1. TCU (2-1)
2. TEXAS (3-0)
3. SMU (0-2)
Michigan stunted and looped its defenses, put the pressure on favored Michigan State as End Gary Prahst (see page 6) got the Wolverines off to a 12-0 lead. Only a spartan comeback, which included a 90-yard punt return by Halfback Dean Look and a determined 97-yard downfield march, enabled State to escape with a 12-12 tie in this Big Ten opener.
Ohio State also had its troubles but managed to squeak past Washington 12-7, while Indiana edged West Virginia 13-12; Northwestern flexed its newly discovered muscles to beat Stanford 28-0: Wisconsin piled it on Marquette 50-0.
But Iowa and Minnesota were not so fortunate. The Hawkeyes ran smack into a fired-up Air Force team which is beginning to feel its oats and were lucky to get out with a 13-13 tie. The Falcons satisfied all but eager Coach Ben Martin, who brought out the old saw: "A tie is just like kissing your sister—no thrill." Pitt's Panthers, who found themselves trailing Minnesota 7-0 in the last quarter, came snarling back under the guiding hand of sub Quarterback Bill Kaliden, who twice bulled over from the one-yard line, to earn a 13-7 win, the first over the Gophers since 1933.
Oklahoma added a dozen new formations to its spread and flanker offenses but found itself choked off by defense-minded Oregon and was hard-pressed to win 6-0. The Ducks found the answer to the Sooner mumbo-jumbo, shooting their linebackers into the gap to smother the passers while the ends stacked up the wide stuff. The top three:
1. OKLAHOMA (2-0)
2. OHIO STATE (2-0)
3. NOTRE DAME (2-0)
California's charging forwards kept Washington State's Bob Newman hopping around like a man on a burning deck, conceded the short pass while protecting adequately against the deep throw to up set the Cougars 34-14 in the NCAA's televised game at Berkeley. Meanwhile the Bears put forward a star of their own in Quarterback Joe Kapp (see page 6), who threw often enough to keep State off balance and spent the rest of his time masterminding a varied attack.
Oregon State, beginning to untrack after a bad start, fashioned a stout defense to go with Tailback Paul Lowe's passing and running, beat down UCLA 14-0 to regain stature in the PCC.