1. SYRACUSE (5-2)
2. ARMY (5-2)
3. HARVARD (6-0)
All week long Navy Coach Bill Elias had put up a brave front. He talked about such imponderables as "emotion" and insisted, "I think we'll win." Nobody really believed Elias, but for a while last Saturday in Philadelphia's sprawling Kennedy Stadium even NOTRE DAME'S ubiquitous subway alumni in the crowd of 70,101 had to admire the Midshipmen. They went at the Irish furiously, and Notre Dame led only 10-0 at the half. Quarterback Terry Hanratty, without injured Jim Seymour to aim at, had completed but three of 14 passes. Then in the second half the Irish switched to the ground, and it was all over for Navy. While Alan Page, Pete Duranko and the other huge Notre Dame linemen throttled the Middies, Fullback Larry Conjar shredded them up the middle and Hanratty rolled out for two touchdowns. Navy expired quietly 31-7 and Elias became a believer. 'The best college team I've ever seen," he said wistfully.
Syracuse and PENN STATE were building up to one of their old-fashioned wars next Saturday. Pitt managed to upset Syracuse's game plan with a stunting defense, but that is about all the mild Panthers did. Floyd Little and Larry Csonka cracked through for scores, Quarterbacks Rick Cassata and Jim Del Gaizo each threw for a touchdown, and the Orange won its fifth straight, 33-7. Penn State, gathering strength each week, went after California with a hard running game (good for 325 yards) and routed the Bears 33-15. Fullback Dan Lucyk slashed for 133 yards, while Quarterback Tom Sherman ran over for four touchdowns.
Unbeaten HARVARD continued its unrestrained run for the Ivy title, battering Penn 27-7, but its challengers were still hoping. PRINCETON ran over Brown 24-7; DARTMOUTH, with Quarterback Mickey Beard throwing for two scores, beat Yale 28-13; CORNELL clobbered Columbia 31-6 as Pete Larson ran for three touchdowns.
Colgate and RUTGERS, the best of the smaller independents, were heading for their Own showdown Nov. 19. Colgate had to hustle to hold off Lehigh 21-15. Rutgers, with soccer-style booter Jim Dulin kicking three field goals, defeated Boston U. 16-7. BUFFALO hammered Holy Cross 35-3 as Fullback Lee Jones scored three times, and VILLANOVA beat Xavier 13-7.
1. NOTRE DAME (6-0)
2. MICHIGAN STATE (7-0)
3. NEBRASKA (7-0)
Missouri's Dan Devine would be pleased if UCLA's Tommy Prothro never uttered another word. Last week Prothro told a California newsman that NEBRASKA "ought to be ranked about 49th" instead of eighth. An obliging Husker alumnus air-mailed the clipping to Nebraska's Bob Devaney, and he showed it to his players before they took the field against Missouri. "It made the boys kind of mad," understated Devaney. Before a record crowd of 65,095 in Lincoln, the Huskers murdered Mizzou 35-0. Led by Halfback Ben Gregory, who scored twice, they rammed for 271 yards, turned Missouri mistakes into touchdowns, and the Tigers never got past the Nebraska 34. Then the Huskers did the gentlemanly thing. They voted the game ball to Prothro.
Colorado, just about out of the Big Eight race, put a crimp in Oklahoma's high hopes. The quick Sooners had the Buffs 21-14 on long runs—80 yards by Jim Jackson and 93 by Eddie Hinton—but John Farler kicked a 25-yard field goal, and then, after a bad center snap gave the Buffs the ball on Oklahoma's 18, Wilmer Cooks bashed over from the nine, and Colorado won 24-21. OKLAHOMA STATE, another potential spoiler, lost ground when it played a 14-14 tie with IOWA STATE, while KANSAS barely escaped the ignominy of a defeat by KANSAS STATE, tying 3-3 on Thermus Butler's 38-yard field goal with eight seconds left.