College football's last big week provided the usual quota of upsets, spectaculars and grist for the bowl mills as old grads and just plain gridiron buffs turned out by the thousands to watch traditional games across the nation. There was glory for some and lush postseason dates for a chosen few. Almost before the last cheer had subsided, bowls were filled to overflowing and coaches were busily plotting offenses and defenses designed to harry and confuse the opposition.
Iowa and California had already earned the right to compete in the Rose Bowl, while Oklahoma and Syracuse were set for the Orange Bowl. But perhaps the most enticing match-up is in the Cotton Bowl where the unbeaten and once-tied Air Force is planning to try its wings against TCU. Other pairings: undefeated LSU and Clemson in the Sugar Bowl; Mississippi and Florida in the Gator Bowl; Wyoming and Hardin-Simmons in the Sun Bowl.
Shocked by a quick touchdown and a new Navy offense complete with double wing T, flankers and spreads, Army crunched back a little at a time to wear down the Middies 22-6 before 100,000 bone-chilled fans in Philadelphia's cavernous Municipal Stadium for its first unbeaten season since 1949 and the Lambert Trophy as the East's best. Discarding their wide game, the Cadets sent bread-and-butter Halfback Bob Anderson powering relentlessly inside and outside the tackles and used Quarterback Joe Caldwell's passing often enough to keep the jitterbugging Navy defense honest. With Army trailing 6-0, Anderson plunged over from the one-yard line just before the end of the half and followed Guard Bob Novogratz (see below) over from the two early in the fourth quarter. End Don Usry put the game out of Navy's reach when he intercepted Quarterback Joe Tranehini's deflected pass, carried it back 38 yards for the last Army touchdown.
Penn State, down 14-0 at half time, took advantage of two Pitt errors to get back in the ball game, went on to win 25-21 in a cliff hanger that had old Nittany Lions eying a bowl bid which never came. State turned loose three precocious substitute backs, Jim Kerr, Don Jonas and Dick Hoak (see page 8), added some needlepoint passing from Quarterback Al Jacks and a touch of expert pass-snatching by End Norm Neff, put them together for four second-half touchdowns against the battered Panthers.
Quarterback Frank Finney, Brown's brightest back since Fritz Pollard, ran and passed Colgate into submission, 28-6. Finney scored twice on runs of seven and 19 yards, passed for two more touchdowns and grabbed a handful of all-time Brown scoring, passing and yardage records. Cornell's Tom Skypeck found his touch again, plunged for two scores and passed for another to beat Penn 19-7. The top three:
1. ARMY (8-0-1)
2. SYRACUSE (8-1-0)
3. PENN STATE (6-3-1)
The amazing Air Force, its passing arm socked in and its ground game tuned down to a whisper by a hard-charging Colorado line, turned a Buff fumble into a 20-yard touchdown sprint by Halfback Mike Rawlins to win 20-14 and fly into the Cotton Bowl (see page 12).
Don Buford, a scant (5 feet 5 inches, 155 pounds) USC scatback, led Notre Dame a merry chase until Quarterback Bob Williams, called on to replace ineffective George Izo, picked up the Irish and escorted them to two touchdowns and a 20-13 victory.
COP's Dick Bass, hobbling on a badly swollen big toe, gained 130 yards, scored 14 points in 52-6 win over Fresno State, became the first since Colorado's famed Whizzer White to win three NCAA titles in scoring (116 points), rushing (1,361 yards) and total offense (1,440 yards). The top three:
1. AIR FORCE (9-0-1)
2. CALIFORNIA (7-3-0)
3. WASHINGTON STATE (7-3-0)
Mississippi showed its most flexible offense of the year under the adept quarter-backing of Bobby Franklin, who slick-handed Ole Miss to a three-touchdown second period, a 21-0 stomping of Mississippi State and a trip to the Gator Bowl. Florida, despite a lackluster performance, picked up the other ticket to Jacksonville with a 12-9 decision over Miami.
Bowl-banned Auburn, with the aid of Halfback Tommy Lorino's educated punting, kept Alabama near its own end zone much of the day and managed to hold off the resurgent Crimson Tide 14-8 to sputter through to its second straight undefeated season.
Clemson turned on its power for 39 points in the first half, then sat back to wait out Furman's furious challenge before winning 36-19 to earn the dubious right to face LSU in the Sugar Bowl.
Enigmatic Tennessee, tailback-aching most of the year, found an able hand in Sophomore Billy Majors, who passed for one touchdown and ran for 123 yards to help upset Vanderbilt 10-6.
Georgia turned Georgia Tech's errors into a 16-3 victory; South Carolina's Alex Hawkins flipped three touchdown passes to King Dixon to beat Wake Forest 24-7; Mississippi Southern defeated Chattanooga 20-13 for its first unbeaten and untied campaign. The top three:
1. LSU (10-0-0)
2. AUBURN (9-0-1)
3. MISSISSIPPI (8-2-0)
The hurly-burly Southwest Conference, no place for the overconfident or the fainthearted, lived up to its reputation right down to the final play. This time it was Cotton Bowl-bound TCU's turn to bite the dust. Spurred on by what it considered a chance for the Sugar Bowl, SMU's charging line contained the TCU running attack when it counted and left it up to Quarterback Don Meredith to pass to Halfbacks Tirey Wilemon and Glynn Gregory for two touchdowns and score a third himself in the Mustangs' 20-13 victory. But all to no avail since the New Orleans plum went to Clemson.
Baylor's Buddy Humphrey (see page 7), a limber-armed young man who would rather throw the ball than eat, gave Rice fits, but the Owls judiciously mixed running with passing to beat the Bears 33-21.
Texas' blockbusting linemen were up to their old tricks again. The Longhorns smothered Texas A&M's Charlie Milstead, held the Aggies to 39 yards along the ground and opened up gaping holes for Halfback Rene Ramirez, who scored three times, and Fullback Mike Dowdle, who plunged for one score, as Texas won 27-0.
In other games, Hardin-Simmons out-scored New Mexico A&M 26-20 to win the Border Conference title and a spot in the Sun Bowl; Houston roared from behind in the last quarter to beat Texas Tech 22-17; Arizona State at Tempe romped over Marquette 42-18. Prairie View overcame Southwestern 20-14 to capture the Negro national championship, Southwestern Athletic Conference title and an Orange Blossom date with Florida A&M in Miami, Dec. 13. The top three:
1. TCU (8-2-0)
2. SMU (6-4-0)
3. RICE (5-5)
A crashing Oklahoma State defense had Oklahoma rocking and reeling for better than three quarters until Quarterback Bobby Boyd found a gap in the line and shot through for 31 yards to give the Sooners a squeaky 7-0 triumph.
Tulsa ground down Wichita 25-6 to hand idle North Texas State the Missouri Valley crown; Cincinnati downed Miami of Ohio 18-7. The top three:
1. IOWA (7-1-1)
2. WISCONSIN (7-1-1)
3. OKLAHOMA (9-1-0)
BACK OF THE WEEK: Baylor Quarterback Buddy Humphrey set SWC passing marks, completing 22 of 27 for 387 yards, but Rice power crumpled Bears 33-21.
LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Guard Bob Novogratz, a big, terrorizing linebacker, slammed down Navy backs, pounced on fumbles, led Army to a 22-6 triumph.
NEW FACES OF THE WEEK: Halfback Dick Hoak (left) passed for one TD, set up another as Penn State upset Pitt 25-21; Georgia Halfback Fred Brown, kin of former Alabama ace Johnny Mack Brown, scored in 16-3 win over Georgia Tech.