1. SYRACUSE (2-1)
2. ARMY (2-1)
3. NAVY (1-1-1)
Just about everybody at Boston College, including Coach Jim Miller, thought the Eagles could beat ARMY. They had heard about the Cadets' seemingly inoffensive offense, certainly not a thing to worry their big linemen. And if they respected Army's defense, they admired their own good young backs more. BC was wrong on both counts. Nick Kurilko's booming punts and a furious charge, led by End Tom Schwartz and Linebacker Townsend Clarke, who ranged fiercely from sideline to sideline, permitted BC entry into Army territory only twice and never beyond the Cadet 47. But still Army needed two breaks to score. In the second half an Eagle fumble on the 22 set up a 32-yard field goal by Barry Nickerson. Later Joe DiVito's rushed punt (it went only 18 yards) gave Army the ball on the BC 30. Quarterback Curt Cook, in for ailing Fred Barofsky, threw a 12-yard pass to End Sam Champi, and the Cadets won 10-0. "That Army defense," said Miller admiringly. "Boy, they just never let up, do they?"
It looked like Penn State was going to get Coach Rip Engle his 100th victory when sophomore Roger Grimes bulled in for a score against UCLA in the first quarter. Then the Lions began to fumble and bumble. They gave the ball away four times on fumbles and interceptions, and when UCLA sophomore Quarterback Gary Beban rolled out on options he caught the Penn State right end dropping off". He simply ran around the end for two touchdowns. When Beban caught the Lion linebackers plugging inside, he went to a quick count and Mel Farr slipped outside tackle and raced 58 yards. The Bruins led 24-7 before Penn State woke up. Quarterback Jack White passed 17 yards to End Bill Huber for a touchdown and ran four yards for another. But it was too late. UCLA won 24-22.
While most of the favorites everywhere else were acting like dying swans, life in the cloistered Ivy League was satisfyingly normal. PRINCETON clobbered Columbia 31-0 as Tailback Ron Landeck ran and passed for 283 yards and scored twice. DARTMOUTH allowed Holy Cross a 6-0 lead, but Quarterback Mickey Beard rallied the Indians and they won 27-6. CORNELL and HARVARD, the other contenders, also won. The Big Red trampled Lehigh 49-13, and Fullback Tom Choquette led Harvard past Tufts 33-0. Yale, as expected, lost to COLGATE 7-0, but not until the very last minute, while PENN, on the rise under new Coach Bob Odell, took its second game, over Brown 7-0.
Massachusetts did not think it could lose to BUFFALO, but the Redmen did, 18-6. Temple, too, was upset again, BOSTON U. Quarterback Bob Kobus threw a touchdown pass and scored one himself as the Terriers won 14-7. RUTGERS stopped Connecticut's throwing game with three interceptions, all by Lou Tepper, and used its own passes to score twice, winning 17-8 for its first victory.
1. GEORGIA (3-0)
2. KENTUCKY (2-1)
3. MISSISSIPPI STATE (3-0)
Faster than a bulldog can tree a wildcat, the settled affairs of the Southeastern Conference race were put in turmoil. LSU and Kentucky, two most likely to succeed, were upset by Florida and Auburn, leaving Georgia and Mississippi State the only unbeaten and untied teams. And, the way things are going, almost no one would bet they would not be beaten, too, before very long.
FLORIDA'S Steve Spurrier, a lanky junior quarterback, caught LSU with its usually sturdy defenses sagging and peppered the Bengals unmercifully with passes. One of them went to Halfback Dick Trapp for a touchdown and four others set up a one-yard scoring blast by John Feiber. Floundering LSU made things easier by fumbling twice inside the Gator five-yard line as Florida beat the Bengals 14-7.
What AUBURN'S Shug Jordan likes best is a rough, tough line that grinds opposing backs into the turf. Last Saturday his Tigers treated Kentucky's runners shamefully, holding them to a mere 90 yards. Rick Norton got away from the Auburn rush long enough to throw three scoring bombs—for 76, 74 and 44 yards—to Bob Windsor and Larry Seiple, but they were not enough. Quarterback Tom Bryan, running and passing beautifully, took Auburn on three long touchdown drives, Ben McDavid kicked a 40-yard field goal and the Tigers won the game 23-18.