1. ARMY (5-1)
2. PENN STATE (4-2)
3. DARTMOUTH (5-0)
The day before his team played Syracuse, Penn State Coach Joe Paterno was talking about Larry Csonka, the 230-pound Syracuse fullback. "He's like a bull," said Paterno. "No matter what you do on defense, he'll get his yardage. But Syracuse will have to outscore us to win, and I don't think they can." He was right. Csonka, pounding inside and occasionally outside, got his 115 yards in 32 carries and scored two touchdowns. But Perm State Quarterback Tom Sherman, more subtle in his ways, did even better. He threw a 60-yard pass to Tight End Ted Kwalick for a score, sneaked over from the one for another and added a 27-yard field goal that put the Nittany Lions ahead 22-14 at the half. Csonka's second touchdown, a six-yard burst off tackle, made it 22-20, but then the Orange had to do what Coach Ben Schwartzwalder likes least—throw the ball. With 1:07 to go, Linebacker Dennis Onkotz picked off one of Rick Cassata's passes and ran it back 47 yards to give Penn State a 29-20 win.
Army had its problems with Stanford, primarily because the Cadets could not hang on to the ball. But the Indians, after getting in front 10-0 on Bill Shoemaker's field goal and Fullback Jack Root's two-yard plunge, had even more trouble. Two Stanford fumbles set up Army touchdowns, but still the Indians led 20-17 with two minutes to play. Then Safety Van Evans, a 9.6 sprinter, returned a punt 37 yards to the Stanford 13. Two plays later sophomore Hank Andrzejczak swept right end for five yards and Army had a tough 24-20 victory.
Navy cut it even closer than that against Pitt as the astonishing Panthers quickly had the Middies down 14-0 on sophomore Tailback Gary Cramer's 59-yard run and sophomore Quarterback Jeff Barr's six-yard rollout. Quarterback John Cartwright moved the Middies back into the game with a run and a pass for scores, but Pitt led 21-19 until John Church's field goal in the closing minutes saved the win for Navy 22-21.
Boston College found its scoring punch, but against little Maine, as the Eagles crushed their overmatched opponents 56-0. Holy Cross won a passing battle from Buffalo 38-25, but Rutgers, lacking a passer, lost to Columbia 24-13.
While Dartmouth was overtaking Harvard 23-21 (page 24), another Ivy League challenger, Yale, was routing Cornell 41-7 behind Quarterback Brian Dowling. Princeton also kept its hopes alive by beating Penn 28-14, while Brown won its first game, defeating Colgate 7-0.
1. TENNESSEE (4-1)
2. GEORGIA (5-1)
3. NORTH CAROLINA STATE (7-0)
Mississippi will take the green lawns and Georgian columns of Oxford to the 72° air-conditioned comfort of any Astrodome, and by playing hot defense on their home turf the Rebels upset ninth-ranked Houston. After spotting Houston a touchdown on Don Bean's 73-yard punt return, Mississippi's Jim Keyes and Bob Bailey recovered fumbles at the Houston 23- and 37-yard lines. Quarterback Paul Newell followed each of these Houston mistakes with a touchdown pass, and Keyes's second conversion proved to be the difference, 14-13, when Houston's usually reliable Ken Hebert missed a point-after-touchdown try in the fourth quarter. The key feat of the Mississippi defense was stopping Wondrous Warren McVea, who, after missing the previous game with a shoulder injury, played the first half poorly and sat out the rest of the game.
Quarterback Dewey Warren, who had not played in a month, and Kicker Karl Kremser, who rarely gets on the field at all, led Tennessee past LSU 17-14. When Warren scored an early touchdown and then Walter Chadwick got another, it looked as though Tennessee was going to break the game open. But Sammy Grezaffi returned the following kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and in the fourth quarter the Tigers marched 81 yards to tie the score when Quarterback Nelson Stokley went in from the 14. It stayed tied until Kremser kicked a 33-yard field goal with 1:05 left to keep the Volunteers on top of the SEC.
Kentucky fans serenaded Coach Charlie Bradshaw with "Goodbye, Charlie" as he left the field following Georgia's 31-7 victory over the Wildcats—but Bradshaw had heard that song before. "The last time I ran away from a fight was when I was seven," he snapped. "I won't run now."
Alabama's offense struck for 13 quick points on Quarterback Ken Stabler's passing and Steve Davis' kicking and then turned the Clemson game over to the defense. It was asking a lot, but the Tide managed to hang on for a 13-10 win. Old teammates at Alabama, Coaches Bear Bryant and Frank Howard left the field together. "You were lucky, boy," said Howard. "I know it," said Bear.
Miami and Auburn seemed headed for a 0-0 tie in the Orange Bowl when End Phil Smith intercepted a pitchout by Auburn's Larry Blakeney and raced 35 yards for a 7-0 victory. Quarterback Larry Rentz completed 15 of 20 passes as Florida defeated Vanderbilt 27-22, Florida State downed Mississippi State 34-12 and Tulane beat Georgia Tech 23-12.
Representatives of the Orange, Sugar and Gator Bowls were among the 44,000 at Carter Stadium who saw North Carolina State win its seventh straight, 28-7 over Duke. Quarterback Jim Donnan peppered the Blue Devils' weak side with passes to lead the Wolfpack to a 21-0 lead at half time. South Carolina beat Maryland 31-0 to remain in a tie with NC State and Clemson for the ACC lead, and at the other end of the standings, Jack Dolbin's 51-yard run on the first play of the game started Wake Forest to its first win of the season, 20-10 over North Carolina.
"The kicking game did it," said Virginia Tech's Jerry Claiborne after the Gobblers had beaten West Virginia 20-7 for their seventh win without a loss. Gene Fisher's punting kept West Virginia deep in its own end all day, and Tech came up with solid punt coverage, plus two extra points and two field goals. Tech's offense, which has played most of the year as if its primary job was to give the defense a minute to catch its breath, managed only seven first downs. But if Tech kept its record clean, East Carolina could not, losing 21-19 to The Citadel.
1. PURDUE (5-1)
2. COLORADO (5-1)
3. INDIANA (6-0)
It was a year later and a lot of things had changed when Notre Dame and Michigan State met in South Bend for the rematch of last season's 10-10 tie. Between them, the two teams had lost five games and had little at stake but the pleasure of beating each other. Everybody knew the Irish had no running game and the Spartans had no game at all. To make matters worse for MSU, Quarterback Jimmy Raye was out with severely bruised ribs and Coach Duffy Daugherty had announced the suspension of six players for violating curfew. Early in the week Duffy refused to identify them, but Notre Dame's Ara Parseghian readily did—he said he didn't know Duffy was keeping it a secret. Duffy set about preparing to stop Terry Hanratty's passes, but Notre Dame had a surprise ready. Hanratty passed sparingly. Instead, sophomore Fullback Jeff Zimmerman ran through the weakened Spartans for 135 yards and two touchdowns, Hanratty threw to Zimmerman for a third score and the Irish won easily 24-12.
Unbeaten Colorado should have known what to expect from Oklahoma State. A year ago in Stillwater, State upset Colorado 11-10. This year the site was different—Boulder—but the result the same as Colorado, the country's third-ranked team, was beaten 10-7. Oklahoma State scored immediately on a seven-yard run by Quarterback Ron Johnson, Craig Kessler added a 26-yard field goal and Colorado, playing without seven ailing regulars on offense and yielding yardage on defense, was unable to catch up. "We just never got good field position," said Coach Eddie Crowder.
The Colorado loss gave the Big Eight a surprising look. Kansas was in the lead after beating Iowa State 38-14 for its third straight win as Quarterback Bob Douglas threw two touchdown passes and ran two yards for another score. But Oklahoma was only half a game behind. The Sooners, getting ready for Colorado next Saturday, edged Missouri 7-0 on Ron Shotts's one-yard plunge in the second quarter.
Purdue and Minnesota, working toward their Big Ten showdown Nov. 11, both won, but Purdue had much the easier time of it. The Boilermakers turned loose their one-man team, Halfback Leroy Keyes, against Iowa, and he wrecked the Hawkeyes by gaining 145 yards rushing, catching five passes for 120 yards and scoring four touchdowns as the Boilermakers coasted to a 41-22 win. But Keyes showed a weakness, and it was noted. His kickoffs were shorter than usual, said a Purdue assistant coach.
Minnesota had a mathematical problem. It had defeated Michigan State 21-0. MSU had beaten Michigan 34-0. Therefore Minnesota was going to beat Michigan 55-0. Sure. Just as quick as Halfback Ron Johnson could run, Michigan was ahead 15-0, and Minnesota knew something did not add up. But Michigan was slowed by a series of penalties, and Quarterback Curt Wilson began to lead Minnesota back. Wilson scored from the five-yard line in the second quarter, threw a fourth-quarter 45-yard pass to Mike Curtis for a touchdown and then scored again on a fourth-and-one play to give the Gophers a 20-15 victory and the Little Brown Jug. The win tied Minnesota for the Big Ten lead with Purdue and Indiana.
Northwestern beat Wisconsin 17-13, but for Ohio State's Woody Hayes there was only more grief. His Bucks, fumbling seven times, lost to Illinois 17-13 when Dave Jackson plunged over from the one-yard line with 34 seconds to play. To add to Hayes's discomfort, it was OSU's fourth straight loss in Columbus—the first time that has ever happened—and it occurred before 83,928 fans on Homecoming Day.
In the Mid-American Conference, upstart Toledo is on the trail of its first championship. The Rockets seemed a certain 13-7 loser to Kent State with only 2:47 to go, but a fumbled center snap ruined a State field-goal try and Toledo took over on its own 40-yard line. In less than a minute, Quarterback John Schneider had Toledo in the end zone. He ran twice for 11 yards, passed to Halfback Roland Moss for 24 yards and then for 25 yards and a touchdown. Ken Crots kicked the extra point to win for Toledo 14-13. "Crots walked up there like a pro," said Coach Frank Lauterbur. "It was a pressure shot." The shot put the Rockets, 5-1 for the season, in a three-way tie for first with Western Michigan, which smashed Marshall 42-10, and Miami of Ohio, a 9-7 winner over Bowling Green. The title race ends Saturday when Toledo plays Miami and Western faces Ohio U.
It appeared to be just another easy win for undefeated Tulsa when Quarterback Mike Stripling ran and pitched the Hurricanes to a first-quarter 13-0 lead over Southern Illinois, which had lost its five previous games. After all, Tulsa led the nation in total offense, passing, scoring and least yards allowed on defense, and the Salukis were still small-college. But Southern Illinois came back big. Ralph Galloway kicked three field goals, Charlie Pemberton scored from the seven-yard line and the startled Hurricanes were upset 16-13.
1. TEXAS (4-2)
2. HOUSTON (4-2)
3. TEXAS AT EL PASO (3-1-1)
Texas was not the only Southwest Conference team that was looking better. Arkansas, back to the power game it used to play so well, finally got going against Kansas State and beat the ambitious Wildcats 28-7. Coach Frank Broyles also had his quarterback problem resolved for him. When sophomore John Eichler went out with a fractured ankle in the first quarter, Broyles had to go with senior Ronny South, who had been disappointing earlier in the season. But South completed six passes in a row and set up two touchdowns with a pair of 16-yard runs. Wingback David Dickey, who switches to tailback when Arkansas nears the goal line, did the rest by plunging over for three scores.
Texas A&M, too, was showing signs of a midseason revival in spite of the fact that its All-America Lineman Mo Moorman is off the team for cutting classes. Quarterback Ed Hargett threw to Bob Long for two touchdowns and A&M took Baylor 21-3 for its third straight to hold first place in the SWC. Texas Tech, after three losses in a row, found a fall guy in SMU. The Mustangs fumbled on offense and Tech's Mike Leinert tore up their defense as Tech won 21-7.
There was no salvation, however, for TCU. Just more trouble. The Frogs, who have not won since last November, never had a chance against Nebraska. In the first eight minutes they gave the Huskers two scoring opportunities on a pass interception and a fumble. Nebraska Quarterback Frank Patrick cashed them in on passes to Dennis Richnafsky and Dick Davis, and Nebraska went on to win 29-0.
1. USC (7-0)
2. UCLA (6-0)
3. WYOMING (7-0)
Top-ranked USC was in front of Oregon in the third period 14-6 when O. J. Simpson—the country's leading rusher—started around left end. He disappeared beneath the horde of tacklers he usually attracts, but this time he did not bounce quickly to his feet for he suffered a sprained right arch, an injury that unnerved the whole West Coast. The one man who was not upset, however, was Steve Grady, Simpson's replacement. By the time USC had put the game away 28-6, Grady had run up 108 yards of his own. Still, it had not been a good day for Coach John McKay. "You've got to be thankful if you win when you're bad," he sighed. "Today we were terrible, but we won."
For the third week in a row, California won the toss, elected to receive and then fumbled away the opening kickoff. Washington, no team to pass up such an opportunity, promptly scored and was on its way to a 23-6 win. Quarterback Tom Manke passed sparingly, but made them count. Two of his five throws went for touchdowns. Afterward, California Coach Ray Willsey just shook his head. "Invariably," he said, "the loser digs his own grave."
Oregon State, which had upset Purdue the week before, warmed up for next week's game against unbeaten UCLA with a 35-7 win over Washington State. Arizona's Darrell Mudra made one mistake in his preparation for unbeaten Indiana: he told a reporter that "the WAC is tougher than the Big Ten." The word got back to Bloomington, and Coach Johnny Pont made sure it was heard by his players. With sophomores Harry Gonso and John Isenbarger leading the way, the Hoosiers scored three of the first four times they had the ball and coasted to a 42-7 win. "We're not a grind-it-out team," said Pont, "so we must rely on explosiveness." Getting explosively mad seemed to help.
Unbeaten Wyoming was in a difficult spot when Arizona State's Max Anderson ran 99 yards to put ASU ahead 13-12. But the game was saved in typical Wyoming fashion when Jerry DePoyster kicked a 26-yard field goal—his third of the game—for an NCAA career record of 30 and a 15-13 Cowboy win. Driving wind and rain in Provo forced Brigham Young to abandon its slick passing game against Utah, but the Cougars were able to grind their way to a 17-13 win. Air Force sophomore Dennis Leuthauser, who had kicked two field goals in the final minutes to beat Tulane the week before, could only salvage a tie for the Falcons against Colorado State. He hit a 45-yarder with 1:33 left to make the score 17-17, but after his Air Force teammates got the ball he missed one from the 31-yard-line with 28 seconds to go. "I looked up a little," he said. "It drifted away with the wind."
It does not seem to matter which quarterback Texas at El Paso uses. Last week Billy Stevens was down with a virus, so his substitute, Brooks Dawson, pitched six scoring passes of his own to defeat New Mexico 75-12.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Texas at El Paso Quarterback Brooks Dawson, in for ailing Billy Stevens, completed only nine passes against New Mexico, but they were good for 376 yards and six touchdowns and he ran for a seventh score.
THE LINEMAN: Miami Tackle Bob Tatarek, 6'4" and 240 pounds, led the defense that stopped high-scoring Auburn. He was in on 13 tackles and hit the Auburn quarterback to force the bad pitchout that resulted in Miami's score.