All season long PITT'S "new look" had titillated its boosters and distressed every opponent but Navy. But last Saturday, with Orange and Gator Bowl scouts looking on, Coach John Michelosen went back to his old power game to beat Army 28-0. Halfback Paul Martha swept right end for 48 yards and the first Panther touchdown. When the Cadets spread their defenses, the big Pitt line made the team's belly plays work. Quarterback Fred Mazurek broke inside left end for 33 yards and a score, and Fullback Rick Leeson boomed up the middle all day for 77 yards. Stymied Army, meanwhile, went to the shotgun and even threw 20 passes—most of them desperate. "No excuses," said Coach Paul Dietzel. "We got whipped real good in the line."
Penn State, Pitt's next opponent, was less fearsome but convincing enough as it rested its wounded and still won easily, 28-14, over Holy Cross. SYRACUSE had things even easier. No. 2 Quarterback Rich King threw three touchdown passes as the Orangemen thrashed Richmond 50-0. BOSTON COLLEGE'S Jack Concannon ran and passed for 299 yards in a 30-21 win over Virginia, while Rutgers gave unbeaten DELAWARE a tussle, but lost anyway, 14-3.
The Ivy League was ready for a last-week showdown. PRINCETON (5-1), an easy 27-7 winner over Yale, can cinch the title next Saturday by defeating DARTMOUTH (4-2), which squeezed past Cornell 12-7. HARVARD (4-1-1), after outscoring Brown 24-12, needs a victory over Yale and a Princeton loss to win. COLUMBIA, out of the race, got its kicks from ubiquitous Archie Roberts. He completed 12 out of 15 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns, ran for 55 and another score as Penn went down 33-8.
THE TOP THREE:
1. OKLAHOMA (7-1)
2. MICHIGAN STATE (6-1-1)
3. NEBRASKA (8-1)
With one week to go, the Big Ten race was down to two teams—MICHIGAN STATE and ILLINOIS—and they will settle their differences this week at East Lansing. Thanks to NORTHWESTERN, Ohio State was back among the also-rans. But Columbus fans, 83,988 of them, could hardly believe their eyes. They saw the Wildcats, a passing team, running fullback draw plays and halfback traps while the Buckeyes threw passes with the regularity, if not the accuracy (12 for 32), of a pro team. In the end, might prevailed over flight, as Northwestern won 17-8. How did a team as good as Northwestern lose four games? "They passed too damn much," snapped Woody Hayes.
Michigan State pulled out a 12-7 decision over Notre Dame on Sherm Lewis' 85-yard touchdown sprint. Illinois played it real cozy against Wisconsin, turning Badger errors into scores to win 17-7. Gordon Teter's 88-yard kickoff return and Ron DiGravio's one-yard sneak gave PURDUE a 13-11 victory over Minnesota, while MICHIGAN'S Mel Anthony and IOWA'S Gary Snook were in on all the touchdowns in a 21-21 tie.
Oklahoma's Bud Wilkinson was saying before the game with Missouri, "Try to trick them and you're likely to wind up losing." But Wilkinson did trick the Tigers, with a violent rush on Quarterback Gary Lane that turned his passing game into a nightmare. The Sooners won 13-3. Wilkinson is sure to have more trickery ready when his team meets NEBRASKA Saturday for the Big Eight title and a trip to the Orange Bowl. Playing without ailing Dennis Claridge, the Huskers took Oklahoma State 20-16.
There was some small comfort for two other Big Eight teams. KANSAS expected Colorado to key on Halfback Gale Sayers and it happened. But, while the Buffs were watching Sayers, the other Jayhawkers tore apart Colorado's interior line for a 43-14 victory. KANSAS STATE, after 26 straight league losses, upset Iowa State 21-10.