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Positive records for the predictably good
Mervin Hyman
November 21, 1966
The nation's five major undefeated teams were all expected to be there at the top. But as the 1966 season winds toward its exciting climax, two schools, Notre Dame and Michigan State, stand above all the rest
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November 21, 1966

Positive Records For The Predictably Good

The nation's five major undefeated teams were all expected to be there at the top. But as the 1966 season winds toward its exciting climax, two schools, Notre Dame and Michigan State, stand above all the rest

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Florida's Steve Spurrier had another one of those days—20 pass completions for 255 yards and a touchdown (his 15th), 33 rushing and a new SEC total-yardage record of 5,082—as the Gators squashed Tulane 31-10. Tennessee, however, was surprised by improving MISSISSIPPI 14-7. LSU picked up a few pieces, too, by beating Mississippi State 17-7.

Navy, warming up for Army, went after Vanderbilt with its best offensive show of the year, John Cartwright passing and Terry Murray running the Midshipmen to a 30-14 win. Kentucky was clobbered by HOUSTON 56-18. The Cougars piled up 649 yards, 187 by Fullback Dick Post and 148 by shifty Warren McVea, who ran 63, 32 and 12 yards for scores. "Tackling McVea," said Kentucky Safety Jerry Davis, "is like standing in midstream and trying to catch fish barehanded."

Miami, with Quarterback Bill Miller coming off the bench to complete 13 of 16 passes, buried helpless Pitt 38-14. VIRGINIA TECH survived a 51-pass barrage by William & Mary to win 20-13.

Sometimes, Maryland's Lou Saban found out, you can overcoach. With CLEMSON ahead 14-10 and the Terps on the Tigers' five, third and two, Saban sent in a play. Alas, his messenger arrived too late and it cost Maryland a five-yard penalty. Two plays later, Clemson intercepted a pass and went on to win 14-10, clinching a tie for the ACC title.

Wake Forest upset Memphis State 21-7 but North Carolina lost to AIR FORCE 20-14 and North Carolina State was edged by SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 7-6.

THE EAST

1. SYRACUSE (7-2)
2. ARMY (7-2)
3. HARVARD (7-1)

Syracuse Coach Ben Schwartzwalder always said, "When you get fancy, you're asking for trouble." Against Florida State, he did the simplest thing—let Floyd Little run. Little piled up 193 yards (he now has 2,577 to beat Ernie Davis' career record), ran for three touchdowns, all from the FSU 24-yard line, and a two-point conversion and Syracuse took its seventh straight 37-21.

With one week to go, the Ivy League race was down to three teams—DARTMOUTH, PRINCETON and HARVARD. Dartmouth had Quarterback Mickey Beard to thank for its 32-23 victory over Cornell. With his team behind 17-7, Beard, who had already passed for one touchdown, threw for two more and ran for another. Princeton squeezed past Yale 13-7 on Larry Stupski's 41-yard run with a blocked punt with 3:02 to go while Harvard trounced Brown 24-7. There was even a bit of cheer for COLUMBIA. The Lions beat Penn 22-14 for their first win.

Villanova, more than holding its own in a scoreless tie with floundering Boston College, scored three times in the last quarter to win 19-0. COLGATE held off Lafayette 20-9 but Rutgers' magic finally ran out against HOLY CROSS. Quarterback Jack Lentz ran and passed for 255 yards as the Crusaders won 24-12.

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