1. ARMY (6-1)
2. PENN STATE (5-2)
3. YALE (5-1)
Princeton's Dick Colman, who has been in the Ivy League long enough to know, was right last week when he said, "You can't stand around in this league. Somebody will dump you." Yale caught Dartmouth still savoring its two-point win over Harvard, and almost before the startled Indians knew they were in the Yale Bowl they had been bowled over. Quarterback Brian Dowling, passing and running beautifully, led an overwhelming Yale attack that had Dartmouth down 21-0 in the first period. Fullback Don Barrows plunged over for the first three touchdowns, and two minutes into the second quarter Dowling passed 67 yards to End Bruce Weinstein for another score. Before it was over, Dowling himself ran 30 yards for a touchdown and Yale had piled up 421 yards on offense to win 56-15 and take the Ivy lead.
But the Ivy race still cannot be conceded to Yale, which must play its two old rivals, and big winners, Princeton and Harvard. Princeton defeated Brown 48-14, while Harvard rolled over Penn 45-7. Only at Ithaca was the score merciful as Cornell beat Columbia 27-14.
November 13, 1967
Syracuse assumed Fullback Larry Csonka would be enough to beat Pitt, but Pitt's Dave Hart, who used to coach at Navy, got a look at the Middies' scouting report, which advised, "Gang-tackle Csonka." The young Panthers did, swarming on the Syracuse star and holding him to 72 yards rushing in 24 tries, though Csonka did get loose on a 19-yard pass play for a touchdown. Going into the last quarter Pitt led 7-6, but then the Panthers failed to use their gang-tackling technique on Safety Ed Mantie. Returning a punt, Mantie went down the sideline for 53 yards and a 14-7 Syracuse win. "They gave us the pass," said Syracuse Coach Ben Schwartzwalder, "but we weren't throwing the ball or catching it."
Rutgers Coach John Bateman moved Bruce Van Ness, his talented sophomore, from tailback to quarterback and saw his inspiration rewarded when Van Ness passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third as the Scarlet beat Lafayette 27-3. Villanova upset Holy Cross 23-14 on two long runs—an 83-yard punt return by Frank Boal and a 79-yard interception by John Sodaski.
1. TENNESSEE (5-1)
2. NORTH CAROLINA STATE (8-0)
3. GEORGIA (5-2)
LSU and Mississippi, after 60 bitter minutes, decided nothing. Jimmy Keyes' two field goals—tying the Southeastern Conference career record of 25—got Ole Miss a 13-7 lead and then, with 3:22 to go, Kenny Newfield ran over from the eight to give LSU a 13-13 tie. But the extra-point try was wide. "We have to be the unluckiest team in the country," said LSU's Charlie McClendon, reflecting on how it might have been if his team had not fumbled on the Ole Miss one and if he had not suspended Place-kicker Roy Hurd earlier in the week.
While Tennessee, the SEC leader, enjoyed a 38-0 day off over Tampa, Alabama muddled to a dull 13-0 win over Mississippi State. Auburn, however, brought some excitement to the South while beating Florida 26-21. The Tigers spent the early part of the game trying desperately to block Florida punts, but failed. So in the second half they switched to a punt-return formation to try for runbacks. The result? Linebacker Mike Holtzclaw and End Jim Bouchillon broke through to block two Gator kicks. When Quarterback Loran Carter ran over from the three and moments later threw a 14-yard pass to Fred Hyatt, Auburn was ahead 26-7. But Florida came back to score twice, and the Tigers won hanging on.
Vanderbilt ventured out of the SEC and got a 27-14 beating from Tulane, but Kentucky found a friend at last. Though he has been slowed by injuries and spent part of the week in the hospital with the flu, Tailback Dicky Lyons scored all the points in the Wildcats' 22-7 win over West Virginia.
Undefeated North Carolina State had no trouble against Virginia, winning 30-8. Quarterback Jim Donnan threw for a touchdown, Safety Fred Combs ran back a punt 85 yards and Gerald Warren, who leads the country in points by kicking, booted three field goals.
South Carolina, upset by Wake Forest 35-21, fell out of a first-place tie with North Carolina State in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but Clemson was still in title contention. The Tigers beat North Carolina 17-0.
Penn State Coach Joe Paterno claimed to be scared to death of winless Maryland, and his young Lions responded nobly to their coach's cries of "Wolf!" Sophomore Tailback Charlie Pittman scored three times, and State coasted home 38-3.
Miami played defense. Virginia Tech played defense. Miami did it better, though, holding undefeated Tech to 57 yards and three first downs, so the Hurricanes won 14-7. Florida State, however, was all offense against Memphis State. Quarterback Kim Hammond completed 24 passes for 302 yards, Larry Green and Bill Moremen ran for 228 yards and the Seminoles took the game 26-7. Georgia Tech, with Quarterback Kim King back, beat Duke 19-7.
1. TEXAS (5-2)
2. HOUSTON (5-2)
3. TEXAS AT EL PASO (4-1-1)
It began as a disappointing evening for the crowd of 53,356, largest ever to see a football game in the Astrodome. Georgia had stopped Houston's Wondrous Warren McVea and led 14-0 going into the last quarter. Then Fullback Paul Gipson scored on a 25-yard run. Even then it did not seem very significant when Gipson got away for 13 yards and slammed hard into Georgia Cornerback Terry Sellers on the Cougars' 43 with about five minutes to play. But Gipson noticed that Sellers had been shaken up and reported it back in the huddle. On the next play Quarterback Dick Woodall faked up the middle and passed to End Ken Hebert, who had slipped behind Sellers, for 57 yards and a touchdown. Gipson swept left end for two points to give Houston a 15-14 win. "This will make me forget the one-point loss to Ole Miss in about six months instead of two or three years," said Coach Bill Yeoman.
It may be that Texas and Texas A&M will decide the Southwest Conference championship when they meet on Thanksgiving Day, but their chances were mighty shaky for a while last Saturday. Texas, sitting on a 28-7 lead, had to hang on grimly to win 35-28 as SMU's Mike Livingston threw four touchdown passes—three to Jerry Levias. Texas A&M, losing to Arkansas 21-14, pulled ahead 33-21 for its fourth straight win and its first over the Hogs in 10 years. Quarterback Edd Hargett threw three scoring passes and Larry Stegent scored on a one-yard plunge. Texas Tech, still very much in the SWC race, too, beat Rice 24-10, and there was even some Saturday solace for TCU. The Frogs, after eight losses in a row, upset Baylor 29-7, with Halfback Ross Montgomery running for four touchdowns.
Texas at El Paso Coach Bobby Dobbs worried all week about New Mexico State, needlessly. Substitute Quarterback Brooks Dawson threw for 426 yards and four scores, and ran for two more as the Miners came from behind to win 46-24.
1. PURDUE (6-1)
2. OKLAHOMA (5-1)
3. INDIANA (7-0)
Indiana, puffed up by its seventh straight victory, this one over hapless Wisconsin 14-9 (page 28), was not the only Big Ten team entertaining Rose Bowl thoughts. Minnesota, despite some horrendous bumbling, got past Iowa 10-0 and was still undefeated in the conference, along with the Hoosiers and Purdue. But Coach Murray Warmath was not very happy about his team's performance. "We were careless," he said.
Such carelessness would be disastrous for Minnesota next Saturday when it must face Purdue, which beat Illinois 42-9. The Illini surprised the Boilermakers by coming out in a 4-3 defense instead of their customary 6-2, and for a half Purdue was confused. Then Leroy Keyes began to find running room. The remarkable halfback ran for 225 yards and three touchdowns and passed to Jim Beirne for another to head a second-half rout.
There was some fun for the also-rans, too. Michigan won its 500th game after five tries, defeating Northwestern 7-3, while Ohio State continued the season of gloom at East Lansing by beating Michigan State 21-7. What disturbed Duffy Daugherty more than his third straight loss was the way the Buckeyes beat his team with passing. Daugherty had expected sophomore Fullback Paul Huff to pound his Spartans inside and he did, 35 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns, but Quarterback Bill Long also completed nine of 11 passes. "I guess it's as easy to get used to losing as it is to winning," said Duffy. Ohio State obviously was not accustomed to winning. After the game three Buckeye players tried to hoist portly Woody Hayes to their shoulders to carry him off the field. They lifted and lifted—and finally settled for giving Woody the game ball.
Navy was no match at all for Notre Dame as Quarterback Terry Hanratty led the Irish to a 35-0 half-time lead, and Notre Dame won 43-14.
All season long Kansas' Pepper Rodgers and Kansas State's Vince Gibson, both volatile personalities with scorn for defeat and no love for each other, had been waiting to square off. The game should have been easy for the Jayhawks, who shared the Big Eight lead with Oklahoma, but K-State fought them all the way. It took a 30-yard field goal by Bill Bell with six minutes to go to win for Kansas 17-16.
Nebraska and Missouri, out of the Big Eight race now, had their troubles winning. Nebraska beat Iowa State 12-0, while Missouri barely beat Oklahoma State 7-0.
Before the season began, Toledo Coach Frank Lauterbur told some people he thought his Rockets, who had been mired in the Mid-American second division almost forever, could win the conference championship. It sounded like wishful thinking, but last Saturday, with Quarterback John Schneider completing 15 passes for 170 yards and little Ken Crots kicking a field goal and three extra points, Toledo beat Miami of Ohio 24-10 to clinch a tie for its first MAC title. Ohio U., given a second chance when Kent State was forced to forfeit its victory over the Bobcats because it used an ineligible player, can still tie the Rockets. Ohio, which crushed Western Michigan 20-10, has to beat Bowling Green Saturday.
1. USC (8-0)
2. UCLA (6-0-1)
3. WYOMING (8-0)
UCLA's Tommy Prothro saw it coming. Earlier in the week he had predicted, "The percentages favor either UCLA or USC losing before we meet." Well, his No. 2-ranked Bruins did not actually lose, but they came as close as you can in a 16-16 tie with bruising Oregon State. The Beavers' tough defense concentrated on shutting off Gary Beban's running and succeeded, while Quarterback Steve Preece and his runners, Bill Enyart, Bill Main and Don Summers, prodded sluggish UCLA off-balance with quick pitchouts and thrusts up the middle. In spite of this, UCLA maintained the lead through much of the game, thanks in large part to Zenon Andrusyshyn's field goals from 52, 33 and 26 yards. Yet Oregon State kept coming back, and with 1:14 left Mike Haggard's 28-yard field goal tied the game for the last time. Beban took UCLA down-field in one of his heroic charges after that, but an Andrusyshyn field-goal try from the 27 with 12 seconds to go was blocked.
Things were rough for USC for a while, too. Without ailing O. J. Simpson, the unbeaten Trojans had trouble getting away from California's determined defense, led by 235-pound Tackle Ed White, and USC was ahead only 17-12 in the third quarter. Then Coach John McKay changed his strategy. He sent Earl McCullouch, his fast split end, outside on pass patterns, and Quarterback Steve Sogge began hitting him. It was all over for Cal when McCullouch beat Defensive Back Bobby Smith for two touchdown passes, and USC won 31-12. "Nobody can stay with McCullouch," said McKay. UCLA's Prothro probably heard him.
Long-suffering Stanford, unable to beat Washington since 1958, finally got to the Huskies in Seattle when Quarterback Chuck Williams threw two touchdown passes to give the Indians a 14-7 win, and Washington State lost a hard battle of the have-nots to Oregon 17-13. A crowd of 49,536, the largest sports gathering ever in Colorado, was at Colorado Springs to see the Air Force play Army, but there was not much for the home fans to cheer about. Army's Nick Kurilko kicked a 45-yard field goal the first time the Cadets had the ball, and Army never lost its lead in a 10-7 win.
Undefeated Wyoming beat San Jose State 28-7, but Brigham Young found trouble when it went out of the Western AC. It got upset by Utah State 30-9.
San Francisco State's Bob Toledo broke all NCAA records for touchdown passes in a season (32) held by Jerry Rhome of Tulsa, and George Bork of Northern Illinois, throwing eight in a 68-34 win over Humboldt State. He now has 39.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Houston Fullback Paul Gipson, taking up the slack when Georgia stopped Warren McVea, carried 29 times for 229 yards, scored on a 25-yard run and made a two-point conversion that won for the Cougars 15-14.
THE LINEMAN: Utah State Tackle Bill Staley, 6'4" and 245 pounds, although double-and triple-teamed, wrecked Brigham Young's offense by making seven tackles, aided in 11 others and batted down two passes in Aggies' 30-9 upset.