1. PENN STATE (1-0)
2. SYRACUSE (1-0)
3. ARMY (1-0)
In the fashion of the season, the Navy's new gold helmets each had a big blue "100" painted on the sides. This, of course, was in honor of college football's centennial, but as the game wore on in the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, it looked as if 100 might be the number of points that Penn State would score against the poor Midshipmen. As it was, the final score—Penn State 45, Navy 22—was largely thanks to the mercy of State Coach Joe Paterno, who played his second-stringers through much of the second half.
Of course, Navy's new head coach, Rick Forzano, shouldn't feel too bad. Penn State is going to wallop a lot of teams this season. The Nittany Lions now have gone 20 straight games without a loss and, with studs like Charlie Pittman, Mike Reid and Steve Smear around, they just might extend that by another 10 games or so. Reid, an accomplished concert pianist, turned in a virtuoso performance in the defensive line, as did Smear, who demolished Navy's backs all afternoon. And then Pittman put his moves on the Middies' defenders for two touchdowns and a career high of 176 yards rushing in his first heavy going since the Orange Bowl (ankle and knee injuries kept him out of heavy contact both last spring and this fall). Pittman's day was topped off nicely when his hero, Lenny Moore, the old Penn State and Baltimore Colt star, dropped by the dressing room to shake hands. "You're bigger than me," Moore told Pittman, "but there's no sense in comparing things. You do your thing, I did mine."
September 28, 1969
After Syracuse slipped past surprising Iowa State 14-13, the university's new chancellor, Dr. John Corbally, visited the dressing room and said, "I appreciated the way you played today...I know that you really didn't want to close them out too early." Well, Dr. Corbally might have thought that the Orangemen were toying with their visitors just for drama's sake, but Coach Ben Schwartzwalder knew better. "We just couldn't coordinate our defense," he said, thankful that Syracuse was able to come from behind with an 80-yard drive in the final quarter. Sophomore Greg Allen set up the winning touchdown on a 12-yard sweep, then sophomore Marty Januskiewicz scored on another sweep.
New Mexico's Lobos came East seeking to end their 19-game losing streak, but they picked on the wrong team. Army moved on the ground—where else?—well enough (241 yards) for a 31-14 victory. Meanwhile, down the Hudson in New York's Yankee Stadium, 64,232 showed up for the second annual charity game between Grambling and Morgan State, and Grambling Wingback Frank Lewis put on a spectacular for the folks. Showing more soul than anybody but the Grambling marching band, Lewis scored on tape-measure dashes of 83 and 87 yards as Grambling won 30-12. Meanwhile, the Tigers' defensive line, which averages a dainty 265 pounds, stopped three Morgan State drives inside the five.
1. TEXAS (1-0)
2. ARKANSAS (1-0)
3. TEXAS TECH (1-0)
By Texas standards it was not really that hot—86° and 74% humidity—but Purdue nevertheless roared into TCU's Amon Carter Stadium armed to the chin straps with all sorts of cool stuff—fishnet jerseys, oxygen and lots of ice. This was all very impressive, but Coach Jack Mollenkopf's best air conditioner was senior Quarterback Mike Phipps, who passed for four touchdowns as Purdue chilled the Horned Frogs 42-35—TCU's first home opening loss since 1951.
Not only did Phipps team with Stan Brown for a 67-yard scoring pass in the third quarter (which went 50 yards in the air), his longest completion did not even lead to a touchdown. It was an 80-yarder to John Bullock, from the Newport News, Va. high school that produced Leroy Keyes, and it was the longest pass play in the history of the stadium. But Bullock was stopped on the TCU five and Purdue failed this time to punch it across-just one of the quixotic turns in a game where Purdue led 35-7 in the third quarter, only to have TCU come back behind its own limber-armed quarterback, sophomore Steve Judy, in the last period. The Frogs pulled within seven points late in the game when senior Linzy Cole returned a Purdue kick 70 yards for a touchdown, but then the Boilermakers killed the clock. "Whew," said Coach Fred Taylor of TCU, "have you ever seen a wilder game?"
No, coach—not unless it was the one going on down the road in Lubbock, where Texas Tech achieved one of the season's early upsets by knocking off Kansas 38-22. After the visiting Jayhawks took a 16-0 lead, Tech chipped away at it, going ahead 17-16 in the third quarter. Kansas scored again for a 22-17 lead with time running out, but the Red Raiders blew the game open in the last four minutes. The heroes were Quarterback Joe Matulich and End David May, who combined for a 67-yard pass play, and Cornerback Denton Fox, who intercepted two passes—one for a 55-yard touchdown and the other to set up Tech's final TD with three seconds left. "We weren't in real great shape," said Texas Tech Coach J. T. King, who then added in his best coachly fashion: "But we had the character to come back and win." Kansas' normally effervescent Pepper Rodgers, who had watched Tech score the most points ever against one of his teams, groused: "I've been telling you all along that we're not a great team because we're too inexperienced."
In Little Rock, the Arkansas fans were yelling "Sooey pig," as is their wont, and the Razorbacks proceeded to sooey, or whatever it is that nice pigs do, all over Oklahoma State, to the tune of 39-0. Junior Quarterback Bill Montgomery ran for three touchdowns.
1. GEORGIA (1-0)
2. ALABAMA (1-0)
3. MISSISSIPPI (1-0)
Some people had picked Houston as college football's No. 1 team, but apparently Coach Ray Graves of Florida's Gators hadn't heard about it. So sophomore Quarterback John Reaves turned his first varsity pass into a 70-yard touchdown and the young Gators went on to rout the Cougars 59-34 in a bizarre game that was more or less typical of the way college football has come out swinging this year. "We had that game you dream of as a coach," said Graves. "Everything went like you draw it up. The execution was perfect, and the determination was as fine as I've seen by a Florida team. It was a case of everything we did being right and everything Houston did being wrong—and when this happens, a good football team can be beaten badly"
Reaves threw five touchdown passes and broke three school passing records—a performance that had Gator fans comparing him with Steve Spurrier. None of this could have been accomplished, however, without the grit of Florida's offensive line, which blocked so fiercely that the seat of Reaves' pants was almost as clean after the game as before. The most frustrated player on the field was Houston Quarterback Ken Bailey, only next best with five touchdown passes and 246 yards in aerial yardage.
Georgia manhandled Tulane 35-0, but Coach Vince Dooley was not gloating. "Quite honestly," Dooley said afterward, "we might have been better off playing a stronger opponent." Indeed, Georgia had things so much its own way that Halfback Dennis Hughes said enthusiastically, "Man, every time I looked up today, I saw a hole to run through." Hughes carried six times for 23 yards and caught four passes for 90, but even he didn't scare Tulane nearly as much as Defensive Guard Steve Greer. "That Greer is unreal," said Tulane Quarterback Rusty Lachaussee. "I'd turn around and he'd be hanging on my heels."
Bear Bryant coached his very first college game at Blacksburg, Va. in 1945 and his Maryland team lost to Virginia Tech 21-13. The Bear finally got around to returning to Blacksburg and this time the results were more gratifying: Alabama 17, Virginia Tech 13, before the largest crowd (42,000) in the state's history. "Things have changed a lot," said Bryant as he looked around the Tech campus, where he had brought his team a day early, on Thursday, because "I wanted the boys to feel the atmosphere of how much these people wanted to win." Bama's big break came when Tim Bosiack, flustered after making a hurried change from place-kicking to punting shoes, dropped a perfect snap and Alabama recovered at the Tech 49. Two plays later the Tide's George Ranager scored to make it 17-10.
Red-headed Archie Manning led Ole Miss to a 28-3 victory over Memphis State. Manning ran for two touchdowns and completed 11 of 18 passes. "We're much farther along this year than we were at this time last year," observed Archie. Memphis State Coach Billy Murphy, whose team ran up 410 yards against Ole Miss, said, "They've got more depth than they've ever had."
Before the customary 68,000 howling fans in Tiger Stadium, LSU bashed Texas A&M 35-6 and Coach Charlie McClendon observed: "We played 59 boys and they really had fun...it's nice to see them have fun, too." If fun means slamming Texas A&M players to the ground with great gusto, then that's what LSU had, all right. Led by Linebackers George Bevan and Mike Anderson, the Tiger defense held the Aggies to minus 12 yards rushing for three quarters. From then on it didn't matter.
After suffering scholastic probation, disciplinary probation and tons of publicity, sophomore Charles Dudish finally made his debut at Georgia Tech and suddenly the Yellow Jackets had their old sting back, upsetting SMU 24-21 in Atlanta. With only 2.40 left in the game, Dudish scored the winning touchdown on what may prove to have been the most improbable play of the young season. On fourth down at the SMU one-yard line, he took the snap, started over guard, fumbled, picked it up and leaped over everybody to score. "We had him stopped cold," said SMU's Tommy Fraser, "but he picked it up and dived over the crowd like a kangaroo." The TD was set up when 5'8" Safety Mike Wysong intercepted a Chuck Hixson pass at midfield.
1. OHIO STATE (0-0)
2. MISSOURI (1-0)
3. NOTRE DAME (1-0)
One night last spring, long after Steve and Barbara Owens had gone to sleep, the telephone rang in their apartment near the University of Oklahoma campus.
"H-h-hullo," said Barbara, still not fully conscious. "Who? Uh, just a minute...Steve...Steve, honey...It's O.J....O. J. Simpson."
"Uh, Barb," said Owens, "hang up that thing and go back to sleep. I don't know O. J. Simpson and he doesn't know me—it's probably one of the guys, trying to pull something."
But Steve Owens took the receiver and in an instant he was awake. The voice crackling over the phone was unmistakable: Owens had heard it over radio and TV dozens of times. It was O. J. Simpson and he was in New York, where he and Leroy Keyes and Jerry Levias and Ron Sellers and the rest of the Coaches All-America team were having a party. Simpson wanted to tell Owens that he had seen him score those five touchdowns against Nebraska on TV, that Owens is one great player and that everyone at the party wished he were there, too, because he deserved to be. "But don't worry," said O.J. "Next year you're a senior and you'll be up here for it all."
Well, Owens is a senior now and he got his year off to an appropriate start against Wisconsin in Madison. He carried the ball 40 times for 189 yards and four touchdowns in Oklahoma's 48-21 victory—the 10th straight time he had gained more than 100 yards in a regular-season game, breaking Ollie Matson's record set back in 1951.
Owens is a good bet to get 856 more yards this season to top the alltime national rushing record set only last year by Mercury Morris of West Texas State—and perhaps he will succeed his midnight caller as the winner of the Heisman Trophy. "We really want to help Steve win it," said sophomore Quarterback Jack Mildren, who just might be thinking along those lines himself in two years, if his impressive debut (three touchdowns running and passing) was an indication. As for Wisconsin, sophomore Fullback Alan Thompson came away looking like the next Alan Ameche (220 yards gained) and, as one fan put it, "Heaven knows it's about time we found one."
Harry Brown, who was not even listed in Missouri's press book, kicked four field goals—the last from 30 yards with 11 seconds remaining—to lift the Tigers to a 19-17 victory over the Air Force. Brown was not put on the team until he had made up some credits in summer school, and even after Coach Dan Devine added him to the squad he became so discouraged with his kicking that he was thinking of quitting as late as Missouri's last scrimmage. Brown's winning field goal was set up by a long pass after Air Force went into what Coach Ben Martin calls his "victory" defense. "But we got confused," said Martin, "and we ended up with half our backs playing a victory and half not." And so Air Force ended with no victory at all.
"Northwestern needs a win badly," said Notre Dame Coach Ara Parseghian, who had coached the Wildcats before he came to South Bend, "but not against me." So Notre Dame, after falling behind 10-0, pulled itself together and used a bunch of walk-ons and former scrubs in the Hanratty-Seymour Era to win 35-10. Bill Barz and Ed Ziegler gained 176 yards rushing and South Bend's own Brian Lewallen, who wrote to Parseghian asking for a tryout, broke the game open with a 44-yard punt return in the last quarter. After its early glory, North-western's offense was kept in check by Notre Dame Tackle Mike McCoy, who spread his 270 pounds all over Northwestern Quarterback Dave Shelbourne.
Stung by last week's 37-0 loss to UCLA, Oregon State Coach Dee Andros trotted out a new starting quarterback, sophomore Steve Endicott, and he proceeded to pass the Beavers to a surprisingly easy 42-14 win over Iowa. Oregon State attempted more passes (34) than any Andros team ever, and Endicott's 16 completions tied Terry Baker's school record. The turning point of the game may have come at the start when Andros took his soccerstyle kicker, Jeff Kolberg, to the side and told him to "kick it lousy." He did. The ball spiraled weirdly to the Iowa 39 where Oregon State recovered it and went on to score. Iowa never got even.
1. USC (1-0)
2. STANFORD (1-0)
3. ARIZONA STATE (1-0)
While USC was beating Nebraska in the Midwest (page 32), Texas was on the Coast. Fans who think the Longhorns will supplant Ohio State as the nation's No. 1 team were given cause for concern by their 17-0 victory over California at Berkeley. Oh, Texas had the runners (322 yards) and the defense, all right, but where, oh, where did the passing attack go? The Longhorns' air game was so mediocre that Coach Darrell Royal was frowning even in victory. "Our passing certainly needs more work," Royal said. "I really thought we'd throw better—and when we did throw well, we dropped it."
Even more unsettling to Royal was the kicking game. "Our snaps were bad," he said. "We had a field goal blocked and our punts were not high enough. We almost had a punt returned on us, and if we kick that poorly this season, we will gel some returned on us." California Coach Ray Willsey, who once was an assistant to Royal at Texas, did not have much sympathy for his old boss. "We were blocked and we stayed blocked," he said, "and you have to give most of the credit to the Texas defense. They played their type of game, tough and physical." Cal played without its good defensive end, Irby Augustine, who suffered a knee injury in practice two weeks ago.
Arizona State Coach Frank Kush exercised a coach's prerogative and spent the week moaning about Minnesota's strength. "They'll just march the ball up and down the field on us," he said. "I can almost guarantee they'll score at least three touchdowns." Well, Minnesota scored four touchdowns to be exact, but Kush couldn't complain too much because his Sun Devils put up seven TDs of their own for a 48-26 victory. Minnesota keyed on Sun Devil Fullback Art Malone, so Joe Spagnola completed 16 of 29 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns. "I don't know if we've ever played a team that fast before," marveled Minnesota's Murray Warmath.
The small-college ranks probably looked pretty good to San Jose State after it was swamped by Stanford, 63-21, in its major-college debut. Stanford's Quarterback Jim Plunkett completed eight of his first nine passes for an early 28-7 lead before Coach John Ralston began calling up the reserves. "We were sloppy," said Ralston.
UCLA followed its opening victory over Oregon State by thumping Pittsburgh 42-8 in Los Angeles. JC transfer Dennis Dummit's second game at quarterback for the Bruins was glittering—II completions in 16 attempts for 258 yards and three touchdowns—but it was a tiny sophomore, Ron Carver (5'9", 160 pounds), who delighted the home fans. Besides returning the opening kickoff for a 70-yard touchdown, Carver carried a punt 43 yards and made a jarring tackle that resulted in a fumble. "This is the best balanced and most explosive UCLA team I've seen in the last 10 years," said Pitt's new coach, Carl DePasqua.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Florida's sophomore Quarterback John Reaves equaled a Southeastern Conference record with five touchdown passes as the Gators upset highly rated Houston 59-34. Reaves hit 18 of 30 passes for 342 yards.
THE LINEMAN: Notre Dame's Mike McCoy, as agile as he is big, helped the Irish tear Northwestern apart 35-10. McCoy flitted all over the field making eight unassisted tackles, intercepting one pass and knocking down three more.