Battered and beaten nine times last year and regarded as little more than a bare threat for honors in the dying PCC, California's Golden Bears squinched past Stanford 16-15 to complete the greatest turnabout since the British won at El Alamein. With victory went the conference title and a berth in the Rose Bowl. California's Joe Kapp, making only sparing use of his favorite weapon, the pass, twice sent Halfback Jack Hart hurtling over from the one-yard line and tossed to Wayne Crow for the final two points. Stanford, in a last ditch attempt to overhaul the Bears, scored on a 21-yard pass from Dick Norman to Joel Freis with 1:30 to play and elected to go for two points and a win. But Hart smacked down the Indians' Skip Pace short of the goal (see page 52) to protect the Bear triumph.
Washington State got two quick scores in the first quarter, then fell behind Washington 14-12 before pulling itself together to win 18-14 on Dave Wilson's seven-yard pass to End Don Ellersick. Pointing to his team's 7-3 record, Captain Don Ellingsen of WSC announced: "We want a bowl game, any bowl, and we'll go any place to play—even China."
Meanwhile, the other PCC teams were playing out the string of their unpredictable season. UCLA had USC all but beaten 15-7 when Luther Hayes, a long-legged defensive end, ran back a kickoff 74 yards and Quarterback Tom Maudlin struggled through the Bruin defense for two points and a 15-15 tie. Oregon Fullback Dave Powell churned through the Oregon State line for two touchdowns in a 20-0 victory.
Gaining momentum in the second half, the Air Force Falcons battered defenseless New Mexico 45-7. Quarterback Rich Mayo provided the air lift with 18 completions in 27 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns, one to Halfback Mike Quinlan who also sprinted for three scores, one on a 62-yard punt return. With only fading Colorado, upset by Colorado State 15-14, to beat, the bowl-minded Falcons are a good bet to go undefeated in their first year of big-time football. Predicted Colorado Coach Dal Ward: "They'll probably beat the hell out of us."
In other games, Wyoming made up a 14-point deficit to beat Brigham Young 22-14 for the Skyline Conference championship and a Sun Bowl bid; Arizona State trounced Arizona 47-0 but couldn't stop Dave Hibbert from snaring seven passes to bring his total to 61, a new NCAA record; COP'S Dick Bass ran for six touchdowns and 191 yards to clinch the NCAA rushing crown in a 68-17 win over San Diego State The top three:
1. AIR FORCE (8-0-1)
2. CALIFORNIA (7-3-0)
3. WASHINGTON STATE (7-3-0)
Dartmouth and Princeton went at it for 60 bruising minutes as if the very fate of the world depended upon the outcome. And indeed it did, the Ivy League world that is. For when the last cheer peeled across Palmer Stadium, it was the Dartmouth Indians who wore the Ivy League crown. But not until Princeton Tailbacks Dan Sachs and Hugh Scott, running and passing the Tigers to a 12-6 lead, had worried the Indians nearly to death. Dartmouth struck back on the accurate pitching (9 for 14) of Quarterback Bill Gundy, the steady hammering of Halfback John Crouthamel, a provoking figure most of the day (see page 54), and crunching line play to wear down the Tigers and make off with a 21-12 victory.
Harvard and Yale, with nothing more at stake than The Game, bumbled and fumbled their way through most of a lackluster first half until nervy Quarterback Charlie Ravenel, a mighty mite whose enthusiasm inspires his teammates, picked up the Harvards and made them play decent football. Rolling out on option plays, thrusting and darting through and around the Eli forwards, Ravenel lugged Harvard all the way to the seven-yard line, from which point he scored on the last play of the second quarter. In the second half, Ravenel lit the fuse for scoring runs of 20 and 17 yards by Chet Boulris and Larry Repscher. With the gates wide open, Albie Cullen went over from the two-yard line to complete a 28-0 rout of the poor Elis.
Rutgers and Buffalo, with sympathetic ears tuned to bowl bids, finished with a flourish. Bill Austin (see left), out with a broken hand in the only game his team lost, ran for five touchdowns and four extra points before Rutgers shattered Columbia 61-0; Buffalo bulled past Bucknell 38-0.
In other games, Boston U. outscored Connecticut 36-22; Holy Cross defeated Marquette 14-0; Lehigh and Lafayette played to a 14-14 tie; Quantico Marines upset Villanova 19-13. The top three:
1. ARMY (7-0-1)
2. SYRACUSE (8-1-0)
3. PITT (5-3-1)
Syracuse, held down by stubborn West Virginia, made its conversions pay off for a 15-12 triumph, 8-1 season's record and a date with Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. Quarterback Chick Zimmerman found a worthy rival in the Mountaineers' Dick Longfellow, but passed to End Dave Baker for two touchdowns and got his winning margin on a run by Ed Kieffer and a placement by Al Gerlick.
Sugar Bowl-bound LSU, fussing along with a 6-0 half-time lead over Tulane before 85,000—the South's largest crowd—at New Orleans, suddenly shot Billy Cannon loose for three touchdowns, Frank Robinson for four more, to rout the weary Greenies 62-0 and complete its first unbeaten season in 50 years.
Listless Auburn, under wraps before eager Alabama scouts, used a half-dozen guileless plays and fell back on its early-season grinding offense to coast by Wake Forest 21-7; underdog Duke surprised North Carolina 7-6 on Halfback Wray Carlton's one-foot plunge and successful placement; Florida bounced back from a stunning Florida State touchdown to dump the pass-happy Seminoles 21-7; Kentucky slipped by punchless Tennessee 6-2; Clemson spoiled Boston College's bowl hopes, but enhanced its own by winning 34-12.
In other games, Georgia poured it on The Citadel 76-0; Maryland and Virginia filled the air with 75 passes but the Terps did most of the catching to win 44-6; Alabama squeaked past Memphis State 14-0; South Carolina edged North Carolina State 12-7. The top three:
1. LSU (10-O-O)
2. AUBURN (8-0-1)
3. CLEMSON (7-2-0)
The Southwest Conference, where form rarely prevails, was conquered by a preseason favorite for one of the few times in its gaudy history when methodical TCU set down Rice 21-10 (see page 50) to win the title and a spot in the Cotton Bowl. Beaten only by Iowa's Big Ten champions, the Homed Frogs started slowly, were given the spark they needed by Halfback Marvin Lasater, who romped 58 yards after plucking a Rice fumble out of the air (see page 51), and went on to score twice more.
Defense was a scarce commodity at Dallas, where SMU and Baylor ran and passed for a total of 817 yards and 62 points. But, when it was all over, the difference was SMU's Don Meredith, who passed for 206 yards (8 for 19) and two touchdowns, ran for 50 yards and two more scores, the last with 1:11 to go, to outshine Baylor's Buddy Humphrey and give the Mustangs a 33-29 victory. At Lubbock, Arkansas defeated Texas Tech 14-8 for its fourth in a row after six straight losses. The top three:
1. TCU (8-1-0)
2. SMU (5-4-0)
3. RICE (4-5-0)
Iowa's Randy Duncan turned runner to keep the Notre Dame defense honest, found the target with his passes often enough to lead the Hawkeyes to a 31-21 win over the Irish. George Izo tried his best to keep Notre Dame in the game, running for one touchdown and passing for two more, but he could not get his pass-dropping teammates to cooperate.
Normalcy nearly returned to the Big Ten where traditional games were the order of the day. Indiana, long the league's foot scraper, provided the only surprise, rising to tie Purdue's defensive dandies 15-15 and slip into the first division for the first time since 1947. Wisconsin sewed up second place by beating Minnesota 27-12; Illinois handed Northwestern its third straight loss 27-20; Ohio State turned back inspired Michigan 20-14 despite Wolverine Bob Ptacek's record-breaking (24 for 35 and 241 yards) passing.
In other games, Oklahoma thumped Nebraska 40-7 for its 13th straight Big Eight title and an automatic Orange Bowl bid; Kansas' Larry McKown and Homer Floyd teamed up on a last-minute 80-yard pass play to deadlock Missouri 13-13; Michigan State finally won one, defeating Kansas State 26-7. The top three:
1. IOWA (7-1-1)
2. OKLAHOMA (8-1-0)
3. WISCONSIN (7-1-1)
BACK OF THE WEEK: Bill Austin, greatest halfback in Rutgers' 90-year football history, ran for 34 points in 61-0 rout of Columbia, became nation's top scorer.
LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Guard Bob Grottkau led Oregon line in crushing Oregon State attack, then broke open Beaver dams to let Ducks through for 20-0 win.
NEW FACES OF THE WEEK: Illinois' John Easterbrook (left) quarterbacked fellow sophomores to overtake Northwestern 27-20; UCLA Tailback Bill Kilmer ran USC dizzy on end sweeps in topsy-turvy 15-15 deadlock between the old rivals.
TOP TEN SMALL COLLEGES
(Final NAIA Ratings)
1. NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA (9-0)
2. ARIZONA STATE (FLAGSTAFF) (10-0)
3. GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS (8-0)
4. EAST TEXAS STATE (9-1)
5. ST. BENEDICT'S (10-0)
6. MISSOURI VALLEY (8-0)
7. WILLAMETTE (8-1)
8. MIDDLE TENNESSEE (8-1)
9. KEARNEY STATE (9-0)
10. LENOIR RHYNE (8-1)
RED GRANGE PREDICTS
AUBURN VS. ALABAMA
Coach Bear Bryant has done a fine job bringing Alabama back, but that solid Auburn defense, the best in the nation, will be too much for the Crimson Tide. AUBURN.
FLORIDA VS. MIAMI
The Gators have been impressive in their rugged schedule and will be aching to add still one more defeat to Miami's disappointing season. And they will. FLORIDA.
GEORGIA VS. GEORGIA TECH
The Engineers have improved from week to week and never beat themselves. Georgia can score but not enough to beat GEORGIA TECH.
MISSISSIPPI VS. MISSISSIPPI ST.
A close one between traditional rivals. Ole Miss has the better record and more depth up front. MISSISSIPPI.
VANDERBILT VS. TENNESSEE
The Vols are still searching for a consistent tailback to make their single wing go. Vandy has the backs, led by able Quarterback Boyce Smith, to win. VANDERBILT.
ARMY VS. NAVY
This is the NCAA game by NBC-TV, and I'm glad I don't have to pick a winner. Anything can happen when these two old rivals knock heads, but one thing is sure: Army's Caldwell and Navy's Tranchini, two of the East's better passers, will make it a wide-open game.
TCU VS. SMU
A tough one. Don Meredith's passing and running make SMU hard to beat, but TCU's superior line will keep enough pressure on the Mustang quarterback to win. TCU.
OKLAHOMA VS. OKLAHOMA ST.
Inexperienced at the start, the Sooners have come a long way under the coaching of Bud Wilkinson. State is no match for OKLAHOMA.
USC VS. NOTRE DAME
The Irish can move the ball, even against the big USC line. George Izo's passing will be more than USC can handle. NOTRE DAME.
AIR FORCE VS. COLORADO
Colorado has slipped badly since midseason, and the Falcons are eager to complete their first unbeaten season. Rich Mayo's passing gives the edge to AIR FORCE.
LAST WEEK'S PREDICTIONS: 7 RIGHT; 1 WRONG; 1 TIE
RECORD TO DATE: 63-23-5