While Penn State and Pitt were kicking up their heels in the Midwest, Navy put together a resourceful attack and a determined defense to beat Boston College 24-8 (see page 14) for new Coach Wayne Hardin. Along the way, the Middies uncovered a new hero in Dick Pariseau, a defensive back last year, who scored two touchdowns, one on an 80-yard punt return, and teamed up with Quarterback Joe Tranchini and Halfback Joe Bellino, a pair of veterans, to do in the Eagles.
West Chester Teachers, a little Pennsylvania school seeking a big reputation, was well on the way after Halfback Bill Shockley helped the Rams upset Villanova 13-7 to avenge their only defeat last year.
Mississippi was troubled by host Houston's new split-wing T until alert Guard Bob Khayat latched on to an errant Cougar pass and lugged it back 52 yards to set up a touchdown. That did it, and Ole Miss went on to a 16-0 triumph.
Finding the going unexpectedly rough against Kansas, TCU shot bullish Fullback Jack Spikes loose for 64 yards on a trap play, then followed with a short jump pass from Quarterback Larry Dawson to End Jim Gilmore to win 14-7.
It was beginning to look like a competitive year on the West Coast. UCLA, showing rare defensive skill, battled nose-to-nose through four scoreless periods with Purdue, prompting Coach Bill Barnes to claim "a moral victory."
USC, sporting a big, powerful line that held Oregon State to three first downs and 68 yards rushing, got two touchdowns each from Sophomores Lynn Gaskill and Alan Shields and won 27-6.
California, too, showed that it could win, even without Joe Kapp. Coach Pete Elliott provided his halfbacks with more opportunities, and they paid off for a 20-6 victory over Washington State.
In sharp contrast, defenseless Oregon and Stanford hooked up in a real wing-ding before Oregon won 28-27. Stanford pulled within one point of the Ducks on Quarterback Dick Norman's pass to Ben Robinson with a minute to go, but the gambling Indians tried for victory instead of a tie and lost it all when Oregon Halfback Dave Grayson batted down Norman's extra-point pass.