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FOOTBALL'S WEEK
Mervin Hyman
September 30, 1968
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September 30, 1968

Football's Week

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What Nebraska Coach Bob Devaney likes is to have two quarterbacks of almost equal ability. Who doesn't, but Devaney apparently has them this year. Senior Ernie Sigler, who beat out tall Frank Patrick, last season's sophomore starter, got the Huskers off to a 7-0 lead against Utah and then Patrick came in to finish off the Utes 31-0. Sigler completed eight of 12 passes for 165 yards, while Patrick was nine for 18 for 122 yards in a game played before 65,424, the second largest crowd in Nebraska history. The figure does not include the Nebraska team, which would have swelled the total notably: the Huskers suited up 91 players for the game.

There also was some joy for at least one Big Eight have-not. Kansas State dedicated its new $1.6 million stadium by beating Colorado State 21-0.

EAST

1. PENN STATE (1-0)
2. ARMY (1-0)
3. SYRACUSE (0-1)

The day before the Navy game, Penn State Coach Joe Paterno was worried about his offense, with reason. "Right now, we can't run two plays in a row without busting one," complained Paterno. When State took the field against the Middies the offense, led by Halfback Charlie Pittman, who rushed for 112 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown run, was adequate enough, but it would not be looked at twice with the Penn State defense on display. While Ends Lincoln Lippincott and Frank Spaziani and Tackles Mike Reid and Steve Smear took turns leading a rush on Mike McNallen, Navy's poor rookie quarterback, the defense intercepted five passes, recovered four Middie fumbles and held Navy to seven yards rushing. It also had a hand in three of the Lions' scores: a fumble recovery set up an early field goal, Roverback Pete Johnson ran back an interception 28 yards and Halfback Paul Johnson, after playing you-catch-it-buddy with teammate Dennis Onkotz on a Navy punt, returned it 52 yards. All of this added up to a 31-6 Penn State win.

Maybe the 1968 Army-Citadel game will not go down in history as the greatest ever played, but it is right now for Billy Hunter, the Cadets' sophomore halfback. The first time Hunter touched the ball he took a punt on his own 10-yard line, head-faked once or twice and ran 90 yards for a touchdown. After that, life was all downhill for the visiting Bulldogs. Army Fullback Charlie Jarvis pounded them unmercifully, Quarterback Steve Lindell and Tight End Gary Steele teamed up on some pretty pass plays and Army won easily, 34-14.

Mid-American Conference rivals know all about Roland Moss, Toledo's 6' 3", 215-pound halfback. So do the pro scouts. And now Moss has made his impression on Villanova, too, by running for three touchdowns and passing for a fourth as the Rockets coasted to a 45-21 win. It was their 11th straight, the longest major-college winning streak in the nation.

For a while, Rutgers Coach John Bateman must have thought he was witnessing the game his school played against Princeton 99 years ago—college football's beginning—as his Scarlet Knights bumbled and fumbled all over Rutgers Stadium. But eventually Halfback Bryant Mitchell began running, Quarterback Bruce Van Ness straightened out his passes and Rutgers trounced Lafayette in up-to-date fashion 37-7. Colgate, too, started slowly, but once the Red Raiders got the knack of running on Boston University's new AstroTurf, they rolled to a 28-0 romp on the rug.

SOUTHWEST

1. TEXAS (0-0-1)
2. HOUSTON (1-0-1)
3. TEXAS A&M (0-1)

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