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All season long Coach Rip Engle had waited for his Penn State team to live up to its preseason notices and give him his 100th victory. Strangely, his big linemen had looked more like docile lambs than the ferocious Nittany Lions they were supposed to be and his backfield never seemed able to generate a sustained attack. Last Saturday Engle's patience was rewarded. While Syracuse stumbled dreadfully without its two ailing quarterbacks, Dave Sarette and Bob Lelli, State's looping linemen, led by Ends Bob Mitinger and Jim Schwab, keyed on Halfback Ernie Davis and held him to a mere 36 yards. Quarterback Galen Hall, back after missing two games with an injured shoulder, deftly spread the Syracuse defenders with his extremely accurate passes (10 out of 12 for 170 yards) and flipped to Roger Kochman and Dick Anderson for touchdowns. Kochman, meanwhile, burst through and around the stultified Orange linemen for 107 yards as the Lions thoroughly whipped Syracuse 14-0.
There were a few other surprises in the East. Unbeaten Villanova, with high-blown hopes for a Bowl date, was suddenly deflated under the precise probing of Boston College's stumpy George Van Cott, and the Eagles won 22-6. Boston U. caught West Virginia still meditating on its wonderful victory over Pitt and eased by the Mountaineers 12-6. Holy Cross marched 74 yards in the final minutes to catch Dartmouth 17-13. Shutting out its third straight foe, Colgate upset Princeton 15-0. But Army and Rutgers performed as expected. The Cadets methodically marched up and down the field against overmatched Idaho 51-7; undefeated Rutgers stayed mostly on the ground to beat Lehigh 32-15.
1. NAVY (4-1)
Continuing to rumble through a marsh-mallow schedule, Mississippi humiliated Tulane 41-0 as the other SEC contenders dutifully kept up the chase. Alabama, the team with the next best chance for the title (and almost as many marsh-mallows on its schedule), was impressive as it whipped Tennessee 34-3 for the first time since 1954. The Crimson Tide was led by the inventive Pat Trammell, who came up with a new gimmick—the "whoopee" pass—a shotputter's push over the middle to a breaking halfback. When the defense drifted to protect against the whoopee, Trammell sent Halfback Ray Abruzzese storming through the gaps. The big 'Bama line stopped everything except George Shuford's amazing 53-yard field goal.
It was homecoming night at LSU, but for a while the hosts were just too hospitable. They politely let Kentucky's Jerry Woolum pass them dizzy in the first half and were barely ahead 17-14. But LSU's aggressive Chinese Bandits finally forgot their manners, put a determined rush on Woolum and intercepted three of his passes. The "Go" team attacked brazenly from a shotgun spread and the Tigers pulled ahead 24-14. Florida, defending sturdily against Vanderbilt, beat the Commodores 7-0. Georgia Tech and Auburn bashed each other furiously before Tech won 7-6 when the gambling Tigers missed a two-point pass in the last period of the game.
While Maryland was off beating Air Force 21-0 at Denver, its ACC neighbors back home were doing their best to confuse the issue. Clemson Coach Frank Howard, perhaps the best confuser of all, had Duke thoroughly frustrated when he cleverly put two halfbacks on the Blue Devils' swing end. But his biggest surprise was sophomore Jim Parker, who twice pitched Clemson into scoring range and carried the ball over once himself for a 17-7 victory. North Carolina and North Carolina State also edged back into contention. The Tar Heels beat South Carolina 17-0 to tie Duke for first place; the vagabond Wolfpack settled down behind Roman Gabriel's passing to beat Wake Forest 7-0. The top three: