Iowa State got the jump on its Big Eight neighbors and almost wished it hadn't. For three quarters a tough Drake defense toned the Cyclone attack down to a harmless breeze. Then Drake fumbles provided the opportunities and State's tailbacks grabbed them. Ozzie Clay rushed for one touchdown, Dave Hoppman passed for two more and the Cyclones won 21-0.
Quarterback Bill Stangarone flipped a pair of scoring passes to get Wichita's Missouri Valley champions off to a 12-0 lead over Toledo in the first half, but then the Rockets stiffened and Wichita was lucky to win 12-7. Cincinnati, too, had its troubles, but finally won over Dayton 16-12. Tulsa had no trouble at all as the Hurricanes scored all their points in the first and fourth periods to hand Hardin-Simmons its 13th straight loss, 27-0. Miami of Ohio, in over its head against Villanova, proved no match for the big Easterners and lost 33-0, while Kent State succumbed to Xavier 16-8.
There was joy, despair and shocking little defense at Morgantown, where Richmond's Mel Rideout (opposite) led the suddenly poisonous Spiders past West Virginia for the first time in eight meetings. For West Virginia, once the untouchable of the Southern Conference, it was the 16th straight game without a victory. But there may be some hope for the rebuilding Mountaineers: Quarterback Fred Colvard, a cocky sophomore out of the West Virginia coal fields, ran for three scores and looked good enough to one day inspire his less competent teammates.
Meanwhile, the other conference teams were warming up for the race. Sluggish Virginia Tech, set off by Terry Strock's 34-yard punt return in the third quarter, came on to beat William & Mary 20-6. In non-league games, Furman sputtered at the start but rallied sufficiently to overcome Presbyterian 27-6; VMI's John Traynham, Stinson Jones and Ken Reeder broke away for 90-, 46- and 62-yard touchdown runs in the second half to help defeat Marshall 33-6; The Citadel found Memphis State's elusive Jim Earl Wright too slick to hold (he scored three times in the first half) and lost 40-0; George Washington went down before Florida State's determined defenders 15-7.
Buffalo, a little school with big aspirations, had the attention all to itself in the East. When they weren't being set back by major penalties (nine in all), the ambitious Bulls hammered away vigorously at Gettysburg's harmless Bullets until Halfback Bob Baker and Fullback Gene Reilly crashed over for the touchdowns to win 14-6.
To New Mexico State's Warren Woodson one win is just as good as another. But the Aggie coach was even more appreciative than usual when six of his speedy backs scored eight touchdowns and Pete Smolanovich kicked all eight extra points as State ran over a surprised and somewhat hurt Arizona State College 56-6 for its 16th straight and Woodson's 200th coaching victory.
Conservative Coach Ray Nagel, who told his Utah team, "There are more ways to score on defense than there are on offense," will have to wait to prove it to them. Sophomore Quarterback Gary Hertzfeldt spiraled a 25-yard touchdown pass to End Joe Borich on his first varsity play and the Red-skins played offense most of the night as they walloped Colorado State 40-0.