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For once, form held reasonably firm and, with the season half over, 11 of the nation's major college football teams were still unbeaten and untied. Some, like Mississippi (6-0), Iowa (5-0), Minnesota (5-0), Baylor (5-0) and Rutgers (5-0), had some fitful moments but managed to survive. However, Navy (6-0), Missouri (6-0), New Mexico State (6-0), Utah State (6-0), Syracuse (5-0) and Yale (5-0) simply overwhelmed their foes.
Navy had its Joe Bellino and Penn had little but its tarnished Ivy League reputation as the two teams met in the last game of their 72-year-old series. While a stern Navy defense held Penn to 64 yards, Bellino stirred up the Middies with two touchdowns (for a new Naval Academy single-season scoring record: 68 points), led them to an easy 27-0 victory.
With no Navy facing them, the other Ivy teams looked more competent. Princeton outlasted Cornell 21-18 and moved into a first-place tie with Yale , an easy 36-14 winner over independent Colgate. Harvard , resorting to ball control to thwart Dartmouth's defensive maneuvers, scored on a 30-yard reverse pass from Halfback Bruce MacIntyre to Bob Messenbaugh to beat the Indians 9-6.
Boston College shocked unbeaten VMI with two first-half touchdowns, then held on grimly with a pair of last-quarter goal line stands to earn a 14-14 tie. Army, behind second-string Quarterback Dick Eckert, romped over Villanova 54-0.
Not all the good football last Saturday was reserved for the name teams. Some of it was played in the shadow of the steel mills at Bethlehem, Pa., where Rutgers and Lehigh, a couple of little giants, battered each other until Rutgers emerged with an 8-0 victory and one tentative hand on the Middle Atlantic title. In the last quarter, fired up by No. 2 Quarterback Bill Speranza, Rutgers marched 49 yards, the last two by Halfback Bill Thompson, for the only touchdown. The top three:
Resourceful Iowa , needled into a ground game when Purdue effectively stifled Quarterback Wilburn Hollis' passes, crunched to a 21-0 lead on two short runs by Hollis and sub Center Dayton Perry's 84-yard sprint with a fumble. But the Boilermakers, who rarely give up easily, suddenly had the Hawkeyes scrambling for their lives. Quarterback Bernie Allen pitched a 16-yard touchdown pass to Halfback Jim Tiller and ran for another score before Purdue reluctantly succumbed 21-14. Gasped Iowa Coach Forest Evashevski: "These last three Saturdays have been rugged. I still feel as if we had a tiger by the tail." And the tiger may yet turn on the Hawkeyes, who have to play Minnesota and Ohio State on successive weekends in November.
Meanwhile Minnesota continued to win. Coach Murray Warmath had his linebackers shooting the gap to put intolerable pressure on Dave Glinka, Michigan's sophomore quarterback, forcing Glinka and his fellow Wolverines into numerous errors. Minnesota won 10-0 when reserve Fullback Jim Rogers plunged for a touchdown, kicked the point after and added a 22-yard field goal. Ohio State Coach Woody Hayes used three rangy tackles in the middle of his defensive line to harass Wisconsin's talented Ron Miller, and three deep backs to guard against the long pass. It worked, and the Buckeyes' Tom Matte and Bob Ferguson, who pounded away relentlessly at the Badgers, did the rest for a 34-7 victory.