Offensively, State's Charlie Pittman scored three times for a career total of 186 points, breaking the record of 171 set by Pete Mauthe from 1909-12. One of Pittman's TDs came on Quarterback Chuck Burkhart's first scoring pass of the season. Reitz, the kicking specialist, added three extra points for a season's total of 33, breaking the record set in 1947 by Ed Czekaj, now Penn State's athletic director.
When a siege of hepatitis put Holy Cross out for the season, Syracuse Coach Ben Schwartzwalder quickly tacked on a game with Boston College, just to give the Orangemen a nice round 10. Schwartzwalder was especially pleased with his move after Syracuse lost to West Virginia in what was supposed to have been its final game. "At least now we've got another chance to close out the year a winner," he said early last week. Well, Ben wasn't so happy when the game was over because Boston College, the afterthought, thumped the Orangemen 35-10.
Syracuse jumped in front 10-0, but then couldn't do anything, including simple chores like running out the clock. Instead of protecting its lead late in the first half by going into the line, Syracuse came out throwing, unsuccessfully, and BC got the ball in time for seven points. That was just the start. Behind Halfback Fred Willis and Quarterback Frank Harris, Boston College turned it into a rout in the second half. "We've had a lot of shockers," said Schwartzwalder, "but this was the worst ever."
Willis ran 14 times for 27 yards, but caught six passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns. Harris completed 23 of his 38 attempts for four TDs and—against what once was one of the East's best defenses—he wasn't intercepted. Said Harris, "I made up my mind to throw squares and quickies before they could get to me, then dunk a couple over their rush to try to keep them at home." Huh?
In the third annual Metropolitan Club Bowl at Mount Vernon, N.Y., Pace College beat down Iona's defense in the last quarter for a 16-7 victory. Quarterback Dennis Carpenter scored the winning TD.
1. USC (9-0-1)
2. UCLA (8-1-1)
3. STANFORD (7-2-1)
After eight years of trying, Arizona State's Sun Devils won the Western Athletic Conference—but not before rival Arizona put up one of its best fights of the year. State was trailing in the third quarter, but then junior Lenny Randle got loose for a 57-yard punt return and a 25-24 lead that the Sun Devils never gave up. "I know it was close," said State Coach Frank Kush after the 38-24 victory, "but that's what coaches get paid for—to win the close ones."
Junior Halfback Dave Buchanan gained 146 yards for the winners, giving him a lock on the league rushing championship. Senior Fullback Art Malone closed his career by gaining 108 yards, mostly on thrusts up the middle, and Quarterback Joe Spagnola gained 113 yards passing and 50 more rushing to lead the WAC in total offense. The State defense—led by Linebacker Mike Kennedy—converted two fumbles and an interception into 17 points. Arizona State finished with a 6-1 league record, good for a half-game margin over Utah. The early leader, Wyoming, wound up at 4-3 to tie for third with Brigham Young.
The field at El Paso was muddy and slippery, but UTEP managed to slosh its way to a 17-10 win over Xavier of Ohio. The Miners turned a pass interception by Jim Fabish into the winning TD, which came on Dick Rausch's dive into the end zone in the third quarter. The visiting Musketeers had tied the game 10-10 on Ed Huber's 26-yard field goal.