As if NEBRASKA has not been having enough trouble staying unbeaten these days, some wretched soul planted a homemade land mine beneath the turf on Iowa State's Clyde Williams Field. Fortunately, it was triggered off by a sod-rolling machine three hours before the kickoff and no one was injured. The incident and Halfback Harry Wilson's 37-yard touchdown run for the Huskers were most of the excitement in Nebraska's 12-6 win. COLORADO, another Big Eight leader, had trouble with Kansas State but tightened up in time to hold off State's spirited young bloods 10-0.
The Mid-American Conference has contenders galore. Defending champions BOWLING GREEN and MIAMI of Ohio both won. BG celebrated the dedication of Doyt L. Perry Field, named for its athletic director and old coach, by trimming Dayton 13-0, while Miami shattered Western Michigan 26-7 for its ninth straight. OHIO U., on the way back, caught Kent State 12-10 on Bill Pataki's 49-yard field goal with five seconds to go, while TOLEDO, powered by sophomore Roland Moss's two touchdowns, dumped Marshall 23-7.
1. ARMY (3-0)
2. NAVY (1-2)
3. SYRACUSE (1-2)
The rains fell on the plains at West Point, as they did almost everywhere else in the dank East, but ARMY was as bright as polished brass last Saturday. Only the night before, Penn State's Joe Paterno had said, "This is a solid Army team. Tom Cahill has done a good coaching job." Just how good, Paterno soon found out. While his team fumbled away its chances, the hustling Cadets put together their best game of the season. Linebackers Townsend Clarke and Dean Hansen led a lusty defense that swarmed all over the Penn Staters, Nick Kurilko's wet-ball punting was superb and sophomore Quarterback Steve Lindell was too much for the young Lions. Lindell scored on a one-yard sneak, kicked a 27-yard field goal, and Army won 11-0.
After two bad beatings, SYRACUSE'S Ben Schwartzwalder decided it was time for something new. He shook up his ineffective secondary, junked his crooked I for a pro-style flanker T and put sophomore Jim Del Gaizo at quarterback. The changes worked wonders. A suddenly improved defense held Maryland to minus 45 yards rushing, Floyd Little prodded the Terps off balance with his quick thrusts for 110 yards, and Del Gaizo threw four scoring passes as the Orange won easily, 28-7.
Boston College got out of the doldrums, too. When sophomore Quarterback Dave Thomas got knocked out with a shoulder separation, sub Joe Marzetti led the Eagles past VMI 14-0. BUFFALO'S Mike Murtha and Lee Jones did in Villanova 28-8. Murtha passed for two touchdowns, and Jones ran for a pair. Boston U., however, was still floundering. The Terriers lost to TEMPLE 9-6.
Trouble with outsiders a plague on the major independents, finally spread to the Ivy League, HOLY CROSS upset favored Dartmouth 7-6 on scrambling Jack Lentz's two-yard roll-out and Mike Kaminski's kick. RUTGERS, another underdog, turned three Yale fumbles into scores and beat the Elis 17-14 for the first time in 93 years. Soccer-style kicker Jim Dulin booted a 35-yard field goal, Quarterback Pete Savino sneaked over from the one and Halfback Bryant Mitchell ran 36 yards. "It was just beautiful," said happy Coach John Bateman.
Cornell and Princeton barely survived. The Big Red downed high-scoring Colgate 15-14 on Pete Larson's two-point plunge. Columbia, behind 14-0, almost caught Princeton on Quarterback Rick Ballantine's long tosses. He threw for two touchdowns to make the score 14-12, but time ran out for the Lions on the Princeton 20. Only HARVARD and PENN had it easy. Harvard rolled over Tufts 45-0 while Penn battered Brown 20-0.