Miami meets Air Force Friday night, Duke plays UCLA and South Carolina faces Virginia the next day. For the rest of the country, however, the 1960 college season ended last Saturday. New Mexico State (10-0) and Yale (9-0) alone among the major teams finished unbeaten and untied, Minnesota remained the nation's No. 1 team, and the postseason bowls—except for New York's Johnny-comer-lately Gotham Bowl, which, although snubbed by all, was still hopeful—were filled. The major bowl pairings: Rose—Washington (9-1) vs. Minnesota (8-1); Cotton—Arkansas (8-2) vs. Duke (7-2); Sugar—Mississippi (9-0-1) vs. Rice (7-3); Orange—Navy (9-1) vs. Missouri (9-1); Gator—Florida (8-2) vs. Baylor (8-2); Liberty—Penn State (6-3) vs. Oregon (7-2-1); Bluebonnet—Texas (7-3) vs. Alabama (8-1-1).
For the losers, the end was the beginning of open season on coaches. The score so far: 2. Cornell fired longtime (14 years) Coach Lefty James with the usual platitudes. DeWitt Weaver, after 10 years and a 49-51-5 record at Texas Tech, resigned "to get in business for myself."
The big show was at Philadelphia, where Navy survived Army's late fusillade to win 17-12. Holy Cross and Boston College were no less enthusiastic as they met for the 57th time at Newton, Mass. The young Crusaders, slowly ripening under the patient coaching of Eddie Anderson, matured convincingly behind the poised and confident leadership of sophomore Quarterback Pat McCarthy. McCarthy picked apart the BC defense with superb passes (15 of 22 for 247 yards) and eye-catching rollouts. He flipped 22 yards to Halfback Tom Hennessey for one touchdown, trudged three yards for another and threw for four extra points, just the margin his team needed to beat the Eagles 16-12.
The Ivy Leaguers closed up shop for the year on Thanksgiving Day in Philadelphia. Penn, a delighted champion in 1959 but desperately striving to avoid last place this year, finally found a way to make the best use of Tailback George Koval's talents as a passer. Coach John Stiegman confused Cornell's defenders by shifting Koval in and out of all four backfield positions, sent in the plays that caught the Big Red in the switches. Koval pitched touchdown passes from tailback, wingback and fullback to defeat Cornell 18-7. The top three:
1. NAVY (9-1)
2. PENN STATE (6-3)
3. YALE (9-0)
Mississippi Coach Johnny Vaught thinks his quarterback, Jake Gibbs, is "the greatest college football player in the country." And Mississippi State is inclined to agree with him after Gibbs passed them to near distraction. He completed his first 10 passes, 13 of 15 in all for 140 yards and two touchdowns, and Ole Miss clobbered the Maroons 35-6 for its fourth SEC title and seventh bowl trip in eight years.
Four times this season Auburn had won on Ed Dyas' field goal kicking. Last Saturday, Dyas, who suffered a fractured cheekbone a week earlier, was ready to try, but he never had a chance as a stiff Alabama defense kept the Tigers outside the 35-yard line. Instead, Alabama's Tommy Brooker kicked one from the 22-yard line, and the Crimson Tide won 3-0.
Georgia Coach Wally Butts, preparing for Georgia Tech, made what seemed like a simple change in his defense against placement kicks. He shifted bruising Guard Pat Dye to end because "if anyone can get in there to block kicks, he is the man." Dye got in, blocked Tommy Wells's attempt for the extra point, partially deflected one of his field goal tries, and the Bulldogs beat Tech 7-6.
Sky-high Florida neutralized Miami's dangerous draw play by holding a guard and a tackle on the line of scrimmage, followed the running of Quarterbacks Bobby Dodd Jr. and Larry Libertore and Fullback Don Goodman to an 18-0 win over the inept Hurricanes. Tennessee put pressure on Vanderbilt's interior linemen to let Tailback Glenn Glass through for two touchdowns, won easily 35-0. LSU gave sophomore Quarterback Lynn Amedee a chance to run, and he led the Tigers past Tulane 17-6.
South Carolina couldn't stop Wake Forest's Norm Snead, who completed 15 of 33 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns, but the Gamecocks outran the Deacons to beat them 41-20. North Carolina pounced on Virginia 35-8, handed the desperate Cavaliers their 27th straight loss. Clemson scored four times in the last quarter to rout Furman 42-14.
VMI lost a two-point gamble, and Virginia Tech upset the Keydets 13-12. Mississippi Southern ran over Chattanooga 30-6; Tennessee Tech trounced Middle Tennessee 35-8 to earn the Ohio Valley Conference title and a date with The Citadel in the Tangerine Bowl. The top three:
1. MISSISSIPPI (9-0-1)
2. ALABAMA (8-1-1)
3. DUKE (7-2)
The revolt in the Big Eight was complete. After 12 straight championships Oklahoma was battling neighboring Oklahoma State for fifth place. For once the Sooners managed to avoid the fumbles which had plagued them all season long. Coach Bud Wilkinson flanked both ends to spread the Cowboy secondary, decided to stay mostly on the ground when the strategy worked. No. 2 Quarterback Bob Cornell slipped through the State line on keepers, moved the Sooners to two touchdowns, and Fullback Ronnie Hartline added a 24-yard field goal for a 17-6 victory. But the 3-6-1 record was hardly one to make Oklahoma rejoice. Reflected Hartline: "We just didn't learn how to play as a team."
Missouri Valley Champion Wichita lit into West Texas State for touchdowns in every period, whomped the Buffaloes 31-14 to give Coach Hank Foldberg, onetime Army end, an 8-2 record in his first year. The top three:
1. MINNESOTA (8-1)
2. IOWA (8-1)
3. MISSOURI (9-1)
The tightest conference race in the country—the South west's—ended with a single game separating the top four teams, all four of them bound for bowls. The championship wasn't decided until the closing minutes of the last game. Rice went ahead of Baylor 7-6 when Quarterback Billy Cox sneaked over from the one-yard line and Max Webb kicked the extra point. But then Quarterback Bobby Ply came off the Bear bench. Splitting the 6-2-2-1 Rice defense with his accurate passing, he moved the Bears 75 yards in 10 quick plays, the last one a nine-yard pass with 2:23 to play to Halfback Ronnie Stanley for the winning touchdown. Baylor's 12-7 victory gave idle Arkansas sole possession of first place and the Owls a second-place tie with Baylor and Texas.
Texas protected its own interests in its annual Thanksgiving Day game with luckless Texas A&M. Halfback Jim Sax-ton, scooting and dodging over and around the Aggies, helped the Longhorns convert an intercepted pass and two fumbles into a 21-0 half-time lead. But A&M, giving up grudgingly, came back with two second-half touchdowns, finally succumbed 21-14. Plodding TCU found an opponent that bumbled more, beat SMU 13-0 to complete the Mustangs' first win-less (0-9-1) season in 45 years.
Texas Western, audaciously taking a 7-0 lead over unbeaten New Mexico State, paid dearly for its arrogance. Halfback Pervis Atkins began to smash away at the Miners' line; Halfback Bob Gaiters, the nation's leading scorer and rusher, ran for two touchdowns; Quarterback Charlie Johnson passed for another, and soon the Aggies were out in front 27-15 for their 14th straight victory, the Border Conference championship and a bid to play Utah State (9-1) in the Sun Bowl at El Paso.
Second-place Arizona surprised Arizona State with its best defense of the season, ran over the smothered Sun Devils 35-7. Tulsa Quarterback Jerry Keeling passed for three touchdowns, led the Golden Hurricanes past Houston 26-16. The top three:
1. ARKANSAS (8-2)
2. TEXAS (7-3)
3. BAYLOR (7-3)
There were three empty seats for every one occupied in the Los Angeles Coliseum as USC and Notre Dame, two old rivals who have fallen on bad days, slopped dispiritedly through a driving rain. The result: a pedestrian 17-0 victory for the Irish, their first after eight straight losses. Quarterback Daryle Lamonica, one of the sophomores who may yet return Notre Dame to "excellence," skillfully preyed on USC's persistent four-four defense, sent his halfbacks slithering around the mirebound Trojans for good yardage, kept the ball himself often enough to pick up 65 yards rushing and one touchdown. A 31-yard field goal and two extra points by Joe Perkowski and a nine-yard run by Halfback Bob Scarpitto accounted for the other scoring.
In Salt Lake City, UCLA Coach Bill Barnes's strategy was simple: "We felt we could run on Utah. We decided to use a tight single wing and go to war." The Bruins—or rather, Tailback Bill Kilmer—did. Utah gave UCLA a battle for a while, even fought back to a 9-9 tie, but the Redskins had no one to match Kilmer, eventually lost 16-9. The elusive tailback ran for 180 yards, passed for 60 more and supplied the winning touchdown on a 10-yard sprint in the final quarter. With the Duke game left, Kilmer should overtake Washington State's Mel Melin for the NCAA total offense title (see box).
Air Force skimped along in a scoreless tie with Colorado for a half, got its pickup from Halfback Mike Quinlan, who returned a third-quarter punt 92 yards for a touchdown. Quinlan scored again, Mike Rawlins kicked a 29-yard field goal, and the Falcons upset Colorado 16-6. Denver, looking for companionship in the Skyline cellar, beat Colorado State U. 21-12, pulled the Rams into a tie for last place. The top three:
1. WASHINGTON (9-1)
2. OREGON (7-2-1)
3. UCLA (6-2-1)
THE SMALL COLLEGES
Except for bowl games, the season was also over for the smaller colleges. Unbeaten Ohio U. (10-0) held its No. 1 rating in the AP poll while Lenoir Rhyne crushed Catawba 56-6 to earn No. 1 ranking by the NAIA. Bucknell (7-2), which lost only to Rutgers and Cornell, was named eastern small-college champion and winner of the Lambert Cup. Other unbeaten and untied teams: Arkansas Tech (10-0); Humboldt State (10-0); Whitworth (9-0); Ottawa (Kans.) (9-0); West Chester State (9-0); Albright (9-0); Muskingum (9-0); Langston (9-0); Wagner (9-0); Willamette (8-0).
Hillsdale drew first blood in the postseason bowls, breaking loose Jim Drake and Bill Knapp for long touchdown runs in the second half to beat Iowa Teachers 17-6 in the Mineral Bowl at Excelsior, Mo. Four other teams prepared to battle it out Saturday for the right to play in the NAIA Holiday Bowl at St. Petersburg December 10. Lenoir Rhyne will meet Northern Michigan (8-1) at Hickory, N.C.; Humboldt, which beat Lewis and Clark 34-0, faces Whitworth at Eureka, Calif. Florida A&M (8-1) ran over Texas Southern 30-8 in a warmup for its Orange Blossom Classic game with Langston at Miami December 10.
BACK OF THE WEEK: Navy's Joe Bellino charged through Army defenses for 85 yards, scored on four-yard plunge, ended last Cadet hope with pass interception.
LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Georgia's versatile Pat Dye piled up Georgia Tech runners from guard post, shifted to end to block kicks for extra point and field goal.
NEW FACES: South Carolina Quarterback Buddy Bennett (left), a third-stringer for three years, directed five scoring drives against Wake Forest; Notre Dame's with running, helped Irish snap long losing streak.