1. DARTMOUTH (6-0)
2. SYRACUSE (4-3)
3. PITT (5-2)
To paraphrase Mark Twain, those reports of Syracuse's death were greatly exaggerated. The Orangemen, supposedly suffering from a terminal case of racial misery, lost their first three starts but now have won four straight. Their latest, and most impressive, victory was a 43-13 upset of Pittsburgh (and when was the last time anybody upset Pitt?) in Syracuse's Archbold Stadium. "This is the most remarkable group of boys with which I've been connected," said Syracuse Coach Ben Schwartzwalder. "I just can't believe what they are doing." Neither could Bud Dudley of the Liberty Bowl, who came to scout Pitt and left talking about Syracuse. "They are definitely a team to be considered," said Dudley.
Quarterback Randy Zur, sidelined by injuries for three weeks, came back to run Syracuse's newly installed Power I, and he fit the formation perfectly. Entering the game late in the first quarter, Zur ran for 40 yards and two TDs, and passed for 93 yards and two more scores. He was at his best in the second quarter when the Orange scored three times in an eight-minute span for a 19-0 lead. Meanwhile, Syracuse's defense blitzed Pitt Quarterback Dave Havern into ineffectiveness.
In Philadelphia, hapless Navy went up against Notre Dame and the Middies surprised even themselves by making a game out of it—for the first 10 minutes, that is. After the Irish took the opening kick off and nonchalanted their way 80 yards for a TD, the Middies came back to tie it on a five-yard keeper by Quarterback Ade Dillon, a sophomore making his first start. The play, set up when an Irish defensive back inexplicably failed to break up Dillon's long, wobbly pass to Karl Schwelm, was the incentive for some cannon shooting and hat waving by the assembled Middies. Then it was Pearl Harbor time. Under the direction of Joe Theismann, Notre Dame scored four times in the second quarter, and the Irish defense made Dillon look seasick. At the end it was Notre Dame 56, Navy 7.
For Theismann, the game was a homecoming of sorts, because Joe comes from South River, N.J., just a few miles up the turnpike. A good many Theismann fans were in the crowd of 45,226 (which only half filled cavernous John F. Kennedy Stadium) and some wore old-fashioned straw hats with the sign "7—South River." The folks were pleased to see No. 7 complete 10 of 13 passes for 161 yards, including two scoring tosses to Tom Gatewood.
While Dartmouth and Yale were slugging it out for the Ivy lead (page 44), their contemporaries were running up some healthy scores. With Ed Marinaro gaining 127 yards and scoring three TDs, Cornell dumped Columbia 31-20. In other games it was Harvard 38, Penn 23 and Princeton 45, Brown 14, totals that might have been left over from the old AFL.
At University Park, Pa., a couple of fallen powers, Penn State and West Virginia, came together; only State appeared to have rebounded and the result for State's Italian coach, Joe Paterno, was some-a speecy, spicy ball, all right. Before the game, Penn State's sophomore quarterback, John Hufnagle, made the rather melodramatic observation that "I feel like a gladiator about to go on display in the big arena." Well, whatever John felt, the display was not at all bad for a guy who started the season as the No. 3 quarterback and a backup defensive back. Befuddling the Mountaineers with his mastery of the option, Hufnagle guided State to a 42-8 victory. Meanwhile, his former defensive colleagues also were having a fine day, blocking a punt to set up a TD, holding West Virginia to only 27 yards rushing and dumping Mountaineer Quarterback Mike Sherwood seven times for 65 yards in losses. "I don't think they wanted me with the defense," said Hufnagle, almost wistfully. "I'm not very ferocious."
1. TEXAS (7-0)
2. ARKANSAS (7-1)
3. TEXAS TECH (6-2)
Already Steve Worster of Texas had scored four touchdowns and generally run all over the SMU defense. So now with a Texas first down on the Mustangs' one, all of the 66,500 in Austin's Memorial Stadium knew what was coming up. Texas Quarterback Eddie Phillips would hand off to Worster, who would blow over for yet another TD, right? In anticipation, the Texas fans began giving out with "Woo, Woo, Woo," that special cheer for Worster that sounds like a longhorn in need of an Alka-Seltzer. So then, with all this "wooooing" going on, something remarkable happened. Not once, but twice, SMU stopped Worster for zero, zip, no gain. Finally Phillips had to call on Jim Bertelsen for that last yard and his team's last touchdown.
Had Worster scored, his five TDs would have given him the school record for points in one game. Said Phillips, "I personally didn't know Steve could have broken a record, but I figured it would be nice if he could get five touchdowns. He probably would have clubbed me if I had called him again, because he ran most of the plays to get us down there." Worster confirmed his quarterback's suspicion. "I was so tired I couldn't see," he said.
For the game, the Southwest Conference rushing leader gained 144 yards on 25 carries. For that matter, Bertelsen had fun, too, getting 139 yards—including a 72-yard touchdown run—in 14 carries. Another busy Longhorn was Danny Lester, a crack defensive halfback who took over at split end after Cotton Speyrer broke his arm against Oklahoma. Lester played both ways against SMU, but he was more successful on offense than defense. He caught all five of Phillips' completions (Phillips threw only five times), but couldn't keep SMU's Chuck Hixson from completing 31 of 57 passes for 381 yards and two TDs. Woo.
In College Station there was bad news for Arkansas fans. The Razorbacks routed Texas A&M 45-6, but their answer to Worster, Tailback Bill Burnett, suffered a shoulder separation in the second quarter and is probably out for the year. Before the injury, Burnett, the highest scorer in conference history, had scored three times, giving him 49 TDs and 294 points for his career. The previous leader, Doak Walker, scored 288 points while playing one more varsity season than Burnett. "I'm heartbroken for the boy," said Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles, although a physician said Burnett had an "outside chance" of playing against Texas on Dec. 5.
At Houston, Sam Henry, a 25-year-old Air Force veteran, made his debut as a kicker, and his three field goals (two from the 34, one from the 35) helped Houston past Tulsa 21-9. Dicky Ingram's 43-yard field goal gave Texas Tech a 3-0 win over Rice.
1. OHIO STATE (6-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (6-0)
3. NEBRASKA (7-0-1)
Every time Ohio State plays at home it seems as if an alltime record crowd is in the gray old concrete stadium on the banks of the Olentangy River. For the game against Northwestern the attendance was 86,673 (a record, of course), but by halftime about 86,000 were feeling rather concerned about their beloved Buckeyes. The score was Northwestern 10, Ohio State 3 and all sorts of wild things had been going on. Ohio State's quarterback, Rex Kern, had gained only eight yards and had thrown three interceptions. And Northwestern's Mike Adamle, known to his fans as the "Mighty Mite," was stomping all over Jim Stillwagon, Jack Tatum and the rest of Ohio's defense. Clearly, it was a crisis for the top-ranked Buckeyes, and everyone was wondering how Coach Woody Hayes would turn it around.
Well, what Woody did was to forget passes and triple options and all that other newfangled foolishness and go back to good of hard-hitting, up-the-middle football. His "button-shoe" offense, some call it, and what it requires is simple: Fullback John Brockington runs. And runs. And runs. It is not the most exciting kind of football in the world, but it worked against Northwestern. In the second half the Buckeyes had the ball 57 plays to only 26 for Northwestern. Brockington alone carried 30 times the last half, once for a touchdown. Kern ran for two more TDs, and when the last cloud of dust had cleared Ohio State had a 24-10 victory. Afterward Hayes was smug and happy as he looked at the statistics. "That's the way statistics should look," he said. "We're overdoing that passing. At halftime we drew up about four plays that would go."
"Yeah," said a reporter, remembering Brockington's constant smashes. "What were the other three?"
In other Big Ten games, Michigan used Don Moorhead's passing to down Wisconsin 29-15 and remain unbeaten in seven games, the Wolverines' best start since 1948. At West Lafayette, Ind., Illinois upset Purdue 23-21 to snap its 11-game conference losing streak. Trailing 21-17, the Illini scored the winning points on Halfback Darrell Robinson's six-yard dash in the final minutes.
In Manhattan, Kans., Quarterback Lynn Dickey of Kansas State was on the spot. Only 1:45 remained in the game, his team trailed Missouri 13-10 and it was third and 15 on the Mizzou 20. So Dickey did what heroes are supposed to do, fading back and hitting Mike Creed for 20 yards and the points that beat Missouri 17-13. Besides winning the game, that play also gave Dickey 5,135 yards in career total offense, putting him past Bob Anderson's Big Eight Conference record of 5,017. At Boulder, Colorado's swift Cliff Branch (he runs the 100 in 9.3) gained 95 yards on a reverse play, caught three passes as a wide receiver and played the deep middle on kick returns (three times almost breaking loose for scores), but he still wasn't enough to keep Nebraska from a 29-13 victory.
Who holds the longest unbeaten streak in the Midwest? Little Toledo, that's who, although the Rockets were pressed before pulling out their 19th in a row, a 14-13 win over Miami of Ohio. Trailing 13-7, Toledo Quarterback Chuck Ealey passed his team to the Miami three, then ran around end with 3:01 left for the winning points.
1. LSU (5-1)
2. AUBURN (6-1)
3. TENNESSEE (6-1)
On Tuesday afternoon, four days before the game, Mississippi State's team showed up on the Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa. Oh, well, said the 'Bama students, you know those Mississippians. Probably made a wrong turn in Starkville and didn't realize it until they had traveled the 180-mile round trip to Tuscaloosa. The real reason for the Bulldogs' early appearance, of course, was strictly calculated: Coach Charley Shira wanted them to get the feel of the AstroTurf carpet in Alabama's Denny Stadium. Said Shira, "It was inconvenient and it consumed six and a half hours, but I think it was worth it."
Shira felt his Bulldogs had a solid chance against Alabama. For the first time since Bear Bryant's return, State came to Tuscaloosa with a better record (5-2) than the Crimson Tide (4-3). In the end, however, it was the same old story. The score was Alabama 35, State 6 and afterward Bear Bryant was sounding more optimistic than he has in years. "We're a good football team," said Bryant, perhaps thinking that this might be his 12th straight bowl team after all.
The star for Alabama was Fullback Johnny Musso, whose 159 yards in 18 carries moved him closer to becoming the first Alabama runner to gain 1,000 yards in a season. Musso now has 792 yards, with at least three games remaining.
In Gainesville, Auburn came back strong from its LSU defeat, whipping Florida 63-14. The Tigers compiled 566 yards in total offense, with Quarterback Pat Sullivan getting 366 with his passes. In the first half Sullivan hit on 15 of 18 for 200 yards as Auburn built a 35-0 lead. He finished with 21 of 27, including three TD strikes to his favorite target, Terry Beasley. At Memphis, Tennessee stopped Wake Forest Fullback Larry Hopkins and beat the Deacons 41-7. Three other Atlantic Coast teams ventured outside the conference and didn't fare much better. In Durham, Georgia Tech whipped Duke 24-16, Georgia outlasted South Carolina 52-34 and in Lexington, Kentucky beat North Carolina State 27-2. Said State Coach Earle Edwards when asked about his team's fumble on the Kentucky four-yard line: "Oh, you noticed we were in danger of scoring a touchdown again? But we got out of it all right. Besides, this one wasn't as dangerous as last week when we got to the one against Maryland before fumbling. That one was really scary." Happy Halloween, coach.
1. STANFORD (7-1)
2. AIR FORCE (8-0)
3. ARIZONA STATE (6-0)
With help from Washington, Stanford and Jim Plunkett virtually assured themselves of the school's first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1951-52. While the Indians were home beating Oregon State 48-10, their nearest rival, Oregon, was upset by Washington 25-23 in Seattle. Now Oregon, California and UCLA all have two losses in the Pacific Eight Conference, while Stanford is unbeaten in the league. So all Stanford needs is a victory in one of its last two conference games, against Washington this Saturday and California (Nov. 21) to wrap up the championship.
The Indians got a little Halloween scare from the Great Pumpkin (which is what everybody calls Oregon State Coach Dee Andros) early in their game against the Beavers. Stanford took a 7-0 lead when Plunkett and Jack Lasater combined on a 70-yard pass play. Those yards put Plunkett past 7,000 in career total offense, but while Jim was being congratulated. Oregon State took advantage of a muffed punt play to tie it. At halftime the Indians led by only 17-10 but, before Stanford fans could get seriously frightened, the Indians scored four quick TDs. The steamroller was turned on by Safety Jim Kauffman, a rugby enthusiast who intercepted a pass and returned it 37 yards for a TD early in the third period.
Washington sophomore passing star Sonny Sixkiller had the flu, so the Huskies had to put in Greg Collins in the third quarter. At the time they were trailing Oregon 15-7, but Collins threw a touchdown pass, then maneuvered the Huskies into position for Steve Wiezbowski's winning 19-yard field goal with 30 seconds remaining. Said Coach Jim Owens, "Collins has looked so good in practice. It was just a matter of time until he got his chance." In Los Angeles, California upset Southern Cal 13-10, snuffing out the Trojans' last faint hope for a fifth straight Rose Bowl trip. The winning points again were provided by a field goal, this one Randy Wersching's 46-yard kick.
Perhaps the most dramatic field goal of the day, however, was the one that the Air Force used to beat Arizona 23-20. With only four seconds left and the score tied at 20, the Air Force's Craig Barry missed a field goal from the 19. But Arizona's Jackie Wallace was called for piling on, and Barry got to kick again. This one, with no time left on the clock, was good and the Falcons were still unbeaten and untied.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Fullback Steve Worster of Texas, a 6'1", 204-pound senior, scored four touchdowns in the Longhorns' 42-15 win over SMU. Worster now holds school career records for touchdowns (32) and points (192).
THE LINEMAN: Tackle Barry Brink, a 6'3", 240-pound senior from Mill Valley, Calif., helped Dartmouth's defense stop previously unbeaten Yale in a 10-0 victory. The Elis were held to only 190 yards total offense by the Indians.