Major-college teams unbeaten and untied after six weeks of turmoil were narrowed down to nine: LSU (6-0), Mississippi (6-0), Penn State (6-0), Texas (6-0), North Texas State (5-0), Northwestern (5-0), Syracuse (5-0), USC (5-0), and Yale (5-0). For the last of these there is an added distinction—the Elis are the only unscored-upon team in the nation.
The rough-tough Big Ten broke even in a couple of outside sorties, while Wisconsin and Purdue, hoping to overhaul leading Northwestern, improved their records.
Unbeaten and injury-riddled Northwestern, propped up by inspired reserves, moved out of the conference to meet Notre Dame and managed to hold off the Irish 30-24 (see page 20). Quarterback John Talley was inserted into the patched-up Wildcat backfield, passing 18, 54 and 78 yards for touchdowns and running 61 yards for another. Notre Dame, capitalizing on Northwestern errors, snapped back for 17 points in the second half, but they weren't enough.
Illinois had less luck, bowing to fired-up Penn State 20-9 (see page 20). Intent on proving that it belongs with the nation's best, State recovered from an early fumble which led to a 3-0 Illinois lead and shook up the Illini with its diversified attack. Quarterback Richie Lucas, who had another fine day, put the Nittany Lions ahead with a four-yard plunge and then directed his backs for two more scores. Chortled Coach Rip Engle: "I guess that should stop the bellyaching. We've been hearing ever since we beat Army that we've been lucky. I think we convinced them today. This was our greatest game."
Wisconsin, tossing aside the pass patterns it practiced all week when rain made the ball too slick for pitching, outfought Ohio State's bruisers at their own game and won 12-3. With Tackle Dan Lanphear leading the furious charge, the Badger forwards sent Buckeye Fullback Bob White to the sidelines with a shoulder separation and slowed down Halfback Bob Ferguson. Wisconsin scored in the first half on a safety, Dale Hackbart's seven-yard run and Karl Holzworth's 27-yard field goal and then sat back to protect against State's futile attempts to score.
At Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium, the home town Boilermakers stuck to interior line battering to power past Iowa 14-7 (see page 18). Fullback Bob Jarus, recovered from a shoulder injury, hammered away at the Hawkeye line and, when he sat down for a rest, Jack Laraway took over to provide Purdue with its second-quarter scoring thrust. Iowa Quarterback Olen Treadway, flipping the ball frantically in the last period, avoided a shutout.
Michigan State, cued by sturdy Center Larry Cundiff, dug in to stop four Indiana smashes at its line late in the game and saved a 14-6 victory; Michigan put together long scoring sprints by Halfbacks Darrell Harper (83 yards) and Fred Julian (42 yards) to turn back lumbering Minnesota 14-6 for the Little Brown Jug.
In other games, no longer fearsome Oklahoma barely beat Kansas 7-6; Missouri defeated Nebraska 9-0; unbeaten Bowling Green rambled over Kent State 25-8; Miami of Ohio upset Ohio U. 24-0. The top three:
1. NORTHWESTERN (5-0)
2. WISCONSIN (4-1)
3. PURDUE (3-1-1)
While Penn State was upholding eastern prestige in the Midwest, Syracuse added to its already considerable reputation. The Orangemen buried West Virginia 44-0 (see page 17).
Yale, guarding its unbeaten record in the mud at Yale Bowl, turned back Colgate 21-0. Quarterback Tom Singleton and Fullback Rich Winkler, who may never forget the poundings most of these same Elis absorbed a year ago, each scored once while the unscored-upon Yale line kept winless Colgate at bay.
Frenzy prevailed in Philadelphia, where Penn lost its unbeaten and untied status but stalemated Navy 22-22 on Ed Shaw's 24-yard field goal with 1:46 to play. The Quakers, leading 19-8 in the last quarter, suddenly found themselves trailing, after Navy Quarterback Jim Max-field led the aroused Middies to two touchdowns. But a fumble gave Penn another chance, and Shaw made the most of it.
Meanwhile, Princeton had too many healthy tailbacks for Cornell and rolled over the Big Red 20-0 to move back into Ivy contention. Dartmouth began to revive its injured and beat Harvard 9-0.
Texas Christian, finding its muscles after a slow start, harried Pitt's Ivan Toncic into his poorest passing performance, as Fullback Jack Spikes and Halfback Marv Lasater ran over the Panthers 13-3.
Army, warming up for the Air Force, really didn't need its many cripples against game but ineffective Colorado State. Quarterback Joe Caldwell's passes were enough for a 25-6 Army victory.
Boston College used the quick kick to defeat Marquette 16-0; Holy Cross bombed Columbia 34-0; Brown squeezed past Rhode Island 6-0; Rutgers bounced back to beat Lehigh 23-0; unbeaten Delaware manhandled Marshall 30-6. The top three:
1. SYRACUSE (5-0)
2. PENN STATE (6-0)
3. YALE (5-0)
LSU and Mississippi rumbled resolutely toward their big clash next Saturday at Baton Rouge. LSU, content to just get ahead and then turn the game over to its powerful defensive units, lowered the boom on Florida 9-0. Billy Cannon's one-yard plunge and Wendell Harris' 28-yard field goal, his fifth of the season, put LSU ahead, and the swarming Bengal defenders did the rest. Sighed Florida End Dan Edgington: "Every time you blocked one of them, three or four more were behind them. Chinese Bandits? It was like fighting the Chinese Communists. They just kept coming and coming."
Mississippi, complementing its sturdy defense with brutal fullbacking and useful passing, stunned Arkansas with two touchdowns by Charlie Flowers within three minutes midway in the first half and went on to slaughter the jumpy, upset-minded Porkers 28-0. Coach Johnny Vaught, who usually has his backs running wide, this time chose to slam them up the middle behind the vigorous blocking of Guards Marvin Terrell and Dick Price and Center Ken Kirk. And when Arkansas jammed its defenses, Quarterbacks Bobby Franklin and Jake Gibbs loosened up the Porkers with passes.
Usually satisfied to get by on its defensive might, Auburn put Bobby Hunt, its sophomore passer, to work to beat Miami 21-6 (see page 18). Hunt opened the Tigers' new bag of tricks on the very first play, passing to Lamar Rawson for a 78-yard touchdown. Miami never recovered.
Quarterback Harvey White directed the attack and all the Cats joined in as Clemson romped over South Carolina 27-0 in the last Big Thursday game in Columbia. White, who lost two teeth for his efforts, completed eight of 10 passes for 162 yards and two scores and sent Clemson closer to the Atlantic Coast title.
Georgia, playing in the shadow of its more illustrious conference rivals, whipped Kentucky 14-7 to lead the SEC while Georgia Tech remained in the running with a 21-13 win over Tulane. Jug Browning's 23-yard field goal lifted Duke past North Carolina State 17-15; North Carolina used Bob Shupin's three extra points to down Wake Forest 21-19. The top three:
1. LSU (6-0)
2. MISSISSIPPI (6-0)
3. AUBURN (4-1)
As if things weren't rough enough for its Southwest Conference friends, Texas found a way to make its speedy halfbacks even more troublesome. The alert and aggressive Longhorns split their own ends, used quick pitchouts and then ran over the Rice ends as Jack Collins and Rene Ramirez brought Texas its sixth straight 28-6.
Outplayed most of the way by ambitious Texas Tech, SMU pulled ailing Don Meredith off the bench to pass for the go-ahead touchdown in the last quarter and the Mustangs won 21-13. Baylor's Sophomore Quarterback Bobby Ply pitched the Bears to a 13-0 shutout of Texas A.&M. The top three:
1. TEXAS (6-0)
2. SMU (3-1-1)
3. TCU (4-2)
Stanford, rarely a winner but almost always a thriller, threw USC into a tizzy and had the Trojans reeling 21-12 at half time on the passing of Dick Norman. A well-scared USC sent Fullback Clark Holden smashing over for three second-half touchdowns to overhaul the volatile Indians 30-28 (see page 21).
Putting away the pass for another day, Air Force stuck to the ground behind a fast, hard-charging line to surprise UCLA 20-7 (see page 19). Quarterback Richie Mayo and Fullback Monte Moorberg helped the Falcons pile up 317 yards rushing and scored all their touchdowns.
Washington, fresh from its near conquest of USC, had another shot at an unbeaten team and this time pulled off a 13-12 victory over Oregon. Down 12-0, the Huskies rallied behind Bob Schloredt and Don McKeta and won it on George Fleming's placement kick. The top three:
1. USC (5-0)
2. WASHINGTON (5-1)
3. OREGON (5-1)
BACK OF THE WEEK: Mississippi Fullback Charlie Flowers got most of the tough calls, but he bulled and banged through Arkansas line for 65 yards and two TDs.
LINEMAN OF THE WEEK; Wisconsin Tackle Dan Lanphear blocked a punt for a safety, recovered two fumbles and generally made life miserable for Ohio State.
NEW FACES OF THE WEEK: Halfback John Allen (left) helped Holy Cross bewilder Columbia, scored on 14-yard end sweep; Fullback Monte Moorberg gave Air Force running game a boost, blasting UCLA for 119 yards—an Academy record.
RED GRANGE PREDICTS
LSU vs. Mississippi
The best game of the day matches the South's top contenders for the national title. Tough defenses and brilliant runners have kept both undefeated. Ole Miss's Charlie Flowers has announced he will outgain LSU's Billy Cannon, but the Tigers have the depth. LSU.
Auburn vs. Florida
Auburn has found a passer in Sophomore Bobby Hunt to go with its tremendous defense. Florida is no match for the team that beat Georgia Tech. AUBURN.
California vs. USC
No team on the Coast is really in a class with the revived Trojans, particularly these Golden Bears, who have lost five straight. USC.
UCLA vs. Washington
Beaten only by USC, the Huskies hope to improve their Rose Bowl chances (USC is ineligible) by beating in-and-out UCLA. In a defensive battle, WASHINGTON.
Pitt vs. Syracuse
Coach Ben Schwartzwalder's greatest Syracuse team hasn't been contained yet and a so-so Pitt line won't do it. Another win for bowl-bound SYRACUSE.
Yale vs. Dartmouth
Dartmouth finally won a game and the Indians seem healthy again. But the unbeaten and unscored-upon Elis have their best team in years and a great junior quarterback in Tom Singleton. YALE.
Michigan vs. Wisconsin
That big Wisconsin line gives up yardage grudgingly, and Dale Hackbart, a candidate for All-America, can run and throw better than any Wolverine. WISCONSIN.
Illinois vs. Purdue
With Fullback Bob Jarus and Quarterback Bernie Allen leading the way for a Purdue team that still has hopes of making the Rose Bowl, my alma mater will have a rough afternoon of it. PURDUE.
Notre Dame vs. Navy
Both have been disappointing but show signs of coming to life. Navy's Joe Tranchini is ailing, so Notre Dame hopes George Izo's passing will bring them a third win. NOTRE DAME.
SMU vs. Texas
Texas has yet to lose and can move closer to the Southwest Conference title with a win. However, the Mustangs are a threat with Don Meredith throwing the ball, so the speedy Longhorns will have to be at their best. TEXAS.
LAST WEEK'S PREDICTIONS:
9 RIGHT; 1 WRONG
RECORD TO DATE: 40-16-1