1. OHIO STATE (3-0)
2. KANSAS (4-0)
3. PURDUE (3-1)
Ohio State's win over Purdue seemed appropriate enough, coming as it did in Columbus on Columbus Day. Meanwhile, at Iowa City, a homecoming crowd found out that Indiana can make any town the right place for its usual high-scoring, come-from-behind antics. Down 28-21, the Hoosiers pulled out one more of their customary grab-bag Big Ten wins, beating Iowa 38-34.
On the surface, everything looked in order at Ann Arbor, too, when 102,785 showed up to watch Michigan take on Michigan State. In any other year the natural rivalry would have had fans pointing for Saturday's game all week, but the folks in Ann Arbor were so preoccupied by the Detroit Tigers winning the World Series that the only ones heard screaming "Beat State" before the game were the Wolverine players at practice. With the kickoff, though, Mickey Lolich and the rest of the Tigers were suddenly forgotten.
October 20, 1968
Still, it was Ron Johnson, brother of Cincinnati Red Outfielder Alex Johnson, who scored the first Michigan touchdown. The Spartans, however, gained a 14-13 lead in the fourth quarter, and things looked even worse for the Wolverines when Quarterback Dennis Brown went back to throw at midfield and a swarm of Spartans, all eager to dismember him, zeroed in. Desperate, Brown lobbed a pass. End Jim Mandich caught it on the 25-yard line and scored as the Wolverines, much like the Tigers, escaped disaster and came out with a victory 28-14.
Doug Roalstad's 61-yard touchdown run with a punt return gave Minnesota a 14-0 lead, and then the defense stopped Illinois on the 10-and 20-yard lines to hold off the Illini 17-10. Outsiders knocked off two more Big Ten squads, Utah State downing Wisconsin 20-0 and Notre Dame stopping Northwestern 27-7. John Pappas passed for three quick scores in the first period to take care of the Badgers. Terry Hanratty of the Irish found the range on just six of 16 passes but ran for 77 yards as Notre Dame gained 308 yards on the ground.
While Kansas was defeating Nebraska (page 12), Missouri and Iowa State also advanced in the Big Eight. Missouri, using a spread defense to contain Big Eight total-offense leader Bob Anderson, beat Colorado 27-14. Anderson, taking advantage of the only route open to him, made good on long passes over the middle for scoring plays of 66 and 80 yards but, except for those bombs, the Tigers dominated the game, getting off 112 plays from scrimmage as compared to 37 for the Buffaloes. Iowa State picked off six Kansas State passes and came from behind to prevail 23-14.
No sooner had Air Force moved ahead of Navy 20-6 in Chicago than the Midshipmen came to life, scored twice and tied the game. Then Falcon Quarterback Gary Baxter got busy. He took the Air Force 69 yards and went over from five yards out to make the final score 26-20.
In the Mid-American Conference everything is set for a showdown this week between Ohio and Miami of Ohio, who are tied for the lead with 3-0 records. With Dick Conley picking up 162 yards in 29 tries, Ohio had an easy time disposing of William & Mary 41-0. Miami came through with its third straight shutout against MAC competition, whipping Marshall 46-0 and gaining 520 yards. Mark Bordeaux threw two touchdown passes as Western Michigan scored yet another shutout, beating Kent State 14-0. Absolutely no one scored in the Bowling Green-Toledo contest, virtually wiping out title hopes for both teams.
1. FLORIDA (4-0)
2. GEORGIA (3-0-1)
3. TENNESSEE (3-0-1)
It was halftime in Athens and with his Georgia team having gained a scant 63 yards and trailing Mississippi 7-0 it was time for Coach Vince Dooley to change his strategy. Right? No. Dooley merely said, "Just get out there and play football, and you can beat Ole Miss by two touchdowns." Dooley ended right up there with Jeane Dixon, for his Bulldogs were two-touchdown winners, 21-7.
Jim McCullough kicked two field goals for the aroused Bulldogs, Dennis Hughes made a catch of a 24-yard pass that was worthy of top billing by Ringling Brothers, End Billy Payne excelled on defense, and Quarterback Mike Cavan kept the offense rolling. Dooley may have had little to say at halftime, but Cavan admitted that he gave himself a scolding that apparently got him untracked. "I was," explained Cavan, "Ned the Primer in the first half. I mean, like I was in the first grade. I decided it was time to get going."
Georgia Tech, once renowned for scat-backs who could dip and dart and run through a keyhole, is devoid of good runners these days. Thus it was that Larry Good threw more passes against Tennessee (61) than some Tech teams tried in a full season. Good set a school record for completions (25) but two of his last-period throws wound up in enemy hands and the Volunteers won 24-7. It was an error-filled game, with Tennessee recovering six Tech fumbles and losing five of its own. Tennessee Wingback Lester McClain did manage to hang on to the ball, though, twice catching touchdown passes from Bubba Wyche. "The way Bubba was throwing, it would have been a crime not to catch it," said McClain modestly. In fact, though, he had to make a spectacular grab to haul in one end-zone pass.
Fine catches were also turned in by Miami receivers, most notably Dave Kalina, as the Hurricanes beat LSU 30-0, its worst loss in five years. Kalina had to outreach LSU defenders, first when he pulled in a 47-yard pass, and then when he hung on to a 22-yard touchdown toss. Both were thrown by David Olivo. Said Tiger Coach Charlie McClendon: "Olivo had time to pass, but when he didn't, he still completed the pass. It wasn't the fault of our secondary. Every time a Miami player caught one, our men were hanging on to him."
Auburn, which will not face Georgia and Tennessee until next month, remained on top of the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers may have difficulty retaining that lead come November, for they had trouble against nonconference foe Clemson and had to hustle in the second half to win 21-10. Alabama finally put together an effective running game as the Tide finished off Vanderbilt 31-7 in an SEC contest. In nonconference games, Florida broke a 3-3 tie with three last-period scores to defeat Tulane 24-3 and Mississippi State was crushed by Southern Mississippi 47-14. Kentucky, using new men at seven offensive positions, upset Oregon State 35-34. Bill (Earthquake) Enyart of the Beavers fumbled for a two-yard loss—the first time all year he has been thrown for a loss—but he more than atoned for that by scoring on four short runs. It was Dicky Lyons who made the Wildcat win possible as he scored three times, twice on short plunges, once on a 22-yard pass.
North Carolina State, winner of three straight Atlantic Coast Conference battles, moved into first place with a 36-12 win over South Carolina. Strong ground games helped Virginia and Maryland to pick up ACC victories. Jeff Anderson gained 184 yards and Frank Quayle 182 as the Cavaliers ran for a total of 494 in blasting Duke 50-20. Maryland won for the first time in a lucky 13 tries under Coach Bob Ward, overtaking North Carolina 33-24 as Billy Lovett carried the ball 39 times for 172 yards.
West Texas State's Mercury Morris, the nation's leading rusher with a 221-yard-per-game average going into the contest, was limited to just 52 yards and Memphis State scored four times in the last 15 minutes to win 42-21. Louisville took its Missouri Valley opener from Tulsa 16-7 as Wally Oyler passed 39 yards to Larry Hart for a late touchdown. Virginia Tech beat Wake Forest 7-6 and Richmond withstood a comeback by The Citadel to finish on top 21-16.
1. ARKANSAS (4-0)
2. TEXAS TECH (3-0-1)
3. TEXAS (2-1-1)
Seldom in the 63-year-old Texas-Oklahoma rivalry have so many lungs had so much to shout about for so long as they did last Saturday in the Cotton Bowl. In the end the Most Happy Fellas among the 71,938 fans were those yelling for Texas. They could lay claim to their new collective monicker, thanks to the footwork of sophomore Happy Feller, who kicked field goals of 29, 40 and 53 yards—the last one hitting the crossbar on the way over—as the Longhorns won 26-20.
There was, though, much more to the show than just Feller. Sooner Tailback Steve Owens churned out 127 yards in 28 rushes and Quarterback Bob Warmack threw two touchdown passes and scored on a 15-yard run that gave Oklahoma a 20-19 lead with 2:37 left. Texas countered throughout with Fullback Steve Worster, a powerful and original runner who lists to starboard and seems to be trying to scratch his right knee as he plods on. He gained 121 yards in 14 carries. The Longhorns also had an instep to go with Feller's toe. Bill Bradley, the erstwhile quarterback, put enough backspin on his punts to have two of them bounce back out of the Sooner end zone and roll dead on the one-and two-yard lines.
Still, it was Bradley's replacement, Quarterback Jim Street, who led the Longhorns on their 85-yard game-winning drive. Street hit on five passes as he brought the ball to the Sooner 21. Then Worster took over once again, barging ahead for 14 yards on a draw play and, on the very next play, slamming over right guard, breaking a tackle and scoring.
Texas Tech, which had upset Texas earlier, surprised the other Southwest Conference co-favorite—Texas A&M—as the Red Raiders scored twice in the final period to win 21-16. All of the Tech scoring drives were set up by the passing of Joe Matulich. Arkansas moved into a tie for the conference lead with the Raiders by holding off Baylor 35-19. The Razorbacks nearly blew a 21-0 lead as Pinky Palmer of the Bears gained 120 yards on the ground and Steve Stuart completed 16 of 23 passes to cut the score to 21-19 with 8:26 remaining. Bill Montgomery then guided the Razor-backs to a pair of quick touchdowns to wrap up the game.
TCU double-teamed Jerry Levias of SMU most of the day and, although he still caught nine passes, the Horned Frogs kept him from any long gainers. But with the score tied in the fourth quarter, Levias gathered in a punt on his own 11, dodged a covey of would be tacklers and went all the way for a touchdown and a 21-14 victory.
Houston fumbled (dropping the ball 10 times and losing it four) and bumbled (throwing four interceptions) its way out of the unbeaten ranks. Taking advantage of it all was previously winless Oklahoma State, which won 21-17 when Wayne Hallmark scored with just 56 seconds to go.
1. PENN STATE (4-0)
2. SYRACUSE (3-1)
3. YALE (3-0)
Slightly less than three minutes before the final gun, Army Quarterback Steve Lindell threw a pass over the head of Tight End Gary Steele at the California 29-yard line. The pass looked long, and the Cadets seemed one play closer to losing to the Golden Bears—who were leading 7-3 and who had given up only one touchdown all year. But Steele, who is also a high jumper on the track team, sprang up, up, up after the ball, latched onto it high in the air, fought off a defender and raced into the end zone. In all, the play covered 62 yards and meant a 10-7 defeat for previously unbeaten California.
Keeping track of all the points was almost as difficult as pronouncing the names of those who scored them for Syracuse as the Orangemen made poor Pittsburgh a helpless 50-17 victim. Among those scoring for Syracuse were Belgian-born Kicker George Jakowenko, Mike Chlebeck and Quarterbacks Paul Paolisso and Rich Panczyszyn. Syracuse scored in every possible way except one—a two-point conversion, but at least the Panthers managed one of those.
Pitt had some early moments, too, as Quarterback Dave Havern passed for 261 yards in the first half. He brought the Panthers back from 17-0 to 17-14, but after intermission the Orangemen effectively blitzed Havern. His running backs could gain only three yards all day and were not able to take any of the pressure off him.
Talking about Villanova's defense, Boston College Coach Joe Yukica had this lucid postgame comment: "Villanova used 5-3, 4-4, 5-4 and 4-3 defenses. On pass defense they covered both zone and man-to-man and they played us for the outside square." Do not be deceived by the mumbo-jumbo, because Eagle Quarterback Red Harris was not fooled by all those defenses. He had 18 completions in 34 tries, good for 253 yards and a 28-15 win.
Brown may have left Brian Dowling of Yale in stitches, but it was the Bulldog quarterback who had the last laugh. He had to take time out in the first quarter to receive five stitches in his eyebrow, and in the third period he hurt his ankle and left the game. Dowling, however, was in for 42 plays and that was long enough to gain 111 yards rushing and 192 passing and take the Bulldogs on a 35-13 Ivy League romp.
Like Dowling, Tailbacks Scott MacBean and Brian McCullough of Princeton each got only half a day's work in, giving separate but equal performances as the Tigers surprised Dartmouth 34-7. MacBean accumulated 137 yards on the ground and another 41 by hitting on all five of his passes, while McCullough ran for 144 yards and passed for 20 more. Penn, with the help of a Cornell field goal try that hit the crossbar and bounced back, won its third game in a row 10-8. A 58-yard pass from Bernie Zbrzeznj (how did Syracuse miss him?) to Dave Graham and a 22-yard field goal by Eliot Berry gave the Quakers their points. Vic Gatto, the 5'6" Harvard captain, ran for 144 yards and the defense forced Columbia into a rash of errors as the Crimson won 21-14.
Interceptions enabled Rutgers and Colgate to win. Safetyman John Pollock of Rutgers ran back one interception 54 yards for a touchdown and then ended Lehigh's come-from-behind hopes by stealing another in the closing minutes as the Scarlet Knights hung on 29-26. Halfback Al Klumpp of Colgate intercepted two Holy Cross aerials to save a 14-6 victory.
1. USC (4-0)
2. STANFORD (3-])
3. ARIZONA STATE (3-1)
Half an hour before kickoff time a USC assistant coach said, "It's doubtful that O.J. will play. It's strictly up to him if he thinks his knee can take it." Well, O.J. Simpson felt he could play and that is the only reason that the Trojans defeated Stanford 27-24 and remained unbeaten. Despite his bad knee, O.J. carried the ball 47 times (a record for him), gained 220 yards and scored three touchdowns, giving him 12 this season. Actually, though, it was Simpson's improvised passing that made the difference. O.J. was trapped behind the line on a fourth-and-one situation with the ball on the Stanford 33, the score 24-24 and 11:15 to play. Just when it seemed that Simpson might be dumped for a loss he spotted Dan Scott near the sideline at the 11. He let fly with a pass, Scott caught it, and four plays later Ron Ayala kicked a field goal.
Penn State, which lost to UCLA 17-15 last year on a blocked kick, capitalized on a similar play to hand the Bruins a 21-6 defeat. Linebacker Jack Ham blocked the punt in the second period and Jim Kates, another linebacker, picked it up and ran 36 yards for a touchdown. Explaining how he was able to get to the ball, Kates said, "The center had a peculiar motion. He moved the ball forward before snapping it and I was able to time myself." Tom Cherry and Charlie Pittman broke tackles to score the other Nittany Lion touchdowns, Cherry on a 76-yard pass, Pittman on a 28-yard run.
Fog, cancelled flights and other delays turned the 300-mile trip to Seattle into an odyssey for the Oregon team. When the Ducks finally got a chance to work out on the Huskies' AstroTurf it was 10 o'clock on Friday night and the only light was provided by a parked car and by a few rays that spilled over from a nearby practice field. Oregon had trouble the next day, too, on the rain-slicked carpet but managed to win 3-0 on a 38-yard field goal by Ken Woody.
Arizona State came back to life as Art Malone ran for 135 yards and Larry Walton scored three times to polish off Washington State 41-14. Wyoming trailed Brigham Young 17-7 after three periods, but fought back to win 20-17 when Bob Jacobs kicked a 31-yard field goal with six seconds left to play in their Western Athletic Conference game. New Mexico mental errors helped Utah win another WAC contest 30-7. One Lobo took a kickoff on his own three-yard line and then downed the ball in the end zone, thus giving the Redskins a safety. Earlier, with the Lobos in front 7-6, they accepted a penalty instead of forcing the Redskins to punt. On the next play, Utah scored on a 56-yard pass and that was the beginning of the end for New Mexico.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Senior Halfback Ron Johnson led Michigan to a 28-14 upset of Michigan State, scoring on a 38-yard run with the game barely two minutes old and picking up a total of 152 yards overall in 19 tries for the Wolverines.
THE LINEMAN: Defensive End Billy Payne of Georgia corralled Ole Miss Quarterback Archie Manning, intercepting one of his passes, stoping his rollouts and making 11 individual tackles as the Bulldogs came from behind to win.