While the other major eastern independents had a harrowing time around the country, little VILLANOVA prospered at home. The unbeaten Wildcats trounced Delaware 34-0. BOSTON COLLEGE, for the first time in memory, did not throw a single pass against Cincinnati. But the Eagles, running out of an unbalanced line, won 10-0. RUTGERS overtook Penn 10-7 on Halfback Rolf Stegmann's 51-yard run. Colgate, however, lost to PRINCETON 9-0.
Yale, the other Ivy League favorite, had its hands full with COLUMBIA. The Elis barely managed to salvage a 9-9 tie. HARVARD took advantage of a Cornell fumble and a 104-yard run with a pass interception by John Dockcry to beat the Big Red 16-0. DART-MOUTH defeated Brown 24-14.
THE TOP THREE:
1. ALABAMA (5-0)
2. LSU (4-0)
3. FLORIDA STATE (5-0)
For half the game last Saturday, GEORGIA TECH looked like a grammar school team. Auburn pushed the Jackets around shamefully—they had only one first down and no pass completions—but all Auburn had for its efforts was a 28-yard field goal by Don Lewis. Then Tech came alive. Jerry Priestly hit Mike Fortier with four passes, the last one for the score that won the game 7-3.
LSU Coach Charley McClendon's eyes popped when Kentucky's Rodger Bird ran through his Bengals for 76 yards on the first play of the game. As it turned out, that was Kentucky's only thrill of the night. LSU pulled even on Don Schwab's one-yard plunge, went ahead on Doug Moreau's 31-yard field goal (his first of two) and wrapped it up 27-7 when White Graves intercepted one of Rick Norton's passes and went 99 yards for a touchdown.
Alabama had a punt blocked by Tennessee, and Coach Bear Bryant was upset. It was the first time it had happened to one of his teams since he was at Texas A&M. Tennessee Coach Doug Dickey was more upset. 'Bama blocked two of his punts and won the game 19-8. But Alabama will have to be much sharper next week. FLORIDA warmed up for Bryant's boys by whomping South Carolina 35-0. The Gators put such pressure on Quarterback Dan Reeves that one of his six pass completions went for a safety. MISSISSIPPI, still having troubles, barely got by happy Tulane 14-9, but MISSISSIPPI STATE smashed Southern Mississippi 48-7.
The South was no place for an eastern team last week. Army started fast against VIRGINIA as Rollie Stichweh picked up a fumbled pitchout and ran 75 yards for a touchdown. Then came the deluge. Quarterbacks Bob Davis and Tom Hodges passed for three scores. Halfback Carroll Jarvis ran for two, and Virginia upset the shocked Cadets 35-14. PITT should have had a breeze against MIAMI, but the Panthers had to settle for a 20-20 tie when Jimmy Jones missed the extra point after Eric Crabtree's 67-yard touchdown run in the last period.
Maryland's Tom Nugent had spent most of the season scaring people to death but rarely winning. Last week soccer player Bernardo Bramson's 27-yard field goal and two late goal-line stands upset North Carolina 10-9. DUKE, staying mostly on the ground, trimmed North Carolina State 35-3.