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Mervin Hyman
October 09, 1967
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October 09, 1967

Football's Week

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1. ARMY (2-0)
2. SYRACUSE (2-0)
3. NAVY (1-1)

For a while last Saturday Army Coach Tom Cahill might have thought he was in for another Boston Massacre when Boston College took the opening kickoff and went 80 yards, scoring on a three-yard lunge by sophomore Quarterback Mike Fallon. The Army defense recovered, but despite heroics by Linebacker Jim Bevans, who blocked a punt for a safety and prevented a BC score with an interception, the Cadets were still behind 10-9 at half time. Then Nick Kurilko kicked two field goals, Fullback Charley Jarvis broke away for 64 yards to set up a nine-yard touchdown run by his substitute, Jim Greenlee, and Army pulled through 21-10.

Syracuse Coach Ben Schwartzwalder felt that West Virginia would look for a heavy pounding from Fullback Larry Csonka, so he decided on a most unlikely gambit, a passing game, and Quarterback Rick Cassata threw for two touchdowns. Between passes Csonka managed 117 yards. But most impressive of all was the Syracuse defense, the best against rushing in the nation. Led by Ends Dave Casmay and Steve Zegalia, it held West Virginia to minus 19 yards, as the Orange won 23-6.

The Ivy League opened against outsiders and met some unexpected difficulties. Princeton looked beaten when Rutgers Halfback Bryant Mitchell ran 33 yards for his third touchdown to put the Scarlet ahead 21-14 with only 2:04 to go. In the last minute, however, Tailback Bob Weber threw an 11-yard pass to Bob Schoene and then caught a two-point pass from Norman MacBean to win for the Tigers 22-21. Dartmouth also had to come from behind to beat Massachusetts 28-10, while Yale lost to Holy Cross 26-14. Harvard trounced Lafayette 51-0 as Quarterback Ric Zimmerman threw three touchdown passes. In other Ivy games Columbia took Colgate 17-14, Penn outscored Lehigh 35-23, Cornell beat Bucknell 23-7 and Brown was defeated by Rhode Island 12-8.


1. GEORGIA (2-0)
2. ALABAMA (1-0-1)
3. TENNESSEE (1-1)

Bruised in the ego by giving up 37 points in its opening game, Alabama's defense was back to normal against Southern Mississippi, permitting only 12 yards rushing and 120 passing. Nor was the offense sluggish. Quarterback Kenny Stabler completed 19 of 26 passes, three of them to his roommate, Split End Dennis Homan, for touchdowns, and Alabama won 25-3.

But Alabama may not have things quite so easy next week against Mississippi, for Ole Miss began to look like the SEC contender everybody thought it was when the Rebels ran past Kentucky 26-13. Tennessee could have been in for real trouble when Quarterback Dewey Warren was carried off the field with a knee injury early in the second half against Auburn, with the Vols ahead only 14-13. But Tailback Charlie Fulton, who used to be a quarterback, had not forgotten how. He ran and passed Tennessee to two touchdowns and a 27-13 victory. Florida, with Fullback Graham McKeel scoring twice in the second half against Mississippi State, won handily 24-7. LSU showed lots of verve in beating poor Texas A&M 17-6.

South Carolina continued to act like an Atlantic Coast challenger. Coach Paul Dietzel came up with a spread offense that loosened up Duke's defense, and Fullback Warren Muir's one-yard plunge, with 38 seconds to play, gave the Gamecocks a 21-17 victory.

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