1. PITT (1-1)
2. BOSTON COLLEGE (2-0)
3. SYRACUSE (1-1)
One more day like last Saturday and the East may have to look to the Ivies, with their Savidges and Gogolaks, for its leaders. Penn State and Syracuse, who were supposed to be the best, both went down ingloriously. Pitt and Army managed to survive, but not without a struggle against unproved teams.
Just as Penn State Coach Rip Engle feared, MICHIGAN STATE was simply too big, too fast and, let's face it, too good for his Nittany Lions. The Spartan ends, 268-pound Bubba Smith and Bob Viney, and agile Linebackers Ron Goovert and George Webster led a withering blitz that had Penn State Quarterback Jack White running for his life. MSU Quarterback Steve Juday, meanwhile, spread the Lions with his little passes (10 for 13), Hawaiian Fullback Bob Apisa, a bull of a sophomore, broke a double tackle and boomed 35 yards for a touchdown, barefoot Kicker Dick Kenney, another Hawaiian, booted three field goals (24, 29 and 36 yards), and the Spartans won 23-0.
Syracuse bumbled and fumbled away its reputation against MIAMI. Unable to move consistently on the ground, the Orange foolishly let itself get caught up in a passing contest and came off a bad second. Quarterback Bob Biletnikoff threw for two scores, and Miami took the game 24-0.
Pitt, fortunately, had the passing to hold off Oklahoma 13-9. Quarterback Kenny Lucas got the Panthers ahead 7-3 on a neat 22-yard cross-field swing pass to Halfback Eric Crabtree and then threw to End Mitch Zalnasky for the clincher. ARMY muddled around aimlessly in the first half against VMI, but Quarterback Fred Barofsky, Tailback Sonny Stowers and Fullback Mark Hamilton finally got going and the Cadets won 21-7.
The best team in the East, however, may be BOSTON COLLEGE. Coach Jim Miller turned loose his young sophomore backs against Villanova, and they ran wild 28-0. Brendan McCarthy, a 215-pounder who reminds old Eagles of Mike Holovak, was the best. He carried 34 times for 168 yards and scored once.
There was no sympathy for the inept in the Ivy League. PRINCETON hammered Rutgers 32-6, DARTMOUTH clobbered New Hampshire 56-6, HARVARD beat Holy Cross 17-7 and PENN outscored Lehigh 20-14, but everywhere else there was big trouble. COLGATE held CORNELL to a scoreless tie, LAFAYETTE surprised Columbia 14-10, RHODE ISLAND defeated Brown 14-6 and CONNECTICUT upset Yale 13-6, the first time the Elis have been beaten by a home-state rival in 87 games since 1875.
1. KENTUCKY (2-0)
2. GEORGIA (2-0)
3. LSU (2-0)
There were still some folks around Lexington who doubted that Charlie Bradshaw would ever return KENTUCKY football to where it was under Bear Bryant 11 years ago. "Charlie talks a big stick," said one skeptic, "but the man in the street is still waiting to be shown." The man can relax. The Wildcats beat Mississippi 16-7 on a daring, if thoroughly illogical, 70-yard run by Tailback Larry Seiple. With two minutes to go and Kentucky leading 9-7, the Wildcats were on their own 30, fourth down and 41 to go. Kentucky coaches knew Ole Miss liked to have its linemen drift back for a punt return rather than rush the kicker, and they had mentioned the fact to Seiple, their punter, suggesting that he might just run the ball sometime if the Rebs did not come in. But they neglected to tell him to forget their tip with fourth and 41 and his team ahead. The oversight buried Ole Miss for good. Kentucky, however, still has a long way to go to the SEC championship. For one thing Bryant, Bradshaw's old teacher, had ALABAMA winning again. Quarterback Steve Sloan pitched two touchdown passes in a 27-0 victory over Tulane. And GEORGIA was leading the league after beating Vanderbilt 24-10. Then there was LSU, which finally found an offense to go with its solid defense and smashed Rice 42-14. MISSISSIPPI STATE also displayed some unexpected muscle. The Maroons upset Florida 18-13 on Quarterback Ashby Cook's 23-yard pass to End Don Saget in the last quarter. But AUBURN had to settle for a 13-13 tie late in its game with TENNESSEE when a delay of game penalty put the Tigers out of range for a two-point try.