The fitful Big Ten, where championship hopes are about as secure as a $150 overcoat in an all-night cafeteria, was going through its annual metamorphosis. Wisconsin, beefed up by a magnificent performance by Quarterback Dale Hackbart, put the boot to unbeaten Northwestern (see page 23) to share the lead with the disenchanted Wildcats, while Michi gan State, rising to a new plateau under impish Coach Duffy Daugherty, ended Purdue's dream of spending New Year's Day in California.
Quarterback Dean Look, whose baseball skill may net him a $50,000 bonus next summer, was the lad who did in the frustrated Boilermakers 15-0. Twice in the first half he pitched touchdown passes—once to Gary Ballman for 28 yards and again to Jim Corgiat for 48 yards. Then, when the outcharged Purdue line summoned the strength to stop the Spartans, Art Brandstatter kicked a 23-yard field goal.
Illinois, given a chance to sneak up on the leaders, found its way blocked by Gerald Smith, a near-sighted, undersized (187 pounds) Michigan linebacker who picked off three passes to help the Wolverines upset the Illini 20-15. With Michigan trailing 9-6, Smith's first interception set up the go-ahead touchdown. His other two thwarted Illinois scoring drives.
In lesser struggles, Iowa climbed out of the cellar over prostrate Minnesota. Score: 33-0. Indiana, stopped inches away from the goal line on a disputed fourth-down plunge, settled for a 0-0 tie with Ohio State.
Georgia Tech and Notre Dame traded mistakes but, in the end, the Irish paid the greater price and Tech won 14-10. Sub Quarterback Marvin Tibbetts scored both Tech touchdowns after Junior Fullback Taz Anderson's thrusts up the middle pushed the Irish back on their heels. Missouri grounded Air Force's usually reliable defenses as Quarterback Phil Snow-den passed and ran the Tigers to a 13-0 victory.
Oklahoma, back with the mortals in the Big Eight, took Kansas State 36-0 and regained first place when Colorado's Gale Weidner flipped three touchdown passes to whip Kansas 27-14. Nebraska, victor over Oklahoma last week, came crashing back to earth and lost to Iowa State 18-6, with Tom Watkins scoring twice on long runs to take over as the nation's leading ground gainer. Oklahoma State, ineligible for the conference title, beat Denver 20-12 for its sixth straight. The top three:
1. WISCONSIN (6-1)
2. NORTHWESTERN (6-1)
3. PURDUE (3-2-2)
It was a long time coming, but Tennessee finally put an end to LSU's 19-game winning streak 14-13 (see page 23), and a whooshing sigh of relief settled over the nail-tough Southeastern Conference.
Perhaps the greatest beneficiary was Georgia, still standing firm, if precariously, at the top of the league with a 5-0 record. Never giving a thought to Auburn, their next opponent, they wallowed in the mud with Florida and came away with a 21-10 victory. Halfback Charlie Britt passed for one touchdown and ran 100 yards with an intercepted pass for another.
Meanwhile, Auburn and Mississippi took on lesser competition. Sophomore Quarterback Bobby Hunt, continuing to add needed spice to the Auburn attack, ran 42 and 51 yards to help the Tigers maul Mississippi State 31-0; Mississippi, warming up for Tennessee, enjoyed every moment of a 58-0 romp over Chattanooga.
Held in check by a rough-tough Duke defense, Clemson's Atlantic Coast leaders reached into wily Coach Frank Howard's bag of tricks to slip past the Blue Devils 6-0. Howard resurrected one of his old single-wing plays, and it paid off when Quarterback Lowndes Shingler faded to the left and threw 30 yards to the right to End Ed Bost in the end zone.
The Citadel, directed by General Mark V. Clark five years ago to "achieve respectability" in football, obeyed orders by knocking off previously unbeaten Presbyterian 8-0. Now, thoroughly respected in the Southern Conference, the Kaydets have their sights trained on a respectable bowl bid.
In other games, Russ Morris' 21-yard field goal and Tom Moore's 62-yard sprint beat Kentucky 11-6 for Vanderbilt; little Fran Curci led Miami to victory over North Carolina 14-7; Alabama overhauled Tulane 19-7; South Carolina out-scored Virginia 32-20. The top three:
1. LSU (7-1)
2. MISSISSIPPI (7-1)
3. AUBURN (6-1) AND TENNESSEE (5-1-1)
The Southwest Conference, no place for the faint of heart, was living up to its reputation. Unbeaten and untied Texas, perhaps looking ahead to TCU, almost tripped over Baylor. The Bear line furnished Quarterback Ronnie Stanley with careful protection, and he showed his appreciation by passing Baylor into a 12-7 lead. However, with time running out, the Longhorns pounced on a fumble and let Halfback Jack Collins and Fullback Clair Branch lead them to a narrow 13-12 victory.
SMU, too, came on late to catch Texas A&M 14-11. And for a change, Don Meredith didn't have to do the job alone. He got some running help from Tirey Wilemon and did the rest with his passing. Winless Rice shocked Arkansas by going ahead 10-0. The Razorbacks had all they could do to get back into the ball game. Billy Kyser, a senior halfback, picked the right time to become a hero, grabbing two passes from Lance Alworth to set up the touchdowns that gave Arkansas a 14-10 triumph.
North Texas State, the little school with big aspirations, continued to win. Halfback Abner Haynes scored twice as the Eagles beat Louisville 39-7 for their 10th straight. Arizona outlasted Texas Tech 30-26; New Mexico polished off Brigham Young 21-6. The top three:
1. TEXAS (8-0)
2. TCU (5-2)
3. ARKANSAS (6-2)
Penn State had Syracuse standing on its tippy-toes in a frenetic last quarter, but the Orangemen prevailed ultimately 20-18 to strengthen their claim to first honors in the East (see page 23).
Meanwhile, the Ivies were doing some eyebrow lifting of their own. Penn, trailing 12-0, came alive just as Yale fell apart at the seams. Halfback Fred Doelling picked up the Quakers by their muddy bootstraps and led them to a 28-12 victory and possession of first place.
Harvard gave Penn an assist, successfully containing Princeton's tailbacks with a spirited defense to upset the Tigers 14-0. And Dartmouth, still hopeful, battered poor Columbia 22-0, while Cornell ran over Brown 19-0.
Joe Tranchini and Joe Bellino were healthy again, and Navy used their considerable talents to overcome Maryland 22-14. Army, under wraps for Oklahoma, was hardly impressive while defeating Villanova 14-0.
Rookie Halfback Fred Cox scored twice and kicked a 25-yard field goal to put Pitt ahead of Boston College 22-14; Holy Cross downed Boston U. 17-8. The top three:
1. SYRACUSE (7-0)
2. PENN STATE (7-1)
3. ARMY (4-2-1)
USC's Thundering Herd was still pounding along, even with rough-tough Mike McKeever treading softly (see page 26). West Virginia, fresh from the Syracuse and Penn State meat grinders and no match for the big, bold and unbeaten Trojans, knuckled under 36-0.
Once-beaten Washington and Oregon were still running neck and neck for the Rose Bowl. The Huskies, surprised by Oregon State's single wing, took a while to get untracked, but won 13-6. Oregon, caught in a real cliff-hanger with California, pulled it out finally 20-18 when little (5-foot 4-inch) Cleveland Jones out-wrestled big (6-foot) Wayne Crow for Dave Grosz's 35-yard end zone pass.
UCLA and Stanford started out tamely enough and were tied 7-7 at the end of the first quarter. But then the roof fell in on the adventurous Indians, and they wound up with a 55-13 scalping.
Wyoming, the Skyline leader, went out of the conference to beat San Jose State 28-7; New Mexico defeated Brigham Young 21-6; Colorado State edged Utah State 10-7. The top three:
1. USC (7-0)
2. WASHINGTON (7-1)
3. OREGON (7-1)
THE SMALL COLLEGES
While their bigger brothers were making the boldest headlines, the small colleges still had 21 teams among the nation's unbeaten and untied.
Coach Dave Nelson's mighty little Delaware club routed Temple 62-0 on the way to a showdown with Bowling Green, a 23-14 winner over Southern Illinois. Juniata clobbered Drexel Tech 47-0; Florida A&M defeated North Carolina A&T 28-16; Prairie View outscored Texas College 23-11; San Francisco State beat Sacramento State 37-14.
Hofstra, Carnegie Tech, Southern Connecticut, Middle Tennessee State, Lenoir-Rhyne, Fairmont State, Hillsdale, Western Illinois, William Jewell, Huron (see page 24), Butler, College of Emporia, John Carroll, Peru State and Coe were still unbeaten. Mississippi Southern beat North Carolina State 19-14 and Montana State trimmed Montana 40-6.
Among those not so lucky were Rochester, upset by Tufts 20-0; West Chester State, beaten by Bloomsburg Teachers 13-0; and Adams State, which fell before Colorado College 47-8. Hungry Marietta feasted to its heart's content against Washington & Jefferson, winning 90-0 and piling up a record 717 yards as Dallas Garber scored 42 points.
BACK OF THE WEEK: Wisconsin Quarterback Dale Hackbart had Northwestern at his mercy, throwing two scoring passes and running for 62 yards in 24-19 win.
LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Gerald Smith, stubby Michigan linebacker who calls defensive signals, proved an expert diagnostician as he grabbed three Illini passes.
NEW FACES OF THE WEEK: Penn State turned loose Sophomore Roger Kochman (left) for two touchdowns, one on 100-yard kickoff return, against Syracuse; Oregon's Cleveland Jones made an incredible catch in end zone to beat California.
RED GRANGE PREDICTS
Tennessee vs. Mississippi
Tennessee's single wing proved itself against the best in the land, but I don't think any team can lick LSU and Mississippi on successive Saturdays. Ole Miss, eager to atone for its one slip, is primed for the Vols. MISSISSIPPI.
Georgia vs. Auburn
Once-beaten Georgia's position atop the SEC standings is in danger. Bobby Hunt has jogged up the Auburn attack, and the superb Tiger defense will hold the Bulldogs. AUBURN.
Michigan State vs. Northwestern
Dean Look's passing may shake up Northwestern, but State hasn't got a runner to compare with Ron Burton, who is ready to lead the Wildcats back. NORTHWESTERN.
Wisconsin vs. Illinois
Dale Hackbart and the big Wisconsin line will be too much for the inconsistent Illini. The Badgers keep pace with Northwestern in the Big Ten. WISCONSIN.
Oklahoma vs. Army
Neither team has lived up to expectations. Injuries have hurt Army. Oklahoma has lost its invincibility. But the Sooners are still tough to beat at Norman. OKLAHOMA.
California vs. Washington
The Huskies can bolster their Rose Bowl hopes against punchless California. Bob Schloredt's passing and running will bewilder the much-beaten Bears. WASHINGTON.
USC vs. Baylor
Baylor will be in over its head against still-unbeaten USC. Willie Wood is terrific behind the rousing USC line. The Trojans should win their eighth straight. USC.
Texas vs. TCU
A stubborn defense has helped TCU win four in a row after a stumbling start. Texas, undefeated and on the way to the Southwest Conference title, has the speed to outrun the slower Horned Frogs. TEXAS.
SMU vs. Arkansas
Arkansas had trouble with Texas A&M and Rice and may be running out of gas. SMU, with Tirey Wilemon to lend ground support for Don Meredith's passing, will be hard to beat. SMU.
Penn State vs. Holy Cross
State's prestige and bowl hopes suffered little damage in the loss to Syracuse. Holy Cross, also beaten only by the Orange, lacks the defense to stop Richie Lucas and Roger Kochman. PENN STATE.
LAST WEEK'S PREDICTIONS: 5 RIGHT; 5 WRONG
RECORD TO DATE: 53-22-2