1. NAVY (3-1)
2. ARMY (3-1)
3. SYRACUSE (3-1)
It could have been a gloomy week for Penn State. The Nittany Lions had just lost a game to UCLA that they might have won, and Bobby Campbell, the do-everything tailback, was out for the season with knee troubles. But with Boston College coming up, Coach Joe Paterno set about stacking his backfield with sophomores. The result was an explosive 50-28 win over BC. Quarterback Tom Sherman and Tight End Ted Kwalick upset the Eagles' pass defense, while Fullback Don Abbey ran inside for 119 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile the Lion's young defense, led by sophomore Tackle Steve Smear, kept BC scrambling with an aggressive rush. Only when Penn State's regulars retired in the last quarter could Boston College move, with Halfback Dave Bennett scoring three times.
Rutgers survived a frenzied game with Delaware, winning 29-21 on Quarterback Pete Savino's two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Holy Cross, despite some early blundering, settled down to beat Colgate 17-0, and Buffalo slid past Boston U. 6-0.
In the Ivy League one early favorite, Princeton, was not only beaten but humiliated by Cornell 47-13. Dartmouth and Harvard, the other preseason choices, had no problems. Dartmouth, with Bill Koenig filling in notably for injured Quarterback Gene Ryzewicz, defeated Penn 23-0, and Harvard battered Columbia 49-13 as Quarterback Ric Zimmerman threw for three touchdowns. Yale also had it easy, beating Brown 35-0.
1. ALABAMA (3-0-1)
2. TENNESSEE (2-1)
3. GEORGIA (3-1)
Georgia, undefeated for a year, recognized the danger as it marched off to face twice-beaten Mississippi, but nothing could save the Bulldogs from an upset. Ole Miss led 22-14 in the fourth quarter and then Georgia Coach Vince Dooley, who does not favor the forward pass, regretfully ordered his quarterback, Kirby Moore, to take to the air. With 6:40 to play Moore hit Hardy King with a 27-yard throw for a touchdown that brought Georgia within two points. But one aerial adventure was enough. When Moore tried to pass to King for a two-point conversion and a tie game the ball was thrown low, and Mississippi went on to win 29-20.
Alabama's weak pass defense again had the Tide in trouble, this time against resurgent Vanderbilt. Quarterback Roger May passed for 199 yards, completing 16 of 28, including 11 to End Bob Goodridge, and Vandy had a 14-14 tie late in the second quarter. But then 'Bama Quarterback Ken Stabler moved his team close enough for Steve Davis to kick a 21-yard field goal before the half, and the Tide rolled 35-21.
The top two quarterbacks, Dewey Warren of Tennessee and Kim King of Georgia Tech, were hurt, so Charlie Fulton had to start for the Vols against Tech's Larry Good. This would have been all right by Vol fans, but the first quarter was no sooner well begun than Fulton, too, was injured. That left it up to third-stringer Bubba Wyche, a junior from Atlanta, who promptly threw two touchdown passes to Richmond Flowers and led Tennessee to a 24-13 victory over unbeaten Tech.
Auburn used two healthy quarterbacks, Larry Blakeney and Loran Carter, to rout Clemson 43-21, bringing the Plainsmen's scoring totals to 144 points in four games, 40 more than they scored in 10 games last season.
Miami finally got revenge for some of its troubles by beating unbeaten LSU 17-15 at Baton Rouge. Florida anticipated problems against Tulane, because regular Quarterback Jackie Eckdahl broke his leg in a midweek practice and top sub Harmon Wages was demoted to the B squad for disciplinary reasons. But Flanker Larry Rentz, who never had played varsity quarterback in college, stepped behind center and led the Gators to an easy 35-0 win.
Undefeated North Carolina State managed only one first down and 48 yards during the first half of its Atlantic Coast Conference match against Maryland, then came out of the dressing room to score five of the first six times it had the ball after that to set up a 31-9 win. East Carolina stopped Louisville's Wally Oyler, who had been ranked sixth nationally in total offense, and remained undefeated 18-13, and Duke scored twice in the final quarter to down Virginia 13-6. Virginia Tech used three early touchdowns to beat Kentucky 24-14 for its fifth straight.
1. PURDUE (4-0)
2. COLORADO (4-0)
3. MICHIGAN STATE (2-2)
"Nobody plays defense quite like Missouri," said Colorado Coach Eddie Crowder before his team faced the Tigers in an early Big Eight showdown at Boulder. "They explode at you like gangbusters." But, Crowder reasoned, every defense has its leaks, and he built a game plan around Fullback Wilmer Cooks's smashes inside the tackles and a pitchout off the option to Tailback William Harris. Occasionally Quarterback Bob Anderson would fake to Cooks on a trap play and give the ball to Harris going inside. It worked beautifully. With Anderson passing sparingly but accurately, the Buffs had the ball for 44 minutes, and they ran 78 plays to Missouri's 24. Cooks and Harris scored on short runs, Dave Bartelt kicked three field goals and Colorado won 23-9.
But Nebraska, the other Big Eight favorite, got a shock. Kansas, which had not won in three games, went after the unbeaten Huskers hard with a defense that Coach Pepper Rodgers said he had simplified "so we can play with intensity." It was so intense that the brash Jayhawks, led by End John Zook, a retired sky diver who got in on 15 tackles, held Nebraska to only 72 yards rushing. Quarterback Bob Douglass scored on a four-yard sweep in the first half, and Tommy Ball's 30-yard field goal in the last minute upset the Huskers 10-0. It was the first time in 83 games that one of Coach Bob Devaney's teams has been held scoreless.
On Friday the 13th, Purdue Publicist Karl Klages read the horoscope for Ohio State Coach Woody Hayes. "You'll never believe this," reported Klages, "but Woody's horoscope says, 'Today is a fine day to consider going into a new business.' " On Saturday Hayes wished he had. Purdue, which had not beaten Ohio State in Columbus since 1952, dismembered the Buckeyes 41-6. Just about everything the Boilermakers did was right. Sophomore Quarterback Mike Phipps completed 14 of 19 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns, while spectacular Leroy Keyes caught four of them and ran 21 yards for a score. Perhaps the finest moment of all for Purdue Coach Jack Mollenkopf came after the game when his old tormentor Woody Hayes told him Purdue was "the best team I've ever seen on this field."
Michigan State Quarterback Jimmy Raye, who had looked like anything but an All-America in the Spartans' first three games, dug out old films of MSU's 1966 games last week, studied his moves in those happier days and put in extra practice time with Assistant Coach Al Dorow. The work paid off against Michigan. Raye passed for two touchdowns, ran for two more and MSU won in All-America fashion, 34-0. "I had felt the weight of the world was on my shoulders," said Raye. "I felt people were saying, 'Jimmy Raye, you are a bum.' But I was relaxed today. I decided to just have fun." Raye's fun put the Spartans into a first-place tie with Purdue in the Big Ten.
That was no great surprise, but there was unexpected company at the top. Indiana, gambling recklessly, won its fourth straight, defeating Iowa 21-17. Twice the Hoosiers ran from kick formation on fourth down. Once they got away with it, but the second time it backfired into the touchdown that put Iowa ahead 17-14. Then, with 1:14 to go, fourth and 12 on the Iowa 22, Indiana Quarterback Harry Gonso got the word from Coach John Pont: "Go for seven." Indiana faked a field goal and Gonso ran to the four-yard line. On the next play he passed to sophomore Jade Butcher for the winning touchdown. "We gamble because we can't afford the luxury of sitting back and waiting for something to happen," explained Pont.
All week long Illinois practiced its goal-line offense. What the Illini should have worked on was getting across the 50. They couldn't make it beyond their own 41 in the first half and eventually lost to Minnesota 10-7. Wisconsin, however, suffered the unkindest Big Ten loss of all. The Badgers were beaten 13-11 by longtime patsy Pitt.
For a half Tulsa played like any normal team against Tampa. The Hurricanes led 14-0 on two running plays. Then substitute Quarterback Mike Stripling put the Tulsa aerial circus in motion. He threw five touchdown passes—three to Flanker Rick Eber—in a 49-point third quarter, and the Hurricanes breezed 77-0. Western Michigan held the lead in the Mid-American by beating Kent State 16-7. However, only a game behind are Toledo, which beat Bowling Green 33-0, Miami of Ohio, a 48-6 winner over Marshall, and Ohio U., which lost 25-22 to William and Mary in a nonleague game.
1. HOUSTON (3-1)
2. RICE (2-1)
3. TEXAS (2-2)
With SMU-Army and Texas-Oklahoma as the attraction, more than 100,000 students and fans swarmed into downtown Dallas last weekend. Extra police were called out, but when the joyousness was over there were only two major casualties: SMU and Oklahoma. On Friday night Army Quarterback Steve Lindell hit SMU with 12 completions in 15 attempts, Fullback Chuck Jarvis jammed through the soft Mustang middle for two touchdowns and the Cadets won 24-6. "We're all embarrassed," said SMU's Hayden Fry.
Saturday saw a typical Texas-Oklahoma game, vicious, bruising and close. The Sooners took a 7-0 lead on Ron Shotts's two-yard run, and then the Longhorns began struggling back. Rob Layne, son of the Texas immortal Bobby Layne, kicked a 35-yard field goal, and Quarterback Bill Bradley's six-yard keeper in the last period gave Texas a 9-7 victory.
Texas A&M, beaten four straight times in close games, was about to lose its fifth when Texas Tech went ahead 24-21 with 53 seconds to play. But Quarterback Edd Hargett, who had already brought the Aggies from behind twice, made one last effort. With only three seconds left and the ball on the Tech 15, Hargett faded to pass, saw running room and made it into the end zone to win for A&M 28-24. Arkansas, down 10-7 to Baylor with 37 seconds to go, survived a multitude of errors to get a 10-10 tie. The Hogs lined up incorrectly on Bob White's field-goal try from the 20, Holder Terry Stewart fumbled the snap and then hurriedly put the ball down sideways—like a pumpkin. But White kicked it anyway, and it curled over the crossbar. "That was the worst looking field goal I ever saw," complained Baylor's John Bridgers.
Rice left nothing to chance. The Owls rolled past Northwestern 50-6 as Quarterback Bob Hailey passed for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth.
1. USC (5-0)
2. UCLA (5-0)
3. WYOMING (5-0)
California Coach Ray Willsey presumed too much when ho thought he had devised a way to contain UCLA Quarterback Gary Beban on his wide sweeps. Because the Cal defenders were flying wide all night, Beban called quick-count plays, caught the defense off-balance and sent Rick Purdy or himself through the defenseless middle. Purdy gained 109 yards rushing, while Beban gained 51 on the ground and passed for 133 yards in a 37-14 UCLA win.
Oregon Coach Jerry Frei, whose team had behaved as if it were allergic to the football in four straight losses this season, promised some changes against Washington. But that promise made is still a debt unpaid, as Oregon's Claxton Welch fumbled the opening kickoff on his one-yard line. Washington went on to recover four fumbles in the first half and shut out Oregon 26-0.
There was a rumor around Utah University last week that the 90-mm. howitzer on the M-48 tank at Ute Stadium that is fired after every Utah touchdown would be pointed unnervingly at the Wyoming bench as part of the attack Utah planned to unload on the Cowboys. But Wyoming, with Paul Toscano throwing two touchdown passes, proved to have all the guns, as it won a viciously contested game 28-0. At Tucson, Arizona seemed to have defeated Texas of El Paso when Ken Sarnoski kicked a 38-yard field goal with only seconds to play. But a pass interference call gave the UTEPs possession in Arizona territory, and Jerry Waddles made his third field goal—a 48-yarder at the gun—to give UTEP a 9-9 tie. Air Force, saved by a last-quarter goal-line stand, beat North Carolina 10-8.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Cornell Quarterback Bill Robertson had his finest moment in the Big Red's 47-13 trouncing of Princeton as he completed an astonishing 16 of 20 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a fourth score.
THE LINEMAN: Linebacker Adrian Young was USC's defensive stopper in 24-7 win over Notre Dame. Turning up wherever a Notre Dame pass did, he intercepted four, thwarting three Irish scoring drives, and was in on five tackles.