While Pitt stumbled and Syracuse bumbled, Villanova showed off its newly discovered talents against Holy Cross. Quarterbacks Rich Richman and Ted Aceto ran and passed the Wildcats to three scores and Villanova dampened the Crusader spirit 20-6. Army's punishing ground game was too much for Boston U. and the Cadets piled up a 31-7 victory, while Navy, making the most of Ron Klemick's passing, rolled over William & Mary 44-6.
Among the Ivy Leaguers, Yale kept its winning streak alive by beating Connecticut 18-0, but the Elis may soon be in for trouble. Columbia ran, passed and defended skillfully to trounce Brown 50-0; Cornell, using its new lonely end offense, overwhelmed Colgage 34-0; Penn beat Lafayette 14-7, and Dartmouth defeated New Hampshire 28-3. Only Harvard and Princeton faltered. The Crimson lost out to Lehigh 22-17 when Center Charlie Craze pounced on a Harvard fumble in the end zone with 2 minutes to go; Rutgers continued a happy habit and beat Princeton, 16-13. The top three:
1. SYRACUSE (2-0)
2. PITT (1-1)
3. PENN STATE (1-1)
Georgia Tech's players gave notice that hospitality has not died in the South by literally giving Rice the shirts off their backs. When both teams appeared in Atlanta with white jerseys, Tech lent its Texas rivals a set of blue ones. However, the lesson in politeness ended with shocking suddenness as Quarterback Stan Gann proceeded to run through, pass over, fake out and pick apart the defenses of the Owls, ultimately defeathering them 24-0. A hot-and-cold operator until Saturday, the stumpy Gann used rollouts and passes to Halfbacks Bill Williamson and Joe Auer to lead a touchdown drive the first time the Yellow Jackets got the ball, then mixed center plunges with more rollouts and passes to score twice more. Coach Bobby Dodd, pleased with his new-look, wide-open offense, said simply: "We didn't make mistakes. It was the kind of game that makes coaching fun."
Atlanta was not the only place where traditionally defense-minded SEC teams showed signs of a change. Auburn, stunned by the passing of Tennessee Tailback Glenn Glass, recovered from a 21-7 first-quarter deficit to win, 24-21, on a 22-yard field goal by sophomore Woody Woodall. Alabama, looking not at all like the championship contender it is supposed to be, got its only touchdown on a Pat Trammell pass, then added a field goal to nudge stubborn Tulane 9-0. Ole Miss took Kentucky in stride 20-6, while Georgia bowed 21-0 as Vanderbilt Quarterback Hank Lesesne threw for three scores. LSU bounced back to beat Texas A&M 16-7; Florida and Florida State wound up with a 3-3 tie.
North Carolina took advantage of a recently exposed weakness in the right side of the N.C. State line to build a 27-10 lead, then hung on to win 27-22 while Slate's Roman Gabriel completed nine passes in the last 13 minutes. Halfback Gib Carson scored three times for North Carolina, whose linebackers earned the praise of Coach Jim Hickey by rushing Gabriel enough to keep him off balance until the game was out of reach. In another ACC meeting, dark horse Maryland beat fellow dark horse Clemson 24-21, when Reserve End John Hannigan kicked a field goal from the 13-yard line with eight seconds to play. Duke had little trouble with rejuvenated but still struggling Virginia and won 42-0 while Dean Findley's field goal gave South Carolina a 10-7 margin over Wake Forest. Southern Conference favorite Fur-man won again, driving 87 yards in the fourth quarter to edge George Washington 13-9. The Citadel won over Davidson 20-12 while VMI held off Richmond 8-6.
Running draw plays with such regularity and such success that 46,000 people in the Orange Bowl wondered if Penn State had ever seen the maneuver before, Miami routed the favored Nittany Lions 25-8. Actually, Miami Coach Andy Gustafson was merely taking advantage of well-founded suspicion that State's big line would be pressing Quarterback George Mira. It did, but Mira and Bobby Weaver passed anyway, completing seven to End Bill Miller for 114 yards. The top three:
1. MISSISSIPPI (2-0)
2. GEORGIA TECH (2-0
3. MIAMI (2-1)