THE TOP THREE:
1. NAVY (8-1)
2. PITT (8-1)
3. SYRACUSE (8-2)
There was a time when Notre Dame's annual visit to New York to play Army excited wild passions and emotion among the faithful Subway Alumni in Manhattan. But last week, when ND came back to the big city—for the first time in 14 years—to meet the Orangemen of SYRACUSE, the Irish rooters among the 56,972 at Yankee Stadium were more subdued. One reason, perhaps, was that lately Notre Dame has been only an unreasonable facsimile of the old Fighting Irish. Despite a dreadful thrashing from the stronger and more adept Orange line, Notre Dame held a slender 7-6 lead going into the last quarter. Then Quarterback Rich King, blithely ignoring two Irish attackers who were clinging to him, threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Mike Koski, and Syracuse squeezed out a 14-7 victory.
The Ivy League championship, a semiprecious bauble that enlivens interest among the low-pressure eastern schools, was kicked around like a dime-store ruby last Saturday. All Princeton had to do, after building up a 21-7 lead over DARTMOUTH in the first three quarters, was sit on the ball and accept the title. But the Indians went after the Tigers with Dana Kelly's passes and Tom Spangenberg's runs and cut the margin to 21-15. Then, with 5:35 left, Princeton's Cosmo Iacavazzi fumbled on the Tiger two. Dartmouth's John McLean ran over for the tying touchdown, Gary Wilson kicked the extra point, and the Indians won 22-21 to tie Princeton for the championship.
Meanwhile Harvard, which had beaten both Dartmouth and Princeton and could have won the Ivy title by merely vanquishing underdog YALE, instead got drubbed 20-6 by the Elis. Earlier CORNELL overpowered Penn 17-8 as Gary Wood scored twice and Pete Gogolak kicked his 44th straight extra point (a major college record). COLUMBIA, thanks to ubiquitous Archie Roberts, managed to hold off Rutgers 35-28.
Holy Cross, beaten six times, smothered Boston College's Jack Concannon, the AFL's No. 1 draft choice, and upset the Eagles 9-0.
THE TOP THREE:
1. AUBURN (9-1)
2. MEMPHIS STATE (9-0-1)
3. MISSISSIPPI (7-0-2)
It was another one of those games for Miami's George Mira. He got the yards (309 on 25 passes) and the raves but, as usual, the other Hurricanes were less helpful. PITT'S Fred Mazurek passed for 149 yards (10 for 18), ran for 146, and the Panthers won 31-20. But Pitt Linebacker Marty Schottenheimer was enchanted by Mira. "He fooled me just by pumping his arm," he said. "After a while I just got worn out chasing empty space."
While Auburn, Alabama and Mississippi were plucking the bowl plums, GEORGIA TECH tried its darndest to fumble away its game to Georgia. Billy Lothridge, however, would not permit such levity. He scored eight points, and Tech pulled through, 14-3. TENNESSEE Coach Jim McDonald watched his team beat Vanderbilt 14-0 and then learned he had lost his job. FLORIDA edged Florida State 7-0.