Alabama, looking for an easy day against Vanderbilt, perhaps was too casual. It relied on Benny Nelson's long runs (50 and 97 yards) to win 21-6. AUBURN, off to a 14-0 lead over Kentucky, barely outlasted the Wildcats 14-13 when Quarterback Rick Norton passed for two touchdowns and then just missed on a two-point play. In other games, MISSISSIPPI STATE edged Tennessee 7-0; GEORGIA ran over South Carolina 27-7; FLORIDA outscored Richmond 35-28.
Maryland's Tom Nugent, who yields to no man in his zest for gimmicks, frankly admitted that "we'll need all the tricks we can cook up." So DUKE wasn't too surprised when the Terps ran out of a spread, shotgun and straight T, along with the shifty I. What did shock the Blue Devils was that they were behind 12-10 with only 9:20 to go. Then Duke got tricky. With the ball on his 40, Quarterback Scotty Glacken handed off to a halfback, who reversed to the other halfback, who gave the ball back to Glacken. By this time, Split End Stan Crisson was clear on the Maryland 20. He took Glacken's pass and ran for a touchdown. Duke quickly scored twice more to win 30-12. It was a welcome relief for Coach Bill Murray, who said, "I'm just glad to get out of here alive."
Rangy NORTH CAROLINA STATE End Ray Barlow, loping downfield as a decoy on a routine roll-out play, suddenly found himself all alone on Clemson's 40-yard line. Quarterback Jim Rossi, back on the NC State 23, found him, too, with a good pass that went for the touchdown that beat Clem-son 7-3. "I don't know where Barlow came from," said happy Coach Earle Edwards, "but I was sure glad to see him."
Miami, still stumbling, managed to get by Tulane 10-0 on Don Cifra's 33-yard field goal and Tackle Roger Brown's six-yard sprint with an intercepted pass. West Virginia set out to stop OREGON' S Mel Renfro and found itself overwhelmed by Webfoot Quarterback Bob Berry. Berry completed 8 of 11 passes for 227 yards and one touchdown, ran for another as Oregon won easily, 35-0.
THE TOP THREE:
1. OKLAHOMA (2-0)
2. WISCONSIN (2-0)
3. ILLINOIS (2-0)
It started out like any other Northwestern game. Tom Myers threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Tom O'Grady, but this time Center Joe Cerne's high snap ruined the attempted conversion. It was an ill omen for the Wildcats. ILLINOIS wrapped Myers in a stern defense, giving him all the daylight he wanted in midfield, but pinching him off whenever Northwestern got close. Coach Pete Elliott dragged out his flipper dipper play, a wide lateral from Quarterback Fred Custardo to Wingback Ron Fearn, who then fired a 32-yard pass to Jim Warren in the end zone, to get the Illini even. They won 10-9 when Jim Plankenhorn kicked the extra point and later a 21-yard field goal.
Ohio State had it easy against Indiana. Coach Woody Hayes decided to let his quarterback, Don Unverferth, throw the ball and he gratefully obliged with touchdown passes to Greg Lashutka and Paul Warfield. Dick Van Raaphorst kicked two field goals, one for 48 yards, the longest ever in the Big Ten, and the Buckeyes won 21-0.
Purdue, still searching for a scoring punch, trailed Notre Dame 6-0 going into the last quarter. Then Quarterback Ron DiGravio shot a seven-yard pass to sophomore End Bob Hadrick and Gary Hogan kicked the placement to give the Boilermakers a 7-6 victory.
There just were not enough adjectives to describe NAVY'S Roger Staubach after he routed Michigan 26-13. Scrambling back and forth behind the Middie line like a Baird puppet on a string, he passed the Wolverines dizzy and ran them bowlegged. Michigan's Bump Elliott quickly joined the crowd of Staubach believers. "The greatest quarterback I've ever seen," he said.