1. TENNESSEE (6-0)
2. LSU (6-1)
3. FLORIDA STATE (6-1)
Although LSU had beaten its hated neighbor, Ole Miss, only once in Charlie McClendon's seven years as coach, the Tigers went into the game as undaunted as they were unbeaten. Around Louisiana the feeling was that this finally would be the year when "Go to Hell, Ole Miss, Go to Hell" would become more than just something to yell in the days before the game. After all, hadn't Ole Miss already lost three times? And didn't LSU have not only the South's best defense but the school's most explosive offense since Cannon-Dietzel-Chinese Bandits? And even if this Archie Manning was the greatest thing since grits, surely one man couldn't beat a whole team, could he? Well, could he?
"You wouldn't think that, the way football is played today," said LSU's bone-weary senior Linebacker George Bevan after the Rebs' 26-23 victory in Jackson's Memorial Stadium, "but he is the one who beat us. I thought we had him every time, but he can turn a 15-yard loss into a 25-yard gain. I thought the quarterback from Auburn was good, but he has only one leg compared with Manning."
November 10, 1969
The Tigers looked like winners early in the third quarter, taking a 23-12 lead after Quarterback Mike Hillman lofted a 32-yard scoring pass to End Andy Hamilton. The LSU fans went into a purple-and-gold fury, but the Ole Miss rooters just polished their white-on-red "Archie" buttons and waited for their miracle worker to do his stuff. Right away Manning passed and ran Ole Miss to the LSU three, then scrambled untouched around right end to narrow the gap to 23-18. And then, at the end of the period, Archie sneaked over from a foot away for the winning points. The Ole Miss defense set up the final TD by recovering a fumble at the LSU 23, then put out the Tigers' last hope by knocking down a fourth-down pass at the Ole Miss 23 with time running out. LSU could have gone for a tying field goal—junior Mark Lumpkin had already kicked three—but McClendon elected to try for the first down. "Yes, the field goal entered my mind," McClendon said, "but we had really put the sweat on 'em, and in this situation I felt we had a good chance for the first down."
While Tennessee was beating Georgia (page 52) to stand as the SEC's only unbeaten, the young Florida Gators finally met defeat in Auburn's Cliff Hare Stadium. Florida's sophomore quarterback, John Reaves, put the ball in the air 66 times and completed 33 for 369 yards and two touchdowns—putting him just one TD pass behind Babe Parilli's SEC season record. The trouble was, Auburn's defense intercepted nine times—an SEC record—and the Tigers won 38-12. Before Auburn, Reaves had thrown only six interceptions and never more than two in a game. "It's all my fault," said Reaves afterward, "but don't worry. Florida will be back and so will I." Auburn's sophomore Quarterback Pat Sullivan completed 22 of 39 for 218 yards and accounted for four TDs.
The annual Pep Rally Powwow made for a big weekend at Florida State. Featured were such stars as Mason Williams, Stu Gillam, Oliver and Paul Magalski. Paul who? Well, he is a sophomore fullback who got to carry the ball for the first time this season, and all he did was gain 111 yards and score twice as the Seminoles did in the Atlantic Coast leader, South Carolina, 34-9. "We've been playing checkers with our running backs, and now we're all a bunch of smart coaches," said State's Bill Peterson, while the Gamecocks' Paul Dietzel fumed, "We did a lot of dumb things today, and I did most of them."
1. OHIO STATE (6-0)
2. MISSOURI (6-1)
3. PURDUE (6-1)
The chant in Oklahoma's locker room was "Bring On Missouri," and who could blame the Sooners for feeling giddy? They had warmed up for this week's Big Eight showdown with the Tigers by beating Iowa State so severely and in so many ways that it was almost embarrassing. In the air, Oklahoma Quarterback Jack Mildren hit 13 of 18 for 221 yards, but even that was peanuts compared to what Tailback Steve Owens did. He carried 53 times for 248 yards (both Oklahoma records), scored four touchdowns and, just for the hell of it, completed his only pass. Naturally, the press wanted to know if Steve was a little tired. "I could have carried 25 more times," said Owens, cheerfully, after sitting out the last series of downs in Oklahoma's 37-14 victory.
While Oklahoma was having all this fun, Missouri was getting a stiff dose of Kansas State's Lynn Dickey and not liking it very much. He passed for 394 yards, breaking an assortment of Big Eight records along the way, and even Missouri's 41-38 victory didn't placate Tiger Coach Dan Devine, who asked: "What has happened to defense?"
Devine's own offense was almost perfectly balanced: 237 yards on the ground and 227 in the air. Quarterback Terry McMillan threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns, but Jon Staggers hurt Kansas State the most. He threw a TD pass, scored himself on a 99-yard kickoff return and ran back a punt 40 yards to the Kansas State five to set up Missouri's winning points.
Colorado Coach Eddie Crowder decided to use Bobby Anderson as a decoy, which was fine with Nebraska. The Cornhuskers won 20-7 as Anderson carried only 12 times for 42 yards. Crowder invited a catcalling Nebraska fan to come out of the stands, then snapped "no comment" when asked about Anderson. Nebraska Coach Bob Devaney said, "We're as good as anybody now."
In the Big Ten, U.S. Representative Robert Taft Jr. (R., Ohio) came out strongly for repeal of the conference rule forbidding members from playing in any bowl other than the Rose. This was shortly after reports that the Cotton Bowl—or was it the Super Bowl?—wanted Ohio State. It was just a lot of boondoggling, of course, but the Columbus fans at least had something to talk about while the Buckeyes were tripping past Northwestern 35-6 for their 20th straight. Ohio State's Middle Guard Jim Stillwagon harassed Northwestern Quarterback Maury Daigneau all afternoon, but the sophomore still had 22 completions to break a school record held by a couple of pretty fair throwers—Otto Graham and Tommy Myers. But near the end Daigneau's shoulder was separated, possibly sidelining him for the season.
Although they cannot go to Pasadena this season, the Buckeyes still may decide who goes in their place. Three teams—Michigan, Purdue and Indiana—all are tied for second with 3-1 league records, and both Purdue and Michigan still have to play Ohio State. Indiana stopped Michigan State's running game and followed Quarterback Harry Gonso to a 16-0 victory. After Michigan stymied Wisconsin 35-7, Coach Bo Schembechler told the press he didn't want to think about the Rose Bowl yet. "The only one talking about it is Ohio State—and they can't go," he said. Purdue's Mike Phipps had an ordinary game—great, that means—as the Boilermakers dumped Illinois 49-22. Phipps hit on 19 of 35 passes and moved Illinois Coach Jim Vanek to say, "There's no defense for the perfect pass."
Toledo beat Ohio University 14-10 to win its first undisputed Mid-American title.
1. TEXAS (6-0)
2. ARKANSAS (6-0)
3. HOUSTON (4-2)
At a press conference early in the week Texas A & M Coach Gene Stallings was asked what he thought about his upcoming opponent, unbeaten Arkansas. That set Stallings to grumbling, as coaches will do occasionally, about how Arkansas had been taking it easy the previous two weeks (an open date and a 52-14 romp over Wichita State) while the poor ol' Aggies had been "fighting for our lives" against Southwest rivals TCU and Baylor. "I can't tell how good they are," Stallings grumbled. "They haven't played that much. I can't find their good players in the films."
Well, Stallings didn't see much of the Arkansas stars during their game, either. The Razorback regulars scored five of the first six times they had the ball, then spent the last 25 minutes lolling on the bench while the scrubs ran out a 35-13 victory. Quarterback Bill Montgomery, who sat out the Wichita game to let his injuries heal, completed 14 of 19 passes for 174 yards. "They were good," said Stallings, with a snort. "Good and rested."
All four of Texas' starting backs (Jim Bertelsen, Ted Koy, Steve Worster, James Street) gained more than 100 yards as the Longhorns gained 611 yards rushing, a school record, while flattening SMU 45-14. "Texas has got the greatest college team I have ever seen and probably ever will see," gushed the losing coach, Hayden Fry, but the Longhorn players were not all that impressed with themselves. "Actually, we aren't a real good club yet," said Tackle Bobby Wuensch, who opened a lot of holes in the SMU line. "We still have a lot of work to do." Texas' fine defensive tackle, Leo Brooks, tore some ligaments in his right knee and probably will be out for good.
A journalism class at the University of Houston was assigned to write up the Houston-Miami football game, and it was a cinch that no boy got more wrapped up in his homework than Earl Thomas. Besides being a member of the football team, Thomas also ended up as the game's hero, catching a seven-yard TD pass with only 11 seconds left as the Cougars beat Miami 38-36.
1. PENN STATE (7-0)
2. WEST VIRGINIA (6-0)
3. DARTMOUTH (6-0)
The last two times Dartmouth traveled to the Yale Bowl, Yale had run up a total of 103 points, and after the first quarter last week unbeaten Dartmouth must have thought it was going to happen again. Yale led 14-7, but then the Indians scored three touchdowns in a row, and it was all downhill from there on. Halfback Tom Quinn registered his second touchdown punt return in as many weeks (for 54 yards) and threw a touchdown pass as well, as Dartmouth came out with a 42-21 rout.
Yale did supply the leading rusher, Don Martin, a converted defensive back, who gained 137 yards and caused the NFL's leading rusher, Calvin Hill, to say that Martin should have been switched to offensive halfback last year. Reminded that he himself was the Yale halfback last year, Hill amended: "You're right. He should have been on defense."
Penn State's defense fooled Boston College for the first half and allowed BC a surprising 13 points. Or was it BC's offense that fooled Penn State? Midway into the third period, with the Nittany Lions trailing 16-10, the game fell into place and ended with Penn State on top 38-16. Mike Reid and the rest of the defense set up two touchdowns as Safety Neal Smith stole his 17th career pass and eighth this season and End Gary Hull blocked a punt at the Eagles' 15. That ups State's total points accountable for by the defense to 58 for the season, based on 25 turnovers. Dennis Onkotz, a 6'2", 212-pound linebacker who runs back punts, scored his first touchdown this season when he dashed 48 yards with one.
Syracuse, the near-upset victor over Penn State two weeks ago, turned victim this week, falling to Pittsburgh. The 21-20 game was almost more upsetting for its errors than for its outcome, but the winning play was no mistake. Pitt Coach Carl DePasqua called a fake placement after the Panthers' second touchdown, and the Orangemen fell for it, allowing Quarterback Frank Gustine to hit George Medich in the end zone, gaining a 15-14 lead. Said DePasqua, "Our kids gutted it out all the way—the greatest win of my life."
Speaking of errors, most of the Army-Air Force game seemed to be one big one. Neither team appeared to want the win, but Air Force finally succumbed to it, 13-6, on a 96-yard kickoff return late in the game.
1. USC (6-0-1)
2. UCLA (7-0-1)
3. STANFORD (4-2-1)
The least of Coach Jim Owens' problems was Washington's 57-14 loss to UCLA—even though it dropped the Huskies' record to 0-7 and was the worst drubbing ever received by Washington under Owens. On Thursday afternoon Owens had lined up his 80 players on the sidelines and interviewed them, one by one, on the matter of team loyalty. Later he told Assistant Coach Carver Gayton, a black, to drop four blacks from the squad because "they could not give me assurance they were prepared to give total commitment to the ball club and the Washington football program."
The following morning the team was confronted with some 200 protesters as it prepared to board buses on the first leg of the trip to UCLA. Then the team's other nine blacks, along with Gayton, decided not to go. These players would "incur no official reprimand or recrimination," Washington Athletic Director Joe Kearney said later, "because they indicated they were under considerable pressure not to board the bus—even to the extent of threat of physical violence to themselves and their families." That night Owens' 17-year-old daughter, Cathy Eloise, reported that she was struck in the face after four men—two black, two white—forced her car off a road.
Arriving at UCLA, Owens refused to comment, except to say that he would meet with all the players—including the blacks—upon his return to Seattle. Meanwhile the blacks alumni club called for Owens' immediate dismissal, calling his actions "uncompromising bigotry and totally unconstitutional." As for the game, Owens hastily called up eight players from the deep reserves to join the team in Los Angeles, and UCLA took advantage of the confusion to lead 23-0 before the first 15 minutes were up. "We wanted this one for the big man [Owens]," said End Dan Roberson. "He's in a bad spot, but we just couldn't do it."
At Tempe, Ariz., another team with racial problems, Wyoming (SI, Nov. 3), was beaten by Arizona State 30-14—the Cowboys' first loss of the season. The game drew 48,129, a Western Athletic Conference record, and it was played under tight security because of rumors about possible demonstrations in protest of Coach Lloyd Eaton's dismissal of 14 blacks three weeks ago. More than two dozen deputy sheriffs ringed the field, but no trouble was reported except what happened to Wyoming on the field. The Sun Devils ran up 323 yards passing, and Fullback Art Malone gained 69 yards on the ground to break the alltime WAC career rushing record. "We knew before the season that Arizona State had the best tools in the league," said Eaton, who refused to discuss the dismissed blacks. "It's just like we graduated 14 players. We have to make do with what we have." Wyoming lost the league lead to Utah, which beat Utah State 27-7 and has a 3-0 WAC record. The Cowboys play at Utah next.
Not to be outdone by UCLA, Southern Cal also remained unbeaten in the Pacific Eight, albeit with its usual hairy finish. Three field goals by Cal's Randy Wersching had given the Bears a 9-7 lead, but then USC went off on a quick 55-yard drive that ended with Clarence Davis scoring from the one, with 57 seconds left. At Corvallis, Stanford's defense jarred Oregon State into six fumbles, four interceptions and a safety, while the Indians' Jim Plunkett was passing his learn to an easy 33-0 win.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Quarterback Archie Manning passed and ran Ole Miss to a come-from-behind 26-23 victory over previously unbeaten LSU. Manning, from Drew, Miss., hit on 22 of 36 passes for 210 yards and ran for three TDs.
THE LINEMAN: Ohio State Middle Guard Jim Stillwagon made eight tackles and recovered a fumble to set up a Buckeye TD in the 35-6 win over Northwestern. "I thought he was one of our backs," said an opposing coach.