1. ARMY (1-0)
2. SYRACUSE (1-0)
3. NAVY (1-0)
All week long Navy's Bill Elias and Penn State's Joe Paterno had worried about their defenses. "We have our best men on offense," confessed Elias. "We're inexperienced," complained Paterno. Last Saturday, in a wild game at Annapolis, their teams proved how right they were—1,185 yards of proof. Navy amassed 564 yards on passes, runs and kick returns while the Lions gained 621 in all. The two offenses traded touchdowns and field goals back and forth for much of the game, and the Middies seemed lost when Quarterback Tom Sherman's 20-yard touchdown pass to Halfback Bob Campbell and Campbell's two-point run put Penn State ahead 22-17 with 1:44 to play. But Navy Quarterback John Cartwright began throwing little sideline passes and, with 57 seconds left, the Middies were on State's 16-yard line. On the next play, Split End Rob Taylor cut up the middle and was free in the end zone, where Cartwright hit him for a 23-22 Navy win.
When preseason practice began. Army Coach Tom Cahill had two quarterbacks. Then, suddenly, he had none. Second-stringer Jim O'Toole suffered a shoulder separation and Starter Steve Lindell went to the hospital with a gastrointestinal disorder. However, Roger LeDoux, an unheard of sophomore, took over stylishly against Virginia. He completed 10 passes, seven of them simple down-and-outers to Split End Terry Young, and ran for 52 yards. When that was combined with the work of Van Evans, a 5'9" sprinter up from the 150-pound team, who returned a punt 41 yards for a touchdown and scored another on a 24-yard sweep. Army was a winner 26-7.
Syracuse, despite a tenacious defense that held Baylor to four yards rushing, staggered on offense until sophomore Quarterback Rich Panczyszyn got into the game. His passing limited because of a sore arm, Panczyszyn stirred up the Orange with his running, and Syracuse finally beat Baylor 7-0.
Pitt never had a chance against UCLA, as the Bruins' new running star, Greg Jones, picked up 160 yards, Quarterback Gary Be-ban ran for two touchdowns and soccer-style Kicker Zenon Andrusyshyn made two field goals and four extra points. The result was a 40-8 UCLA win. " UCLA is better than last year," said Pitt Coach Dave Hart. Maybe. Last year UCLA won 57-14.
Two New England teams went in for close ones. Boston College barely made it past Villanova 27-24 on Bob Gallivan's 25-yard field goal with 35 seconds to go, and Boston U. took Colgate 20-14 on Quarterback Tom Thornton's late touchdown pass.
1. GEORGIA (1-0)
2. ALABAMA (0-0-1)
3. TENNESSEE (0-1)
When Florida State's Kim Hammond passed for a touchdown and Walt Sumner ran back a punt 75 yards for a 14-0 lead in the first six minutes of the game, it was presumed by everybody in Birmingham's 70,000-seat stadium that Alabama would make the Seminoles pay dearly for their arrogance. Alabama had only given up 37 points all last season, and no team scored more than 14 points against them. You don't do that. Sure enough, Kenny Stabler, out of Coach Bear Bryant's doghouse and into action, soon had 'Bama ahead 15-14 on a two-yard run and a scoring pass to Dennis Homan. But Florida State kept tearing at Alabama's defense, and slow as a Southern dawn the realization came that maybe on this night Alabama did not have a pass defense. Hammond threw completion after completion—he had 23 for 280 yards—Grant Guthrie kicked three field goals and, with four minutes to go, Alabama was leading still, but by a mere 37-30. Then Hammond brought Florida State downfield again, finishing a 65-yard drive with an eight-yard pass to Bill Moreman for a touchdown, and Guthrie kicked the point for a 37-37 tie. Never at Alabama, and not since 1954 when Texas Tech beat his Texas A&M team 41-9, had anybody scored that many points against a Bear Bryant team. "That," Bryant said sadly, "was the worst effort I ever got from a defensive team." Why did FSU Coach Bill Peterson go for the tie? "Well," he said, "I wasn't going to mess up 60 minutes of great effort by failing on a two-point try."