1. ALABAMA (3-0)
2. TENNESSEE (3-0)
3. AUBURN (2-1)
Explaining his coaching philosophy on his weekly TV show, Kansas State's Vince Gibson said: "Hard work is worth paying the price for." That may not have come out the way Gibson intended, but the score did when his Wildcats beat Tampa 17-0. Another visitor to the South—Houston—veered past Memphis State for 487 yards and a 35-21 win. And Miami of Ohio held off South Carolina 13-11, getting 113 yards rushing from Chuck Varner and three interceptions by Dan Rebsch, who the week before had two in the upset of Purdue. "These have to be the best back-to-back victories in Miami's football history," said Coach Bill Mallory.
The other Miami, the Florida-based one, also had to hold tight to salvage a 14-10 triumph over Florida State. And the other Florida—plain Florida—was stunned by Mississippi State 33-12. Urged on by cowbell-clanging fans, the Bulldogs gained 403 yards.
A couple of freshmen—Allan Leavitt and Gene Washington—helped Georgia squelch North Carolina State 31-12. Leavitt kicked a 51-yard field goal and Washington, a 9.3 sprinter, scored twice, once on an 86-yard kickoff return. Freshman Robert Dow of LSU also had some dandy runbacks, darting 58 and 38 yards with kickoffs and 59 with a punt in a 24-9 conquest of Rice. With Steve Mike-Mayer kicking three field goals, one of 54 yards, Maryland beat Vilianova 31-3. Disgruntled Mississippi rooters got their wish: former Rebel Coach Johnny Vaught came out of retirement to replace Billy Kinard and Ole Miss stomped Southern Mississippi 41-0.
In Southeastern Conference meetings it was Alabama 44-0 over Vanderbilt and Tennessee 21-0 over Auburn. It rained so hard during the latter game that the Volunteers, anxious to avoid fumbles after going in front by three touchdowns, took to punting on first downs.
1. PENN STATE (3-0)
2. WEST VIRGINIA (3-0)
3. DELAWARE (4-0)
Ivy League teams, looking more hollowed than hallowed, finally opened their seasons and came away with two wins, two ties and four losses. Dartmouth built a 9-0 lead over New Hampshire and appeared to be on its way to victory when, oops, Dan Losano took a kickoff eight yards in his end zone, eluded tacklers at the 20-, 30-and 50-yard lines and went all the way. The Wildcats went on to earn their first win in 17 tries over the Big Green 10-9 when Dave Teggert booted a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Penn was also beaten by a field goal as Gene Thaw made Lafayette a 16-14 winner with a 20-yard kick in the last 49 seconds. It was Thaw's third field goal and it gave the Leopards their second win against the Quakers in 50 years. Tacklers from Yale and Princeton all too often came up empty-armed as their teams lost big. Connecticut defeated the Bulldogs 27-13 when its offense churned out 488 yards. Doing most of the damage were Fullback Eric Torkelson (171 yards rushing and two touchdowns), Halfback Ray Jackson (148 yards) and freshman Quarterback Bernie Palmer (five of nine completions for 127 yards and two TD passes). Ripping runs by Jim Jennings netted 193 yards and five touchdowns as Rutgers blasted the Tigers 39-14.
But the Ivies were not totally devoid of standouts of their own. Don Fanelli galloped for 180 yards and three touchdowns as Cornell held off Colgate 35-21 despite 20 pass completions by Tom Parr. Three TD tosses by Jim Stoeckel airlifted Harvard over Massachusetts 24-7. Although Columbia held its opponent without a touchdown for the eighth time in 19 outings, the Lion offense failed to take advantage of the occasion, gaining only 114 yards and settling for a scoreless tie with Bucknell. The most dramatic action in the Ivies was the display by Pete Beatrice of Brown, who was not above accepting some helping hands, even if they belonged to Rhode Island. With 10 seconds to go and the Bruins trailing 20-12, Beatrice connected on an 80-yard scoring pass to Jeff Smith, as two Rams deflected the ball. And then Beatrice ran for a two-point conversion to square the final score at 20-all.