1. ARMY (0-0)
2. PENN STATE (0-0)
3. SYRACUSE (0-0)
While the big Eastern teams—Army, Penn State, Syracuse and Navy—took another week to get ready, ambitious Buffalo got an early start toward earning a reputation. Nearly everything the talented Bulls tried against unsuspecting Kent State, a team that is considered a power in the Mid-American Conference, worked beyond expectations—at least beyond Kent State's expectations. Fullback Lee Jones pounded Kent State's midsection, and when State clutched its stomach Halfback Ken Rutkowski and Quarterback Mick Murtha ran and passed the Bulls to an easy 30-6 victory. Even Buffalo Coach Doc Urich, a demanding critic who used to mastermind Notre Dame's offense, confessed that he was satisfied.
Boston University, another team with high hopes, was almost laid low in a surprisingly close game against Bucknell. With six minutes to go Bucknell led the highly regarded Terriers 16-7. Then Quarterback Tom Thornton, who had thrown a 34-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Rucker in the first quarter, got Boston moving. A 52-yard drive ended with Thornton sneaking over from the one. Then, with 2:20 left, Thornton hit Rucker with a 53-yard scoring pass to bail out the Terriers 20-16.
Villanova, still reeling from a 40-0 pasting by West Virginia a week earlier, suffered another indignity as little West Chester State, a small-college school from just up the pike, surprised the Wildcats 14-9. Jim Haynie's 13-yard pass to Don Wilkinson and a stubborn defense that held Villanova four times inside the two-yard line in the last minute of play won for the Rams.
1. GEORGIA (0-0)
2. MIAMI (0-0)
3. ALABAMA (0-0)
When Duke and Wake Forest discovered that each had somehow scheduled the other at home, the Atlantic Coast Conference settled on a tidy solution—a neutral setting and day-night doubleheader at Raleigh's Carter Stadium featuring North Carolina's Big Four. The only trouble was that ACC officials had not planned on also playing host to Hurricane Doria. While an overflow crowd of 42,300 turned out for the North Carolina-North Carolina State game in the afternoon, only 22,452 braved Doria to see Duke-Wake Forest at night. Both day and night shifts saw good football.
North Carolina, displaying unexpected strength, led North Carolina State 7-3 on Fullback Tommy Dempsey's one-yard plunge at the end of the first half, and when neither team scored in the third quarter an upset became increasingly possible. But Gerald Warren's 33-yard field goal, his second of the game, cut the lead to 7-6 and then, with second and seven on his own 45, State Quarterback Jim Donnan called for "Bingo pass, two man." The State halfback faked a dive, Donnan faked a hand-off to the fullback, one end hooked and the other slowly drifted downfield. Making it even nicer, Carolina blitzed, and all of a sudden End Harry Martell was in the clear. He caught Donnan's pass and went for the touchdown that beat Carolina 13-7. Donnan said later, "The coaches mentioned the play at half time. Harry was wide open, and I just lobbed the ball to him."
A bit of half-time strategy also paid off for Duke, after the Blue Devils had struggled to a 10-7 lead over Wake Forest. Coach Tom Harp, who had spotted a weakness in the Deacons' secondary, told his alternating quarterbacks. Al Woodall and Larry Davis, to forget about Doria's high winds and pass more on early downs. They did, and Duke breezed to three touchdowns. Woodall passed for three yards to Pete Schafer, Davis scored on a seven-yard run, Fullback Jay Calabrese went over from the one and the Blue Devils had it easy 31-13. Even so, Wake's Freddie Summers, the first Negro quarterback at a major college in the South, was impressive. The junior-college transfer completed five passes for 69 yards, ran for 69 yards and scored twice.