Coach Ben Schwartzwalder, appalled by Syracuse's inability to score, reasoned, "You can't do things fancy until you can do them simple." So he shifted Bill Schoonover back to his old fullback spot, moved sophomore Jim Nance to left half, installed sophomore Walley Mahle at quarterback and turned them loose against Boston College. The changes worked. Mahle ran for 101 yards and two scores, and the Orangemen won 12-0. Rutgers, too, broke its losing streak, beating Colgate 27-15. But Boston U. lost its fourth straight, to George Washington 14-6.
Princeton and Dartmouth were still winning in the Ivy League. The Tigers beat Penn 21-8 while Dartmouth, the nation's defense leader, held Brown to 14 yards rushing and whipped the Bruins 41-0. Columbia beat Yale 14-10, but it was a sad day for those Ivy Leaguers who ventured out of the club. Navy whomped Cornell 41-0 and Holy Cross outscored Harvard 34-20.
THE TOP THREE:
1. ALABAMA (4-0)
2. LSU (3-0-1)
3. GEORGIA TECH (3-1)
Houston committed the unpardonable error of kicking a field goal against Alabama in the very first period and the Cougars paid dearly for their intrusion. The tough Alabama line threw the Houston backs for 49 yards in losses, Center Lee Roy Jordan broke through to fall on a fumble in the end zone, Cotton Clark slithered over from the three and the Crimson Tide won 14-3.
At Atlanta Georgia Tech's Mr. Cool had another hot day. Quarterback Billy Lothridge ran for 79 yards and one touchdown, passed for 56 more and another score (to Billy Martin, the Jolly Giant), kicked a 26-yard field goal and Tech beat Tennessee 17-0. LSU let Miami's George Mira complete his showy passes in midfield but tightened its defenses whenever the Hurricanes got close enough to be dangerous. Meanwhile, Jerry Stovall smashed off tackle for 26 yards, sophomore Larry Leblanc ran 10 yards and the Tigers earned a 17-3 victory.
Florida, treating Texas A&M's Hank Foldberg more like a hated enemy than a former Gator assistant coach, poured it on, even went for two points after blocking a kick for a touchdown in the final seconds to complete a 42-6 shellacking. Auburn overwhelmed Chattanooga 54-6 while Mississippi State romped over Tulane 35-6 and Georgia upset Clemson 24-16.
After years of failure against West Coast teams, Duke got even for some of them by beating California 21-7. The Blue Devils gave Cal the pass but concentrated on stopping their sweeps, then sent swift Mark Leggett and sophomore Mike Curtis storming through the skimpy Bear line. Maryland's Dick Shiner completed 14 of 18 passes, mostly to Halfbacks Tom Brown and Ernie Arizzi, for 175 yards and two touchdowns, scored a third himself and the Terps beat North Carolina 31-13. South Carolina trimmed Wake Forest 27-6.