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Gwilym Brown
October 11, 1965
On a weekend filled with upsets, there were strange scores and last-ditch victories. SMU, crushed 42-0 by Illinois the week before, tied and almost beat Purdue, the nation's top-ranked team. Pittsburgh rolled up 48 points but was hardly in the game, giving up an inglorious 63 to West Virginia. Alabama, Ohio State, Stanford and Texas Tech were all losers with less than two minutes to play, all winners at the end. If anything was normal it was the playing of Texas Western's Billy Stevens, whose sensational passing has become routine
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October 11, 1965

Football's Week

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It looked like one of those nights for ALABAMA, too, when Mississippi led the Tide 16-7 in the last quarter. But Bear Bryant's boys inched up relentlessly on Ole Miss. David Ray kicked a 37-yard field goal. Quarterback Steve Sloan ran nine yards for the tying touchdown with 1:19 to go and Ray's extra point won it 17-16.

MISSISSIPPI STATE had much easier going. The Maroons swamped Tampa 48-7. TULANE, battered by Texas and Alabama, caught Miami 24-16 on Quarterback Bobby Duhon's 71-yard pass to Lanis O'Steen. Two other Southern independents were luckier than Miami. Baylor, unhappily, lost Terry Southall, its star passer, with a broken ankle early in the game, and FLORIDA STATE finally overtook the weakened Bears 9-7 on Ed Pritchett's 49-yard pass to Flanker T. K. Weatherall. GEORGIA TECH routed previously unbeaten Clemson 38-6.

The second time SYRACUSE got the ball against Maryland, Halfback Floyd Little broke over tackle and ran 72 yards for a touchdown. That was the beginning of a bleak afternoon for the ambitious Terps. Before it ended, and despite some wanton use of muscle by Maryland, Little ran for 152 yards and two more scores as Syracuse won 24-7.

Only seeing the West Virginia-Pitt game was believing it. Thousands of horns set up a frightful din, especially when Pitt had the ball, footballs flew through the air like missiles, fists thudded against bodies and the last thing anyone bothered to do was play defense. When it was all over, the two teams had scored 16 touchdowns and gained 1,071 yards. West Virginia Quarterback Allen McCune threw five touchdown passes and Halfback Garrett Ford rushed for 192 yards and three scores. Pitt Quarterback Kenny Lucas passed for two touchdowns and Halfback Eric Crabtree scored three times on long gains. Oh yes, WEST VIRGINIA won 63-48. Said Pitt's John Michelosen sadly, "The defenses just went to pot."


1. USC (2-0-1)
2. OREGON (3-0)
3. STANFORD (2-0-1)

Woody Hayes must be getting weary of losing to nonconference foes. At least it looked that way when OHIO STATE played Washington. Hayes went back to his old smashing game and the head knocking was fierce as the Bucks hammered away with the Huskies until, with 59 seconds to play, Bob Funk kicked a 27-yard field goal to win for Ohio State 23-21. Earlier, Washington had blown a chance to put the game out of reach. In field-goal position, Coach Jim Owens could not get Kicker Ron Medved into the game because he had already sent in two substitutes. So Dave Williams kicked from the 25 and missed.

Usc's Johnny McKay may have been upset when Oregon State got off to a 12-0 lead, but he wasn't for long. Mike Garrett, the best Trojan runner of them all, took personal charge of the game, tore away from the frantically grabbing Beavers for 172 yards, scored three times and USC won 26-12. "Our game plan involved the containment of Garrett," explained Oregon State's Dee Andros later. "But the only hope is to gang tackle him and pray you hem him in a little." Garrett, as Andros could plainly see, does not hem easily.

Brigham Young never had a chance against OREGON. Coach Len Casanova alternated his junior quarterbacks, Tom Trovato and Mike Brundage, and they each completed 10 passes as the Webfoots romped for 29 first downs, 477 yards and a 27-14 victory. Plucky Air Force almost had STANFORD. The Falcons rushed to a 16-7 edge but then lost it 17-16, when Stanford Quarterback Dave Lewis led the Indians on a 92-yard touchdown drive and Terry De Sylvia kicked a 29-yard field goal with 22 seconds to play. CALIFORNIA finally won one, beating Kansas 17-0, but Washington State, a surprise team, lost for the first time, IDAHO stopped the Cougars 17-13.

The big showdown came early in the Western AC, and it was no contest. WYOMING plugged off Arizona's escape routes with a mean defense, held the ball for 81 plays and beat the Wildcats 19-0. Sophomore Jerry DePoyster's 49-yard field goal opened the Cowboy scoring in the third quarter and Quarterback Tom Wilkinson did the rest. He found the gaps in Arizona's usually reliable defense and completed 12 of 19 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown.

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