THE TOP THREE:
1. PENN STATE (3-0)
2. NAVY (3-0)
3. PITT (3-0)
Penn State's Rip Engle set his defenses to stop Rice's expected wide running game, and at the same time to protect against the Owls' good passing. He also brightened up his new swing T, adding an I formation and a reverse to Z Back Don Caum. He needn't have bothered. Discouraged early by the rousing Penn State line, led by monster Linebacker Ed Stuckrath and Tackle Hatch Rosdahl, Rice gained only 30 yards on the ground as it rarely went wide, and ran the ball only three times in the second half. Instead the Rice quarterbacks (mostly substitute Benny Hollingsworth) scattered the Nittany Lions with their fine throwing, completing 18 out of 36 for 240 yards. But the alert Penn State defense picked off three passes (two by Caum), recovered two Rice fumbles and State won 28-7 as Fullbacks Tom Urbanik and Stuckrath and Halfbacks Gary Klingensmith and Don Kunit rushed over and through the blinking Owls.
Pitt, enjoying its new togetherness, was still treating West Coast teams like unloved extras. Stunned briefly by California Halfback Jim Blakeney's 85-yard opening kick-off return, the Panthers recovered quickly. Tackles Ernie Borghetti and John Maczuzak led a mighty charge on Cal's harried Craig Morton, and Pitt Quarterbacks Fred Mazurek and Ken Lucas, Halfbacks Eric Crabtree and Paul Martha and Fullback Rick Leeson frolicked merrily among the disconsolate Bears, whipping them soundly 35-15.
Syracuse, too, had a pleasant afternoon at the expense of overmatched Holy Cross. Quarterback Walley Mahle, who isn't supposed to be much of a passer, threw to Nat Duckett for 48 yards for a touchdown and the rout was on. Final score: 48-0.
Villanova, sitting precariously on a 7-6 lead, lost it and the ball game, 14-7, when BUFFALO'S John Stofa threw a 36-yard pass to Tom Butler in the closing minutes, BOSTON U. tied COLGATE 6-6.
In the Ivy League it was a great day for the soccer-style-kicking Gogolaks. PRINCETON'S Charlie booted one off the side of his foot for the point that beat Columbia 7-6, while brother Pete, who has been at it longer, kicked a 50-yard field goal and three extra points (for 31 in a row) as Quarterback Gary Wood led CORNELL past Lehigh 24-0. DARTMOUTH, with new Quarterback Dana Kelly passing frugally but effectively (for two scores), overwhelmed Penn 28-0. HARVARD beat Rutgers 28-0 on the running and pass catching of sophomores Wally Grant and Dave Poe. At Yale, all was truly blue as sophomore Quarterback Bob Hall and BROWN thumped the Elis, 12-7.
THE TOP THREE:
1. ALABAMA (3-0)
2. MISSISSIPPI (2-0-1)
3. DUKE (3-0)
It was Georgia Tech's Billy Lothridge against LSU'S good sophomores down in Baton Rouge Saturday night. The sophomores, surprisingly, won 7-6. The very first time LSU got the ball, Quarterback Pat Screen marched the Tigers 45 yards for a score, sweeping right end for the last seven yards himself. Doug Moreau, another soph, kicked the extra point. After that, the Tigers settled down to stopping Lothridge, storming after him every time he thought of passing and tackling fiercely to shut off Tech's running game. Twice Lothridge kicked field goals—from 26 and 21 yards out—and that was all the Jackets got.