Penn State, eschewing finesse for pure power, resolutely wore down Boston U. Galen Hall and Dick Hoak, alternating at quarterback, sent Halfbacks Eddie Caye and Jim Kerr and Fullback Sam Sobczak through the Terrier line for 329 yards as the Nittany Lions dedicated their new 44,000-seat stadium with a 20-0 victory.
Boston College, trying desperately to contain Navy's elusive Halfback Joe Bellino, failed badly. Bellino completed his first college pass to Halfback John Prichard for 64 yards and a touchdown, ran three yards for another to break a 7-7 tie, then grabbed a 32-yard toss from Quarterback Hal Spooner for the score that put the Middies in front 22-7.
Little Buffalo proved no match for Army and bowed 37-0. Sophomore Quarterback Dick Eckert, an artful runner and passer, set off the Cadets with a 75-yard punt return and the rest was easy, including Halfback Glen Adams' 71-yard scoring dash with another Buffalo kick.
While Alabama was trampling Georgia, other SEC contenders were opening their own seasons. Georgia Tech, attacking from a semi-spread formation with ends split and a back in motion, turned loose sophomore Quarterback Stan Gann against Kentucky. Gann, who was used just enough to get Tech out in front, kept the Wildcat forwards off balance with his clever running, passed to Halfback Chuck Graning (who scored three times) for one touchdown and led his team to a 23-13 win. Kentucky, too, came up with a good sophomore passer, but too late. Jerry Woolum, who completed 14 of 24 passes for 190 yards, didn't get into the game until the second half. Meanwhile, LSU broke out a brand-new slot-T attack, but in the end characteristically relied on its pressing defense to beat Texas A&M 9-0.
Maryland, making good use of short spot passes by Quarterbacks Dale Betty and Dick Novak and line smashes through the middle by Fullback Pat Drass, smothered West Virginia 31-8; Quarterback Howard Dyer led VMI past William & Mary 33-21 in a Southern Conference opener; and North Carolina State defeated Virginia Tech 29-14.
Leaving the stage to its Big Eight neighbors, the Big Ten waited quietly in the wings for its chance to get into the act. However, some of the Midwest's lesser lights were busy. Marquette bruised Villanova for two first-half touchdowns, then had to struggle to win 23-13. Kansas State stuttered and fumbled, but beat South Dakota State 20-6. Halfback Jimmy Cobb scored twice to help Denver outlast Wichita 28-19. Halfback Bob Gaiters got away for four touchdowns as New Mexico State whipped Tulsa 38-18.
Ohio U., warming up for the Mid-American race, got sturdy blocking from its big, happy line and superior running from its hard-hitting backs to batter Dayton 28-0. But Miami of Ohio was less fortunate. The Redskins fumbled away an early lead, finally lost to Xavier 17-6.