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Mervin Hyman
October 07, 1968
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October 07, 1968

Football's Week

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Mayor W. D. Rogers Jr. of Lubbock, Texas is an avowed hawk, at least when it comes to football. He stirred things up for the Texas- Texas Tech game by declaring Spook the Longhorns Night, and 10,000 Red Raider fans, enhancing the theme, brought face masks like the one worn by the cowboy who rides a black horse around the field before each Tech game. And then Texas entered into the evening's theme by playing half a football game as if it had, indeed, been spooked. Among other scary things, the Longhorns lost the ball deep in Tech territory three times: on a blocked field-goal try, a fumble and an interception. Meanwhile Roger Freeman of Tech scored twice, and Larry Alford ran back a punt 84 yards to build a 21-0 lead. Even at that, Texas struggled back to frighten the home team when Quarterback James Street, taking over for lackluster Bill Bradley, completed eight passes and Fullback Steve Worster, who gained 128 yards, scored twice. It was to no avail, though, for Freeman ran for a third touchdown and Kenny Vinyard kicked a 23-yard field goal to finish off Texas 31-22.

Residents of Fayetteville, Ark. did not get nearly as worked up about their contest, least of all Big Red, a huge pig who is the Razorback mascot. Big Red slept through the whole game. What he missed was a 56-13 Arkansas yawner over Tulsa in which sophomore Quarterback Bill Montgomery hit on 6 of 11 passes and Tailback David Dickey on two of two, both for touchdowns.

"We really went vroom, vroom tonight," said LSU Coach Charlie McClendon after beating Rice 21-7. "We brought a planeload of boys and played nearly every one of them." The LSU defense held the Owls to 157 yards, and the offense, which is often noteworthy for its absence, gained 374 yards.

Quarterback Ted Fay guided TCU to a pair of second-half touchdowns, both scored on runs by Ross Montgomery, and a 28-17 win against Iowa, nullifying some fine running by Tailback Denny Green, who gained 175 yards and scored on runs of 63 and 25 yards. Eugene Morris of West Texas State gained 181 yards and scored twice to defeat Pacific 23-7.


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

Just to illustrate how coaches can outsmart themselves, Rutgers' John Bateman worried all last week about Princeton's passing game. The heavily-favored Tigers had two experienced tailbacks for their single-wing offense and one of them, Scott MacBean, had beaten Rutgers 22-21 with a last-minute pass in 1967. So Princeton tried only 12 passes, completed five and let the alert Scarlet Knights intercept three. Meanwhile Rutgers Quarterback Bruce Van Ness skillfully picked apart the frustrated Tigers, running nine yards for one touchdown and escaping a blitz to lob a 21-yard pass to Halfback Mel Brown for another. In addition, sophomore Chris Stewart kicked a soccer-style, 50-yard field goal—a school record—as Rutgers beat Princeton 20-14 for the first time since 1961 and only the ninth time in 59 games.

Army Coach Tom Cahill worried about his pass defense, too, before the game with Vanderbilt, and his instincts were right. The Black Knight defenders moved as if burdened by armor as Quarterback John Miller, a 5'9" sophomore, rifled one pass after another to Split End Curt Chesley (who caught 11) and a horde of other receivers. Miller completed 23 of 31 passes for 244 yards and one touchdown and Vandy upset the shocked Cadets 17-13.

It was hard for Penn State to drum up enthusiasm for the Kansas State game. At a campus pep rally the night before, the players nearly outnumbered the students and Coach Joe Paterno cracked, "I hope no one gets caught in the traffic jam leaving the rally." And it took his players awhile to get worked up the next day. They were behind 9-7 when Halfback Bob Campbell, sprung loose on a trap play, ran 56 yards to the K-State 28 before he was bulldogged down from behind, suffering a shoulder separation. Six plays later Charlie Pittman scored from the five to put the Nittany Lions ahead. After that, the Penn State defense, led by Tackles Mike Reid and Steve Smear, shut off K-State, and the Lions went on to win 25-9. In addition to Campbell, Defensive End Lincoln Lippincott limped off with a badly sprained ankle, which means Penn State's casualty list is getting ominous.

Passing as it hasn't in years, Syracuse beat Maryland 32-14, with Quarterback Paul Paolisso accounting for most of the scoring by throwing for two touchdowns and running for a third. Boston College rewarded new Coach Joe Yukica with an upset over Navy when its quarterback, Joe Marzetti, also hit for two aerial scores and ran for another, and Halfback Dave Bennett rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns. The result was a 49-15 humiliation of the Middies. Nobody had scored that much against Navy in 43 years, and this season may seem that long in Annapolis before it ends.

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