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In a week of upsets, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Auburn, North Carolina, Miami, TCU and Cornell, all of whom may have expected more careful treatment from lesser rivals, were sent crashing down. While unbeaten Iowa, Notre Dame and Colorado managed to escape a similar fate, they did so by the barest of margins, and Missouri was hard put to hold California to a tie.
"When you get ready for Syracuse ," Maryland Coach Tom Nugent told his team, "you'd better get ready for the toughest day of your lives." Nugent's boys were ready enough. They couldn't quite stop Ernie Davis, who rammed over for two touchdowns, but neither could the Orangemen hold End Gary Collins, who eluded a Syracuse defender to catch Quarterback Dick Novak's pass for the two-point conversion that gave the Terps a 22-21 victory.
Even with Quarterback George Mira nursing badly bruised ribs, Miami had no reason to believe that it couldn't handle inexperienced Navy. But the aggressive Middies had other ideas. An alert defense snatched two Miami passes and three fumbles and an insistent offense pounded off tackle to take advantage of injuries to the Hurricanes' four best linebackers. Halfback Jim Stewart grabbed a swing pass from Ron Klemick and ran 83 yards for a touchdown, Greg Mather kicked a 36-yard field goal, and Navy won 17-6.
It was back to defense in the SEC as LSU's monster line brought Georgia Tech out of the clouds 10-0. In still another upset Kentucky held Auburn to minus-11 yards rushing and won 14-12 when End Tom Hutchinson caught a six-yard pass from Jerry Wool-urn. In other games Ole Miss coasted past Florida State 33-0, and Alabama 's Pat Trammell scored 20 points as the Crimson Tide whipped Vanderbilt 35-6.
The ACC race was beginning to look better. Clemson, smarting from two close losses, stopped North Carolina 's passing with a furious line charge and shattered the Tar Heels 27-0, while Duke won easily from Wake Forest 23-3. In the Southern Conference, William & Mary upset Furman 19-6 and West Virginia beat Virginia Tech 28-0 after 18 winless games. The top three:
Penn State, depressed by the loss of Quarterback Galen Hall, was worried—but it shouldn't have been. Coach Rip Engle simply turned loose sophomores Pete Liske and Don Caum against Boston U., and the rest was easy. While the fierce State linemen held the Terriers to 31 yards rushing, Liske and Caum spread their defenses with 12 passes for 178 yards. Fullback Dave Hayes plunged for two touchdowns, Liske ran 33 yards for another and State won 32-0.
Ivy League prophets were badly shaken when Harvard suddenly put up a staunch defense to upset Cornell 14-0, and Princeton 's exciting backs outran hopeful Columbia 30-20. However, highly regarded Yale survived some anxious moments before it whipped Brown 14-3 for its 11th straight.