For once Floyd Little could not carry Syracuse alone. The bandy-legged Orange wonder zipped through OREGON STATE for 151 yards, and still the Orange lost 13-12, largely because it messed up its extra-point tries and could not stop Paul Brothers' two little touchdown passes.
Life for Pitt's John Michelosen this season has been just one touchdown after another mostly by opposing teams. NOTRE DAME was the latest to enjoy Pitt's puny defense, 69 to 13 points worth. Attacking from the power I, Quarterback Bill Zloch ran Pitt's disappearing ends silly with keepers, pitchouts and handoffs and Halfback Bill Wolski hammered out five touchdowns. It got so that even Notre Dame's Ara Parseghian was embarrassed. Shocked by Pitt's ineptness, he said, "In my wildest dreams I never expected this."
Penn State, that other backward giant among the East's major independents, won, but not easily. The Nittany Lions jumped off to a two-touchdown lead over Kent State and then had to struggle to keep it. Halfback Mike Irwin's 33-yard run finally convinced the stubborn Golden Flashes, and they succumbed 21-6.
Navy overwhelmed Maryland 19-7. While sophomore Quarterback John Cartwright tormented the Terps with wide sweeps, options and two touchdown passes, the Middies stopped them cold with a blitzing nine-man front. Navy fired three men to the outside to take away Maryland's wide running game and the rest swarmed over Quarterback Fred Cooper like a pack of angry bees.
Ivy Leaguers can hardly wait for unbeaten PRINCETON, 14-6 winner over Harvard, and unbeaten DARTMOUTH to tangle. The Indians, explosive on offense and stifling on defense, routed Columbia 47-0 as Pete Walton, Paul Klungness and Gene Ryzewicz stormed through the Lions. YALE managed to outlast rallying Penn 21-19, while CORNELL'S Marty Sponaugle, running and passing for five touchdowns, led the Big Red past Brown and its slick passer, Bob Hall, 41-21.
1. ALABAMA (6-1-1)
2. TENNESSEE (4-0-2)
3. FLORIDA (5-2)
Bowl scouts were all over the South last week and some—Sugar and Orange Bowl people who watched ALABAMA rout LSU 31-7—drooled at what they saw. The second time 'Bama got the ball, Quarterback Steve Sloan hit Dennis Homan with a 45-yard touchdown pass. After that the Tide just rolled on and on, and Coach Bear Bryant was ready to listen to all bids.
Florida and TENNESSEE had admirers, too. For 56 minutes tenacious Georgia held the Gators' Steve Spurrier and Charley Casey down. Then Casey confused the defense by lining up at flanker instead of split end, and Spurrier passed to him for 46 yards. On the next play Spurrier threw to Jack Harper for 32 to give Florida a 14-10 victory. For a half Georgia Tech's Kim King dazzled unbeaten (but tied) Tennessee with his knee-high passes. But in the third quarter Harold Stancell picked one off and carried it back 36 yards for a score, and that was the end of Tech. Sophomore Quarterback Charlie Fulton ran for 133 yards, passed for a touchdown, and Tennessee won 21-7.
When AUBURN got into trouble against Mississippi State, Coach Shug Jordan called in sub Quarterback Alex Bowden. His two scoring passes gave Auburn the game 25-18. KENTUCKY surprised Vanderbilt by running Rodger Bird right at its good defenses—for 132 yards and four touchdowns—and the Wildcats won 34-0. Tulane, in over its head against STANFORD, lost 16-0.