Life proved considerably harder for Texas Tech and Baylor, who had the misfortune to run into out-of-staters. Tech's nemesis was Pistol Pete Pedro, a 5-foot-8, 160-pound desperado out of Lynn, Mass., playing for West Texas State. Before 41,000 in Lubbock, Pedro turned the Tech ends for 157 yards and two touchdowns, passed for a third as West Texas upset the Red Raiders 30-27. Baylor ran head on into Houston's Joe Lopasky, a 190-pound sophomore halfback from Lehman, Pa., who tromped over the Bear linemen for three scores at close range. The Cougars won 19-0.
Arizona, which left the coziness of the now dead Border Conference for the newer and more muscular Western AC, had to fight for its life against Brigham Young. It took a 52-yard pass from Quarterback Jim Faulks to Ken Cook in the last quarter to win 27-21. New Mexico State, another Border refugee, beat U. of Pacific 28-6.
THE TOP THREE: 1. PENN STATE (1-0) 2. ARMY (1-0) 3. SYRACUSE (0-1)
While Coach Rip Engle's powerful Nittany Lions were rolling over Navy 41-7 (see page 28) not all of Penn State's rivals were about to roll over and play dead. Army, for one, was too busy enjoying its renaissance under Coach Paul Dietzel, who took last year's undistinguished Cadets, regrouped and redistributed them among his Regular, Go and Chinese Bandit units, added a few sparkling sophomores for more zest in the attack and turned the works loose on Wake Forest. The outmanned Deacons didn't have a prayer. They were psyched by the noisy Cadet corps, which donned red coolie hats (thoughtfully provided by Dietzel) whenever the Bandits entered the game; Quarterbacks Joe Blackgrove, Art Lewis and Dick Eckert passed over them for three touchdowns; and Halfbacks Paul Stanley and John Seymour, a wiggly sophomore, ran through and around them for three more. The score: Army 40, Wake Forest 14.
There was some new life in Boston College too. But for a while Detroit Quarterback Jerry Gross almost put the Eagles to flight with his accurate passes. He completed eight of his first nine, then BC Coach Jim Miller, who coached at Detroit last year, made some knowledgeable adjustments in his secondary defense. Things got tougher for Gross and easier for the Eagles. Quarterback Jack Concannon broke away for 58 yards, sophomore Halfback Bob Shann sprinted 74 yards and soon BC had a 27-0 victory. Villanova, which meets Boston College this Saturday, was just as impressive beating VMI 24-0. Quarterback Richie Richman took turns at throwing and catching and did both well enough to confuse the Keydets thoroughly. Three of his tosses went for touchdowns, two of his catches set up a 35-yard field goal by Bill Barbara.
After a year of abstinence, Brown feasted on victory, beating Colgate 6-2 on Dennis Hauflaire's 19-yard pass to End Bob Seiple in the last quarter. Buffalo scored three touchdowns in the fourth period, the last one on Quarterback John Stoffa's 18-yard pass to Tom Butler with 35 seconds to play, to overtake Boston U. 27-23.
Massachusetts, with a 10-0 win over Maine, gained the lead in the Yankee Conference while Delaware wasted little time asserting itself in the Mid-Atlantic. The Blue Hens treated chief challenger Lehigh shamefully, making off with an easy 27-0 victory. Bucknell, another contender, had to come from behind to catch Gettysburg 22-21, and Lafayette wore down Muhlenberg with a tough defense, winning 17-0.
THE TOP THREE: 1. GEORGIA TECH (1-0) 2. LSU (1-0) 3. ALABAMA (1-0)