1. WEST VIRGINIA (3-0)
2. PENN STATE (1-1)
3. BOSTON COLLEGE (2-0)
"Well, we didn't do much right, but we did get the game played," said Coach Ben Schwartzwalder after Kansas defeated his troubled Syracuse Orangemen 31-14. There were rumors of protests and violence in Syracuse all week, and twice, at the suggestion of Police Chief Thomas Sardino, Mayor Lee Alexander considered obtaining a court order to cancel it all. On Saturday morning Alexander decided the game should be played. Security precautions included a six-foot wire fence around the field in Archbold Stadium, and the Syracuse players were bused in under guard. One hundred uniformed policemen were in the stadium and 50 plainclothesmen were scattered through the stands. Some 60 placard-carrying pickets appeared, and during the game tear gas was used to control a disturbance on property adjoining the campus. Not surprisingly, Kansas Coach Pepper Rodgers found little pleasure in his team's victory. "I was concerned about what might happen at the game," he said. "I'm sure it affected our kids. But I'm positive it affected the Syracuse kids more."
West Virginia, which must be considered the East's top team after Penn State's defeat by Colorado, has the nation's leading offense. In three games the Mountaineers have gained 1,808 yards and scored 139 points. Against VMI in Morgantown last Saturday they led 27-0 after the first quarter and finished the day with 545 yards and a 47-10 win. Bob Gresham got three TDs for West Virginia, Pete Wood two more. "The fun is over," said Mountaineer Coach Bobby Bowden, a compulsive worrier. "Now we have to get ready for Indiana and Penn State."
Halfback Fred Willis scored three of the Eagles' four touchdowns as Boston College flew over Navy 28-14. Princeton, shut out by Rutgers a year ago in football's centennial game, mastered the Scarlet Knights this time.
1. MISSISSIPPI (2-0)
2. AUBURN (2-0)
3. ALABAMA (2-1)
Just when Coach John Ray and his Kentucky Wildcats should have been settling down to final preparations—films and a team meeting—for their game against Archie Manning, a crisis developed. The team managers had packed the wrong game jerseys. Saturday morning was spent in a frantic search for new uniforms. Finally it was discovered that a Jackson sporting goods store had some nondescript blue ones, and the harried managers bought up a supply. As it turned out, the 46,201 spectators in Memorial Stadium did not even notice; it was their own Ole Miss Rebels who looked nondescript.
Kentucky used something called a Z-Cut-off Rush, which translated means that a lot of those blue jerseys poured in on Manning, forcing him to miss with his first seven passes. Nearly as disabling as the Kentucky rush was the afternoon's oppressive humidity and 90° heat. "Our receivers ran so much they got hot, and they got leg cramps," Manning explained. "It's hard for anybody to play in these conditions. We just wore down." Still, Archie completed two touchdown passes to his favorite receiver, Floyd Franks, and the Rebels managed a 20-17 victory over the team that upset them a year ago.
Shug Jordan turned 60 years old the day before Auburn's game with Tennessee, an occasion that allowed the Tigers' coach a moment of introspection. "I had debated with myself what to do in the event we won the toss," he said. "You know, they say that insecurity is a sign of getting old." Jordan's team showed that youth wasn't terribly secure either. The Tigers lost the ball eight times on six fumbles and two interceptions. The Vols didn't fare much better; they had four passes intercepted and lost two fumbles. "Stupid calls on my part and some poor execution killed us," said Coach Bill Battle after the game. What really clinched Auburn's 36-23 win was the performance of junior Quarterback Pat Sullivan. He broke his own school record for total offense by running for 70 yards and passing for 268. In the locker room Jordan was feeling old and crusty as he turned his attention to the artificial surface in Birmingham's Legion Field. "A bunch of sadists invented it and promulgated it, and people in the press box and others who promote it should be forced to play on it."
In Tuscaloosa, Alabama placed an eight-man front on defense in order to make Florida's John Reaves hurry his passes and sent two defenders out to cover Receiver Carlos Alvarez. The result was a humbling 46-15 defeat for the highly ranked Gators. They managed more first downs on penalties (four) than by passing (three) and were limited to just 41 yards rushing. Perhaps most humiliating of all, however, was a 30-yard run by a mysterious Alabama player in the fourth quarter. His name, later determined to be that of a senior non-letterman, Rod Steakley, was not in the Tide's game roster.
The only excitement during LSU's 24-0 victory over Rice in Baton Rouge was provided by the lighting system in Tiger Stadium. Near the end of the third quarter two-thirds of the lights suddenly went out. The game was halted for eight minutes, and then the coaches and referee decided to resume play. All of which proved that the Rice Owls perform no better in the dark.
Two teams, Georgia Tech and North Carolina, demonstrated that after years of disappointment their football programs have been revitalized. Tech dispatched Miami 31-21 for its third straight and the Tar Heels routed Maryland 53-20. Some Carolina students had a message for Tom McMillen, the super schoolboy basketballer who made a last-minute jump from the Tar Heels to Maryland last month, ostensibly at his parents' insistence. They displayed a banner that read: "Tom—Say Hi To Your Mom."
South Carolina scored in the fourth quarter to tie N.C State 7-7.
1. TEXAS (2-0)
2. ARKANSAS (2-1)
3. TEXAS TECH (2-1)
More than five hours before the game against the Texas Longhorns was to begin, the students of Texas Tech began to assemble outside the gates of Jones Stadium in Lubbock. But only 15,000 seats were provided for the university's 20,000 students. Chaos ensued. Half an hour before the gates were to open the students became an impatient mob. They broke through one of the entrances and began claiming seats all over the stadium. So many standing-room spaces were sold that attendance in the 41,500-seat stadium was announced as 53,124.
There was hope among sittees and standees alike that the Red Raiders, the last team to defeat Texas, might snap the Long-horns" 21-game winning streak. After Texas turned a fumble and a poor punt into two early touchdowns, Tech Quarterback Charles Napper sustained two long drives, one with a 43-yard run of his own. So there were the Raiders at halftime trailing the national champions by just one point, 14-13. Of course, it didn't last. After some forceful words from Darrell Royal, Texas Quarterback Eddie Phillips picked up his triple option for a 35-13 win. Phillips led the Long-horn runners with 127 yards.
In Fayetteville, Arkansas had a disappointing first half, too. The Razorbacks were tied with Tulsa 7-7 until Bill Montgomery threw a soft 13-yard touchdown pass to Chuck Dicus with 52 seconds left in the half. Then Montgomery & Co. scored five touchdowns the next six times they had the ball and won 49-7.
The euphoria of the Baylor football team proved to be temporary. After ending a string of 11 straight losses with a triumphant march over Army, the Bears returned home to Waco and were put down by Pitt 15-10. They squandered a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter when Dave Havern, the Panthers' understudy quarterback, drove Pitt 80 and 83 yards for TDs.
1. USC (2-0-1)
2. STANFORD (3-0)
3. UCLA (3-0)
UCLA Coach Tommy Prothro is not, by nature, an impromptu playmaker. But with just 2:47 showing on the clock in Los Angeles Coliseum and his Bruins trailing Northwestern 7-6, Prothro called time and invented a pass pattern. It involved two wide receivers and something called "a pattern eight streak." Quarterback Dennis Dummit returned to the huddle with the play. At the snap End Terry Vernoy shot downfield and angled toward the goalpost. Vernoy caught Dummit's pass between two Wildcat defenders, and UCLA had a 53-yard touchdown and a 12-7 victory. In the dressing room after the game, Prothro understandably was pleased. "That's the first time in my coaching career that I've done a thing like that," he said.
Strategy was more predictable in Eugene, Ore. After a shaky first half in which he completed just nine passes and was unable to get Stanford a touchdown, Jim Plunkett ran 15 yards for a score and threw for three TDs. His third, a 26-yard bullet to Flanker Randy Vataha, ended the scoring at 33-10. That pass increased Plunkett's career total to 39 touchdown throws, establishing a new Pacific Eight record.
Washington's defensive unit is known as the Gnat Patrol, which is a way of indicating that it averages less than 200 pounds per man. For a while at least, it swarmed down upon Michigan, holding the Wolverines to only three first downs in the first half. Meanwhile the marvelously named Husky quarterback, Sonny Sixkiller, marched Washington downfield to, well, a field goal. Then Michigan's Bo Schembechler called Preston Henry, a third-string tailback, from the bench and Henry rattled off 113 yards in 13 carries, scored two touchdowns and brought the Wolverines in 17-3.
With Lynn Dickey nursing bruised ribs on the sidelines, Kansas State was no match for Arizona State, which won 35-13. Sun Devil Quarterback Joe Spagnola accounted for 563 yards in total offense, enough to break the school career mark (3,285—held for 20 years by Whizzer White) by 10 yards. Arizona State's defense, led by Hawaiian Defensive End Junior Ah You, dropped reserve Quarterback Max Arreguin five times and intercepted him three times. The only Sun Devil disappointed by the day was Tackle Bob Davenport. "I'm sorry Dickey didn't play," he said. "I had been waiting all week to get a piece of him." Ah so.
California recovered from a drubbing by Texas and had its biggest offensive day in 23 years, crushing Indiana 56-14.
1. OHIO STATE (1-0)
2. NEBRASKA (2-0-1)
3. NOTRE DAME (2-0)
Last year the Texas Longhorns ran up the highest score against Texas A&M in Aggie history, 49-12, and remember how the Horns finished the season? This year Ohio State, ranked No. 1 before even playing a game, started off by upping the Aggie numbers to 56-13. The Buckeyes scored the first three times they had the ball, gaining 57 yards on the first three plays alone. Said A&M's impressed depressed coach, Gene Stallings, "They simply had too much manpower for us—on the first, second or third teams." He should be thankful the season is young. Said Wayne Woodrow Hayes: "Our defense isn't as sharp as it was last year—yet. We've got a lot of improvement to make, but we can be a good football team still." While you arc wiping away that tear, consider Wingback Larry Zelina's performance for an indication of how frightening the Buckeyes can be. He carried the ball only twice—for 43 yards and a touchdown—and managed another 37 yards on three pass receptions. Aggie Quarterback Lex James did pretty well himself. He completed 18 of 30 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns, but had trouble with handoffs. He lost four of them to the enemy, three to End Kenny Luttner.
Perhaps because General William Westmoreland paid a visit to the Lincoln campus to watch Army play Nebraska, Coach Bob Devaney said before the game, "The Army team is a credit to the Military Academy. It is good to know that these kind of people are protecting us." Army's protective perimeter, however, comforted only Devaney. Ballcarriers were dumped for losses 17 times as the Cadets absorbed a 28-0 defeat.
Purdue's Bob DeMoss is in his first year as head coach. It may be a long one. Purdue's three-year domination of Notre Dame ended in a 48-0 rout. The final score was the highest rolled up against the Boilermakers since Frank Leahy's 1946 team rambled 49-6. Leahy himself was honored at half-time, and he informed the home-campus crowd, "You are worth at least a touchdown each half."
Air Force Coach Ben Martin preached patience to Quarterback Bob Parker prior to the season, advising him to let his receivers run a bit. The touchdowns would come, he said. In St. Louis, against heretofore explosive Missouri, they did. Parker threw 28 times and hit 13 for 295 yards before retiring. By then the Falcons were well on their way to a 37-14 victory, and a hitch upward in the national rankings.
Southern California gained 596 yards over the first three quarters en route to a 660 total that resulted in 48 points in a shutout of Iowa.
In Stillwater, Okla. Quarterback Tony Pounds sneaked 43 yards and David Graham ran a kickoff back 85 yards as Oklahoma State beat Houston for the second consecutive year, 26-17. Oklahoma, meanwhile, was thrown for a 23-14 loss by Oregon State.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: In a rousing home opener, Quarterback Joe Theismann completed 17 of 24 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns to lead Notre Dame to a 48-0 win over Purdue, first for the Irish over the Boilermakers since 1966.
THE LINEMAN: Colorado End Herb Orvis, 23-year-old Army veteran and the Buffaloes' emotional leader on defense, made 16 tackles, three of which threw runners for losses, in the 41-13 rout that ended Penn State's winning streak.