While Yale, upset by Dartmouth 12-8, and Penn, shocked by Harvard 12-0, had their Ivy League hopes bruised a bit (see page 47) and Army was hard pressed to escape with a 13-13 tie with Air Force (see page 41), unbeaten Syracuse and Penn State continued to rush headlong toward their momentous date next Saturday.
Intent on proving that it is indeed the best in the East, if not the nation, Syracuse turned loose its awesome power to bury poor Pitt 35-0. The Orange line opened gaping holes for Backs Gerhard Schwedes, Ernie Davis and Art Baker and then locked the door on defense, holding the Panthers to minus-six yards rushing. But fourth-string Fullback Dan Rackiewicz supplied the biggest thrill when he grabbed a Pitt pass and ran 100 yards for Syracuse's last touchdown.
Meanwhile, Princeton put down suddenly rambunctious Brown 7-0 to move up to share the Ivy lead with Yale and Penn. Tailback Dan Sachs, hale and hearty for a change, sent the Tigers ahead with a third-quarter 13-yard sprint, but it took a determined goal-line stand in the closing minutes to hold off Fullback Paul Choquette and the aroused Bruins.
In other games, Cornell saved face by overhauling Columbia 13-7; Holy Cross defeated Colgate 14-12; undefeated Delaware clobbered Rutgers 34-14. The top three:
1. SYRACUSE (6-0)
2. PENN STATE (7-0)
3. ARMY (3-2-1)
The big news in the South, naturally, came from Baton Rouge, where ambitious LSU squiggled past Mississippi 7-3 (see page 40) to hold its No. 1 ranking. But their other rivals in the Southeastern Conference were still hopeful and waiting.
Tennessee, prepping for the next shot at LSU, ran over North Carolina 29-7 as sub Tailback Gene Etter gave LSU scouts an eyeful. Gene gained 104 yards, completed six of eight passes for 63 yards and one touchdown, scored another and kicked a 31-yard field goal.
Described by one SEC coach as "A Joe Louis-type team—they stalk you, swat you once and you're dead," conservative Auburn saved its big swat for the third quarter, when Halfback Lamar Rawson, on his best running afternoon, scored from the one-yard line to beat Florida 6-0.
Once-beaten Georgia, starving for recognition despite its position at the head of the conference, overpowered Florida State 42-0 for its sixth victory. Three touchdown passes by Quarterback Fran Tarkenton made it easy for the Bulldogs.
Duke caught Georgia Tech dreaming of a bowl bid and shook up the Engineers with a 10-7 upset. Sophomore Joel Arrington provided the first eye-opener when he raced 83 yards for a touchdown, and Art (Jug) Browning, fast becoming an old hand at this sort of thing, won it all with a 28-yard field goal.
Penn State invaded the South and came away with an under-wraps 28-10 triumph over much-battered West Virginia. Quarterback Richie Lucas, knocked out early with a concussion, turned the offense over to sub Galen Hall, who expertly guided the Nittany Lions to their seventh straight.
South Carolina threw only four passes but two were good for touchdowns and the Gamecocks beat Maryland 22-6; Wyoming's Skyline Conference leaders defeated North Carolina State 26-0 on Jim Walden's running and passing; The Citadel's acrobatic Paul Maguire snared two touchdown passes and threw one to get the Southern Conference leaders past William and Mary 38-13; Kentucky, roused by Cal Bird's two long scoring runs, shocked Miami 22-3. The top three:
1. LSU (7-0)
2. Mississippi (5-1)
3. Auburn (5-1)
For 13 years brutish Oklahoma had methodically cut down its Big Eight rivals, winning 72 times in all, pausing only for a 13-13 tie with Kansas in 1947 and a 21-21 tie with Colorado in 1952. But, last Saturday, Coach Bud Wilkinson's bubble burst. Nebraska, a four-time loser, caught the Sooners with their defenses dragging. The Cornhuskers pushed ahead on Ron Meade's 22- and 32-yard field goals and Harry Tolly's touchdown plunge to win 25-21 for Coach Bill Jennings, who learned his football at Oklahoma as a player and assistant to Wilkinson. And to make matters worse, Kansas beat Iowa State 7-0 to tie the Sooners for the Big Eight lead.
The Big Ten, settling down after a raucous start, began to look more and more like a two-team race. Unbeaten Northwestern made the most of a "breather" with Indiana to test ailing Ron Burton. The swift halfback responded with two touchdowns and the Wildcats won 30-13.
Wisconsin, only a game behind Northwestern and looking ahead to Saturday's tussle with the leaders, ball-hawked Michigan to death, intercepting six passes, but had to fight for its life before beating the Wolverines 19-10.
The rest of the Big Ten was playing itself into oblivion. Illinois went into a seven-man line with two linebackers only a half-step behind to prevent Purdue from double-teaming its ends and tackles and . surprised the Boilermakers with a 7-7 tie. Ohio State's Tom Matte pitched three scoring passes to outscore Michigan State 30-24, while Iowa ran over Kansas State 53-0 and Minnesota defeated Vanderbilt 20-6.
Navy's Jim Maxfield ruffled Notre Dame with his passing, and the Irish had to call on End Monty Stickles to bail them out. With 32 seconds left to play, Stickles kicked a 43-yard field goal and Notre Dame won 25-22. The top three:
1. NORTHWESTERN (6-0)
2. WISCONSIN (5-1)
3. PURDUE (3-1-2)
The eyes (and hands) of Texas linemen were all over SMU's Don Meredith as the Longhorns poured through to harass the talented quarterback. Meanwhile, Quarterbacks Bobby Lackey and Mike Cotten steered the fast Texas backs through the battered SMU line to win 21-0.
TCU stuck to power football in the mud at Waco and hammered Baylor 14 0; Arkansas edged Texas A&M 12-7 on Jim Mooty's two touchdowns. The top three:
1. TEXAS (7-0)
2. TCU (5-2)
3. ARKANSAS (5-2)
USC's might, beginning to wear thin, managed to survive another test. California went ahead of the Trojans in the third quarter, but the Bears couldn't hold Willie Wood, who scooted over from the seven-yard line to win for USC 14-7.
Quarterback Bob Schloredt raised Washington's Rose Bowl hopes when he passed and ran the Huskies to victory over UCLA 23-7. Oregon, too, was still in contention after trimming Idaho 45-7.
Stanford and San Jose State set the defense back 20 years, but the Indians prevailed 54-38 on Dick Norman's passing. The top three:
1. USC (6-0)
2. WASHINGTON (6-1)
3. OREGON (6-1)
BACK OF THE WEEK: LSU's Billy Cannon went off like a time bomb—and here he is, exploding for 89-yard run of the year on punt return to beat Mississippi 7-3.
LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Illinois' Sturdy Bill Burrell, omnipresent guard and linebacker, was in on 26 tackles, helped inspired Illini stymie strong Purdue 7-7.
NEW FACES OF THE WEEK: Duke's Art Browning (left) kicked 28-yard field goal to beat Georgia Tech 10-7; Gale Weidner's fourth-period passes caught Missouri off balance and set up two touchdowns as Colorado overtook Tigers 21-20.
RED GRANGE PREDICTS
Penn State vs. Syracuse
Bowl bids and unbeaten records will be at stake in the East's big game. Richie Lucas has carried Penn State this far, but the powerful Syracuse line and hard-running Halfbacks Ernie Davis and Gerhard Schwedes will be too much for Nittany Lions. SYRACUSE.
Penn vs. Yale
Both were upset last week and will be aching to win. Penn's best team in years may find the stubborn Eli defense too tough. YALE.
USC vs. West Virginia West Virginia is hardly a match for the best in the West. Quarterback Willie Wood is in shape again, and USC will be ready for the Mountaineers. USC.
Stanford vs. UCLA
Stanford's Cactus Jack Curtice loves to see his team throw the ball, and he has a topnotch passer in Dick Norman. UCLA is too inconsistent. STANFORD.
Texas A&M vs. SMU
SMU's Don Meredith, rushed to distraction by the Texas line last week, should have less trouble with Texas A&M. SMU.
Texas vs. Baylor
Speed, resourcefulness and sheer power have kept Texas unbeaten, and the Longhorns won't falter against mediocre Baylor. The Texas backs can run and sophomore Jack Collins is one of the best. TEXAS.
LSU vs. Tennessee
Undefeated and No. 1 in the nation, LSU always manages to come up with just enough points to win. Billy Cannon, an authentic All-America, and the efficient Tigers will wear down Tennessee. LSU.
Clemson vs. Duke
Despite Duke's upset of Georgia Tech, the Blue Devils will be out-manned by the big Clemson line and outpassed by Quarterback Harvey White. CLEMSON.
Northwestern vs. Wisconsin
Wisconsin, beaten only by Purdue, can disturb Northwestern's Big Ten title hopes. However, speedy Halfback Ron Burton is back, and he should give those big Wisconsin linemen more than they can handle. NORTHWESTERN.
Purdue vs. Michigan State
Purdue, with Fullback Bob Jarus supplying the punch, will bounce back from that Illinois tie to remain alive in the Big Ten race. State lacks the depth. PURDUE.
LAST WEEK'S PREDICTIONS: 8 RIGHT; 1 WRONG; 1 TIE
RECORD TO DATE; 48-17-2