1. USC (3-0-1)
2. ARIZONA STATE (4-0)
3. UCLA (3-1)
Players whizzed and whirred every which way as if taking part in one of those magnetized table football games while Arizona State and New Mexico piled up 1,113 yards and 91 points. The Sun Devils had the better magnets, picking up 708 yards and 32 fourth-quarter points to stop the Lobos 67-24. Most devilish of all was Quarterback Danny White: 18 completions in 28 tries for 343 yards and four TDs. It was the second week in a row White lead State to 67 points and the third straight season he guided his team to 60 or more against the Lobos.
UCLA and Utah were not exactly offensive slouches either, amassing 906 yards. The Bruins, who rolled for 556 yards, scored their third-highest point total ever in winning 66-16. For Utah, which had been averaging 46.3 points, it was its worst rout ever. "We're not that good and Utah's not that bad," said Bruin Coach Pepper Rodgers.
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John McKay of USC was less tactful. Early in the week he said of his next opponent, "I don't think Oregon State is a very good football team." Replied State Coach Dee Andros: "They're mad because they got knocked off the top of the polls and they're going to try to humiliate us." To which McKay said, "How are we going to humiliate anyone? This is the worst offensive team I've had at USC since 1960." McKay's last quote turned out to be the most accurate of all, for his Trojans had to labor for a 21-7 win and were outgained in the second half 143 yards to 90.
When Air Force Coach Ben Martin asked his scouts if Penn State had a weakness he was given just one hope. "They tell me Linebacker Ed O'Neil has a sore wrist," Martin said. "Maybe if we aim our power wedge at his wrist we'll pick up a first down." The Falcons managed 13 first downs and 294 yards, but the Nittany Lions picked up 494 yards and a 19-9 win. Tailback John Cappelletti ground out 187 yards in 33 tries and State's defense was at its best in the fourth period, with just two plays taking place outside of Air Force territory.
Leonard Parker powered his way for 152 yards and two scores, Marshall Johnson added 126 yards and Reggie Cherry 103 as Houston ran for 442 yards against San Diego State. But five times the Cougars lost fumbles and the best they could come away with was a 14-9 win.
For sheer statistical frenzy, it was hard to surpass the 103-point, we-never-heard-of-de-fense scrap between California and Washington. In all, the offenses churned out 1,096 yards, 625 by the Golden Bears, who seemed safely in front 37-14 at the half. But then sophomore Chris Rowland of the Huskies zeroed in with some long passes. When Rowland was done he had hit on 17 of 43 attempts for 311 yards and five touchdowns, four in the last quarter. Washington won the second half 35-17, but lost the game 54-49 to Cal, which was socked with some of the most dazzling of all statistics: 18 of the day's 20 penalties for 194 yards.
1. ALABAMA (4-0)
2. LSU (4-0)
3. TENNESSEE (4-0)
"Maryland football turns me on," says Miss Maryland, Betty Jo Grove, in sensuous tones on a TV commercial designed to lure fans to Terrapin games. Maryland football turned Syracuse off—completely—as the Terps won 38-0 while Betty Jo, a Maryland student, presumably looked on.
Auburn downed Mississippi 14-7 with the help of Rick Neel, a third-string tailback who had been a defensive back until last week and who was trying to get out of the game moments before scoring the winning TD. Neel, who felt he was too tired to carry on, stayed on and scrambled 33 yards to score with 1:28 left.
In another SEC game, Alabama also needed a comeback before topping Georgia 28-14. Down 14-13 with 2:43 remaining, the Tide moved 59 yards in three plays for the winning touchdown. David Jaynes of Kansas was on target with 35 of 58 passes for 394 yards, but Tennessee scored two fourth-period touchdowns to pull out a 28-27 win. After struggling through the first half, LSU took charge and wiped out Florida 24-3. And Kentucky, with Sonny Collins running for 229 yards and four touchdowns, handed Mississippi State its first loss 42-14.
North Carolina players shaved their heads in an attempt to foster togetherness for a vital Atlantic Coast Conference tiff with North Carolina State. But with Linebacker Mike Daley making his 233-pound presence felt throughout the day and with Dave Buckey quarterbacking the Wolfpack to four TDs, the Tar Heels lost 28-26. Said Wolfpack Running Back Willie Burden about the baldies: "We just want them to look in the mirror and see how ugly they look."
Georgia Tech held off Army 14-10, South Carolina got past Virginia Tech 27-24, Vanderbilt came back to life with a 39-22 win over Virginia and Texas A&M polished off Clemson 30-15.
1. HOUSTON (4-0)
2. TEXAS (2-1)
3. SMU (3-1)
Although Texas superficially looked strong beating Wake Forest 41—0, the Longhorns were not that overwhelming. Much of their offense came from unexpected sources. Pat Kelly, a split end who until recently was little more than a message bearer, caught seven passes and his 91 yards gained was the most for any player in the game. David Bartek, who played only after Fullback Roosevelt Leaks was injured, led all rushers with 85 yards in 12 carries. And sophomore Quarterback Mike Presley connected on three of four passes.
Baylor defeated Florida State 21-14, but several other Texas teams lost to outsiders. TCU stole four passes, recovered two Arkansas fumbles and blocked a punt for a safety, yet lost 13-5 as the Razorbacks resorted to their slot I of the 1960s and relied heavily on young players. One of the most galling setbacks came when New Mexico State, down 16-0 at the half, overcame Texas-El Paso 27-23. Highlighting the comeback was Hank Cook, who fought off defenders to make catches for scores on plays covering 43, 17 and 12 yards. SMU, which entered its game against Missouri with the most potent rushing offense in the nation, got just 173 yards on the ground and lost its first game 17-7. Missouri Tailback Tommy Reamon skittered for 119 yards, but the player who corralled the Mustangs was John Moseley. After taking a punt on his own 26, Moseley bounced his way around the field like a slippery ball, careening in and out of the arms of numerous tacklers before going all the way for a touchdown.
1. OHIO STATE (3-0)
2. NEBRASKA (4-0)
3. MICHIGAN (4-0)
Utilizing everything from a "swinging gate" play to a tailback-pass to a slippery turf, Colorado slithered past Iowa State 23-16. The swinging gate maneuver began with the Buffaloes casually strolling to one side of the field while the quarterback stooped over the ball and appeared to tie his shoelaces. It was a decoy and Quarterback Clyde Crutchmer was to toss the ball to a back, who was to follow the massive blocking. Everyone acted out his role, but when Crutchmer looked for the ball he saw an official holding a towel over it to protect it from the rain. "Sir, would you put the ball down," Crutchmer pleaded. By then the Cyclones had caught on and, worse yet, they caught the runner for a five-yard loss.
The tailback-pass play came later, with Billy Waddy taking a pitchout from Dave Williams and then getting off an inelegant heave. A Cyclone was all set to pluck it off and possibly go for a TD, but he fell and there to catch the ball was none other than Quarterback Williams, who sped 63 more yards for a touchdown. Colorado's two other scores came when would-be defenders slipped. Such mishaps negated a fine performance by Cyclone Tailback Mike Strachan, who carried 40 times for 198 yards and caught four passes.
At Norman, Oklahoma had a whopping edge in halftime statistics, yet trailed Miami 20-7. But the Sooners did not alter their tactics. "We knew we just had to stick to our knitting," said Coach Barry Switzer. It was more hitting than knitting that brought Switzer's team a 24-20 win. Texas Tech scooped up four Oklahoma State bobbles, stole a pass and stunned the Cowboys, who had looked impressive in earlier outings, by a score of 20-7.
When former basketball coach Forddy Anderson was at Michigan State his young son Frosty was called The Pest by Cal Stoll, then an assistant football coach for the Spartans. Last week. Frosty was just one of many pests who nettled Stoll, now the coach at Minnesota, as Nebraska administered a 48-7 thrashing. Frosty caught three touchdown passes from Dave Humm while Rich Sanger set an NCAA record by kicking six PATs, running his career total to 133.
Woody Hayes, who has taken out his fury on more than a few game officials, actually stopped his Ohio State players from upbraiding one of them. But then, it was a pleasant day all around for Hayes and the Buckeyes, who defeated Washington State 27-3. For one thing, they came up with a capable replacement for the injured Champ Henson as Bruce Elia took over at fullback, did some hefty blocking and scored twice. Archie Griffin ripped off 128 yards and two TDs and Quarterback Cornelius Greene ran for 88 yards and passed for 62 in just 16 minutes.
Michigan also put down a West Coast team, squelching Oregon 24-0, but it was a lackluster effort. Wisconsin sophomore Bill Marek gained almost as many yards as some teams, racing for 226 yards and three touchdowns as the Badgers beat Wyoming 37-28. Ken Starch added another 184 yards, averaging 14.2 a carry. Split End Archie Gray of the Cowboys grabbed six passes from Steve Cockreham for 198 yards, scoring on plays of 76, 45 and 21 yards. Perhaps the secret to the Badgers' win and their school-record 630 yards gained was in their new high-carbohydrate diet, one that includes lots of lasagna, spaghetti and pancakes. In other words, Starch. Dietary changes may also be helping Arizona players, who are fed hot chocolate and cookies for bedtime snacks and continental breakfast in their rooms. Whatever it is. the Wildcats are now 4-0 after beating Iowa 23-20.
Notre Dame led Michigan State 14-0 at the half, then had to hang on to come out ahead 14-10. Mike Townsend, who has 13 interceptions in his 13 starts for the Irish, thwarted the final Spartan drive by picking off a pass and returning it 47 yards.
1. PENN STATE (4-0)
2. BOSTON COLLEGE (3-1)
3. DELAWARE (5-0)
Indiana Coach Lee Corso was primed to take on West Virginia and its fancy runner, Danny Buggs. "I didn't sleep for two nights just planning how to stop him," Corso said. "We even had flyswatters waiting for him." Such preparation was unnecessary, for Buggs was sidelined with a bruised thigh. The Hoosiers won 28-14, blitzed the Mountaineers unmercifully, limited them to 37 yards rushing and did not yield a touchdown until the final 37 seconds.
Pittsburgh also lost its classiest runner—Tony Dorsett—though not for the entire game. Dorsett carried the ball three times for 59 yards, was shaken up in the first period and added only 18 more yards as Pitt lost to Tulane 24-6. Quarterback Steve Foley of the Green Wave, who suffered a mild concussion moments after Dorsett had been hurt, came back to toss a 41-yard touchdown pass to Frank Anderson.
Boston College manhandled Navy in the first half, forcing six turnovers and building a 34-0 lead. Quarterback Garry Marangi began the scoring with a 61-yard run and he and most of the other Eagle regulars sat out the second half as Boston College gained 546 yards en route to a 44-7 triumph.
Trailing 25-22 with 2:38 left, Rutgers moved 96 yards to the Massachusetts one-yard line. But with victory at hand, the Scarlet lost five yards on a busted play and, as the clock ran out, failed with a pass.
Lehigh, too, flubbed a fourth-period scoring chance and settled for a 7-7 tie with Cornell, which got a 97-yard touchdown run from Dan Malone on the opening kickoff. The Engineers had a second down at the Big Red one, but failed to score.
There was, however, no stopping Columbia, which worked 55 yards to a touchdown and a 14-13 victory in the closing minutes against Princeton. It all began when the Lions picked off a Tiger pass; Mike Delaney then sparked a drive by completing five of six passes, including a 21-yarder to Mike Crowley for the winning score. In the only other confrontation between Ivy Leaguers, Penn held off Brown 28-20, getting 116 yards rushing from Adolph Bellizeare.
Harvard silenced Boston U. 16-0 and Holy Cross ended the country's longest consecutive-game scoring streak at 109 by muzzling Dartmouth 10-0. Delaware smothered Baldwin-Wallace 56-18, setting a Blue Hen record by gaining 676 yards as Blair Caviness ran for 154, Theo Gregory for 137 and Vern Roberts for 100.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Tennessee Safety Eddie Brown lost four teeth when he blocked a Kansas field-goal try, but smiled after returning a punt 48 yards, running 74 yards with a pass interception and recovering a fumble in a narrow 28 27 win.
THE LINEMAN: A dozen tackles and a fumble recovery at his own one-yard line were part of the day's work for Linebacker Mike Daley, a North Carolina State junior who led the defense in a 28-26 victory over North Carolina.