The would-be mighty were still stumbling as college football began packing its trunks and locking up at the close of another season. It was a week of traditional games (for one of the oldest see page 16), and USC was caught up in the whirl of upsets, leaving Syracuse as the nation's only major unbeaten and untied team—but the Orangemen still have to face UCLA, the conqueror Saturday of the Trojans.
The melee-minded Big Ten, still in a battle royal, fought for the conference title literally down to the final gun. In Minneapolis Wisconsin staved off a late Minnesota rally to win 1) the game 11-7 and 2) a place in the Rose Bowl. But the Badgers needed help from Illinois, which knocked Northwestern out 28-0.
Lumbering Minnesota, playing as if Coach Murray Warmath's job depended upon the outcome, worried Wisconsin near to death, but couldn't compete with the individual brilliance of Badger Quarterback Dale Hackbart. Karl Holzwarth's seventh field goal of the year for an NCAA record (later tied by Colorado College's George Grant) pulled Wisconsin close after the Gophers led 7-0 and Hackbart led a last-quarter charge that brought the Badgers victory and the crown.
With Fullback Bill Brown crashing up the middle and Halfback Johnny Counts sweeping wide, the Illini tore apart North-western's suddenly porous defense and sent the wilting Wildcats down to their third straight loss, giving retiring Coach Ray Eliot a victory to remember. Illinois ended the year with 5-3-1 record.
Ohio State piled up more yardage but Michigan sent Buckeye Coach Woody Hayes into a chair-throwing frenzy as it unleashed Tony Rio and Stan Noskins for timely touchdowns and a 23-14 win. Purdue made effective use of some of Coach Jack Mollenkopf's aged wing-T manipulations and a fourth-period field goal by Bernie Allen to retain the Old Oaken Bucket for the 12th straight year by nipping Indiana 10-7.
George Izo, in fine fettle at last, fired three scoring passes, but Notre Dame again needed the talented toe of Monty Stickles to salvage a 20-19 win over Iowa.
Missouri, which seemed to be holding open the door to the Orange Bowl for its foes, finally caught Kansas tripping over the doorsill. Eight times the Jayhawks let the ball slip away and five times the Tigers pounced on it. In the end, Missouri had a 13-9 triumph and a reservation in Miami on Jan. 1.
Oklahoma, now winner of a dozen Big Eight titles in a row but ineligible for a second successive appearance in the Orange Bowl, consoled itself with a 35-12 conquest of Iowa State. Prentice Gautt led an all-ground attack as the Sooners rolled up 348 yards running, none passing.
With the Mid-American championship and an undefeated and untied season in the balance, Bowling Green fought back from a 9-0 deficit to take Ohio U. in the second half 13-9.
In other games Marquette trounced Holy Cross 30-12; Kansas State, blanked in four previous games, outscored Nebraska 29-14; Detroit crushed Villanova 40-6. The top three:
1. WISCONSIN (7-2)
2. ILLINOIS (5-3-1)
3. PURDUE (5-2-2)
Harvard fans waved their handkerchiefs, exploded crimson and yellow smoke bombs and savored a 35-6 roasting of Yale. Crimson backs repeatedly tore through the Bulldog line and in one 12-minute span scored 27 points. When Charlie Ravenel wasn't dominating play, Halfback Chet Boulris was, gaining 95 yards rushing, connecting on an 85-yard pass play and scoring once.
With 56 seconds to go, Dartmouth Quarterback Bill Gundy hit Halfback Alan Rozycki with a pass on the Princeton five. Rozycki slithered past several tacklers and into the end zone, keeping the Indians' slim Ivy League title hopes flickering with a 12-7 victory.
Pitt, envigored by a shot of three C's (Backs Bob Clemens, Fred Cox and Jim Cunningham), made shambles of Penn State 22-7. Together, the C-Men raced for 287 yards and 14 points. That running power and Ivan Toncic's tricky ball handling sent the Nittany Lions home to think again before taking a Liberty Bowl offer.
To say that Syracuse beat Boston U. 46-0 is to understate the case. Offensively, Syracuse gained 511 yards. Defensively, Syracuse held the Terriers to minus-88 yards rushing and 18 yards over-all.
Columbia, no longer a gem of the football ocean, rewarded its brave fans by dumping Rutgers 26-16. Lafayette whipped Lehigh 28-6, but it was hard to say who won the students' fourth-quarter brawl.
In other games Delaware bombed Bucknell 22-6; Temple lost its 21st straight to Gettysburg 35-0; all-winning Hofstra clipped Kings Point 40-18. The top three:
1. SYRACUSE (9-0)
2. PENN STATE (8-2)
3. PITT (6-4)
Washington used a one-eyed quarterback and a two-fisted running game to seal its claim to a trip to the Rose Bowl. Bob Schloredt called the signals as the Huskies mauled old rival Washington State 20-0. UCLA took advantage of a fumble recovery and a pass interference penalty to snap Southern California's unbeaten string at eight. The penalty gave the Bruins the ball on the Trojans' seven, and three plays later Fullback Ray Smith drove into the end zone to climax the 10-3 upset.
Fleet Don Perkins rambled for 126 yards rushing (setting a three-year Skyline mark of 2,001 yards), scored twice on runs, once on a 64-yard pass play as New Mexico upended Air Force 28-27.
Oregon State fumbled the first two times it had the ball, was unable to complete a pass all afternoon but still managed to shock Oregon 15-7, killing the Beavers' eager aspirations for a Rose Bowl bid. Despite magnificent passing by Quarterback Dick Norman, Stanford bowed to California 20-17.
In other games Dick Bass led College of the Pacific over San Jose State 20-7; Utah trimmed Utah State 35-21; Idaho won its first game of the year, edging Montana 9-6. The top three:
1. USC (8-1)
2. WASHINGTON (9-1)
3. UCLA (4-3-1)
Texas Christian, unable to go to the Cotton Bowl again, announced that it would be present at the new Bluebonnet Bowl on Dec. 19 in Houston, as partisan fans were still relishing Larry Terrell's 95-yard scoring scamper with a fumble. Final score: 35-6 over Rice.
Arkansas can get to the Cotton Bowl only if Texas loses its finale to Texas A&M. Should Texas win, though, the Razorbacks would be out of luck if it were not for some clever aforethoughts by Coach Frank Broyles. He has a Gator Bowl bid safely stuffed away in his hip pocket and is as viable as Texas Christian. Jim Mooty, Lance Alsworth and Curtis Cox got in good practice against Texas Tech as Arkansas won handily 27-8.
Southern Methodist did all its scoring in the first half to whip Baylor 30-14. The Mustang attack was built around the throwing Quarterbacks Don Meredith and Ken Lowe. Baylor went to the air, too, actually outgained the Mustangs there in a losing cause.
North Texas State got in its last licks before its Sun Bowl encounter. The Eagles overwhelmed Drake, amassing 499 yards and 62 points to two for Drake.
Arizona State captured Border Conference laurels by dumping Hardin-Simmons 14-8. Arizona rallied to trip Texas Western 14-10. The top three:
1. TCU (7-2)
2. TEXAS (8-1)
3. ARKANSAS (8-2)
Quarterback Fran Curci and his determined Miami teammates apparently blanch at nothing these days, not even rain in Florida and opponents' press notices. Curci worked his magic on high-striding Michigan State 18-13, using all the skill in his 152-pound body to set up one touchdown and score the other. A win Saturday against Florida should earn an Orange Bowl bid.
Wake Forest, finding Clemson vulnerable to passes, tried to make too much of a good thing. A third-down pass late in the final quarter was picked off by George Usry, who scampered 64 yards to the Deacons' 11. Usry then crashed over for the decisive points, a 33-31 win and Clemson's second straight ACC crown.
Coach Tom Nugent opened his many-splendored play book wide, came up with everything from points to laughs as Maryland trampled Virginia 55-12.
South Carolina Fullback John Saunders, out most of the year with a bad shoulder, got into action finally, powered a 79-yard winning drive that helped overtake North Carolina State 12-7.
End Paul Maguire teamed with Quarterback Jerry Nettles on scoring passes of 31 and 51 yards, but it took a 23-yard run with an intercepted pass by Billy Hughes for The Citadel to stave off West Virginia 20-14.
LSU, backboned by Billy Cannon's 45-yard scoring burst, topped Tulane 14-6, showing its over-all weariness en route.
Kentucky, which had yet to win in six SEC games, turned on Tennessee 20-0. Calvin Bird scored all Wildcat touchdowns, the last on a 62-yard punt return.
Coach Bear Bryant's reconstruction schedule at Alabama came perilously close to running late. Little Memphis State, which had the better of the statistics, was the culprit before Alabama prevailed 14-7 with a second-half comeback.
In other games Auburn drubbed Mississippi Southern 28-7 and Florida stopped Florida State 18-8. The top three:
1. LSU (9-1)
2. MISSISSIPPI (8-1)
3. GEORGIA (8-1)
BACK OF THE WEEK: Stanford's Dick Norman, in amazing passing show, set NCAA single-game marks for pass completions, percentage (34 of 39) and yards (401).
LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Wisconsin Tackle Jerry Stalcup's hard tackles stalled Minnesota drives, were vital in earning Rose Bowl ticket for Badgers.
NEW FACES OF THE WEEK: California's End Gael Barsotti (left) scored on 48-yard pass play, was a hard-to-move defender in 20-17 win over Stanford. TCU Halfback Marshall Harris romped 55 yards, picked off scoring pass to help crush Rice 35-6.