Bill Yeoman wasn't talking honey after his Houston Cougars were upset again, this time by Oklahoma State—chosen before the season to finish last in the Big Eight—24-18. His targets were the officials and his quarterbacks. Houston was penalized a total of 132 yards, and the coach said, "I will be real interested in looking at the movies of this one." Quarterback Rusty Clark, despite a knee injury, found himself in the game. "I finally went to the cripple," Yeoman said. "He was the only one who was doing anything." State Quarterback Bob Cutburth also made mistakes (three interceptions), but during a four-minute segment of the second quarter he threw for two touchdowns and ran for another.
For the third straight week SMU was "upset." This latest came from Michigan State, 23-15.
1. PENN STATE (2-0)
2. WEST VIRGINIA (3-0)
3. ARMY (2-0)
Days before Princeton and Rutgers took the held to decide which of them would start football's second century with a victory, the cutesy stuff began. On Wednesday night 12 Princeton undergraduates removed the Little Cannon originally tired by George Washington's underdog team at the Battle of Princeton from its concrete base on the campus and buried it three feel away. They left a sign at the base reading, "Thanks Princeton, love Rutgers '72." Local Trenton papers documented the theft, and soon the Story was picked up by the wire services. Rutgers students admitted to the prank, figuring one of their members must have done it. When the hoax was revealed, as one Tiger student put it, " Rutgers had egg all over its face." Maybe so.
But on Saturday afternoon Princeton was wearing the egg. Rutgers Quarterback Rich Policastro, following the game plan, called quick opening plays that sent Tailback Bruce Van Ness and Fullback Steve Ferrughelli through the eight-man defensive front for long gains. He also completed 24 passes, a school record, for 260 yards. "Policastro could play for just about any team in the country," Rutgers Coach John Bateman said. "I'm just happy he's playing for me." The final score, 29-0, was hardly an auspicious start for Princeton's first non-single-wing offense since 1945. After the game a reporter smiled. "Today," he said, " Princeton set football back 100 years."
Both West Virginia and Penn State had troubles at the start. The Mountaineers trailed Tulane 17-14 at the half before winning 35-17, their third straight victory. At Penn State Charlie Pittman, the Lions' star running back, was injured on the opening kickoff against Colorado. "That first quarter had me scared, especially after Pittman got hurt," said Pennsylvania Governor Raymond P. Shafer. The sight of Penn State's leading ground-gainer and scorer limping in front of the bench with his right ankle wrapped in ice made defensive captains Mike Reid and Steve Smear realize that winning might depend on them. " Bob Anderson [ Colorado's talented quarterback] is all mine now," vowed Reid. Smear agreed, "If you don't get him I will."
Anderson, the nation's top rushing quarterback the past two years, gained only four yards in 17 carries, completed just eight passes, threw three interceptions and fumbled once. He also received a cut on his forehead and a bruise on his face. "I've never had a day like this before," Anderson lamented. "How do I like playing against Penn State? It's pretty discouraging."
It took State's offense one quarter to adjust to life without Pittman. With Fullback Don Abbey and two sophomores, Franco Harris and Lydell Mitchell, running the football, and Mike Reitz kicking it 32 yards for a held goal, the Lions scored 17 points in the second period. Another Reitz kick and a 91-yard scoring kickoff return by Paul Johnson wrapped up the 27-3 victory.
The real action at Harvard centered on Lowell Lecture Hall, where the SDS held its regional conference and debated such topics as student-worker alliances and Vietnam moratoriums. That other game—the one they sold tickets to—drew baffled responses—"What game, man?"—from SDS members. The Crimson, the Ivy League favorite, took itself quite seriously, however, sweeping past Holy Cross 13-0. The opening victory ran Harvard's unbeaten streak to 10 games.