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It was one of those bad-weather Saturdays in the East, but for Notre Dame the sun shone in drenched Philadelphia Stadium. The Irish rushed Navy's sophomore quarterback, Roger Staubach, unmercifully, Daryle Lamonica deftly picked apart the Navy defenses and Notre Dame won 20-12. Lamonica plunged over from the one in the second quarter and, when Navy went ahead 12-7 after recovering a fumble on the one-yard line in the last period, he threw a 45-yard scoring pass to Dennis Phillips. Minutes later, he dove over from the one again.
The elements were even more inhospitable at Penn State, where the Lions and Maryland had it out in a raging snowstorm. State's Rip Engle, knowing he had to stop Dick Shiner's passing to win, stationed his halfbacks wide to protect against Maryland's split end and flanker back, and used his linebacker to double-team Tom Brown, Shiner's pet receiver. It worked just fine. Shiner completed only five passes, none to Brown, had three intercepted (two by defensive Quarterback Don Caum) and, with their firepower blunted, the Terps succumbed 23-7.
Pitt dulled Syracuse's ground game with a stunting line that rotated three linebackers in tight, then made the Orangemen pay for their errors. A high center pass and fumble in the end zone gave Pitt its first score, a poor punt set up Paul Martha's 31-yard sprint for the second and Martha ran back a Syracuse pass 54 yards for the last one as the Panthers won 24-6.
As usual, some Ivy League teams were flexing their November muscles. Unbeaten Dartmouth wrapped Yale in a variety of carefully planned defenses and won 9-0. Princeton defeated Brown 28-12 while Harvard trounced Penn 36-0. But the wildest game was played at Columbia's Baker Field. Behind Cornell 21-6, Harry Hersh's two touchdowns brought the Lions within roaring distance of the Big Red, and Archie Roberts put them ahead 25-21 with a 24-yard pass to Al Butts in the final seconds.
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While USC was beating Washington in a game advertised as the West's best in 1962, back east—in Rocky Mountain country—the big game of the day pitted New Mexico, a sure bet to win the Western AC title, and weak Brigham Young. How well, partisans wanted to know, would BYU Tailback Eldon Fortie—who led the nation in both rushing and total offense—do against a tough team? He couldn't, some reasoned, be as good as his statistics. Sure enough, he wasn't. He was better. BYU bombed New Mexico 27-0 and Fortie passed for two touchdowns, ran for one, raised his totals to 999 yards rushing, 739 passing and 74 points.