With Pitt and Penn State going far a field, the first week's action in the East was little more than sporadic. Boston College, a resurging power in eastern football, flexed its muscles against Scranton, manipulating its many platoons like so many chessmen to win 48-0.
Connecticut got off on the right foot, bearing down on Springfield 41-14 to win its first opener in eight years while Villanova won 28-14 to snap West Chester State Teachers' 14-game streak.
The Atlantic Coast Conference started off in a mass of confusion as North Carolina, Maryland and Duke were rudely handled by lesser rivals, leaving Clemson, a shaky winner in its own right, in the uncertain driver's seat.
North Carolina State, expected to be an easy mark for highly regarded North Carolina, limped into Chapel Hill a 13-point underdog and pranced out with a 21-14 victory. Alert ball-hawking by Sophomore Center Bill Hill (see below) and adept play-calling by sub Quarterback Frank Cackovick (a last-minute fill-in for ineligible Ernie Driscoll), who twice pitched out to Halfback Ken Trowbridge for touchdowns, did in the Tar Heels for the third year in a row.
Wake Forest, uncovering a new secret weapon in rangy Sophomore Norman Snead (see below), who tossed three scoring passes to Jim Dalrymple and Pete Manning to tie a conference record, finally emerged from a 12-game losing streak to whip Maryland 34-0.
Cautious South Carolina made the most of Duke's fumbling to push across a touchdown and two-point conversion in the first period, then kept the Blue Devils at bay to win 8-0.
Clemson, figured to have a breeze against the thin forces of Virginia, found itself trailing twice, each time called upon Lowndes Shingler, a sophomore quarterback, to provide the spark, finally came out on top 20-15.
Kentucky's flat-footed Bobby Cravens slurked through the mud at Lexington, Ky. for 153 yards on 20 exhausting carries to put on a highly appreciated home town show against favored Georgia Tech as he led his Wildcat teammates to a 13-0 triumph.