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King Fink sank Missouri quite as easily as if the clawful Tigers had been Navy. J. Kingsley Fink, that is. Army's second-line sophomore quarterback from Eau Gallie, Fla. came on in relief in the second quarter and tossed three touchdown passes to Cadets euphonically called Sanders, Simar and Simpson. The receptions by David, John and Bruce were the margin of the 22-6 win.
When Alberto Vitiello appeared on the Penn State campus he brought his own kicking shoes and football with him because he did not know the football team supplied such equipment. A uniform and a towel he thought, maybe. The left-footed, mustachioed soccer-style kicker, a recent arrival from Naples, Italy by way of Long Island, was about ready to throw the towel back in last Saturday. "I was standing on the sidelines thinking, 'I hope they score a touchdown so I don't have to go in,' " he admitted after the Nittany Lions' 16-14 squeaker over Air Force. Vitiello had missed an extra-point kick that enabled Air Force to get a 14-13 lead in the last quarter, and he had made only one field goal in five attempts. But Air Force held on the 14, Coach Joe Paterno confidently sent him in and Vitiello bisected the uprights with the winning three-pointer. Shortly preceding this, Fullback Franco Harris had fumbled forward on a sweep of left end and Quarterback John Hufnagel, leading the interference, had scooped up the ball without breaking stride, ending with a 27-yard gain to set up the field goal.
For the first time since 1945, seven years before most of its sophomores were born, Columbia defeated Princeton. The 22-20 win barely survived a 32-yard field goal attempt by Princeton in the last six seconds. Earlier Defensive Back Charlie Johnson had rifled through to prevent a game-tying two-point conversion. The Light Blue presented the game ball to Columbia President Bill McGill who, carried away with the moment, made a rather un-Ivy locker room appearance.
Ed Marinaro of nearby New Milford ruined home-state Rutgers at New Brunswick, N.J., by gaining 246 yards and scoring four touchdowns as Cornell won 31-17 and Marinaro came closer to the alltime NCAA yardage record.
Palo Alto and Durham had one thing in common Saturday evening: puzzlement as to why Duke had been a 14-point underdog. Stanford never crossed the goal line in a 9-3 upset. One good reason was Duke's fiendish seven-man deep pass defense, similar to the "prevent" defense usually used in waning minutes by a winning team, which conceded yardage to prohibit touchdowns. The perimeter defense worked perfectly as Stanford gained 362 yards to Duke's 139 but had to settle for field-goal tries. And placekicker Rod Garcia had a bad day, one for four. Ironically, Duke's touchdown also came because of the perimeter defense. Duke defender Ernie Jackson was a good eight yards off receiver Miles Moore when Stanford Quarterback Don Bunce overthrew Moore, putting the ball directly into Jackson's hands. Jackson was in fine position to run 54 yards for the game's only touchdown. It was a particularly ill-advised pass on Bunce's part, since he had been the one to predict Stanford would score six touchdowns, Duke none. He had a bad week all around.
Pepper Rodgers must be wondering why he ever went west from Kansas, for in four tries his UCLA team is winless. Oregon State crushed the Bruins 34-17 as Fullback Dave Schilling gained 103 yards and Quarterback Steve Endicott passed 10 times and completed them all. UCLA did lead 17-13 as late as the middle of the third quarter, but when Beaver Ray Taroli took a kickoff 100 yards in 12 seconds, the dam broke. Pepper doctored UCLA's weak ground game by calling in Quarterback Scott Henderson, a third-stringer, to run the I formation. Henderson was adequate, but UCLA fizzled.