2. KANSAS (2-0)
3. NEBRASKA (3-0)
Kansas Coach Pepper Rodgers had a busy week. One day he put himself in at quarterback on the Kansas redshirt team and impersonated Indiana's Harry Gonso. He also promised 5,000 students at a Harry Belafonte concert that he would do a triple somersault when he led his team on the field for the Indiana game. Rodgers settled for a double somersault, but his Jayhawks were in no mood to settle for anything inferior. Halfback Don Shanklin scored three touchdowns on a 59-yard punt return and runs of 54 and 65 yards, rushed for a total of 159 yards and ran back four punts for 139 yards. Indiana, down 17-0 at the half, came back as usual, but this time couldn't make it all the way. Quarterback Bob Douglass' 71-yard run and Shanklin's 65-yard dash finished them off, as Kansas won 38-20.
Minnesota Coach Murray Warmath missed the handshake with Nebraska's Bob Devaney after their game in Minneapolis because he was off demanding an explanation from the referee as to why the clock did not stop after the Gophers' last first down on the Nebraska 35-yard line. "I'm not alibiing," he said. "We had 59 minutes and 50 seconds to win and we didn't. But to a dying man, one last breath means everything." Breathing came hard to Warmath after he watched his Gophers squander a 14-0 lead when Quarterback Ray Stephens threw two pass interceptions in the fourth quarter. The first one set up Nebraska Quarterback Ernie Sigler's 14-yard pass to Jim McFarland for the tying touchdown. The second gave Paul Rogers the chance to kick a 19-yard field goal with 1:30 to go to win for the Huskers 17-14.
October 6, 1968
SMU Sports Publicist Junior Eldredge was explaining the Mustangs' offense in Columbus last week. "We play a hully-gully sand-lot type of game," he said. "It's kinda like third-period gym—you know, everybody run out and we'll throw the ball to you. I don't know how Ohio State could scout us because we make up our plays in the huddle." Eldredge's spiel was amusing, even if it raised the ire of SMU Coach Hayden Fry. And it was also accurate, as both SMU and Ohio State danced a wild hully-gully. SMU threw 76 passes and completed 40 for 437 yards, as arm-weary Quarterback Chuck Hixson got 37 completions in 69 tries for 417 yards. But Ohio State, with sophomore Quarterback Rex Kern running Woody Hayes's new show—yes, Kern even called most of the plays-won easily 35-14.
The Big Ten got another look at USC"s O. J. Simpson, which is like a second trip to the death cell. This time Northwestern got burned as O. J. scored on runs of five, 11 and 15 yards, gained 189 yards and led the Trojans to a 24-7 win. Simpson, who missed practice all week because of a bruised thigh, was surprised to hear he had carried 34 times. "Maybe I'm just getting used to it," he said. Illinois and Wisconsin also fell before outlanders, Illinois being routed by Missouri 44-0 while Wisconsin, despite a last-ditch rally, lost to Washington 21-17. But Michigan State had better luck when Quarterback Bill Feraco completed nine of 13 passes, six to Flanker Al Brenner, as the Spartans beat Baylor 28-10.
Oklahoma, over the shock it suffered at Notre Dame, had little trouble beating North Carolina State 28-14. Tailback Steve Owens mussed up the Wolfpack with 164 yards and two touchdowns, and Quarterback Bob Warmack threw to Eddie Hinton for a score.
The Mid-American Conference was formful. Ohio U.'s good defense thwarted Kent State in a 31-7 victory, while Miami of Ohio took Western Michigan 28-0. Toledo smothered Marshall 35-12 thanks in small measure to Ken Crots, who kicked five extra points. He now has 50 straight and needs only two more to set an NCAA record.
1. ARKANSAS (2-0)
2. TEXAS A&M (1-1)
3. HOUSTON (1-0-1)
Mayor W. D. Rogers Jr. of Lubbock, Texas is an avowed hawk, at least when it comes to football. He stirred things up for the Texas-Texas Tech game by declaring Spook the Longhorns Night, and 10,000 Red Raider fans, enhancing the theme, brought face masks like the one worn by the cowboy who rides a black horse around the field before each Tech game. And then Texas entered into the evening's theme by playing half a football game as if it had, indeed, been spooked. Among other scary things, the Longhorns lost the ball deep in Tech territory three times: on a blocked field-goal try, a fumble and an interception. Meanwhile Roger Freeman of Tech scored twice, and Larry Alford ran back a punt 84 yards to build a 21-0 lead. Even at that, Texas struggled back to frighten the home team when Quarterback James Street, taking over for lackluster Bill Bradley, completed eight passes and Fullback Steve Worster, who gained 128 yards, scored twice. It was to no avail, though, for Freeman ran for a third touchdown and Kenny Vinyard kicked a 23-yard field goal to finish off Texas 31-22.
Residents of Fayetteville, Ark. did not get nearly as worked up about their contest, least of all Big Red, a huge pig who is the Razorback mascot. Big Red slept through the whole game. What he missed was a 56-13 Arkansas yawner over Tulsa in which sophomore Quarterback Bill Montgomery hit on 6 of 11 passes and Tailback David Dickey on two of two, both for touchdowns.
"We really went vroom, vroom tonight," said LSU Coach Charlie McClendon after beating Rice 21-7. "We brought a planeload of boys and played nearly every one of them." The LSU defense held the Owls to 157 yards, and the offense, which is often noteworthy for its absence, gained 374 yards.
Quarterback Ted Fay guided TCU to a pair of second-half touchdowns, both scored on runs by Ross Montgomery, and a 28-17 win against Iowa, nullifying some fine running by Tailback Denny Green, who gained 175 yards and scored on runs of 63 and 25 yards. Eugene Morris of West Texas State gained 181 yards and scored twice to defeat Pacific 23-7.
1. PENN STATE (2-0)
2. SYRACUSE (1-1)
3. ARMY (1-1)
Just to illustrate how coaches can outsmart themselves, Rutgers' John Bateman worried all last week about Princeton's passing game. The heavily-favored Tigers had two experienced tailbacks for their single-wing offense and one of them, Scott MacBean, had beaten Rutgers 22-21 with a last-minute pass in 1967. So Princeton tried only 12 passes, completed five and let the alert Scarlet Knights intercept three. Meanwhile Rutgers Quarterback Bruce Van Ness skillfully picked apart the frustrated Tigers, running nine yards for one touchdown and escaping a blitz to lob a 21-yard pass to Halfback Mel Brown for another. In addition, sophomore Chris Stewart kicked a soccer-style, 50-yard field goal—a school record—as Rutgers beat Princeton 20-14 for the first time since 1961 and only the ninth time in 59 games.
Army Coach Tom Cahill worried about his pass defense, too, before the game with Vanderbilt, and his instincts were right. The Black Knight defenders moved as if burdened by armor as Quarterback John Miller, a 5'9" sophomore, rifled one pass after another to Split End Curt Chesley (who caught 11) and a horde of other receivers. Miller completed 23 of 31 passes for 244 yards and one touchdown and Vandy upset the shocked Cadets 17-13.
It was hard for Penn State to drum up enthusiasm for the Kansas State game. At a campus pep rally the night before, the players nearly outnumbered the students and Coach Joe Paterno cracked, "I hope no one gets caught in the traffic jam leaving the rally." And it took his players awhile to get worked up the next day. They were behind 9-7 when Halfback Bob Campbell, sprung loose on a trap play, ran 56 yards to the K-State 28 before he was bulldogged down from behind, suffering a shoulder separation. Six plays later Charlie Pittman scored from the five to put the Nittany Lions ahead. After that, the Penn State defense, led by Tackles Mike Reid and Steve Smear, shut off K-State, and the Lions went on to win 25-9. In addition to Campbell, Defensive End Lincoln Lippincott limped off with a badly sprained ankle, which means Penn State's casualty list is getting ominous.
Passing as it hasn't in years, Syracuse beat Maryland 32-14, with Quarterback Paul Paolisso accounting for most of the scoring by throwing for two touchdowns and running for a third. Boston College rewarded new Coach Joe Yukica with an upset over Navy when its quarterback, Joe Marzetti, also hit for two aerial scores and ran for another, and Halfback Dave Bennett rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns. The result was a 49-15 humiliation of the Middies. Nobody had scored that much against Navy in 43 years, and this season may seem that long in Annapolis before it ends.
Pitt Coach Dave Hart, who was hit with a severe case of foot-in-mouth before last week's 63-7 shellacking by UCLA—he had testily questioned the 19-point odds favoring the Bruins—was almost speechless after West Virginia finished with his young team, 38-15. The Mountaineers' Mike Sherwood scored twice and completed 27 of 37 passes for 416 yards and two more TDs. Hart closed the Pitt locker room to writers for more than an hour after the debacle and finally came out, mumbling, "There's nothing I can say. I've said too much already."
Most Ivy League teams feasted on smaller friends in the neighborhood. Yale, led by Quarterback Brian Dowling, defeated Connecticut 31-14, while Dartmouth beat New Hampshire 21-0 and Cornell downed Colgate 17-0. Harvard, however, had to come from behind to beat Holy Cross 27-20. Even Penn and Brown won. The Quakers took Bucknell 27-10 and Brown slipped past Rhode Island 10-9. Apparently, though, nothing has changed at Columbia. The Lions, in their first game under new Coach Frank Navarro, lost to Lafayette 36-14.
Massachusetts was no match for Buffalo in a battle between two teams that yearn to go big time. Buffalo Quarterback Denny Mason completed his first 13 passes and 17 of 21 in all to lead the Bulls to a 23-0 win.
1. FLORIDA (2-0)
2. GEORGIA (1-0-1)
3. LSU (2-0)
It was a game that began with both Florida and Florida State lining up at the wrong ends of the field for the kickoff, but from then on there were few mistakes. Florida made almost none, in fact, as it won 9-3, ending a nine-game unbeaten streak for the offense-conscious Seminoles and holding them without a touchdown for the first time in 26 games.
A strong defense, with 6'6", 237-pound Tackle Jim Hadley leading the charge, twice stopped the Seminoles inside the Gator four-yard line. The defense also handcuffed Flanker Ron Sellers, limiting him to six catches and 50 yards. Said Coach Ray Graves, "We stopped an offense that has few peers and a receiver who has none." The game's only touchdown was scored by Fullback Larry Smith on a three-yard burst.
The way Bud Carson of Georgia Tech sees it, he is only six inches from having one of the finest teams in the nation. "I tell a boy when we're recruiting him that we don't have six inches of carpeting in the dormitory," he explained on the eve of his game against Miami. "I tell the boy we don't have a million-dollar dormitory for football players and that we're more interested in academics than in football. I'm not complaining, though. I wouldn't have it any other way, but right now we're fighting to stay in big-time football. I think we'll make it." The Yellow jackets did not quite make it against the Hurricanes, but they hardly looked small time while losing 10-7. Defensive End Ted Hendricks of Miami, a 6'8" 222-pounder known as The Mad Stork, was the difference. In the second half he recovered two fumbles, one of which set up the winning field goal, and broke up two important pass plays with his devastating rushes. And why did Hendricks go to Miami? Well, it wasn't carpeting at all. It was because of a physics professor. Hendricks had planned on going to Princeton until the professor transferred to Miami.
Going into the fourth quarter, Southern Mississippi led Alabama 14-7 and people were beginning to think Paul Bryant had become a toothless Bear. But five minutes, one field goal (a 19-yarder by Oran Buck) and one touchdown (Scott Hunter passed 34 yards to George Ranager) later Alabama was in front for keeps 17-14. That makes two frightening escapes for Alabama in two weeks. Mississippi, which will take on Alabama this week, also needed a fourth-period uprising to hold oft" Kentucky. A recovered fumble set up a 20-yard touchdown run by Ole Miss Quarterback Archie Manning, and then Glenn Cannon and Bob Bailey ran back interceptions for scores to wrap it up 30-14.
Clemson's Richie Luzzi took a missed Georgia field goal and ran it back 108 yards for a touchdown, but Georgia, with sophomore Quarterback Mike Cavan passing for two touchdowns and running for another, did not make many other errors as it won 31-13 and began to look like the SEC's best team. Richmond Flowers of Tennessee may have been disappointed when he failed to qualify for the Olympics as a hurdler, but Memphis State fans were just as sorry he did not make it. Flowers, a wingback for two years, was welcomed home with pleased smiles by Coach Doug Dickey, who told him he was a tailback now and to start running. Flowers launched his belated season with touchdown runs of six and seven yards as the Volunteers won 24-17. Loran Carter's passes and Mike Currier's runs carried Auburn past Mississippi State 26-0 in an SEC battle of have-nots.
In a pair of intersectional clashes Michigan beat Duke 31-10 and Texas A&M disposed of Tulane 35-3. Two fine runners set up both wins: Ron Johnson of the Wolverines rushing for 205 yards and two touchdowns and Larry Stegent of the Aggies scoring on bursts of eight, 15 and 55 yards.
"The greatest comeback of any team I've ever been associated with," said Coach Paul Dietzel after South Carolina had lived up to his slogan ("The fourth quarter is ours") by stunning North Carolina 32-27. At the start of the fourth quarter the Gamecocks trailed 27-3. Then, with Tommy Suggs and Randy Yoakum setting up four touchdowns with their passes, they went on to ruin the day for the crowd at Chapel Hill.
A defensive battle between Virginia Tech and William & Mary was won by Tech's defensive line, which blocked two kicks to give the Gobblers a 12-0 victory.
1. USC (2-0)
2. ARIZONA STATE(2-0)
3. UCLA (2-0)
The Western AC race was over almost before it began, primarily because Arizona State Coach Frank Kush had Texas-El Paso figured correctly. He felt his team had to get to Brooks Dawson, the good UTEP passer, so he decided upon several shifty maneuvers of his linemen, including one tricky little number called "X-stunt with dog" that opened up a clear path for End Dennis Farrell. X-stunt with dog worked beautifully, as Farrell dropped Dawson for losses five times. When Farrell wasn't getting to Dawson, other ASU linemen took turns leveling the poor UTEP quarterback. All together they smeared him 13 times.
While all this was going on, ASU's fast backs were running well out of an offense Coach Kush calls "a complicated Mickey Mouse thing." They scored three touchdowns within five minutes in the first quarter, one on a 70-yard punt return by Larry Walton. Fullback Art Malone rammed the weary UTEP line for 161 yards and two touchdowns, and ASU coasted home 31-19. How good is ASU? A Wyoming scout ranks ASU with Nebraska, but Kush is having none of that. "Talk of us being that good is just silly," he says.
In Los Angeles it was time for UCLA's improbable sophomore, Jim Nader, to step out for Act Two of his drama. A week earlier he had filled in superbly for injured Quarterback Bill Bolden, but this time Nader blew his role as a leading man. He connected on only three of 12 passes, and his ball handling bore an unfortunate resemblance to a juggling act. But the Bruins beat Washington State 31-21 as another sophomore, Mickey Cureton, gained 106 yards in the first half.
Those rumbling sounds out of Salt Lake City were set in motion by Oregon State Fullback Bill (Earthquake) Enyart, who ran for 299 yards and three touchdowns in 50 tries. Left in his wake was Utah, a 24-21 victim. California Quarterback Randy Humphries was on target with 17 of 29 passes, 12 of them to 6'7" Wayne Stewart, as the Bears beat Colorado 10-0. Stanford, with Jim Plunkett throwing three touchdown passes, looked effective, too, as it beat Oregon 28-12 in a Pacific Eight game. Air Force surprised Wyoming 10-3 with the help of a 57-yard field goal by Dennis Leuthauser.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Leroy Keyes was his usual superb self in Purdue's 37-22 win over Notre Dame, completing a 17-yard pass for a touchdown, scoring on runs of 16 and 18 yards, running for 90 yards and catching three passes for 33.
THE LINEMAN: Miami owed its win over Georgia Tech to Defensive End Ted Hendricks. With Hendricks recovering two fumbles and trapping the quarterback, Miami held Tech to minus three yards rushing in the second half.