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Mervin Hyman
December 07, 1964
The college football season ended the way it began, in a wild flurry of upsets. Notre Dame, beaten by USC 20-17 (page 26), was the most notable casualty, and the result dropped the Irish from the No. 1 spot among the nation's major teams. Alabama, 10-0 and headed for the Orange Bowl, was now clearly the best in the country. Only two other teams—Arkansas (10-0) and unranked Princeton (9-0)—were unbeaten and untied.
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December 07, 1964

Football's Week

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None of the Texas Southern players got to Tokyo for the Olympics, but they got a chance to watch FLORIDA A&M" S Bob Hayes, a gold medal winner, after all. Hayes took two passes from Quarterback Ernie Hart for touchdowns and sprinted 58 yards for a third as the Rattlers won 24-14.



1. PENN STATE (6-4)
2. SYRACUSE (7-3)
3. PRINCETON (9-0)

The big game, of course, was in Philadelphia, where ARMY successfully shelled Navy 11-8 (below). But for the 27,000 who jammed BOSTON COLLEGE'S Alumni Stadium to watch the traditional jousting with Holy Cross, the really big game was taking place in front of them. The unexpected usually happens in games between these two old rivals, so it was no surprise when sophomore Quarterback Jack Lentz, playing despite three cracked ribs, rolled out around the Boston College line to put the underdog Crusaders ahead 8-3 at half time. But BC's Eddie Foley finally got the Eagles moving in the last quarter. He passed them 50 yards in seven plays, the last one a 15-yard pitch to big End Jim Whalen, who fell into the end zone for the touchdown that won for Boston College 10-8. It was the final game of a 39-year career for Holy Cross Coach Eddie Anderson, who retired with 201 victories, but not the one he wanted desperately. "It's not nice when you don't win," said Anderson sadly.

Chuck Mills, the voluble young man who coaches the U.S. MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY at Kings Point, makes jokes when he loses—and that has happened frequently this year. But Mills had the last laugh Saturday in Atlantic City's indoor Convention Hall. His "alumni" play ("a little wrinkle to show the old grads I've been preparing for the game"), a wide lateral from Quarterback Bob Post to George Clark, who ran seven yards for a score, beat Penn Military Academy 20 16 in the "Little Army-Navy" game.



1. NOTRE DAME (9-1)
2. MICHIGAN (8-1)
3. NEBRASKA (9-1)

Oklahoma, either too pleased with a Gator invitation or forgetful of its bumbling, early-in-the-season ways, made a game of what should have been a romp against Oklahome State. The Sooners fumbled the ball away five times and lost it once on an interception. Even worse, State struck for a first-period touchdown and Charlie Durkee kicked three field goals, from 29, 28 and 28 yards out, for a 16-7 lead as late as the third quarter. It was almost enough to make Coach Gomer Jones wish that he was Bud Wilkinson's assistant again. But things got better in the last period. Bobby Page, a senior quarterback who can run—he scored Oklahoma's first touchdown on a 22-yard dash and wound up with 149 yards rushing—but supposedly cannot pass, suddenly got a hot hand. He found Ben Hart, an elusive sophomore end who can catch anything if someone will just throw it to him, with a 14-yard look-in pass for a touchdown. Later Page and Hart connected again on the same pattern, this time for 65 yards, and the Sooners went ahead 21-16. That should have settled things, but Oklahoma's fifth fumble gave State another chance with about five minutes to play. The weary Cowboys, however, had run out of miracles. End Tony Sellari dropped Glenn Baxter's 40-yard pass on the five, and Oklahoma, counting its blessings by now, held on for its 19th straight victory in the state series.

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