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1. WEST VIRGINIA (3-0)
"Well, we didn't do much right, but we did get the game played," said Coach Ben Schwartzwalder after Kansas defeated his troubled Syracuse Orangemen 31-14. There were rumors of protests and violence in Syracuse all week, and twice, at the suggestion of Police Chief Thomas Sardino, Mayor Lee Alexander considered obtaining a court order to cancel it all. On Saturday morning Alexander decided the game should be played. Security precautions included a six-foot wire fence around the field in Archbold Stadium, and the Syracuse players were bused in under guard. One hundred uniformed policemen were in the stadium and 50 plainclothesmen were scattered through the stands. Some 60 placard-carrying pickets appeared, and during the game tear gas was used to control a disturbance on property adjoining the campus. Not surprisingly, Kansas Coach Pepper Rodgers found little pleasure in his team's victory. "I was concerned about what might happen at the game," he said. "I'm sure it affected our kids. But I'm positive it affected the Syracuse kids more."
West Virginia, which must be considered the East's top team after Penn State's defeat by Colorado, has the nation's leading offense. In three games the Mountaineers have gained 1,808 yards and scored 139 points. Against VMI in Morgantown last Saturday they led 27-0 after the first quarter and finished the day with 545 yards and a 47-10 win. Bob Gresham got three TDs for West Virginia, Pete Wood two more. "The fun is over," said Mountaineer Coach Bobby Bowden, a compulsive worrier. "Now we have to get ready for Indiana and Penn State."
Halfback Fred Willis scored three of the Eagles' four touchdowns as Boston College flew over Navy 28-14. Princeton, shut out by Rutgers a year ago in football's centennial game, mastered the Scarlet Knights this time.
1. MISSISSIPPI (2-0)
Just when Coach John Ray and his Kentucky Wildcats should have been settling down to final preparations—films and a team meeting—for their game against Archie Manning, a crisis developed. The team managers had packed the wrong game jerseys. Saturday morning was spent in a frantic search for new uniforms. Finally it was discovered that a Jackson sporting goods store had some nondescript blue ones, and the harried managers bought up a supply. As it turned out, the 46,201 spectators in Memorial Stadium did not even notice; it was their own Ole Miss Rebels who looked nondescript.
Kentucky used something called a Z-Cut-off Rush, which translated means that a lot of those blue jerseys poured in on Manning, forcing him to miss with his first seven passes. Nearly as disabling as the Kentucky rush was the afternoon's oppressive humidity and 90° heat. "Our receivers ran so much they got hot, and they got leg cramps," Manning explained. "It's hard for anybody to play in these conditions. We just wore down." Still, Archie completed two touchdown passes to his favorite receiver, Floyd Franks, and the Rebels managed a 20-17 victory over the team that upset them a year ago.
Shug Jordan turned 60 years old the day before Auburn's game with Tennessee, an occasion that allowed the Tigers' coach a moment of introspection. "I had debated with myself what to do in the event we won the toss," he said. "You know, they say that insecurity is a sign of getting old." Jordan's team showed that youth wasn't terribly secure either. The Tigers lost the ball eight times on six fumbles and two interceptions. The Vols didn't fare much better; they had four passes intercepted and lost two fumbles. "Stupid calls on my part and some poor execution killed us," said Coach Bill Battle after the game. What really clinched Auburn's 36-23 win was the performance of junior Quarterback Pat Sullivan. He broke his own school record for total offense by running for 70 yards and passing for 268. In the locker room Jordan was feeling old and crusty as he turned his attention to the artificial surface in Birmingham's Legion Field. "A bunch of sadists invented it and promulgated it, and people in the press box and others who promote it should be forced to play on it."