Rarely has the Big Ten done so well against outlanders, especially those from the West Coast. MICHIGAN STATE unveiled a brand-new defense that caught second-ranked USC with its blocks missing. Coach Duffy Daugherty pulled a tackle out of the line and replaced him with a fifth defensive back, giving State, in effect, a double rover. It stopped the Trojans' sprint-out passes, dulled their power plays and led the Spartans to a 17-7 upset. A 49-yard field goal by barefoot kicker Dick Kenney, a two-yard plunge by Clint Jones and Harry Amnion's 22-yard pass to Gene Washington accounted for the Michigan State scoring. "Just a case of effort transcending ability," insisted Duffy whimsically.
Just as shocking was IOWA'S 28-18 victory over 10th-ranked Washington. The Hawkeyes caught the Huskies where they hurt most, in their pass defense. Quarterback Gary Snook completed 19 of 32 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. MICHIGAN, torn apart last year by Navy's Roger Staubach, was in no mood to let him do it again. The Wolverines knew that Staubach could not run on his ailing ankle, so they went at him with a frenzied rush, intercepting two of his passes and forcing his receivers into two costly fumbles. Meanwhile Quarterback Bob Timberlake probed the Middie defense with little passes and roll-outs, and sophomore Backs Carl Ward, Jim Detwiler and Dave Fischer pounded away on the ground as Michigan won 21-0.
Only Purdue faltered, to an old neighbor, NOIRE DAME. The "new look" Irish hustled the Boilermaker runners and passers to distraction with a pro-type 4-4 defense, and Quarterback Johnny Huarte did the rest. He threw for two touchdowns as Notre Dame won 34-15.
"Big brothers" ILLINOIS and OHIO STATE warmed up for their face-to-face combat this Saturday. The Illini, led by Quarterback Fred Custardo, squelched Northwestern 17-6. Ohio State, shocking even Woody Hayes's harshest critics with a sudden love for the pass (Don Unverferth completed 15 of 23 for 164 yards), desperately needed three goal-line interceptions by Safety Arnold Chonko, the last with 14 seconds to play, to hold off precocious Indiana 17-9.
Everyone expected the Big Eight to have an open race. Almost no one, however, anticipated that OKLAHOMA STATE, last in 1963, would be the team to beat. The Cowboys got even with Missouri on Glenn Baxter's 65-yard pass to Larry Elliott and then won 10-7 on Charlie Durkee's 49-yard field goal. NEBRASKA was still a contender after taking Iowa State 14-7, but the Huskers lost Quarterback Fred Duda with a broken leg. KANSAS STATE outscored Colorado 16-14, while Kansas lost to WYOMING 17-14.
THE TOP THREE:
1. SYRACUSE (2-1)
2. ARMY (2-1)
3. NAVY (2-l)
Syracuse's Ben Schwartzwalder was saying just the other day, " Eddie Anderson is one football coach I really respect. He's a real gentleman." For a while last Saturday, Schwartzwalder probably had some second thoughts about his old buddy. Anderson's Holy Cross team lit into Syracuse for a first-quarter touchdown, wrapped the Orange in a stifling defense and led 8-0 at half time. Then Tackle Gerry Everling picked off a Holy Cross pass and ran it back 18 yards for a touchdown, Fullback Jim Nance ripped the Crusader line for two scores and Quarterback Walley Mahle even threw a touchdown pass. Syracuse won 34-8.
Pitt finally won a game. With Quarterback Fred Mazurek pitching for 141 yards and running for 87 more, the Panthers smothered William & Mary 34-7. But Penn State, off to its worst start ever, lost again, this time to OREGON 22-14. Penn State led 7-6 at the half, but in the third quarter the game went down the drain. The bumbling Lions fumbled the ball away four times and Oregon Quarterback Bob Berry (who completed 17 of 32 for 208 yards and all three touchdowns) passed for two scores. "It was the most horrible 15 minutes I've spent in my life," brooded Penn State's Rip Engle.