North Carolina, beginning to find itself after an unfortunate start, had the answer to South Carolina's tough defense which had held three foes to an average of 49.7 yards rushing. Tar Heel Quarterbacks Jack Cummings and Ray Farris passed for 190 yards (15 for 35) to triumph 19-6.
In other games Clemson hammered North Carolina State 23-0; Wake Forest beat Maryland 10-7; Mississippi State trounced Arkansas State 49-14; Georgia handled Hardin-Simmons 35-6; Alabama bumped Chattanooga 13-0. The top three:
1. LSU (4-0)
2. GEORGIA TECH (4-0)
3. MISSISSIPPI (4-0)
For weeks word had come rumbling out of New York State about the powerhouse that was Syracuse. And last Saturday, the mighty Orange unleashed its full fury to batter Navy in the muddy Oyster Bowl at Norfolk. Deploying out of a power-massed wing T, Syracuse tore into the Middies at the outset behind the artful faking, passing and running of Quarterback Dave Sarette and never let up until the score was 32-6. Fullback Art Baker scored twice, once on a 96-yard run with an intercepted pass. Sarette himself carried one touchdown across and passed to Gerhardt Schwedes for another.
Outmanned (by Penn State) and out-whistled (by the officials), Army' paper-thin legions went down before Richie Lucas and the Nittany Lions 17-11. With ailing All-America Halfback Bob Anderson and End Don Usry watching painfully from the sidelines, where they were joined by injured Halfback Steve Waldrop in the first quarter, the Cadets struggled manfully but Lucas was too much for them. The sprightly State quarterback ran, passed and defended with all the finesse of a pro, scoring both touchdowns. And when Army threatened, penalties cost them two long touchdown sprints.
Penn followers, so critical of Coach Steve Sebo last year, can go back to waving banners again. The improved Quakers, who may well turn out to be the best of the Ivies, tied Princeton's single wing into defensive knots and rambled past the Tigers 18-0 for their third straight. Halfback Pete Schantz, a third-stringer, ran 23 yards on a double reverse and snared an end-zone pass from George Koval.
Yale and Cornell kept pace with Penn. The Elis beat Columbia handily 14-0; but Cornell waited until the last 24 seconds to pull out a 20-16 cliffhanger over Harvard. Dartmouth battled Brown to a 0-0 tie.
In other games, Pitt's battery of Ivan Toncic and Mike Ditka outmaneuvered Duke 12-0; Rutgers outlasted Colgate 15-12; Holy Cross beat Dayton 8-0; Boston College took Villanova 39-6; Bucknell upset Buffalo 26-21. The top three:
1. SYRACUSE (3-0)
2. PENN STATE (4-0)
3. PITT (3-1)