THE TOP THREE:
1. SYRACUSE (7-2)
2. PENN STATE (5-4)
3. PRINCETON (8-0)
Syracuse was almost ready to count its bowl bids. The Sugar and Gator people had expressed more than casual interest and the Liberty Bowl was panting. Virginia Tech, however, very nearly put a clinker in Syracuse's travel plans. Quarterback Bobby Schweickert and Sonny Utz, a booming 205-pound fullback, hammered the Syracuse line, and before long Tech had a 9-0 lead. When Schweickert went out with an injury in the second quarter, Utz continued the assault alone, and the effusive Gobblers were ahead 15-13 with only 1:26 left to play. Then Coach Ben Schwartzwalder reluctantly went to his best passer, Rich King. King overtook Tech, gaining 54 yards with four passes in 36 seconds, the last one an 18-yarder to End Harris Elliott for a touchdown and a 20-15 victory. Passing is a "desperation" game to Schwartzwalder, and so is inviting the right team to Sugar Bowl President Monk Simon. "We're still interested," he said, but he looked like a man who was not really sure.
Navy, with nowhere to go but Philadelphia's Kennedy Stadium to meet Army November 28, beat Duke 27-14. Roger Staubach, over his hobbling ankle injury, was never better. He ran and passed for 308 yards, his best ever for a single game, completing 21 of 30 passes for 217 yards and running for 91, and scored on a nine-yard run.
Army, meanwhile, looked as drab as a used-up dray horse while losing to PITT 24-8. Except for some exciting last-quarter maneuvers by Rollie Stichweh, who set a new Cadet total-offense record (1,354 yards), Army went down easily. While the big Pitt line pushed the outmanned Cadets around, Freddy Mazurek tormented them with his little passes and quick sprints and Barry McKnight and Eric Crabtree pummeled them inside and out.
The big news in the Ivy League, of course, was PRINCETON'S 35-14 thumping of Yale for the championship, but the also-rans had their also-fun. COLUMBIA'S Archie Roberts showed off his running skills, along with his superb passing, as the Lions routed Penn 33-12. CORNELL whipped Dartmouth 33-15. HARVARD stunned Brown with a safety and an 82-yard punt return by Halfback Wally Grant, all in the last 15 seconds, to win 19-7.
Rutgers saw its six-game winning steak broken. DELAWARE'S Tom VanGrofski bombed the Scarlet with four touchdown passes as the Blue Hens scored a 27-18 upset. Villanova, unbeaten before last week, lost again, to GEORGE WASHINGTON 13-6. HOLY CROSS gave retiring Coach Eddie Anderson his last hurrah—a 32-0 trouncing of Boston U. and his 200th victory. COLGATE stopped Buffalo's last-minute, two-point try and beat the Bulls, 7-6. In a battle of unbeatens AMHERST defeated Williams 20-7 for the Little Three title.
THE TOP THREE: