1. NAVY (3-1)
2. ARMY (3-1)
3. SYRACUSE (3-1)
It could have been a gloomy week for Penn State. The Nittany Lions had just lost a game to UCLA that they might have won, and Bobby Campbell, the do-everything tailback, was out for the season with knee troubles. But with Boston College coming up, Coach Joe Paterno set about stacking his backfield with sophomores. The result was an explosive 50-28 win over BC. Quarterback Tom Sherman and Tight End Ted Kwalick upset the Eagles' pass defense, while Fullback Don Abbey ran inside for 119 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile the Lion's young defense, led by sophomore Tackle Steve Smear, kept BC scrambling with an aggressive rush. Only when Penn State's regulars retired in the last quarter could Boston College move, with Halfback Dave Bennett scoring three times.
Rutgers survived a frenzied game with Delaware, winning 29-21 on Quarterback Pete Savino's two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Holy Cross, despite some early blundering, settled down to beat Colgate 17-0, and Buffalo slid past Boston U. 6-0.
In the Ivy League one early favorite, Princeton, was not only beaten but humiliated by Cornell 47-13. Dartmouth and Harvard, the other preseason choices, had no problems. Dartmouth, with Bill Koenig filling in notably for injured Quarterback Gene Ryzewicz, defeated Penn 23-0, and Harvard battered Columbia 49-13 as Quarterback Ric Zimmerman threw for three touchdowns. Yale also had it easy, beating Brown 35-0.
1. ALABAMA (3-0-1)
2. TENNESSEE (2-1)
3. GEORGIA (3-1)
Georgia, undefeated for a year, recognized the danger as it marched off to face twice-beaten Mississippi, but nothing could save the Bulldogs from an upset. Ole Miss led 22-14 in the fourth quarter and then Georgia Coach Vince Dooley, who does not favor the forward pass, regretfully ordered his quarterback, Kirby Moore, to take to the air. With 6:40 to play Moore hit Hardy King with a 27-yard throw for a touchdown that brought Georgia within two points. But one aerial adventure was enough. When Moore tried to pass to King for a two-point conversion and a tie game the ball was thrown low, and Mississippi went on to win 29-20.
Alabama's weak pass defense again had the Tide in trouble, this time against resurgent Vanderbilt. Quarterback Roger May passed for 199 yards, completing 16 of 28, including 11 to End Bob Goodridge, and Vandy had a 14-14 tie late in the second quarter. But then 'Bama Quarterback Ken Stabler moved his team close enough for Steve Davis to kick a 21-yard field goal before the half, and the Tide rolled 35-21.
The top two quarterbacks, Dewey Warren of Tennessee and Kim King of Georgia Tech, were hurt, so Charlie Fulton had to start for the Vols against Tech's Larry Good. This would have been all right by Vol fans, but the first quarter was no sooner well begun than Fulton, too, was injured. That left it up to third-stringer Bubba Wyche, a junior from Atlanta, who promptly threw two touchdown passes to Richmond Flowers and led Tennessee to a 24-13 victory over unbeaten Tech.