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It was a frustrating Saturday for Syracuse, Baylor, Rutgers and, to a lesser degree, Mississippi, but seven of the nation's major college teams managed to preserve their prestige and unblemished records for at least another week. Navy (7-0), Missouri (7-0), New Mexico State (7-0), Utah State (7-0), Iowa (7-0), Minnesota (6-0) and Yale (6-0) were still unbeaten and untied.
Navy Coach Wayne Hardin was doing more than employing coachly strategy when he insisted that Notre Dame, despite its four straight losses, would be the best team the undefeated Middies had faced so far. It didn't look that way to the 63,000 in sprawling Philadelphia Stadium when Halfback Joe Bellino (see page 14) got away on a feinting 43-yard run on the first play. And it looked even less like a ball game when Bellino turned right end for 12 yards and a touchdown after three minutes of play. However, the Irish moved their defenses to protect the flanks, then proceeded to give the Middies an uncomfortable afternoon. They tied the score 7-7 on Halfback Angelo Dabiero's three-yard plunge in the second quarter, came close on two field-goal attempts before Bellino scored from the one-yard line to lead Navy to a 14-7 victory.
Army found Miami of Ohio prepared for a super effort. The hopeful Redskins scored first, but Miami fumbles, Quarterback Tom Blanda's passing and Fullback Al Rushatz's inside bursts put Army ahead 30-7. Penn Stale, enjoying its first respite after three tough games, ran over West Virginia 34-13.
Yale and Princeton moved methodically toward an Ivy League showdown November 1. The Elis scored three times on passes by Quarterbacks Tom Singleton and Bill Leckonby Jr., trounced Dartmouth 29-0 while Princeton pummeled last-place Brown 54-21. However, both had a wary eye on Harvard , which remained in the running by beating Penn 8-0. Columbia , looking at last like the team it was supposed to be, whomped Cornell 44-6.
1. NAVY (7-0)
The up-and-down Southwest Conference was engaged in its usual autumn pastime. TCU, with a well-earned reputation for stumbling and bumbling, suddenly planted its feet firmly on the ground and upset Baylor 14-6. Six-foot 7-inch, 230-pound Quarterback Sonny Gibbs took care of the attack, while 6-foot 5-inch, 250-pound Tackle Bob Lilly smothered the swift Bear backs. It was nothing new for TCU Coach Abe Martin, whose coaching philosophy remains indestructible. Protested Abe: "There ain't no geniuses in coaching. I get beat a lot of times, too. That's why I'm no genius."
The reigning genius is now Coach Jess Neely of Rice. His Owls pounced on Texas Tech , won 30-6 to take a tentative grip on first place. But Arkansas , 7-3 victor over Texas A & M, Texas , which beat SMU 17-7, and Baylor can still challenge for the title. The top three: