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FOOTBALL'S WEEK
Mervin Hyman
October 07, 1968
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October 07, 1968

Football's Week

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Pitt Coach Dave Hart, who was hit with a severe case of foot-in-mouth before last week's 63-7 shellacking by UCLA—he had testily questioned the 19-point odds favoring the Bruins—was almost speechless after West Virginia finished with his young team, 38-15. The Mountaineers' Mike Sherwood scored twice and completed 27 of 37 passes for 416 yards and two more TDs. Hart closed the Pitt locker room to writers for more than an hour after the debacle and finally came out, mumbling, "There's nothing I can say. I've said too much already."

Most Ivy League teams feasted on smaller friends in the neighborhood. Yale, led by Quarterback Brian Dowling, defeated Connecticut 31-14, while Dartmouth beat New Hampshire 21-0 and Cornell downed Colgate 17-0. Harvard, however, had to come from behind to beat Holy Cross 27-20. Even Penn and Brown won. The Quakers took Bucknell 27-10 and Brown slipped past Rhode Island 10-9. Apparently, though, nothing has changed at Columbia. The Lions, in their first game under new Coach Frank Navarro, lost to Lafayette 36-14.

Massachusetts was no match for Buffalo in a battle between two teams that yearn to go big time. Buffalo Quarterback Denny Mason completed his first 13 passes and 17 of 21 in all to lead the Bulls to a 23-0 win.

SOUTH

1. FLORIDA (2-0)
2. GEORGIA (1-0-1)
3. LSU (2-0)

It was a game that began with both Florida and Florida State lining up at the wrong ends of the field for the kickoff, but from then on there were few mistakes. Florida made almost none, in fact, as it won 9-3, ending a nine-game unbeaten streak for the offense-conscious Seminoles and holding them without a touchdown for the first time in 26 games.

A strong defense, with 6'6", 237-pound Tackle Jim Hadley leading the charge, twice stopped the Seminoles inside the Gator four-yard line. The defense also handcuffed Flanker Ron Sellers, limiting him to six catches and 50 yards. Said Coach Ray Graves, "We stopped an offense that has few peers and a receiver who has none." The game's only touchdown was scored by Fullback Larry Smith on a three-yard burst.

The way Bud Carson of Georgia Tech sees it, he is only six inches from having one of the finest teams in the nation. "I tell a boy when we're recruiting him that we don't have six inches of carpeting in the dormitory," he explained on the eve of his game against Miami. "I tell the boy we don't have a million-dollar dormitory for football players and that we're more interested in academics than in football. I'm not complaining, though. I wouldn't have it any other way, but right now we're fighting to stay in big-time football. I think we'll make it." The Yellow jackets did not quite make it against the Hurricanes, but they hardly looked small time while losing 10-7. Defensive End Ted Hendricks of Miami, a 6'8" 222-pounder known as The Mad Stork, was the difference. In the second half he recovered two fumbles, one of which set up the winning field goal, and broke up two important pass plays with his devastating rushes. And why did Hendricks go to Miami? Well, it wasn't carpeting at all. It was because of a physics professor. Hendricks had planned on going to Princeton until the professor transferred to Miami.

Going into the fourth quarter, Southern Mississippi led Alabama 14-7 and people were beginning to think Paul Bryant had become a toothless Bear. But five minutes, one field goal (a 19-yarder by Oran Buck) and one touchdown ( Scott Hunter passed 34 yards to George Ranager) later Alabama was in front for keeps 17-14. That makes two frightening escapes for Alabama in two weeks. Mississippi, which will take on Alabama this week, also needed a fourth-period uprising to hold oft" Kentucky. A recovered fumble set up a 20-yard touchdown run by Ole Miss Quarterback Archie Manning, and then Glenn Cannon and Bob Bailey ran back interceptions for scores to wrap it up 30-14.

Clemson's Richie Luzzi took a missed Georgia field goal and ran it back 108 yards for a touchdown, but Georgia, with sophomore Quarterback Mike Cavan passing for two touchdowns and running for another, did not make many other errors as it won 31-13 and began to look like the SEC's best team. Richmond Flowers of Tennessee may have been disappointed when he failed to qualify for the Olympics as a hurdler, but Memphis State fans were just as sorry he did not make it. Flowers, a wingback for two years, was welcomed home with pleased smiles by Coach Doug Dickey, who told him he was a tailback now and to start running. Flowers launched his belated season with touchdown runs of six and seven yards as the Volunteers won 24-17. Loran Carter's passes and Mike Currier's runs carried Auburn past Mississippi State 26-0 in an SEC battle of have-nots.

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