In its own modest fashion, the Ivy League has managed to get as crazily mixed up as the Big Ten. In fact, the Ivies may be even more hard put to find a champion. First Dartmouth, then Harvard, both preseason favorites, fell. Last Saturday it was unbeaten Princeton's turn. From the start it was apparent that HARVARD had little respect for the Tigers' perfect record. The Crimson backs—Quarterback Mike Bassett, Fullback Bill Grana and Halfbacks Scott Harshbarger and Dave Poe—simply bashed at the Princetons with slick keepers and fierce off-tackle smashes until the Tigers gave up two touchdowns. The superb Harvard defense bent only once, when Cosmo Iacavazzi, Princeton's bullish fullback, led the Tigers back into the game with a fourth-period touchdown. But the alert Crimsons recovered a fumble and Grana crashed over from the one to give Harvard a 21-7 victory.
Princeton (4-1) still leads Harvard (3-1-1), but both have to play up-and-coming YALE (3-2), which used a robust ground game and a smothering defense to rout Penn 28-7. DARTMOUTH (3-2), an easy 47-6 winner over Columbia, also lies menacingly ahead of the Tigers. CORNELL (3-2) pulled out another barnburner. Gary Wood's last-minute touchdown pass, and Peter Gogolak's four soccer-style placements, for an NCAA record of 41 straight, edged Brown 28-25.
For NAVY'S Roger Staubach, it was just another routine day—two scoring runs and seven passes for 104 yards and one touchdown before he sat down early in the third quarter. But for Maryland it was utter disaster, a 42-7 shellacking. A listless ARMY team could not seem to get excited over Utah, that is, until Gary Hertzfeldt, a fine passer, and Allen Jacobs, a punishing fullback, put the Redskins ahead 7-0. That woke up the Cadets who marched 80 yards before Ken Waldrop stormed over from the eight. Rollic Stichweh's two-point run was just enough to win 8-7. SYRACUSE, racked by injuries, barely managed to edge West Virginia 15-13 on John Paglio's 32-yard field goal, but Coach Ben Schwartzwalder was wondering whether he would have enough able bodies left to finish out the season. The latest casualties: Fullback Nat Duckett, broken leg; Tackle Dave Archer, bruised arm; Guard PaulHoule, bruisedhand. BOSTONCOLLEGE's Jack Concannon passed for one score and ran for another as BC beat Buffalo 15-0.
THE TOP THREE:
1. WASHINGTON (5-3)
2. USC (5-3)
3. UTAH STATE (7-1)
When WASHINGTON was losing its first three games, Coach Jim Owens moaned about his offense. Last week his Huskies won their fifth straight—and an almost sure bid to the Rose Bowl—over California 39-26 and Owens grumped about his defense. Washington gave up 329 yards, mostly to Craig Morton's passes (17 for 199 yards) and little option runs. Fortunately for the Huskies, Cal's defense was even more scandalous. Husky Quarterback Bill Douglas passed over it for 176 yards and Fullbacks Junior Coffey and Charlie Browning rushed through the fuzzy Bears for 172 more. All told, Washington piled up 552 yards. Complained California's Marv Levy, "If only we had stopped somebody."
UCLA, the only team left to stop Washington, hardly looked the type against AIR FORCE. Terry Isaacson, running out of a shotgun that Coach Ben Martin never had a chance to use against Army a week earlier, bombed the unsuspecting Bruins for 258 yards and four scores with his running and passing as the Falcons won 48-21.
USC, trailing Stanford 11-0, suddenly came to life in the second half. Halfback Willie Brown grabbed touchdown passes from Mike Garrett and Craig Fertig, in for ailing Pete Beathard, and USC pulled it out 25-11. OREGON had two of its walking wounded back and they helped beat Washington State 21-7. Mel Renfro shook up the Cougars with two 30-yard runs and Bob Berry threw for two scores.
It was still anybody's race in the Western AC. NEW MEXICO saw to that when it upset Wyoming 17-6. Independent UTAH STATE, leading the nation in total offense and scoring, got Colorado State down early and then clobbered the poor Rams 36-16 for its sixth straight.