Syracuse Coach Ben Schwartzwalder admitted last week that he did not plan anything fancy when he brought his team to New York's Yankee Stadium to face Army—and he proved a man of his word. With bruising runners like 220-pound Fullback Jim Nance and Quarterback Walley Mahle, who passes about as well and as often as a Civil War statue, and a punishing line ahead of them, Syracuse crashed the Army line for 229 yards to win 27-15. But the game was by no means as pat as the score. Army actually had the lead, 15-14, in the third quarter before Syracuse's superior, unfancy weight decided matters for good. Nance rammed over from the two, Mahle scored from the four and a fine performance by Army's Rollie Stichweh was only a memory.
Unbeaten NOTRE DAME seemed sure to win its seventh straight when it rushed to a 14-0 lead over Pitt in the first quarter. The big play was Quarterback Johnny Huarte's 91-yard touchdown pass to Halfback Nick Eddy. But Pitt had notions other than quick death. Reverting to their old grinding offense, the Panthers forced the Notre Dame linebackers to slide with a man in motion and then zoomed Fullback Barry McKnight inside on belly plays, slants and traps while Quarterback Freddy Mazurek occasionally took the ball to the opposite side on keepers. McKnight scored in the first and fourth quarters, but in between Notre Dame's Joe Azzaro kicked a 30-yard field goal and the Irish led 17-15 with 11 minutes to go. Pitt actually might have won. With fourth and one on Notre Dame's 16, the Panthers surprisingly went for the first down instead of a field goal. Mazurek failed to make the yard, and the Irish, who had given up only 183 ground yards in six games but were breeched for 199 by the methodical Pitts, eased out of their toughest fight this year.
Villanova, another undefeated team, was not as lucky. For more than 57 minutes the Wildcats' blitzing line, led by Tackle Al Atkinson and Guard Mike Strofolino, treated BOSTON COLLEGE shamefully. Then BC's Don Moran blocked a kick on the Villanova 16. Halfback Jim McGowan ran over from the three, Quarterback Ed Foley rolled out for two points, and Villanova had its first loss 8-7.
The Ivy League was down to one game—PRINCETON against YALE this Saturday. The unbeaten Tigers shut out Harvard 16-0 as Charlie Gogolak kicked three field goals; Yale, undefeated but tied, beat Penn 21-9. In other games BROWN outscored Cornell 31-28 in a marvelous game in which each side led three times before Brown went ahead to stay with three minutes left, and DARTMOUTH drubbed Columbia 31-14.
THE TOP THREE:
1. ARKANSAS (8-0)
2. TEXAS (7-1)
3. TEXAS TECH (5-2-1)
If there is anything that TEXAS' Darrell Royal distrusts more than a $3 bill it is the pass. But, with his Longhorns down 14-13 to Baylor and 75 yards of "tough grass" (his words) ahead in the last quarter, Royal told Quarterback Marv Kristynik to throw. Kristynik reacted as though he had been throwing all his life, completing three for three for 60 yards, the last a 25-yarder with 1:51 to go that End George Sauer grabbed for the touchdown that beat the Bears 20-14.
Arkansas' sharp Razorbacks, who do almost everything right, intended to test their passing game against Rice. But it came up rain and they switched with commendable effect to the ground. Tailback Jack Brasuell waded 121 yards on 26 carries, and Bobby Burnett, his goal-line sub, leaped across for two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Linebacker Ronnie Caveness and the rest of the quick Porker line shut off every Rice drive short of midfield. Arkansas won easily 21-0, for its ninth in a row.
Texas A&M finally found a team it could beat. The Aggies pounced on four SMU fumbles, turned three of them into touchdowns and took the Mustangs 23-0. TEXAS TECH'S Donnie Anderson had a field day against West Texas State. He ran for 134 yards, scored once on a seven-yard dash and twice on passes from Tommy Wilson, who also threw for a third touchdown, as Tech romped 48-0.