1. PITTSBURGH (5-1)
2. DARTMOUTH (5-0)
3. YALE (5-0)
"Pitt hits you like Joe Marciano," announced Miami Coach Walt Kichefski just before his Hurricanes climbed into the Pitt Stadium ring with the best team in the East, obviously convinced that only a combination of Marciano and Louis could duplicate the effect the Panthers are likely to have on their opposition. "Sooner or later you get knocked to your knees."
This week Pitt did it sooner rather than later, scoring four touchdowns in the first half (they had been big in the second half against West Virginia), and then held off a Miami surge to win by 28-17. Pitt's 5'9" junior quarterback, Dave Havern, abandoned his team's new Power I offense when Miami stacked a 4-5-2 defense against it, but the straight I provided punch enough. Pitt caught Miami napping in the first quarter with a 38-yard reverse pass by Halfback Denny Ferris to End Steve Moyer to set up its first score, which came on a 14-yard throw from Havern to Tony Esposito. Havern tossed one more touchdown during a 15 for 23 afternoon and the Pitt defense set up two more, despite playing without four injured regulars, by alertly gobbling up four fumbles and four interceptions from the shaky Miami offense. The second half was a lethargic series of fruitless clinches, but Pitt Coach Carl DePasqua had cause for some optimism at least as he looked ahead to Notre Dame next week and a possible bowl bid. "We have yet to play a full 60-minute game," he said. "If we ever put two halves together, look out."
Putting two good halves together is something undefeated Dartmouth has been doing all year, and at Cambridge, where 35,000 people came to see what the boys from the woods could do to Harvard, the Indians won 37-14. The Crimson offense, stuttering to only one first down in the first three quarters, scored only against the Dartmouth reserves as Coach Bob Blackman won his 100th game since coming to Dartmouth in 1955. The Indians dominated the first quarter with two long drives but failed to score. So Quarterback Jim Chasey switched on the wild stuff. From the Harvard 49 he pitched an overhand lateral to Halfback John Short, who then lofted a long pass to End Bob Brown for the game's first touchdown. Short was one of the prime reasons it was such a long afternoon for Harvard. He also scored three touchdowns, two on short plunges and one on a six-yard pass from Chasey, blocked like mad and handled Dartmouth's second-half punting. This week's contest against likewise undefeated Yale in New Haven will prove whether Dartmouth is really as good as it looks.
Yale looked good in Ithaca, all right, as it tuned up for the match of the Ivy undefeateds, but then everyone looks good against the Cornell defense. It has given up 117 points in five games. The Elis held the nation's leading rusher, Ed Marinaro, to 62 yards in 19 carries as it walloped the Big Red 38-7. Yale has a rather dazzling offensive weapon of its own, Dick Jauron. The sophomore halfback scored on touchdown runs of 34 and 62 yards and picked up 176 yards rushing in just 14 carries.
At West Point, Penn State Coach Joe Paterno scrapped his wide-open offense in favor of something more compact and conservative and punched out a 38-14 win over Army.
1. OHIO STATE (5-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (5-0)
3. NEBRASKA (6-0-1)
Notre Dame took Saturday off, looking ahead to the exhausting offensive exhibition it will undoubtedly put on against Navy this weekend, but its Midwestern neighbors couldn't have been busier. At Champaign, Ohio State belted out an exciting 48-29 victory over charged-up Illinois and there was almost as much action off the field as on it. On Friday the Illinois Athletic Association sacked Jim Valek (7-29 since taking over in 1967, winless last year), only the fourth football coach the school has had in 50 years. After losing to Ohio State the Illini players voted unanimously to strike if Valek was not reinstated. "If Coach Valek is not here on Monday, Illinois docs not have a football team," said the resolution. Somebody must have believed them, for Valek was reinstated the next afternoon—at least until the end of the season. Ohio State scored first following recovery of an Illinois fumble, but the Illini promptly marched 80 yards for the tying touchdown, held Ohio State, then marched 71 yards to go ahead. After Ohio State Quarterback Rex Kern swept right end on a keeper for 76 yards and another score, Illinois grabbed the lead again 20-14 at the half, and 23-21 with a little over 20 minutes left in the game. Then Ohio State simply wore its opponent down, scoring touchdowns the next four times it got the ball. "It was a great football game to watch," said Hayes, "if you didn't care who won. I did."
At Ann Arbor, Michigan throttled Minnesota 39-13, pushing its season record to a heady 6-0 for the first time since 1955. Fullback Fritz Seyferth, a junior who ordinarily spends his Saturdays blocking, enjoyed a dream afternoon before 83,496, scoring four touchdowns on runs of three, four, five and six yards, and Wolverine Halfback Billy Taylor gained 151 yards on 26 carries, scoring the first Michigan touchdown on a 17-yard run.
At Evanston, Northwestern toppled Purdue 38-14 to remain undefeated in the Big Ten and Coach Alex Agase showed no shyness about looking forward to the nation's No. 1 team. "It's a great feeling to be 3-0 and preparing for Ohio State," he said after the game. One reason for optimism is that Northwestern has a secondary that can track passes like radar. Purdue popped as many throws into enemy hands as into friendly ones—six. Jack Dustin, a junior cornerback, cut off three himself and ran one interception back for 35 yards and a TD. Meanwhile, Northwestern showed unusually good ball control. The Wildcats ran off 99 plays to Purdue's 49 and used two tight ends to set up strong blocking patterns that permitted Quarterback Maurie Daigneau to complete 14 of 23 passes for 185 yards and two TDs and Fullback Mike Adamle to complete two play-action passes for 55 yards. He gained another 154 yards rushing on 39 carries.
At Lincoln, Nebraska kept its record near-spotless, beating Oklahoma State in a woolly offensive display 65-31. Oklahoma State was briefly in the game 7-6, following a Big Eight-record 98-yard kickoff return by Dick Graham, but the Huskers rolled up an astonishing 870 yards rushing, passing and returning punts, kickoffs and picked-off passes. Nebraska Coach Bob Devaney was about as pleased with the mention of that as he was with his team's giving up 31 points. "Any time a team thinks beyond its next game the whole season can be ruined," he said. "Colorado is our next opponent, and they'll be anxious to beat us."
Colorado may be anxious, but will it be ready? Not off its 30-16 loss to Missouri at Columbia. The Buffs gained only 35 yards along the ground, connected on just 10 of 33 passes (though for 244 yards) and were never in the game after the first quarter when Missouri built a 17-0 lead. At Kent, Ohio the Toledo Rockets rode to a 34-14 win over Kent State, running their winning streak to 18, second longest in the nation.
1. LSU (5-1)
2. AUBURN (5-1)
3. TENNESSEE (5-1)
"There is no point in talking about the rain or the field," said Auburn Coach Ralph Jordan in the wake of his previously unbeaten team's 17-9 upset by Louisiana State before 62,392 shocked homecoming fans. "LSU played on the same field we played on, both teams had some problems, but LSU just went out there, went to work and beat us." What Jordan did want to talk about, and then would prefer to forget, were the game's two key plays. The first of these was a fumble by Fullback Wallace Clark on Auburn's first play from scrimmage. It was recovered by LSU on the Auburn eight-yard line and LSU scored soon after on a pass from Quarterback Buddy Lee to Splitback Andy Hamilton. The second key play occurred in the second quarter after Auburn's Gardner Jett had closed the score to 7-6 with two longish field goals. An interference call in the end zone against Auburn gave the Bengals a first down on the one, and two plays later Tailback Arthur Cantrelle drove in for the winning TD. Though Auburn spent the day getting close, three Jett field goals were all it could put on the scoreboard.
The ups and downs of Archie Who? continued on something of a down note in a downpour at Nashville, but Mississippi and Quarterback Archie Manning bounced back from their demeaning defeat at the hands of Southern Mississippi to edge out another underdog, Vanderbilt, by a score of 26-16. Ole Miss arrived for the game without its head coach, Johnny Vaught, who was recovering from a heart attack suffered in midweek. Vandy hobbled out for the game with no less than 12 Commodores on the injured list, including three quarterbacks. So they started Steve Burger, who had been fourth string when the season opened. It was the unlucky Burger who kept Ole Miss in the game. He set up the Rebels' first score by losing a fumble on his 20. Ole Miss scored in three plays. With his team trailing 17-7 early in the fourth quarter. Burger fumbled again on his 20 and the ball squirted back to the one, where it was recovered by Ole Miss. Three plays later the Rebs had the clinching touchdown. Manning connected nine times on 18 passes and scored once himself, but most of the work was done by Fullback Bob Knight, who carried 24 times for 91 yards, and an Ole Miss defense that held Vanderbilt to minus 22 yards along the ground.
In nearby Knoxville the Tennessee Vols set all kinds of records before a crowd of 65,000 while thrashing Florida 38-7. Although the Gators, with slick John Reaves at quarterback, were expected to ignite the passing fireworks, it was Tennessee and senior Quarterback Bob Scott that piled up points and yardage through the air. Scott set a Tennessee passing record of 385 yards, with 21 completions in 38 throws, two for touchdowns. Scott, out of the spotlight heretofore in this Year of the Quarterback, has nonetheless met such standouts as Chuck Hixson of SMU, Pat Sullivan of Auburn, Eddie McAshan of Georgia Tech, Scott Hunter of Alabama and now Reaves, and has come out on top against all but Sully.
At State College, Southern Mississippi was knocked down from its cloud only a week after upsetting Ole Miss, losing by a resounding 51-15 to Mississippi State.
1. STANFORD (6-1)
2. AIR FORCE (7-0)
3. ARIZONA STATE (6-0)
While Stanford was squeezing out its 9-7 victory over UCLA, other Pacific Eight teams were shuttling in and out of the Rose Bowl picture. Oregon kept its chances alive by beating Southern California 10-7, knocking the Trojans out of the running unless a series of miracles now occurs. "I kept hearing my number in the huddle," said Webfoot Tailback Bobby Moore, who ground out 168 yards along the Astro Turf in 38 carries. "I kept thinking they were running me a lot, but I sure didn't realize it was that much."
Moore was the difference. Monsoon rains helped hold the Oregon passing attack, most productive in the nation, to only 149 yards on 13 completions in 32 tries, but the Oregon backs moved freely against a Southern Cal ground defense that some observers had called impenetrable. USC scored in the first quarter when it bruised out 59 yards on 14 plays, Sam Cunningham, the burly fullback, going over from the one. Oregon finally scored in the third quarter on a 22-yard field goal by Ken Woody and then again on an 80-yard march in the fourth period following a Jimmy Jones fumble. Moore carried the ball five of eight plays during the winning drive, caught a pass and scored the touchdown, but the big gainer was a 50-yard pass from Dan Fouts to Bobby Newland that took the ball to the eight.
"I would say our Rose Bowl chances are completely finished," declared the losing coach, John McKay, after the game, a statement he hasn't had to make in five years.
In Colorado unbeaten Air Force once again upheld the honor of the military as Army and Navy continued their week-by-week withdrawal from former football glories. This time the Falcons even got an assist, in a backhanded sort of way, from the Navy coach. After his team's 26-3 loss to Air Force two weeks ago Navy's Rick Forzano claimed that the Air Force team was overrated in the national polls (seventh) and that a good passing team would riddle the Falcons like so much Swiss cheese. So the Falcons met Frank Harris, Boston College's sharp-passing quarterback. Harris completed 21 of 38, but the Air Force secondary picked off four for themselves and Cornerback Jim Smith returned one of these 90 yards for a touchdown as Air Force shot down the previously once-defeated Eagles 35-10. But if Harris' passes sometimes strayed a bit, the Air Force quarterback, Bob Parker, was continually on target. He hit Flanker Ernie Jennings with scoring strikes of 11, five and two yards, and Smith's long interception return in the final quarter locked it up.
Some Pacific Eight also-rans could at least enjoy the odd Saturday afternoon. In Corvallis, Washington's sturdy Cherokee quarterback, Sonny Sixkiller, fired 50 arrows into the air and 30 of them fell into the hands of Husky receivers as Washington defeated Oregon State 29-20. The Beaver defense slowed Sixkiller down by latching on to four of his throws in the first 20 minutes, taking a 14-0 lead, but could not stand so much prosperity. Penalties, fumbles and pass interceptions led to all of Washington's touchdowns. Oregon State managed to score a TD of its own following an alltime lulu of an error: a 49-yard snapback by the Washington center that sailed over Sixkiller's head and was downed by the Beavers on the 12.
1. TEXAS (6-0)
2. ARKANSAS (6-1)
3. TEXAS TECH (5-2)
The Texas Longhorns were snagged ever so briefly at Houston when Macon Hughes returned the kickoff following a Texas field goal to give Rice a 7-3 lead in the first quarter, but it was ho-hum from then on. Longhorn Quarterback Eddie Phillips ran the option play expertly and scored on runs of five, seven and 10 yards, while Fullback Steve Worster had his best day as a ballcarrier, gaining 170 yards on 23 carries as Texas made Rice its 25th consecutive victim 45-21. Between now and Dec. 5 Darrell Royal has nothing much to do but smooth and polish his team for Arkansas and he saw a couple of things that needed work. First, Texas was a touch sloppy. Also, he was perturbed about the kicking game. The Horns allowed a blocked punt in addition to Hughes' long kickoff return. "There's no excuse for a blocked punt," said Royal. "In fact, nothing irritates me more." But then Texas doesn't have to punt too often.
At Little Rock, Arkansas found itself in a game it never wanted to play, not because it feared losing but because the Razorbacks were afraid they would win too big. Their opponent was Wichita State, the team of the tragic plane crash of Oct. 2, and the final score was 62-0, although Razorback Coach Frank Broyles made generous use of his entire squad. Wichita had voted to continue football despite the death of 13 players and Head Coach Ben Wilson. There were reports that Arkansas had offered to pay Wichita its $30,000 guarantee not to play the game. "We told them we'd do whatever they wished," said Broyles. "I was personally very sympathetic to them. I knew they needed to play a game if they were to keep their players and continue in college football. I've never been in a spot like this and I had to play it by ear. I just told the boys to play as they're coached."
The Arkansas' starting unit stayed in the game for only 18 plays and a 17-0 lead, and then the second and third teams came on. But Wichita was far from discouraged. "These are a great bunch of men and they are going to be a football team," said the new coach, Bob Seaman.
At El Paso, Arizona State reacted to the postgame tongue-lashing they had received from Head Coach Frank Kush following a lackluster win over Brigham Young by walloping Texas El Paso 42-13.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Defensive Halfback Rick Lewis scored twice and set up a third with an interception as Georgia Tech beat Tulane 20-6. His TDs came in the fourth quarter on a 30-yard run with a fumble and a 56-yard interception.
THE LINEMAN: LSU Linebacker Mike Anderson was in on 12 tackles, including three on a goal-line stand, in the Tigers' 17-9 upset of Auburn. LSU's rushing defense, best nationally, has not yielded a TD in nine games.