1. TEXAS (4-0)
2. ARKANSAS (4-1)
3. TEXAS TECH (4-1)
For all you fans who liked last year's Texas-Arkansas game, here is some good news: it looks as if this year's game on Dec. 5 in Austin might be just as exciting. The Longhorns (page 18) appear to be as mean as ever, and if you haven't checked out Arkansas since its opening loss to Stanford, you had better take another look. Last week, for instance, it took the Razorbacks almost a half to get revved up, but then they zapped Baylor 41-7 to register the widest margin of victory in their long series.
With time running out in the first half Arkansas had only two field goals and a 6-0 lead. But the Razorbacks' monster man, Bobby Field, intercepted a pass to set up Bill Burnett's scoring plunge, and Quarterback Bill Montgomery ran over a two-point conversion to send the Razorbacks on their way. When Burnett (109 yards on 27 carries, two TDs) was not making big gains through the Baylor line Montgomery was making them aloft. And then there was Archie. No, not the one from Ole Miss. "Archie Bennett is the Arkansas center who heads up the second offensive unit known as Archie's Heroes. They got two TDs late in the game.
In College Station, Texas A&M's sophomore quarterback, Lex James, received a smothering welcome into the Southwest Conference. He was unable to avoid the attentions of Texas Tech's defense as the Red Raiders won 21-7. James threw four interceptions (to Bruce Bushong, Jerry Watson, Dale Rebold and Mike Watkins) and afterward he said: "I personally stopped us." The Aggies failed to get a first down until only five minutes were left in the first half, thanks mainly to Tech Linebacker Larry Molinare and Tackle Bob Mooney, who combined for 19 tackles. Offensively, Coach Jim Carlen's winners were led by Quarterback Charles Napper (12 of 14 passes for 116 yards) and Fullback Miles Langehennig (88 yards on 21 carries). Said Carlen, "We are not a great team now, but we are working toward that."
1. STANFORD (4-1)
2. USC (3-1-1)
3. AIR FORCE (5-0)
The Stanford-USC game was a thriller—for Indian fans, anyway—but the one between UCLA and Oregon was wilder. With only 4:38 remaining UCLA was sitting on a 19-point lead (40-21), and even Bruin Coach Tommy Prothro was feeling good about the situation. "I didn't think we could lose it," he admitted later. What came next was a finish that none of the 44,722 fans in the Los Angeles Coliseum will soon forget. Oregon scored three quick touchdowns and made off with a 41-40 victory. What happened to the Bruins'? "I don't know," said Prothro. "I've never been involved in a game like that."
Well, Tommy, your trouble began when Tom Blanchard came in at quarterback for Oregon. He was supposed to do little more than run out the clock, but instead threw for two quick TDs. Suddenly Oregon was in the game. Then UCLA's reserve quarterback, Jim Nader, fumbled a pitchout, and Oregon's Delton Lewis recovered on the Bruin 40. In came Oregon's sophomore quarterback, Dan Fouts. With only 30 seconds left he threw a 15-yard pass to Greg Specht for the winning TD. "I had all day to throw," said Fouts, "and he had all day to catch." In the UCLA dressing room Prothro was understandably depressed ("I thought all week it would be a wild one, but never did I expect such a wild one"), but perhaps the most dejected man was UCLA's quarterback, Dennis Dummit, whose fine passing game—227 yards and three TDs—went for naught.
The chilly, snowy weather in Colorado Springs forced fans to begin leaving in the second quarter, and it also put a damper on both Air Force and Tulane. The Falcons won 24-3, but their passing game, tops in the nation, was virtually grounded, and Quarterback Bob Parker threw four interceptions. Many of the Tulane players, meanwhile, were seeing snow for the first time. But what hurt Tulane more than the snow was Air Force's blitzing defense, which caught the Green Wave quarterbacks for losses 13 times. The most ferocious Falcon was Middle Guard Billy (The Guesser) Mayfield, who guessed right more often than not. He made 14 unassisted tackles.
Arizona State played like the Keystone Kops but still took Washington State 37-30, to remain unbeaten. Coach Frank Kush's team lost the ball eight times (on four fumbles, three interceptions and one muffed punt) and did not clinch the game until the last minute, when Windlan Hall intercepted a pass and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown.
In Seattle the fans were second-guessing Washington Coach Jim Owens after his team's loss to California. Trailing 31-28 with six minutes to play, the Huskies had a fourth-and-six situation on the Cal 15. On the sidelines was Steve Wiezbowski, whose kicking record this season boasts 17 conversions and no misses, as well as a 35-yard field goal on his only attempt. But Owens elected to go for a touchdown—and Tight End Ace Bulger dropped Sonny Sixkiller's pass in the end zone. Said Owens: "I never thought of going for the field goal. I was sure we would get the touchdown."
1. MISSISSIPPI (4-0)
2. AUBURN (4-0)
3. LSU (3-1)
Those fans who left the Florida-Florida State game early missed an aerial act by State's Gary Huff, a substitute sophomore quarterback. With his team trailing 38-7 and only seven minutes left, Huff came off the bench for his first varsity action. What he did in three minutes of actual playing time was complete eight of 15 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns. "Well, at least they won't be redshirting me," said Gary. His performance followed one by Florida's John Reaves that was Reaves' best of the year. John completed 13 of 22 passes for 244 yards and two TDs—including a school-record 81-yard scoring pass to Jim Yancey—and was mainly responsible for the Gators' 38-27 victory.
For the first time in 22 years the stadium at Chapel Hill was sold out, but the extra voices were not quite enough to prevent North Carolina from losing an important Atlantic Coast Conference game to South Carolina 35-21. It was the Tar Heels' first loss in five starts, and the decisive play hinged on the arm of a Gamecock substitute. With the score 21-all late in the final period, Coach Paul Dietzel put in sophomore Jackie Young, who obligingly threw a 50-yard pass to Jim Mitchell to set up a score. Gamecock Safety Bo Davies intercepted a pass to kill North Carolina's last hope. "I was real impressed," said Dietzel.
In Athens, Georgia's Bulldogs had favored Ole Miss on the run, but they went to sleep on one play in the fourth quarter, and Archie Manning ultimately drove the Rebs to a 31-21 victory. With the score 21-apiece the Bulldogs failed to touch an Ole Miss kickoff. The Rebs claimed the ball at the Georgia seven and Cloyce Hinton kicked a field goal. Manning then put the game out of Georgia's reach with a nine-yard TD pass to Jim Poole.
For the record, Archie completed 16 of 30 passes for 244 yards and three TDs, and he ran eight times for 32 yards and another score. But he also had three interceptions, and two led directly to Georgia touchdowns. "We played well enough to win," said Georgia Coach Vince Dooley. "It just seemed that when Manning had to get something done he did it." Afterward Ole Miss Coach Johnny Vaught closed the dressing room to reporters, and two policemen escorted Manning to the team bus.
Over in Atlanta, Tennessee stopped Georgia Tech's streak at four straight, 17-6. Both teams made many mistakes: Tennessee lost five fumbles and Tech's sophomore quarterback, Eddie McAshan, threw four interceptions, running his total to 12 for the year. The Vols scored first on Bobby Scott's 14-yard pass to Joe Thompson and led 17-0 before Tech finally got on the scoreboard in the final period. In fairness to Tech it should be noted that Tailback Brent Cunningham was injured on the opening kick-off. "That made us change our entire game plan," said Coach Bud Carson, "and there just wasn't time to adjust."
Clemson's stadium is known as Death Valley to a number of visitors, but last week Auburn went into the pit and out again with a 44-0 victory. It was the worst loss ever inflicted on Clemson in its home valley. Quarterback Pat Sullivan and the rest of Auburn's first team played the first quarter and through one TD march in the second, then spent the rest of the afternoon watching from the bench as Coach Shug Jordan used all 65 players on the traveling squad. Sullivan and his crew scored all four times they had the ball, with Sullivan passing for one touchdown and scoring twice himself. "It was our best game of the season," said Jordan, while Clemson Coach Hootie Ingram moaned, "I didn't get them ready."
Playing on a bad knee that has kept him out of games and practice, Houston's Gary Mullins led the Cougars to a 31-14 win over Mississippi State, hitting 11 of 16 passes for 173 yards. His talented receiver, Elmo Wright, made six catches for 160 yards. At Lexington, Coach John Ray was no longer talking about bowl trips for his Kentucky Wildcats after their 35-6 loss to Utah State. Tony Adams, the Aggies' sophomore quarterback, threw three TD passes and ran for another.
1. PENN STATE (2-2)
2. WEST VIRGINIA (4-1)
3. PITTSBURGH (3-1)
After West Virginia rolled to easy victories in its first three games Coach Bobby Bowden said: "Now it's time to worry about Indiana and Penn State." He forgot to mention Duke, which was sandwiched in between, and every coach who ever tooted a whistle knows what happens when you don't play 'em one at a time. So, sure enough, it was Duke 21, West Virginia 13, and afterward Duke Fullback Steve Jones allowed himself a small gloat. "They didn't think very much of us before the game," said Jones. "I guess that's changed now."
What changed most was Duke's attack. Normally it consists of Quarterback Leo Hart's passes. Against West Virginia, however, on rain-soaked artificial turf, Hart passed only 10 times, a career low. What the Blue Devils did instead was run and slide a lot. With Jones gaining 98 yards and a fellow sophomore, Billy Thompson, picking up 93 more, the Blue Devils out-gained West Virginia's backs 236 yards to 212. "We worked all week to stop Hart's passing," said Bowden, "so they crossed us up by ramming the ball down our throats."
Surprises and strategy also played a decisive role in Penn State's 28-3 victory over previously unbeaten Boston College. During practice the Lions' coach, Joe Paterno, put in a new play—the Eagle Special—designed to block a kick. It worked in the third quarter when Linebacker Gary Gray crashed through the Eagles and got his hands in front of a punt. Another linebacker, Jack Ham, picked up the loose ball and a convoy of blockers at the BC 42, and ran down the left sideline for his first college touchdown. That gave Penn State a 14-3 lead and helped the Nittany Lions end their losing streak at two. "This was our best overall game," said Paterno. "BC is a better team than either Colorado or Wisconsin, both of which defeated us."
The Eagle offense was a perfect match for the weather—foggy—and the Penn State defense tied a school record by intercepting seven passes, six of them off BC's top quarterback, Frank (Red) Harris. Of some cheer to BC, however, was the performance of Halfback Fred Willis. Although he was sick with a virus all week and on a liquid diet, Willis rushed 27 times for 110 yards and caught three passes for 31. "Willis is quite a ballcarrier," said Paterno. "The best we've faced."
Penn State's foe this week, Syracuse, defeated Maryland 23-7 for its first victory of the year. Once more a heavy police guard surrounded Archbold Stadium, but the heat of the controversy involving Coach Ben Schwartzwalder, the school administration and eight deposed black players seemed to be waning. Only 10 students showed up to picket. Marty Januszkiewicz scored all three TDs for the winners. Afterward one of the Syracuse tri-captains, Paul Paolisso, held up the game ball and said: "We haven't had the luxury of one of these this year, and there's only one person who deserves it. The coach stuck by us all the way; it's for him."
Pittsburgh, apparently, is for real. The Panthers slipped past Navy 10-8 and will shoot for their fourth straight victory this week against West Virginia. Cornell Tailback Ed Marinaro, the nation's leading rusher, gained 190 yards in 35 carries as Cornell beat Penn 32-31. Marinaro, a 210-pound junior, scored two TDs on runs of 36 and one yards. For the first time in nine years Columbia beat Harvard. The score: 28-21.
1. OHIO STATE (3-0)
2. NEBRASKA (4-0-1)
3. NOTRE DAME (4-0)
It was not a good weekend for Missouri. The Tigers not only lost to Nebraska 21-7, their second setback, but also lost Tailback Joe Moore for this week's game with Notre Dame—and perhaps for the remainder of the season. Before the Nebraska clash, Moore was one of the country's top rushers with 604 yards in four games. In the first quarter he suffered a shoulder separation when Cornhusker Dave Walline broke through the line and nailed him with a clean, hard tackle.
Without Moore the Missouri offense was moribund, although the defense was still dangerous. The Tigers got a touchdown after Lorenzo Brinkley returned an intercepted pass to the Nebraska one. Going into the final quarter, the score was 7-7. But then the Huskers' Joe Orduna set up a TD with a 41-yard run from scrimmage. The finishing touch was sophomore Johnny Rodgers" 46-yard punt return. "Nebraska did what they do best," said Missouri Coach Dan Devine. "When they got the ball they stuck it to us." Devine was not much cheered by the news out of South Bend: Notre Dame, which Missouri plays next, walloped Army 51-10, the most points ever scored on a West Point team. The big achievers for the Irish were Quarterback Joe Theismann (19 of 29 passes for 277 yards, three TDs) and his favorite receiver, Tom Gatewood (eight catches for 136 yards, one TD).
In the Probation Bowl in Manhattan, Kansas beat Kansas State 21-15. Earlier in the week the Big Eight had punished both schools. Kansas State was put on probation for three years (in which it may play no bowl games) because of recruiting violations: Kansas received a two-year probation in all sports for similar transgressions. Kansas won mainly because K-State and Quarterback Lynn Dickey failed to capitalize on four scoring opportunities late in the game. The Wildcats were stopped twice by interceptions, once by a fumble and once by a penalty that nullified a touchdown. In another Big Eight game Cliff Branch scored twice on long punt returns and Colorado recovered from its upset loss to K-State by routing Iowa State 61-10.
In the Big Ten, Ohio State and Michigan moved toward their end-of-season showdown with easy wins. The Buckeyes went to East Lansing and beat Michigan State 29-0—the same score by which Notre Dame had beaten the Spartans the previous week. "They're obviously even," said State Coach Duffy Daugherty. "I suppose I'd have to vote one of them No. 1 and the other 1-A." The comparisons with Notre Dame may have stimulated Buckeye Coach Woody Hayes to try some overkill. Late in the game the Buckeye quarterbacks, Rex Kern and Ron Maciejowski, were passing on first down in an effort to put more points on the scoreboard. Kern was hindered by a stiff shoulder, but Maciejowski came oft' the bench to engineer three TD drives in the last half. The Buckeyes' fullback, John Brockington, had one of his finest days, with 126 yards and two TDs.
In Lafayette, Ind. the score also was 29-0 as Michigan defeated Purdue. The Wolverines' hero was Quarterback Don Moorhead, who had not fully recovered from a case of flu. Against the Boilermakers he was superb, driving his team to 23 points in the last quarter despite a strong pass rush by Purdue Tackles Ron Maree (6'6", 275 pounds) and Alex Davis (6'5", 270). "They're giants," said Moorhead. "One time Maree came at me and he looked 18 feet tall. Somehow I passed right between his arms."
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE LINEMAN: Linebacker Jeff Siemon led Stanford's defense in the 24-14 upset of previously unbeaten Southern California. Siemon, 6'2" and 220 pounds, made seven unassisted tackles and helped in eight more.
THE BACK: Quarterback Pat Sullivan of Auburn engineered four straight touchdown drives early in the game to start the Tigers to a 44-0 victory over Clemson. Sullivan, a junior, passed for one touchdown and plunged for two more.