said Carson. "Then I realize it's not a dream. It's a nightmare."
With Halfback Warren McVea sitting it out because of an injury, Houston turned to defense—absurd as it sounds—to beat Mississippi State with interceptions and punt returns 43-16. Unbeaten North Carolina State got unexpected resistance from Wake Forest, but three held goals by Gerald Warren and Safety Fred Combs's 71-yard punt return earned the Wolfpack their sixth straight, 24-7. South Carolina kept pace with State at the top of the ACC standings. While Coach Paul Dietzel, who had a knee operation last week after a practice-field injury, got around in a golf cart, his Gamecocks edged Virginia 24-23 on Jimmy Poole's 45-yard field goal. Clemson, back in the more peaceful ACC after unhappily consorting with SEC teams two of the past three weeks, overtook Duke 13-7 on Buddy Gore's two nine-yard touchdown runs. How was it, getting out of the SEC and back home? "Well," said Coach Frank Howard, "the SEC gets dedicated football players; the ACC gets dedicated students."
Virginia Tech won its sixth game by beating Richmond 45-14 as big George Constantinides ran for four touchdowns. Florida State kept the ball in the air all day against Texas Tech while winning 28-12, and the Air Force got it in the air one time when it really mattered as Dennis Leutheiser's 30-yard field goal in the last minute beat Tulane 10-7.
1. COLORADO (5-0)
2. PURDUE (4-1)
3. MINNESOTA (4-1)
When Oregon State Coach Dee Andros, an easygoing, pudgy 250-pounder, turned up at Purdue wearing his usual orange blazer, orange socks and orange-and-black shoes, everybody naturally figured this was just to get folks to overlook his team's shortcomings. His Beavers had lost to Washington and Brigham Young and hardly had any chance against the esteemed Boilermakers. Not even when Quarterback Steve Preece lobbed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Roger Cantlon to give OSU a 7-0 lead in the first quarter was there any fright in the Purdue stands. And sure enough, Purdue's Mike Phipps began flipping passes to Jim Beirne (he caught six), Leroy Keyes swept the ends for two scores and soon the Boilermakers led 14-10. But that proved to be Purdue's last hurrah. Mike Haggard kicked his second field goal for Oregon State and, after a fumble recovery, Fullback Bill Enyart ran most of the 30 yards left to score from the four. When Haggard kicked another field goal Purdue had its first defeat, 22-14.
Throughout Minneapolis last week, Minnesota Coach Murray Warmath was being held in disrepute for planning to start Curt Wilson, last year's good-run, no-pass quarterback, against Michigan State. Actually, what Warmath had in mind was loosening up the favored Spartans with a few early passes and then going after them with a running game. But Wilson had learned how to pass, and he made a genius of Warmath as he completed 14 of 25 for 262 yards. He threw to Chip Litten and Hubie Bryant for three touchdowns, and the Gophers, who forgot all about the running game, shocked MSU 21-0. "They've been playing guessing games around here all season about our quarterback," said Warmath. "I think it's over now."
It was not over for Indiana—yet. The Hoosiers gave Michigan the tying touchdown when Quarterback John Isenbarger fumbled on his own 15 after a typical Indiana gamble, a fourth-down run from a kick formation. But still they won, as Isenbarger took Indiana 80 yards and plunged over from the one with 1:10 to go to give the Hoosiers a 27-20 victory. Ohio State managed a 6-2 win over Northwestern, while Notre Dame had no mercy against Illinois, clobbering the Illini 47-7.
Colorado's Eddie Crowder had Nebraska Quarterback Frank Patrick pegged right. "He has extraordinary talent but is inconsistent," said Crowder. He was, too, against the Buffs. Patrick completed 14 passes for 191 yards, but he also threw four interceptions. Colorado's Dick Anderson got one and lateraled it off to End Mike Veeder for a 62-yard touchdown run, and Jeff Raymond grabbed another and ran it back 76 yards. All this helped the undefeated Buffs win 21-16.
Suddenly there was a newcomer in the Mid-American race. Toledo, doing well under Coach Frank Lauterbur, surprised Western Michigan 35-9 for its fourth straight win and moved into a three-way tie for first with the Broncos and Miami of Ohio, which defeated Ohio U. 22-15.
1. HOUSTON (4-1)
2. TEXAS (3-2)
3. RICE (3-1)
Somehow things were not as usual when Texas and Arkansas got together in Little Rock for their annual hoedown. The two teams were not fighting for the national championship, or even for the Southwest Conference lead, just survival. But Texas Halfback Chris Gilbert turned the game into a personal bonanza when he carried 38 times for 166 yards and scored three times as the Longhorns won 21-12. "You need a net to catch him," said Arkansas Guard David Cooper admiringly. "It's like trying to take a rabbit." One thing the toughest rabbit in the Southwest achieved was to get Royal back to a point where his team still has some kind of chance for the conference title.
As if TCU's season has not been dark enough, a burned-out transformer blew most of the lights in Fort Worth's Amon Carter Stadium just a few minutes before the Frogs were to play Texas A&M. It was black everywhere but on the field, where TCU would have welcomed less exposure. Led by Linebacker Billy Hobbs's 100-yard pass interception, A&M drubbed the poor Frogs 20-0. But everything was bright and shiny for Rice in Houston. The Owls came from behind to beat SMU 14-10 and take the SWC lead on Tailback Terry Shelton's 42-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Brigham Young's three passing quarterbacks were overmatched against the University of Texas at El Paso, which needed only one passer, Billy Stevens, who threw for six touchdowns, four of them to Flanker Volley Murphy, as UTEP won 47-17.
1. USC (6-0)
2. UCLA (6-0)
3. WYOMING (6-0)
USC Coach John McKay had worried all week about taking his No. 1-ranked team to Seattle to play Washington. "Jimmy [Owens] always gives us trouble up there," said McKay apprehensively. The trouble Husky Coach Owens evolved this time was a tough defense that stopped every Trojan except O. J. Simpson. But that is not defense enough. O. J. ran 86 yards for one touchdown, got another on a 10-yard sweep and threw a 17-yard pass to Split End Earl McCullouch for a third as USC broke open a bruising 7-6 battle and won 23-6.
Undefeated UCLA, meanwhile, was having its problems in Palo Alto. Determined Stanford, with little Quarterback Chuck Williams taking unusual passing liberties against UCLA's rather short secondary, did everything to the embattled Bruins but beat them. And once again it was Gary Beban who bailed out UCLA. Twice he fooled the Indians by hiding the ball so well on rollouts that not even his own teammates knew who had it. Beban ran 11 and four yards for touchdowns, and the Bruins prevailed 21-16. After eight straight losses Oregon found a clay pigeon in Idaho, whom they beat 31-6. Washington State, however, stepped into Oregon's losing role as it dropped its eighth in a row, to Arizona State 31-20.
Unbeaten Wyoming, stung by a Wichita State touchdown pass on the Shockers' first play, recovered to win 30-7 as Jerry DePoyster kicked his 27th field goal, tying Charlie Gogolak's NCAA career record. Utah remained in the Western AC race by outscoring Arizona 33-29, while New Mexico lost to San Jose State 52-14.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: USC Tailback O. J. Simpson, the country's leading runner, took advantage of his tremendous speed as he ran 30 times for 235 yards and accounted for all three touchdowns in the Trojans' 23-6 win over Washington.
THE LINEMAN: Toledo Linebacker Paul Elzey, a former Mid-American wrestling champion, wrecked Western Michigan by being in on 18 tackles and setting up two scores with a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery.