For weeks Penn State Coach Rip Engle had been telling all who would listen that his team just didn't have the experience to match its schedule. But it took Missouri's swift backs, striking adroitly and purposefully behind mass blocking, and a spectacular defensive show by big Tiger End Dan LaRose to prove his point. The Missouri backs skittered around the passive State defenders, went over them with passes when the occasion called for it, scored a 21-8 victory.
The Ivy Leaguers, too, had their troubles. The worst thing happened at Harvard, where Massachusetts, led by Quarterback John McCormack, who ran for one touchdown and passed for another, upset the Crimson 27-12. But even more damaging was the loss (probably for a month) of Quarterback Charlie Ravenel, who hobbled off with a sprained right knee in the second quarter. Penn fell to eager Dartmouth 15-0. Princeton, showing little regard for Columbia's supposed prowess, methodically trounced the Lions 49-0. Yale needed every bit of its defensive might to turn back Brown 9-0. Cornell was annoyed by Bucknell's brilliant passer, Paul Terhes, but won 15-7.
Boston U. turned two fumble recoveries into touchdowns and beat Holy Cross 20-14; Rutgers duped Connecticut with a tricky double-wing T and won 19-6; Amherst upset hefty Delaware 14-12 on two conversions by Halfback Steve Van Nort. The top three:
1. SYRACUSE (2-0)
2. NAVY (3-0)
3. ARMY (3-0)
"I hope Bobby Jr. has a fine day, and I hope Tech beats the devil out of Florida," said the gracious Mrs. Robert Lee Dodd Sr., wife of the Georgia Tech football coach and mother of an untried Gator sophomore quarterback, one day last week. Bobby Jr. had a fine day, but Tech didn't beat the devil out of Florida. Bobby Jr. completed a 32-yard pass with less than four minutes to play, plunged for a first down on the Tech three-yard line, then cheered himself hoarse as his replacement, Larry Liberatore, passed to Lindy Infante for a touchdown and to Jon Mac-Beth for the two points that beat Bobby Sr.'s Jackets 18-17 with 32 seconds to go.
Mississippi came close to falling but settled for a stiff scare as Memphis State Quarterback James Earl Wright passed and ran the Tigers to a respectable fourth-quarter loss, 31-20. Mississippi State, taking heart from a brilliant goal-line stand, played Tennessee to a 0-0 tie. Ailing Auburn Fullback Ed Dyas kicked a 28-yard field goal to edge Kentucky 10-7. Alabama wore down Vanderbilt, then beat the Commodores 21-0. Georgia thrashed fumbling South Carolina 38-6. LSU, usually the opportunist, suddenly found itself the victim of the breaks against Baylor, which recovered a fumbled punt on the LSU 15-yard line, moments later sent Fullback Bob Starr over to beat the Tigers 7-3.
Duke Coach Bill Murray figured Maryland would be looking for his new air game, instead shrewdly reverted to his old grind-it-out style, pounded the Terps into submission 20-7. Quarterback Roman Gabriel, a bulky 220-pounder, passed and plunged for four touchdowns as North Carolina State clobbered weak Virginia 26-7. Clemson bumbled for a while against Virginia Tech, but got a pickup from Quarterback Lowndes Shingler, who scored twice in the second half for a 13-7 victory. Miami Quarterback Eddie Johns ran disappointing North Carolina dizzy for 114 yards, helped the Hurricanes win 29-12. The top three:
1. MISSISSIPPI (3-0)
2. ALABAMA (2-0-1)
3. CLEMSON (2-0)
Contenders in the Big Ten were almost as plentiful as pickpockets at a parade. Even as Iowa dimmed Northwestern's hopes, Michigan State, bruised by Denny Fitzgerald's 99-yard kickoff return, shuttled its huge players back and forth and eventually wore down spunky Michigan. Fullback Carl Charon led the late charge, going over for the touchdown that put the Spartans ahead 24-17. Minnesota used a punishing inside attack and brute line strength to batter Indiana 42-0.
But the most awesome scoring display was generated by Purdue Quarterbacks Bernie Allen and Maury Guttman, who led the Boilermakers to a 31-point second quarter and a 51-19 victory over weak-kneed Notre Dame. Ohio State treated much-beaten USC with appropriate disrespect, whomping the Trojans 20-0. Illinois breezed past West Virginia 33-0; Wisconsin trimmed Marquette 35-6.
While Kansas was bowing to Syracuse, Oklahoma upheld Big Eight prestige by turning back Pitt 15-14. The Sooners' alternates took over in the last quarter, blocked a kick, scored a touchdown and won the game when Quarterback Bennett Watts ran for two extra points. Iowa State finally pulled out a 10-7 squeaker with Nebraska on Larry Schreiber's 39-yard field goal. The top three:
1. IOWA (2-0)
2. ILLINOIS (2-0)
3. OHIO STATE (2-0)
TCU, still unable to muster an offense, again discovered that it cannot depend entirely upon its big line. Lighter Arkansas exploited the soft spots for a third-quarter 67-yard march, sent Quarterback Billy Moore bootlegging around end and Fullback Joe Paul Alberty zooming up the middle until Alberty crashed over from the one-foot line to give the Razorbacks a 7-0 victory. Meanwhile, usually cautious Texas took to the air against Texas Tech, and Quarterback Mike Cotten pitched two long scoring passes to Jack Collins and Larry Cooper for a 17-0 win. Rice stiffened its defense, overhauled Tulane 10-7 on Max Webb's 27-yard field goal. The top three:
1. TEXAS (2-1)
2. BAYLOR (2-0)
3. ARKANSAS (2-0)
The armed forces brought off a successful invasion of the Pacific Coast. While Navy shelled Washington up north, Army provided air and ground support with a second-half burst that caught California with its defenses lagging and enabled the Cadets to overhaul the Bears 28-10. Fullbacks Al Rushatz and George Pappas crashed over for scores and Quarterback Tom Blanda threw touchdown passes to George Kirschenbauer and Paul Stanley.
At Denver, chief Air Force bombardier Rich Mayo kept his Falcons on the ground for touchdowns by Mike Quinlan, Bob McDonough and Monte Moorberg, took them into the air for a fourth to beat Stanford 32-9. The top three:
1. WASHINGTON (2-1)
2. UCLA (1-0-1)
3. AIR FORCE (2-0)
BACK OF THE WEEK: Ohio State Full-back Bob Ferguson battered USC for 158 yards, 74 in one run, scored all three touchdowns in 20-0 win.
LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Missouri End Dan LaRose grabbed scoring pass, recovered two fumbles and raised hob with Penn State backs.
NEW FACES: Florida Quarterback Bobby Dodd Jr. (left) had an adept hand in helping Gators upset dad's Georgia Tech team; Lehigh Halfback Pat Clark got a chance to run in 39-22 win over Colgate, responded with four touchdowns, two on passes.
SATURDAY'S TOUGH ONES
Army over Perm State. The unbeaten Cadets have Tom Blanda to throw and two fullbacks to keep the defense busy. State can't match the persistent Army attack.
Georgia Tech over LSU. The Tigers will make Tech work for its yardage, but Stan Gann's passing is better than anything LSU can offer.
Pitt over Miami. Pitt's luck can't be all bad. Miami was impressive against North Carolina, but this may be the week for the Panthers.
North Carolina State over Maryland. State will rely upon Roman Gabriel's passing and running against a Maryland team which has yet to play up to expectations.
Arkansas over Baylor. LSU demonstrated that tough defense can hold Baylor's Ronnie Bull, Arkansas has the ability to make the most of its opportunities.
Texas over Oklahoma. The Longhorn defense looked stronger last week than the Sooners', which is stubborn but probably not stubborn enough to stop Texas' Mike Cotten and Jack Collins.
Illinois over Ohio State. Woody Hayes has the Big Ten title fever again. But the Illini speed and determination will overcome the Buckeyes' power.
Iowa over Michigan State. The Hawkeyes have suddenly discovered that this could be their year. State has the manpower, but Iowa's backs are quicker.
Michigan over Duke. To pass or not to pass—that is Duke Coach Bill Murray's problem. Michigan's power and depth in the line will decide the issue.
Missouri over Air Force. Missouri's deceptive wing T may give even the experienced Falcons a time. However, the Tigers must stop Rich Mayo's passes.
HARVARD OVER CORNELL
MASSACHUSETTS OVER CONNECTICUT
OHIO U. OVER BOSTON U.
FLORIDA OVER RICE
NOTRE DAME OVER NORTH CAROLINA
MINNESOTA OVER NORTHWESTERN
PURDUE OVER WISCONSIN
KANSAS OVER IOWA STATE
CALIFORNIA OVER WASHINGTON STATE
WYOMING OVER DENVER
LAST WEEKS PREDICTIONS: 11 RIGHT, 9 WRONG
SEASON'S RECORD: 36-22-2