1. DARTMOUTH (9-0)
2. SYRACUSE (7-3)
3. PRINCETON (8-1)
For a few brief moments last Saturday some 102,000 people luxuriating in the warm sunshine in Philadelphia's Kennedy Stadium were led into thinking they were in for a brilliant offensive show. In one sudden strike from the NAVY 25 early in the game, ARMY's Sonny Stowers slanted off his right tackle while the Middies were caught blitzing the other way. Unchallenged, Stowers went in for a touchdown, and Andy Dull kicked the extra point. Then, just before the end of the half, an intercepted pass gave Navy the ball on the Cadet 36. Quarterback John Cartwright, in between nervous misses, passed to Halfback Terry Murray for 15 yards, to End Phil Norton for 13 and again to Murray for the last eight. Felix Bassi's placement tied the score at 7-7.
After that, except for one Navy stab that ended in a bungled field-goal try, the two teams were about as daring as a 1920 lady's bathing suit. Turning on their defenses, they bruised and battered each other to no effective purpose, unless it was to prove Army had the better of it. Ends Sam Champi, who played both ways, and Tom Schwartz, Linebacker Townsend Clarke and Guard Vince Casillo blitzed Cartwright to death, and the game ended in a 7-7 tie. "That defense," observed Army's disappointed Paul Dietzel, "has been our only strength all year." Navy's Bill Elias admired it, too. "We anticipated it," he said glumly, "but we didn't handle it well at all."
Irked because Holy Cross refused to postpone the game a day when a torrential downpour turned Fitton Field into gumbo, BOSTON COLLEGE went after the Crusaders hard. Sophomore Brendan McCarthy clobbered them for 139 yards, Terry Erwin slithered through the muck for three touchdowns, and BC won 35-0. "We haven't been kicked around like that by anybody," said Holy Cross Coach Mel Massucco sadly.
The Ivy League had its last fling on Thanksgiving Day, and CORNELL'S Pete Larson made the most of it. He ran for three scores as the Big Red beat Penn easily 38-14.
1. ALABAMA (8-1-1)
2. TENNESSEE (6-1-2)
3. FLORIDA (7-3)
Not all the fireworks were in Birmingham, where ALABAMA was bombing Auburn for the Southeastern Conference title. TENNESSEE, off to a fast start on Fullback Stan Mitchell's 62-yard touchdown run on the third play of the game, took Vanderbilt 21-3 to finish third in the conference.
It was a hard week for bowl selectors. While jittery Sugar Bowl committeemen peeked fearfully through laced fingers, FLORIDA almost got it from Florida State. The Gators had to come from behind on Quarterback Steve Spurrier's 25-yard pass to End Charlie Casey with 2:10 to go to pull ahead of the doughty Seminoles 23-17. Then Allen Trammell picked off a pass and ran it back 46 yards to give Florida a 30-17 victory. But Gator Bowl folks came away with egg on their faces when Georgia Tech, their early choice, was upset by GEORGIA 17-7. The Bulldogs stuck their linebackers in tight and shot them through the gaps to pin down Tech Quarterback Kim King.