Penn State, eschewing finesse for pure power, resolutely wore down Boston U. Galen Hall and Dick Hoak, alternating at quarterback, sent Halfbacks Eddie Caye and Jim Kerr and Fullback Sam Sobczak through the Terrier line for 329 yards as the Nittany Lions dedicated their new 44,000-seat stadium with a 20-0 victory.
Boston College, trying desperately to contain Navy's elusive Halfback Joe Bellino, failed badly. Bellino completed his first college pass to Halfback John Prichard for 64 yards and a touchdown, ran three yards for another to break a 7-7 tie, then grabbed a 32-yard toss from Quarterback Hal Spooner for the score that put the Middies in front 22-7.
Little Buffalo proved no match for Army and bowed 37-0. Sophomore Quarterback Dick Eckert, an artful runner and passer, set off the Cadets with a 75-yard punt return and the rest was easy, including Halfback Glen Adams' 71-yard scoring dash with another Buffalo kick.
While Alabama was trampling Georgia, other SEC contenders were opening their own seasons. Georgia Tech, attacking from a semi-spread formation with ends split and a back in motion, turned loose sophomore Quarterback Stan Gann against Kentucky. Gann, who was used just enough to get Tech out in front, kept the Wildcat forwards off balance with his clever running, passed to Halfback Chuck Graning (who scored three times) for one touchdown and led his team to a 23-13 win. Kentucky, too, came up with a good sophomore passer, but too late. Jerry Woolum, who completed 14 of 24 passes for 190 yards, didn't get into the game until the second half. Meanwhile, LSU broke out a brand-new slot-T attack, but in the end characteristically relied on its pressing defense to beat Texas A&M 9-0.
Maryland, making good use of short spot passes by Quarterbacks Dale Betty and Dick Novak and line smashes through the middle by Fullback Pat Drass, smothered West Virginia 31-8; Quarterback Howard Dyer led VMI past William & Mary 33-21 in a Southern Conference opener; and North Carolina State defeated Virginia Tech 29-14.
Leaving the stage to its Big Eight neighbors, the Big Ten waited quietly in the wings for its chance to get into the act. However, some of the Midwest's lesser lights were busy. Marquette bruised Villanova for two first-half touchdowns, then had to struggle to win 23-13. Kansas State stuttered and fumbled, but beat South Dakota State 20-6. Halfback Jimmy Cobb scored twice to help Denver outlast Wichita 28-19. Halfback Bob Gaiters got away for four touchdowns as New Mexico State whipped Tulsa 38-18.
Ohio U., warming up for the Mid-American race, got sturdy blocking from its big, happy line and superior running from its hard-hitting backs to batter Dayton 28-0. But Miami of Ohio was less fortunate. The Redskins fumbled away an early lead, finally lost to Xavier 17-6.
While the roof was tumbling in on most of the Southwest, spunky Arkansas held firm, used Quarterback George McKinney's 42-yard touchdown pass to Halfback Lance Alworth and a safety to turn back Oklahoma State 9-0.
Kept surprisingly impotent for most of the first half, Mississippi's Jake Gibbs eventually broke open a tough Houston defense with three touchdown passes, and the Rebels went on to win 42-0.
Shocked by Oregon State's upset of USC, Angelenos recovered swiftly when UCLA brought Pitt up short with a durable defense, beat the Panthers 8-7 in the last 33 seconds. Helped along by two questionable decisions on pass plays, the Bruins moved half the length of the field, and sub Tailback Ezell Singleton, a small man with quick feet, squirmed the last four yards through the weak side. Coach Bill Barnes, unwilling to settle for a tie, rushed in No. 1 Tailback Bill Kilmer, who rammed through the same hole for the winning points. But things were different up in Berkeley, where New Coach Marv Levy's debut was marred when Tulane trapped his California Bears 7-3.
Washington's Bob Schloredt, taking up where he left off in the Rose Bowl game, rolled out for two scores as the Huskies battered helpless College of the Pacific 55-6. Coach Jim Owens turned up a surprise star in fleet-footed sophomore Halfback Charlie Mitchell, who made 100 yards in eight carries.
Washington State rallied in the last quarter to catch Stanford when Tackle Garner Ekstran lumbered 40 yards to a touchdown after intercepting one of Dick Norman's passes. Mel Melin kicked the placement for a 15-14 win. Oregon kept step with its northern neighbors, whipping Idaho 33-6 on the passing of Dave Grosz and the scampering of scant (5 feet 3½) Cleveland Jones.
SATURDAY'S TOUGH ONES
Pitt over Michigan State (TV). The Panthers are in a truculent mood after being tamed by UCLA. They will be sharper for State.
Delaware over Lehigh. This game may decide the Middle Atlantic title. Delaware's big line will be too much even for experienced Lehigh.
Texas over Maryland. Coach Tom Nugent has mended his fences well, but the hustling Longhorn backs, held in check by Nebraska last week, will find the weak spots.
Mississippi over Kentucky. Ole Miss, with Quarterback Jake Gibbs' pure passing, has more offense than Kentucky and just as much defense.
Clemson over Wake Forest. Norm Snead's high, long passes will bother Clemson, but Coach Frank Howard's Tigers won't be outclawed up front.
Illinois over Indiana. The banned Hoosiers will be fighting uphill all year and Big Ten favorite Illinois is too steep an incline to begin with. Illini power will wear down Indiana.
UCLA over Purdue. The Bruin defense, so deadly against Pitt, is tough to beat. Purdue may come close at home, but not close enough.
Northwestern over Oklahoma. The Wildcats are geared for a fast start. Dick Thornton's passing and running and a quick, mobile offense will be more than the Sooners can handle.
Baylor over Colorado. The Bears, after hibernating for too long, have perked up under Coach Johnny Bridgers and are ready to give mortal chase to Colorado's talented Gale Weidner.
USC over TCU. A battle of stubborn defenses but the Trojans can muster a better attack and will deal another blow to Southwest prestige.
ARMY OVER BOSTON COLLEGE
AUBURN OVER TENNESSEE
N. CAROLINA OVER N. C. STATE
GEORGIA OVER VANDERBILT
NEBRASKA OVER MINNESOTA
OHIO STATE OVER SMU
OREGON OVER MICHIGAN
OREGON STATE OVER IOWA
KANSAS OVER KANSAS STATE
WISCONSIN OVER STANFORD
LAST WEEK'S PREDICTIONS: 14 RIGHT; 6 WRONG