THE TOP THREE:
1. NAVY (1-0)
2. ARMY (1-0)
3. BOSTON COLLEGE (1-0)
Penn State's Rip Engle had figured out a way to stop NAVY'S Roger Staubach. He instructed his ends to keep Staubach inside, and he blitzed a linebacker to further harass him. It worked. Staubach was held to five pass completions and 30 yards in total offense. But what Engle did not count on was Navy's excellent defense ("the strongest physically I've seen in years"). Navy turned two pass interceptions, one a 58-yard return by Halfback Duncan Ingraham, and a Penn State fumble into three touchdowns and won 21-8. "The worst game I've ever played," brooded Staubach, "but I wasn't really needed, was I?"
It did not take very long for Syracuse's preseason ranking to drop. Despite some excellent running by Quarterback Walley Mahle, Fullback Jim Nance and Halfback Floyd Little, the Orange was ready to settle for a 14-14 tie with BOSTON COLLEGE with only nine seconds to play. But not BC. With fourth and two on his own 45, Quarterback Larry Marzetti, rolling right, spotted End Bill Cronin on the 15 with Syracuse defenders Charlie Brown and Ted Holman draped over him. He threw anyway. Cronin leaped and caught the ball and—as Holman and Brown collided—raced into the end zone. So BC had the ball game, 21-14.
Army had an easier time. The big Cadet blockers flattened every Citadel tackier in sight, breaking Quarterback Rollie Stichweh loose on three long touchdown runs. Sophomore Tailback Fred Barofsky went on a 71-yard sprint the first time he carried, and Army buried the southerners, 34-0.
Buffalo Quarterback Don Gilbert passed for two touchdowns as the Bulls stomped Boston U. 35-0. MASSACHUSETTS had Coach Vic Fusia tearing at his scalp before the Red-men squeezed past Maine 6-0.
THE TOP THREE:
1. ILLINOIS (0-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (1-0)
3. OHIO STATE (0-0)
Kansas scraped by Texas Christian 7-3 in a game won with a missed hand-off and saved by a fumble. With the Jawhawks on the TCU 14 early in the second quarter, Halfback Willie Ray Smith tried to give the ball to Gale Sayers and missed. Smith sighed, shrugged and lugged the ball over himself. Later, with 20 seconds to go and TCU on the Kansas one-yard line, Frog Quarterback Randy Howard called a sneak. Howard and Jayhawker Guard Dick Pratt collided on the goal line. Kansas Coach Jack Mitchell was unable to look, but not Pratt. "All of a sudden, there the ball was," said the 6-foot-1 265-pounder. "I grabbed it and ran. I must have made at least an inch." That was enough. Kansas had the ball and the game.