Washington, with considerably less to contend with, gave its second-and third-stringers a workout as it whomped Illinois 28-7, while Washington State simply threw the ball to Hugh Campbell, a wriggly All-America end, and let him beat Wyoming 21-15. With Quarterback Dale Mathiesen pitching, Campbell caught seven passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns, raised his career total to 1,769 yards for a new NCAA record. California, another improving West Coaster, ran all over San Jose State 25-8.
Utah made the mistake of trying to run on Oregon to set up its passing game, but when the big, crackling Duck line took that away from the Redskins, they had nothing left—certainly nothing that could stop Oregon's flashy Mel Renfro, who played only 18 minutes and ran for three touchdowns in an easy 35-8 victory.
On this black day for Western AC teams, Brigham Young discovered somberly that Tailback Eldon Fortie, who gained 299 yards running and passing, couldn't do it alone and lost to George Washington 13-12. Meanwhile, Utah State—still trying to impress its way into the WAC—trounced Montana State U. 43-20.
THE TOP THREE:
1. PENN STATE (2-0)
For a while last Saturday Penn State boosters were beginning to think that Coach Rip Engle's pessimism was warranted. Penn State led Air Force by only 7-6 as Quarterback Terry Isaacson, an elusive runner and fair enough passer, exerted considerable pressure on the Lion defense, and the Falcon defense, moving with the flow, contained State's runners. But Engle solved both problems at half time. He persuaded End Dave Robinson and Tackle Chuck Sieminski to crash in on Isaacson and put in a counter play, with Halfbacks Junior Powell and Roger Kochman carrying on an inside reverse. Result: the Falcons stopped flying and State took off with Quarterback Pete Liske passing to Kochman for two touchdowns and a 20-6 win.
Army and Syracuse closed out collegiate football in New York's Polo Grounds, which, in its day, had seen better games. Intimidated by Army's rough gang-tackling, Syracuse fumbled dreadfully, saw one recovery lead to a 20-yard field goal by Army's Dick Heydt, another to a 32-yard scoring pass from Quarterback Art Lewis to End Bobby Bedell as Army won 9-2. Navy had a trying time with William & Mary, squeezing by 20-16 with a two-yard plunge by Fullback Pat Donnelly in the last quarter. Boston College was more impressive. Quarterback Jack Concannon bombed unsuspecting Villanova with a first-play 78-yard touchdown pass to Art Graham, whipped a 58-yarder to Jim Whalen and then scored on a five-yard run as the Eagles won 28-13. Holy Cross put together two long touchdown drives to turn back Buffalo 16-6, while Boston U. was no match for Kansas and lost to the Jayhawkers 14-0.
Princeton, which had suffered at the hands of Rutgers in recent years, got even all at once. After falling behind 7-0, the talent-rich Tigers put their crunching single wing to work and won 15-7. Most Ivy League teams did as well in their openers. Columbia outlasted Brown 22-20; Dartmouth whipped Massachusetts 27-3; Harvard beat Lehigh 27-7; Yale defeated Connecticut 18-14; Penn held off Lafayette 13-11. But Cornell, still having troubles, lost to Colgate 23-12.