THE TOP THREE: 1. OHIO STATE (0-0) 2. MICHIGAN STATE (0-0) 3. PURDUE (0-0-1)
For almost 58 minutes Syracuse pounded away at Oklahoma's snapping-quick linemen. Elusive Halfbacks Bill Schoonover and Gus Giardi and Fullback Jim Nance got the Orangemen close enough for Tom Mingo to kick a 35-yard field goal in the second quarter, but fumbles spoiled three other opportunities. Then, with 2:07 to go and Syracuse sitting gingerly on its 3-0 lead, the Sooners exploded from their 40-yard line. Third-string Fullback Joe Don Looney, a swift 207-pounder who shuttles in and out of colleges ( Texas, TCU, Cameron Junior College) like an itinerant peddler, took a short pitch over the left side, slid away from four grasping Syracuse linemen, cut to his left and made it to the goal line. The score: Oklahoma 7, Syracuse 3. Quipped Coach Bud Wilkinson: "Maybe sometimes it's better to be lucky than good." As much as it hurt, Syracuse's Ben Schwartzwalder had to agree.
Kansas was less fortunate. Inside TCU's 20-yard line so often that they were ready to claim squatter's rights, the Jayhawkers were turned back four times by the Frog linemen. The fifth time sophomore Gary Duff kicked a 26-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. Then TCU Quarterback Sonny Gibbs, whose deep passing had been successfully curtailed by Kansas' corner defense men, got the Frogs hopping. They moved 60 yards to the 12-yard line, from where Gibbs passed to Tom Magoffin for the second-quarter touchdown that eventually won for TCU 6-3.
In the Big Ten, while Purdue played away, Northwestern and Indiana enjoyed days at home. The Wildcats uncovered sophomore Quarterback Tom Myers, a precise passer, to the perfect horror of South Carolina. Myers completed 20 of 24 passes to tie one of Otto Graham's school records, totted up 275 yards and two touchdowns with his tosses and ran for a third score. Northwestern outscored the shellshocked Gamecocks 37-20. Indiana, happy to find a team at last which it could beat, was unable to contain itself. The overeager Hoosiers lost 189 yards in penalties but still managed to beat Kansas State 21-0.
In the Mid-America Conference, powerful Bowling Green took up where it left off last year, battering Marshall 48-6 in the opener. Ohio U. ran up a 31-0 score over Toledo and Miami of Ohio beat Quantico Marines 16-0. In other games, Nebraska whomped South Dakota 53-0; Cincinnati shut out Dayton 13-0; Arizona State struck for two long touchdowns in the last quarter to defeat Wichita 21-10.
THE TOP THREE: 1. TEXAS (1-0) 2. ARKANSAS (1-0) 3. TCU (1-0)
All is as it should be in the suddenly ever-normal Southwest Conference. Texas, with a seemingly endless abundance of talent, is still the team to beat, Arkansas has enough quick, hard linemen and good backs to fight the Longhorns for the title, TCU is up to its old upsetting tricks and Texas A&M will bear closer watching.
Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles, who never seems to want for quarterbacks, hardly flinched when his star, Billy Moore, had the wind knocked out of him after getting the Porkers off to a 13-0 lead over Oklahoma State. He turned to sophomore Billy Gray, a sprightly little fellow with a whippet arm, who responded with passes for three more touchdowns as Arkansas won 34-7.