1. SYRACUSE (3-1)
2. ARMY (2-2)
3. NAVY (2-2)
UCLA, feeling mighty after beating two eastern independents, made the sad mistake of trying to confront SYRACUSE head on. The single-minded Orange linemen simply brushed aside the Bruins to get at Larry Zeno, who completed only two passes and was smeared for 15 yards in losses when he tried to run. Meanwhile, big Fullback Jim Nance charged through the Bruins for 148 yards and two touchdowns, sophomore Floyd Little ran back a punt 90 yards (below), and Syracuse routed the Californians 39-0.
Coach Rip Engle, whose PENN STATE team had lost its first three games, said last Friday night: "I guess we'll just have to try something new against Army." What he had in mind was a tricky shift out of the wing T into a double wing with a split end. This bit of guile was more picturesque than effective in a scoreless first half, so Engle decided to run his wing T right at the Cadets. It worked. With Halfback Bob Riggle and Fullback Ed Stuckrath smashing Army inside, the Lions went 62 yards for a touchdown. Then the Lions held Army on the two and Punter Frank Hershey gave the Cadets a deliberate safety. That worked, too, and Penn State won its first game, 6-2, before 32,268, the largest crowd ever at Army's Michie Stadium.
Princeton whomped Dartmouth 37-7 as Tailback Don McKay ran 56 yards and Charlie Gogolak kicked three field goals.
THE TOP THREE:
1. USC (3-1)
2. OREGON (4-0)
3. UCLA (3-1)
Stanford, caught up in a 7-7 tie with heavily favored Rice at half time, decided to take a calculated gamble. Although the Owls seldom pass, Coach Johnny Ralston reasoned they just might be inclined to throw the ball in the second half—so he had his defensive ends drop off into the flat. Sure enough, Rice came out throwing. When it was all over, the Indians had five steals and were sitting pretty with a 34-7 upset. Cracked Ralston, "This is the best scoring defense I've ever had."
The 42,295 spectators who snuggled under a blanket of fog, haze and smoke in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last Saturday night goggled unbelievingly when Texas A&M took a 7-0 lead against usc. It was only temporary. Quarterback Craig Fertig and Halfback Mike Garrett soon roused the Trojans and they buried the Aggies 31-7.
Air Force, too, made the sad mistake of scoring first against NOTRE DAME. After that, while the bearish Irish line smothered Air Force Quarterback Tim Murphy, Johnny Huarte ran and passed for four touchdowns and undefeated Notre Dame won its third, 34-7.