Michigan StateCoach Duffy Daugherty donned earphones on the sidelines, used messengers tosend in every play but could get no better than a 7-7 tie with determined Pitt.The Panthers scored with two minutes to go in the first half on QuarterbackDave Kraus's 12-yard pass to End Mike Ditka. Then, with five seconds to play,the Spartans went 66 yards as Quarterback Tom Wilson's long pass, deflected byPitt Defender Ed Sharockman, caromed into the arms of End Jason Harness for thetying touchdown.
Syracuse,obviously conserving its might for Kansas this week, showed just enough to runover undermanned Boston U. 35-7. The Orangemen sprung Halfback Ernie Davis foran 80-yard touchdown run, piled up 357 yards rushing, 94 more on passing.
Ahead 7-0 at thehalf, Boston College's sophomores abruptly learned the facts of life when Armywent into its new man-in-motion series, scored on touchdown passes byQuarterbacks Dick Eckert and Tom Blanda to down the Eagles 20-7. Navy put onits Saturday best for President Eisenhower and beat Villanova 41-7.
The Ivy Leaguersopened their season on several surprising notes. Cornell, regarded as acontender, was soundly thumped by Colgate 28-8 and, worse yet, lost QuarterbackDave McKelvey with a broken right leg. Columbia, expected to be somewhatstronger than in 1959, thrashed Brown 37 0 in the only game between leaguerivals. In other games, Quarterback Charlie Ravenel, as devastating as ever,led Harvard past Holy Cross 13-6; Yale had a hard time with Connecticut, butbeat the UConns 11-8 on sophomore Wally Grant's 37-yard field goal; defendingchampion Penn whipped Lafayette 35-14; Dartmouth barely beat New Hampshire 7-6;Princeton bowed to Rutgers 13-8. The top three:
2. PENN STATE (1-0)
3. PITT (0-1-1)
SoutheasternConference teams, shaken by reports of an attempted fix of the Florida-FloridaState game (Florida Fullback Jon MacBeth reported gamblers tried to bribe himto shave points, but he turned them in, and Florida won 3-0), were even moreconcerned with finding a way to keep Mississippi from winning the championship.Fired-up Kentucky tried to do it with Jerry Woolum, a brilliant sophomorepasser, but Ole Miss's Jake Gibbs jabbed the Wildcats off balance with hisrollouts for two touchdowns and the Rebels won 21-6.
There wasdisappointment, too, for Alabama and Auburn. Tulane matched Alabama's toughdefense with one of its own, and got an unexpected boost from Halfback TommyMason, who intercepted three passes and scored on a three-yard plunge. TheCrimson Tide was hard-pressed to catch up, barely earned a 6-6 tie with 37seconds to go. Resourceful Tennessee made the most of two scoring opportunitiesand shocked Auburn, winning 10-3. Georgia climbed back into the conference racewith an 18-7 win over Vanderbilt while Mississippi State lost to nonconferencefoe Houston 14-10.
A calculatedgamble by shrewd Clem-son Coach Frank Howard paid off and his Tigers turnedback Wake Forest 28-7. Reasoning that the Deacons lacked a running game, Howardinstalled a drop-back pass defense to guard against Norm Snead's passes,gleefully watched his secondary pick off three of them. Meanwhile, sophomoreHalfback Bill McGuirt powered over for three touchdowns. North Carolina Statesurprised North Carolina with a stubborn defense, picked up a 3-0 victory onGuard Jake Shaffer's 21-yard field goal. Duke produced a shocker that could betitled: "The conversion of a coach." Bill Murray has never believed inpassing, but Saturday his Blue Devils completed 19 of 27 passes and trouncedunsuspecting South Carolina 31-0. The top three:
2. ALABAMA (1-0-1)
3. CLEMSON (1-0)
Even though itdoesn't count in the standings, Illinois was off to a pleasant start in itsquest for the Big Ten title. The Illini, hoping to surprise troubled Indianawith an unbalanced line with spread end and the opposite wingback split wide,discovered their secret was the worst kept one of the week. Undismayed, theystill beat the Hoosiers 17-6 on the lateral-option running of QuarterbackJohnny Easterbrook, who scored twice.
But there will beplenty of stiff competition ahead for Illinois. Purdue, scrambling back in thelast quarter on the precise passing of Quarterback Bernie Allen, tied UCLA27-27. Minnesota, cellar dweller last year, ponderously exploded for a 26-14victory over Nebraska on the line-smashing of Backs Frank Brixius (250 pounds)and Tom Brown (243 pounds) and the passing of Quarterback Sandy Stephens (200pounds). Iowa, relying on backfield speed to make up for a porous defense, beatOregon State 22-12. Ohio State wrapped SMU in a typically gripping Woody Hayesdefense while Quarterback Tom Matte picked the Mustangs apart with trickyoptions. The final score: Ohio State 24, SMU 0. Michigan's sophomoreQuarterback Dave Glinka passed for two touchdowns as the Wolverines put downOregon 21-0.
In the Big Eight,Kansas warmed up for Syracuse by whipping neighboring Kansas State 41-0;Missouri spoiled Oklahoma State's conference debut with a 28-7 win; Iowa Statetrounced independent Detroit 44-21.
Notre Dame,showing little ability to sustain an offense, used its depth—and the end sweepsof Halfback Bob Scarpitto—to wear down California 21-7. The top three:
2. NORTHWESTERN (l-O)
3. KANSAS (2-0)
While someSouthwest Conference teams were away refurbishing their reputations, TexasA&M and newcomer Texas Tech stayed at home to open the league season. Afterwallowing in the mud for 60 minutes, they decided absolutely nothing. The finalscore: 14-14.
Rice outrushedand outpassed Georgia Tech 258 yards to 97 but couldn't match Halfback TommyWells' three field goals (from 36, 24 and 40 yards) and lost 16-13. SophomoreQuarterback Billy Moore passed for two touchdowns and ran for another asArkansas trampled Tulsa 48-7. The top three:
1. TEXAS (1-1)
2. BAYLOR (1-0)
3. TCU (1-1)
Coach JohnnyMcKay, bested last week by play-calling Oregon State Coach Tommy Prothro, tooka turn at quarterbacking, but had no more success than his players as USCstumbled and bumbled to a 7-6 defeat by TCU. Washington, sluggish but more thanadequate for little Idaho, ran over the Vandals 41-12. While Schloredt rested,the most exciting Husky was sophomore Charlie Mitchell, who ran a kickoff back85 yards for a touchdown, picked up 71 yards in eight carries.
Wisconsinreturned to the Pacific Coast to smash Stanford 24-7. While frustrated DickNorman sadly watched his receivers bobble his well-intentioned passes,Wisconsin sophomore Ron Miller reached his receivers for 16 of 25 and threescores.
Quarterback RichMayo picked up Air Force in the last quarter, pitched three touchdown passesand led the Falcons past Colorado State 32-8. The top three:
2. UCLA (1-0-1)
3. AIR FORCE (1-0)
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SATURDAY'S TOUGH ONES
Penn State over Missouri. Rip Engle will have his PennState defenses set for Missouri's Mel West. His other worries should beminor.
Baylor over LSU. The Ronnies—Bull running and Stanleypassing—are too much offense, even for such grudging defenders as LSU.
Pitt over Oklahoma. Can a Bud Wilkinson team lose twoin a row? It will happen if Pitt can stir up the "C" boys long enoughto sustain a running attack.
Northwestern over Iowa. The Big Ten race begins inearnest. Iowa has the speed to match Northwestern, but Quarterback DickThornton's able passing will make the difference.
Michigan over Michigan State. The Wolverines havefound some impressive sophomores to go with their seasoned line. Statehasn't.
Purdue over Notre Dame. Bernie Allen's passing givesPurdue more offense, but the Boilermakers will have to wear down the deeperIrish before they win.
Syracuse over Kansas (TV). A real test for Syracuse.But the Orangemen are too talented to trip on the likes of the Kansas defense,tough as it is.
Arkansas over TCU. The Razorback attack seems toosharp for the Horned Frogs, who so far have stumbled along on the ground.
Army over California. A big game for Army despiteCalifornia's two honorable losses. Better passing and balance should win thefight.
Washington over Navy. The Middies are in over theirheads against the best in the West. Joe Bellino cannot go it alone. TheHuskies' well-stocked backfield can win together.
PENN OVER DARTMOUTH
ALABAMA OVER VANDERBILT
KENTUCKY OVER AUBURN
CLEMSON OVER VIRGINIA TECH
GEORGIA TECH OVER FLORIDA
OHIO STATE OVER USC
MINNESOTA OVER INDIANA
IOWA STATE OVER NEBRASKA
TULANE OVER RICE
AIR FORCE OVER STANFORD
LAST WEEK'S PREDICTIONS: 11 RIGHT, 7 WRONG, 2 TIES
SEASON'S RECORD: 25-13-2
BACK OF THE WEEK: UCLA's Bill Kilmer boiled up and over Purdue, running for one touchdown and passing for three others in 27-27 tie.
LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Duke End Tee Moorman caught 11 passes, set an ACC record as the Blue Devils beat South Carolina with air game.
NEW FACES: Penn Tailback Porter Shreve (left) ran for 127 yards, completed six of nine passes, scored twice; Iowa State Tailback Dave Hoppmann set school mark by rushing for 224 yards, scored three touchdowns and passed for still another.