Pennsylvania played its 1,000th intercollegiate football game, the first team to reach that milestone. But Columbia will be more inclined to savor memories of that contest, for the Lions won 12-7. In the only other Ivy League tussle, Brown walloped Princeton 31-12. Yale was the lone Ivy victor against outsiders, beating Colgate 27-0. Dartmouth lost to Holy Cross 13-7; Harvard was beaten by Boston U. 14-10; and Cornell, a winner over Bucknell in 23 straight games, lost to the Bisons, 10-0, for the first time since 1891.
1. SYRACUSE (4-1)
2. PITTSBURGH (3-1)
3. PENN STATE (2-2)
As expected, North Carolina State assumed command at Auburn, zipping to a 14-0 lead after 10 minutes. Then came the unexpected. The Tigers poured across 28 points in the second period, 16 more in the third and won 44-31. Igniting Auburn were Quarterback Charles Thomas, who came off the bench in the second quarter, and speedy Joe Cribbs. In eight carries Thomas ran for 113 yards and scored from 21 and 11 yards out. And Cribbs added to the Tigers' 407 yards total rushing with scoring runs of 12, two and 14 yards.
Like Auburn, Mississippi State roared from behind to register a convincing upset, decking previously unbeaten Tennessee 28-9. Not even the loss of three starting backs to injuries during the game could deter the Bulldogs, whose SEC record now is 2-0. State had 428 yards in total offense and forced five Vol turnovers. Mardye McDole of the Bulldogs caught scoring passes of 33 and 28 yards, the first from Tony Black, who set up another TD with a 57-yard run before leaving with a shoulder injury late in the first half.
Georgia, ranked in the top 20 in many preseason polls, ended a three-game losing streak by rallying from a 14-0 deficit to defeat Mississippi 24-21. In the only other SEC game, Louisiana State overcame early mistakes, a spirited Florida defense and a 3-0 halftime Gator lead to prevail 20-3.
Wichita State did not figure to do much against Alabama. The figuring was right. The Shockers' accomplishments included the recovery of one Tide fumble, the completion of one of seven passes and 169 yards rushing, the last a not-to-be-sneezed-at statistic. As much as 'Bama fans love their team, there were 5,000 empty seats in Tuscaloosa, which is where the Tide won a 38-0 yawner.
"It sure is fun to smash 'em and crush 'em up the middle," said Florida State Center Gil Wesley following a 27-0 triumph over Louisville. "We're supposed to be the team that always passes on third and two." Instead of filling the air with passes, the Seminoles ran for 275 yards. And their defense did a job, too, allowing the Cardinals only 93 yards in total offense, forcing two safeties and recovering a blocked punt for a touchdown.
Slam-bang running accounted for triumphs by Clemson, North Carolina and South Carolina. With Lester Brown rambling for 125 yards and two touchdowns, the Tigers beat Virginia 17-7 in an ACC contest. Amos Lawrence of the Tar Heels broke loose for 143 yards and three scores during a 35-14 romp over Cincinnati. The Gamecocks downed Oklahoma State 23-16, thanks to George Rogers, who carried 35 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns.
ACC teams split two other out-of-conference skirmishes. Wake Forest overtaking Virginia Tech 19-14 and Maryland losing 27-7 to Penn State. The Deacons overcame a 14-7 deficit with two fourth-quarter scores, but the Terps fell behind 17-0 after 20 minutes and never recovered. All three Nittany Lion touchdowns followed Maryland fumbles.