Penn State got a firsthand view of Army's dazzling new winged T, came away convinced that the Cadets were just short of something out of Mars after a bewildering first half and a 26-0 defeat. With End Bill Carpenter lingering some 15 yards away from the play and acting as both decoy and receiver, swift Pete Dawkins and Bob Anderson ran the Penn State 5-4 defense dizzy when Quarterback Joe Caldwell wasn't throwing the ball with unerring accuracy. Caldwell completed 3 out of 3 in the first half, pitching 55 and 72 yards to Carpenter and Dawkins for touchdowns. Dawkins and Bob Anderson added the other scores on short plunges before the Army attack clammed up in the second half.
Navy, so unimaginative a week earlier, took the wraps off Quarterback Joe Tranchini, who completed 18 out of 27 passes, three into the arms of eager receivers for touchdowns, to lead the Middies to a 28-14 victory over unsuspecting Boston U.
Brown and Yale traded touchdowns all afternoon, but Brown had the last word, scoring twice in the final quarter to beat the Elis 35-29. Fullback Paul Choquette's power lunges and Quarterback Frank Finney's sleight of hand kept Yale off balance while sub Quarterback Nick Pannes came up with the clincher, a 7-yard pass to Jack Cronin in the final minutes. In other Ivy League games, Princeton opened defense of its title by whomping Columbia 43-8; contender Dartmouth held off Penn 13-12; Cornell outscored Harvard 21-14.
Tom Greene, a handy-handed quarterback, brought Holy Cross all the way back against Syracuse in the last period, bulling over from the 3-yard line and then adding a two-point conversion for a 14-13 triumph.
Bill Austin, a talented young man with a flair for doing everything well, scored two touchdowns himself, added a third on a pass, was the most able defender on the field as he carried Rutgers past Colgate 21-7.
In the East's biggest upset, Villa-nova's Jim Grazione ran for two scores, pitched for another to beat Boston College 21-19. The top three:
1. ARMY (2-0)
2. PITT (3-0)
3. NAVY (2-0)
Clemson probed Maryland's heavy outside defense without success in the first half, later switched to an unbalanced line and power charges and waited for the right moment to uncork the big play. The time came late in the third quarter when Quarterback Harvey White, with first and 10 in mid-field, dropped a wobbly pass within easy reach of Wyatt Cox on the 25 and the Tiger end went all the way for an 8-0 victory. Clemson Coach Frank Howard quipped: "The Terps came close, but coming close don't count except in horseshoes."
Tennessee gave up the lead to title-hopeful Mississippi State with four minutes left, struck back frantically as Sophomore Tailback Billy Majors (see page 8) and Senior End Murray Armstrong teamed up on a last-minute pass to pull the fat out of the fire 13-8. Armstrong, a scholarly, myopic wingman who never did much but play defense, also scored the first Tennessee touchdown on a 53-yard, scared-rabbit sprint with an intercepted pass.
Duke Coach Bill Murray, a proponent of hardnose football, went searching for a gimmick to rouse his twice-beaten team, came up with his own version of Army's "lonesome end," used it to beat Illinois 15-13. Employing the wide flanker with three ends on the line, Duke threw only eight passes but stormed for 211 yards on the ground for first-half scores by Bob Brodhead and Bobby Cruikshank, managed to outlast the challenging Illini in the second half.
Vanderbilt, a lower-middle-class power in the SEC, remained unbeaten and unimpressive when Alabama shocked the Commodores with a scoreless tie. In holding off Vandy, Alabama's Coach Bear Bryant gave further notice he was interested in defense first and building a winner after the holes have been mended.
In other games, North Carolina State did the obvious and pointed for Virginia's dangerous-throwing Reece Whitley, bottled him up just enough to win 26-14; South Carolina Coach Warren Giese spent the afternoon huddled in front of a TV set in a tent on the sidelines pondering the weaknesses of Georgia's bumbling Bulldogs, was pleased as punch when his Gamecocks won 24-14; Chattanooga put up a brave fight for three quarters, even led 8-6 for a while, but finally succumbed to powerful Auburn 30-8; LSU's one-two combination of Warren Robb and Billy Cannon exploded early and often to beat Hardin-Simmons 20-6; Florida State scored three quick touchdowns in the second period, then dug in to knock Wake Forest out of the unbeaten ranks 27-24; Georgia Tech defensed Tulane's passing to win 14-0. The top three:
1. AUBURN (2-0)
2. CLEMSON (3-0)
3. MISSISSIPPI (3-0)
Notre Dame, temporarily stymied by SMU Quarterback Don Meredith's slingshot passes (10 for 14), broke through when Sophomore Halfback Bill Mack, on his only carry of the day, hot-legged it 41 yards into the end zone. But SMU struck back, cut the Irish lead to 7-6 on Halfback Tirey Wilemon's 44-yard dash. The Notre Dame meat grinder, hitting hard but clean, sent Meredith (and his two subs) limping to the sidelines, then battered away at the weary Mustang line for the insurance touchdown, scored by Quarterback Bob Williams, in a 14-6 victory.
Southwest prestige also suffered on two other fronts as Miami, with Fran Curci passing and Frank Bouffard hammering out huge chunks of yardage, burst unbeaten Baylor's bubble 14-8, and Purdue bottled up Rice's feeble running and passing game to win 24-0. But Texas A&M found a team it could beat, edged Missouri 12-0.
TCU Quarterback Hunter Enis, taking matters into his own hands, ignored an order from the bench to pass, instead sent Fullback Jack Spikes bursting over left guard on a trap play for 39 yards to the Arkansas 8-yard line. Enis finally took to the air, passing to Justin Rowland for the touchdown which beat the Razor-backs 12-7 in a Southwest Conference opener. Undefeated Texas kept pace with the sluggish Frogs, defeating Texas Tech 12-7.
In other games Mississippi started slowly against Trinity, picked up momentum to win 21-0; Arizona State at Tempe had its hands full before West Texas State bowed 16-13 in the Border Conference. The top three:
1. TCU (2-1)
2. TEXAS (3-0)
3. SMU (0-2)
Michigan stunted and looped its defenses, put the pressure on favored Michigan State as End Gary Prahst (see page 6) got the Wolverines off to a 12-0 lead. Only a spartan comeback, which included a 90-yard punt return by Halfback Dean Look and a determined 97-yard downfield march, enabled State to escape with a 12-12 tie in this Big Ten opener.
Ohio State also had its troubles but managed to squeak past Washington 12-7, while Indiana edged West Virginia 13-12; Northwestern flexed its newly discovered muscles to beat Stanford 28-0: Wisconsin piled it on Marquette 50-0.
But Iowa and Minnesota were not so fortunate. The Hawkeyes ran smack into a fired-up Air Force team which is beginning to feel its oats and were lucky to get out with a 13-13 tie. The Falcons satisfied all but eager Coach Ben Martin, who brought out the old saw: "A tie is just like kissing your sister—no thrill." Pitt's Panthers, who found themselves trailing Minnesota 7-0 in the last quarter, came snarling back under the guiding hand of sub Quarterback Bill Kaliden, who twice bulled over from the one-yard line, to earn a 13-7 win, the first over the Gophers since 1933.
Oklahoma added a dozen new formations to its spread and flanker offenses but found itself choked off by defense-minded Oregon and was hard-pressed to win 6-0. The Ducks found the answer to the Sooner mumbo-jumbo, shooting their linebackers into the gap to smother the passers while the ends stacked up the wide stuff. The top three:
1. OKLAHOMA (2-0)
2. OHIO STATE (2-0)
3. NOTRE DAME (2-0)
California's charging forwards kept Washington State's Bob Newman hopping around like a man on a burning deck, conceded the short pass while protecting adequately against the deep throw to up set the Cougars 34-14 in the NCAA's televised game at Berkeley. Meanwhile the Bears put forward a star of their own in Quarterback Joe Kapp (see page 6), who threw often enough to keep State off balance and spent the rest of his time masterminding a varied attack.
Oregon State, beginning to untrack after a bad start, fashioned a stout defense to go with Tailback Paul Lowe's passing and running, beat down UCLA 14-0 to regain stature in the PCC.
USC's youngsters experienced some more growing pains, found themselves learning a thing or two from Jim Tatum's North Carolina boys as they lost 8-7 when the Tar Heels scored a two-point conversion on Don Coker's plunge.
The topsy-turvy Skyline Conference had new favorites after Colorado State upset Brigham Young 32-6, and Wyoming beat Denver 15-12 on Joe Dempsey's 19-yard field goal. The top three:
1. COLLEGE OF PACIFIC (2-0)
2. OREGON STATE (2-1)
3. AIR FORCE (1-0-1)
BACK OF THE WEEK: Quarterback Joe Kapp ran California split-T with a firm yet deceptive hand, faking Washington State dizzy with his options in 34-14 win.
LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: End Gary Prahst stole lateral, ran 41 yards for Michigan score, set up second when jarring tackle forced Michigan State fumble.
NEW FACES OF THE WEEK: Ohio State Guard Oscar Hauer (left) blocked punt to start winning touchdown drive against Washington; Tennessee Tailback Billy Majors' talented passing sparked Vols to late 13-8 victory over Mississippi State.
RED GRANGE PREDICTS
KENTUCKY VS. AUBURN
Kentucky's Bobby Cravens is one of the South's top halfbacks, but I can't see any team running much against that rough and tough Auburn line. The Tigers are still the class of the South. AUBURN.
GEORGIA TECH VS. TENNESSEE
Two evenly matched clubs. Georgia Tech rarely ever beats itself and is the pick over a rugged group of Volunteers who are still searching for a real attack. GEORGIA TECH.
VANDERBILT VS. CLEMSON
The Commodores, strong in the middle but thin in reserves, won't be able to cope with a mobile Clemson line which provides Quarterback Harvey White with fine protection for his passing. CLEMSON.
ARMY VS. NOTRE DAME
Army's "lonesome end" gives the defense plenty to worry about and sets up Pete Dawkins and Bob Anderson for those quick bursts through the tackles. The Irish are long on power but haven't shown much finesse on attack. ARMY.
MICHIGAN STATE VS. PITT
Both have comparable first teams, but Michigan State, with one of the nation's finest backfields, packs too much depth and will be the first to tame the Panthers. MICHIGAN STATE.
MICHIGAN VS. NAVY
Michigan, impressive against Michigan State, will have to stop the passing of Navy's Joe Tranchini. I think they can do it. MICHIGAN.
ILLINOIS VS. OHIO STATE
I'll be doing this NCAA telecast game on NBC-TV, so I won't pick a winner—but Illinois lacks a quarterback who can get a sustained attack going, while Ohio State has the backs and the defenders.
WISCONSIN VS. PURDUE
Two big, fast lines with better quarterbacking by Wisconsin's Dale Hackbart and Sid Williams making the difference. WISCONSIN.
OKLAHOMA VS. TEXAS
The new Oklahoma razzle-dazzle sputtered badly against Oregon, but the Sooners have too much power and deception for Texas. OKLAHOMA.
USC VS. OREGON
Young, big and with the best potential on the West Coast, USC has the backs to score, even against an Oregon team which features ball control. USC.
LAST WEEK'S PREDICTIONS: 8 RIGHT; O WRONG; 1 TIE RECORD TO DATE: 22-5-1