Army and Pitt, the best in the East, played through four head-cracking periods in the murky rain at Pittsburgh, only to wind up just where they started—all even. The unbeaten Cadets, operating surprisingly well without injured Backs Pete Dawkins and Harry Walters, got off to a 14-0 lead, then watched it slip away when Pitt's passing quarterbacks, Bill Kaliden and Ivan Toncic, found the range. Kaliden and Halfback John Flara, who split the Army defenders neatly, teamed up on a 43-yard touchdown pass late in the first half. Toncic took over in the third quarter, passing seven yards to End Jim Zanos for a score and flipping a shovel pass to Halfback Dick Haley for the two points which pulled the Panthers into a well-earned 14-14 tie.
The Ivy League went through an explosive and upsetting weekend and, when the smoke cleared, there was Cornell perched all alone at the top after beating Princeton 34-8. The Big Red, hitting hard from the slot T under the direction of Quarterback Tom Skypeck, stampeded the Princeton defenses and had the Tiger offense sputtering so badly it never did get started.
Harvard, the dozing dwarf of the Ivies, called on its little quarterback, Charlie Ravenel, for another big performance, and he responded by leading the Cantabs to a 16-8 upset of Dartmouth and into a tie for second place.
After three straight Saturdays of suffering, Yale came from behind to beat Colgate 14-7, while Brown romped all over Rhode Island 47-6. But Penn was an easy mark for too-deep Navy, bowing 50-8, and Columbia took a rousing 34-14 thumping from well-drilled Buffalo.
Syracuse's Chick Zimmerman, passing artfully with a wet ball, outmaneuvered Penn State's bumbling forces 14-6; Quarterback Tommy Greene went to the air to lead Holy Cross to a 16-8 victory over Boston U.; Boston College sprung loose Halfback Vin Hogan, one of its "walking cripples," for 48 yards on a trap play to beat visiting Miami 6-2.
Rutgers got another All-America-size job from Bill Austin, who scored three touchdowns and passed for two more in a 44-13 win over Lehigh; Rochester, the nation's only unbeaten, untied and unscored upon team, smashed Kings Point 20-0. The top three:
1. ARMY (4-0-1)
2. PITT (4-1-1)
3. NAVY (4-1-0)
Unbeaten LSU, perhaps looking just the slightest bit ahead to next Saturday's face-to-face clash with Mississippi, was dismayed to find brilliant Billy Cannon muffled by waiting Florida linemen but turned to a 19-yard field goal by Tommy Davis to edge past the Gators 10-7.
With 20 minutes left, it appeared that mediocre Maryland would finish off what Georgia Tech started the week before. But, like everyone else, the Terps crumbled before Auburn's battle of attrition and finally fell 20-7.
South Carolina, rising to fever pitch for the traditional "Big Thursday" game with Clemson, banged away at the Tigers until they turned them into tabby cats in an astonishingly easy 26-6 upset. Explained Clemson Coach Frank Howard: "They was rough and tough and we wasn't."
Wake Forest, after enjoying a heady 48 hours at the top of the ACC heap, came tumbling down at the rude hands of improving North Carolina 26-7. The marvelous Tar Heel line, considered by some the near equal of Auburn's pro-type defenders, put cruel pressure on Deacon passers, provided adequate protection for its own long-passing Jack Cummings, who completed two for touchdowns, and opened huge gaps for Halfback Wade Smith.
Coach Bear Bryant served notice that Alabama is about to come of age when his Crimson Tide worked over favored Mississippi State 9-7. Halfback Gary O'Steen pinned down State with quick kicks and ate up huge chunks of yardage to set up Fred Sington's 29-yard field goal and Norbie Ronsonet's scoring catch of a Bobby Jackson pass.
Florida State shocked Tennessee 10-0; Duke rallied to beat North Carolina State 20-13 and bubble up out of the ACC cellar; Georgia, taking its cue from alert Sophomore Guard Pat Dye, who intercepted a pass and trundled 28 yards with a stolen fumble for a touchdown, beat Kentucky 28-0; West Virginia squeaked by Virginia Tech 21-20 for its 26th straight Southern Conference victory. The top three:
1. AUBURN (4-0-1)
2. LSU (6-0)
3. MISSISSIPPI (6-0)
The Southwest Conference, long the home of inconsistency, ran true to form last week when fired-up Rice trampled all over Texas and left the Longhorns for dead, 34-7. Making frequent use of a slick little quarterback option keeper that had the Texas ends dizzy and the linebackers defending superbly—but usually in the wrong place—the Owls flapped to the top of the SWC, a bare length ahead of idle TCU.
Weary of watching Baylor's Larry Hickman parade up and down the field for three quarters, Texas A&M took the Bears by the ears in the last 16 minutes and churned up a 26-point storm to win 33-27 on Tailback Charlie Milstead's superb passing (see page 6).
SMU, sparked up by No. 2 Quarterback Billy Dunn's passing and a brief appearance by injured Don Meredith, caught Georgia Tech with its usually reliable defenses down and drubbed the Engineers 20-0. Winless Arkansas scared unbeaten Mississippi before losing 14-12. The top three:
1. RICE (4-2)
2. TCU (4-1)
3. TEXAS (5-1)
Iowa, striking the midnight gong for Northwestern's Cinderella kids, out-passed the upstart Wildcats 26-20 to move front and center in the furious Big Ten chase. Quarterback Randy Duncan, as neat a T manipulator as there is, was nothing less than super, and a shade better than Northwestern's Dick Thornton, as he completed 14 of 18 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns, two of them by End Curt Merz (see page 6).
The shoe was on the other foot for Coach Woody Hayes, who had been unhappy over the officiating in Ohio State's earlier games. A penalty against Wisconsin gave Ohio State the ball on the Badgers' one-foot line, from where Fullback Bob White went over for the tying touchdown in a 7-7 deadlock. The Badgers scored on Quarterback Dale Hackbart's 64-yard punt return.
Punchless Michigan State landed smack in the middle of another hornets' nest at Champaign and was soundly trounced by Illinois 16-0; Michigan pulled itself together to outlast Minnesota 20-19 for the Little Brown Jug. Purdue, resting comfortably on a 26-7 lead, was forced to battle for its life when sub Quarterback George Izo almost pulled Notre Dame to the front with a last-minute aerial bombardment, but the Boilermakers managed to escape 29-22.
Kansas contained Tulane's Richie Petitbon and surprised the Greenies 14-9; Oklahoma splurged at the expense of Kansas State 40-6 for its 65th straight in the Big Eight; Marquette put a halter on COP's Dick Bass to win 27-18; little Olivet in Michigan struck a new note for futility, losing for the 28th consecutive time (to Alma 27-0) to tie a national record. The top three:
1. IOWA (4-0-1)
2. OHIO STATE (4-0-1)
3. WISCONSIN (3-1-1)
THE FAR WEST
PCC-leading California, spelled Joe Kapp, took the feathers off Oregon's Ducks 23-6 for its fourth in a row and may yet gain the dubious honor of facing a Big Ten foe in the Rose Bowl. Quarterback Kapp scored twice, once on a 92-yard run, passed for two conversions and generally made himself obnoxious to Oregon. But the big test is yet to come for Kapp and the Bears, who play second-place Oregon State, narrow 14-12 winner over Washington, Saturday at Corvallis.
USC zoomed to the front in the last two minutes on a 77-yard pass play from Quarterback Willie Wood to End Hillard Hill to beat Washington State 14-6; Stanford stuck to the conventional kick for three extra points to upset UCLA 21-19.
Colorado, obviously pointing for the big one with Oklahoma, staggered and stumbled through the cold and gloom at Boulder before Halfback Howard Cook led the Buffaloes to a 27-16 victory over Nebraska. Air Force and Utah each scored twice in the last quarter, but the Utes lost a chance to tie when an illegal substitution cost them 15 yards on the important extra point, and the Falcons won 16-14. Wyoming made the mistake of relaxing after building up a 12-0 lead while New Mexico kept plugging away to win 13-12 and take over the Skyline Conference lead. The top three:
1. AIR FORCE (4-0-1)
2. COLORADO (5-0)
3. CALIFORNIA (4-2) and OREGON STATE (4-2)
BACK OF THE WEEK: Texas A&M Tailback Charlie Milstead ran 74 yards for one score, pitched two touchdown passes in final period to avert defeat by Baylor.
LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: End Curt Merz caught six Randy Duncan passes, two for TDs, also spilled Northwestern backs for crucial losses as Iowa won 26-20.
NEW FACES OF THE WEEK: Illinois Fullback Bill Brown (left) bulled for 130 yards and one TD in 16-0 shutout of Michigan State; Halfback Vince Paczkoskie of Villanova was a one-man gang, scoring twice to beat Richmond 13-6.
TOP 10 SMALL COLLEGES
1. NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA (7-0)
2. WILLAMETTE (6-0)
3. ARIZONA ST. (FLAGSTAFF) (7-0)
4. MISSOURI VALLEY (5-0)
5. ST. BENEDICT'S (7-0)
6. GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS (6-0)
7. KEARNEY STATE (7-0)
8. LAMAR TECH (TEXAS) (4-1)
9. TAMPA UNIVERSITY (4-1)
10. EAST TEXAS STATE (5-1)
RED GRANGE PREDICTS
SYRACUSE VS. PITT
Syracuse has a fine passer in Chick Zimmerman, but Pitt has two of them in Ivan Toncic and Bill Kaliden, who operate behind a harder charging line. I like PITT.
NAVY VS. NOTRE DAME
Notre Dame may have found the passing quarterback it needed so badly in George Izo. If so, I'm afraid the Irish are a mite too strong for the Middies. NOTRE DAME.
MICHIGAN STATE VS. WISCONSIN
The Spartans, having a time moving the ball these days, will be up against Dale Hackbart and a good Wisconsin team. This is my NCAA assignment on NBC-TV so I won't pick a winner.
NORTHWESTERN VS. OHIO STATE
Northwestern gave Iowa fits before losing, and Dick Thornton's long passes could bother Ohio State. But that tremendous Buckeye line will wear down the Wildcats. OHIO STATE.
OREGON STATE VS. CALIFORNIA
This game should decide one half of the Rose Bowl cast. I don't think State can stop Joe Kapp's running and passing as he leads the Bears closer to Pasadena. CALIFORNIA.
LSU VS. MISSISSIPPI
The best game of the day, between two sound and unbeaten teams. It will be LSU's offense testing Mississippi's defense, and Halfback Billy Cannon should make the difference. LSU.
FLORIDA VS. AUBURN
The Gators, off their performance against LSU, may be hard to skin, but Auburn is just too big and too tough. AUBURN.
CLEMSON VS. WAKE FOREST
After a sad "Big Thursday," the Tigers will come bouncing back against the surprising Deacons. CLEMSON.
TEXAS VS. SMU
The tough Texas defense, so brilliant in beating Oklahoma, seems to have gone to pieces and won't be able to handle the SMU aerial circus. SMU.
TCU VS. BAYLOR
Everybody beats everybody else in the Southwest Conference, but this one should go according to the book. In-and-out Baylor hardly figures to bother well-rested TCU.
LAST WEEK'S PREDICTIONS: 4 RIGHT; 4 WRONG; 1 TIE
RECORD TO DATE: 35-17-3