Rutgers and Buffalo, with sympathetic ears tuned to bowl bids, finished with a flourish. Bill Austin (see left), out with a broken hand in the only game his team lost, ran for five touchdowns and four extra points before Rutgers shattered Columbia 61-0; Buffalo bulled past Bucknell 38-0.
In other games, Boston U. outscored Connecticut 36-22; Holy Cross defeated Marquette 14-0; Lehigh and Lafayette played to a 14-14 tie; Quantico Marines upset Villanova 19-13. The top three:
1. ARMY (7-0-1)
2. SYRACUSE (8-1-0)
3. PITT (5-3-1)
Syracuse, held down by stubborn West Virginia, made its conversions pay off for a 15-12 triumph, 8-1 season's record and a date with Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. Quarterback Chick Zimmerman found a worthy rival in the Mountaineers' Dick Longfellow, but passed to End Dave Baker for two touchdowns and got his winning margin on a run by Ed Kieffer and a placement by Al Gerlick.
Sugar Bowl-bound LSU, fussing along with a 6-0 half-time lead over Tulane before 85,000—the South's largest crowd—at New Orleans, suddenly shot Billy Cannon loose for three touchdowns, Frank Robinson for four more, to rout the weary Greenies 62-0 and complete its first unbeaten season in 50 years.
Listless Auburn, under wraps before eager Alabama scouts, used a half-dozen guileless plays and fell back on its early-season grinding offense to coast by Wake Forest 21-7; underdog Duke surprised North Carolina 7-6 on Halfback Wray Carlton's one-foot plunge and successful placement; Florida bounced back from a stunning Florida State touchdown to dump the pass-happy Seminoles 21-7; Kentucky slipped by punchless Tennessee 6-2; Clemson spoiled Boston College's bowl hopes, but enhanced its own by winning 34-12.
In other games, Georgia poured it on The Citadel 76-0; Maryland and Virginia filled the air with 75 passes but the Terps did most of the catching to win 44-6; Alabama squeaked past Memphis State 14-0; South Carolina edged North Carolina State 12-7. The top three:
1. LSU (10-O-O)
2. AUBURN (8-0-1)
3. CLEMSON (7-2-0)