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FOOTBALL'S WEEK
Mervin Hyman
September 30, 1963
THE EAST
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September 30, 1963

Football's Week

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THE EAST

THE TOP THREE:

1. PENN STATE (1-0)
2. NAVY 1-0)
3. PITT (1-0) and SYRACUSE (1-0)

While PENN STATE, NAVY, PITT and SYRACUSE were busy boosting the East's prestige, there was some indication that they may soon be joined by still another team, ARMY. Somewhat fancier than usual under Coach Paul Dietzel, Army even flashed some unaccustomed speed while trouncing Boston U. 30-0. Tom Smith, a quick-bursting sophomore halfback, thoroughly demoralized the diligent but ineffectual Terriers with two touchdown runs of 80 and 66 yards. The Army defense, too, looked solid. The Terriers quick-shifted, used double and triple flankers, men in motion and split ends and still they were able to gain only 28 yards against the toughened Cadet line.

Villanova spotted West Chester State a 3-0 lead and then came back to defeat the Rams 21-9. BUCKNELL pulled itself together in the last period to beat Gettysburg 19-7, while MASSACHUSETTS outscored Maine 14-7. Little Susquehanna, after 22 straight victories (the nation's longest winning streak), finally lost to UPSALA 34-12.

THE SOUTH

THE TOP THREE:

1. ALABAMA (1-0)
2. GEORGIA TECH (1-0)
3. FLORIDA STATE (1-0)

Mississippi, unbeaten in 10 games last year and considered by many this season's best team, met MEMPHIS STATE in its 1963 opener. Memphis won 0-0. Seldom have no points meant so much to so many. To Mississippi, the tie spelled ruin of hopes for a second perfect season; to Memphis, it most likely meant an unbeaten team and perhaps national recognition. For southern adherents of defensive football, the stand-off was the logical outcome of a clash between teams that had ranked first and second in defense last year. Ole Miss was held to 57 yards rushing, Memphis to 87. It was Mississippi, however, that came closest to scoring. The Rebs had three downs within the Memphis two-yard line. But the Memphis line held three times.

Miami Coach Andy Gustafson was disgusted by FLORIDA STATE'S 24-0 destruction of his touted Hurricanes. "When you have a 255-pound tackle and a 220-pound end to block for a 210-pound fullback and can't make six inches, you know you're in trouble," Gustafson said. Those inches were what Miami, trailing 14-0 in the third quarter, needed—and didn't get—for a first down on its own 40. Meanwhile, FSU Quarterback Steve Tensi had thrown two touchdown passes to Flanker Back Al Biletnikoff. For Miami Quarterback George Mira, it was this kind of day: when he rolled out in the wrong direction on an option, he threw a strike to Biletnikoff, who laughed all the way to his third touchdown, 99 yards away. Gustafson wasn't laughing. As he trudged from the field, a little red-haired kid leaned over a rail and squeaked, "Hey, Coach!" Gustafson looked up. The boy dumped a hatful of trash into his face.

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