1. ARMY (5-1)
2. PENN STATE (4-2)
3. DARTMOUTH (5-0)
The day before his team played Syracuse, Penn State Coach Joe Paterno was talking about Larry Csonka, the 230-pound Syracuse fullback. "He's like a bull," said Paterno. "No matter what you do on defense, he'll get his yardage. But Syracuse will have to outscore us to win, and I don't think they can." He was right. Csonka, pounding inside and occasionally outside, got his 115 yards in 32 carries and scored two touchdowns. But Perm State Quarterback Tom Sherman, more subtle in his ways, did even better. He threw a 60-yard pass to Tight End Ted Kwalick for a score, sneaked over from the one for another and added a 27-yard field goal that put the Nittany Lions ahead 22-14 at the half. Csonka's second touchdown, a six-yard burst off tackle, made it 22-20, but then the Orange had to do what Coach Ben Schwartzwalder likes least—throw the ball. With 1:07 to go, Linebacker Dennis Onkotz picked off one of Rick Cassata's passes and ran it back 47 yards to give Penn State a 29-20 win.
Army had its problems with Stanford, primarily because the Cadets could not hang on to the ball. But the Indians, after getting in front 10-0 on Bill Shoemaker's field goal and Fullback Jack Root's two-yard plunge, had even more trouble. Two Stanford fumbles set up Army touchdowns, but still the Indians led 20-17 with two minutes to play. Then Safety Van Evans, a 9.6 sprinter, returned a punt 37 yards to the Stanford 13. Two plays later sophomore Hank Andrzejczak swept right end for five yards and Army had a tough 24-20 victory.
Navy cut it even closer than that against Pitt as the astonishing Panthers quickly had the Middies down 14-0 on sophomore Tailback Gary Cramer's 59-yard run and sophomore Quarterback Jeff Barr's six-yard rollout. Quarterback John Cartwright moved the Middies back into the game with a run and a pass for scores, but Pitt led 21-19 until John Church's field goal in the closing minutes saved the win for Navy 22-21.
Boston College found its scoring punch, but against little Maine, as the Eagles crushed their overmatched opponents 56-0. Holy Cross won a passing battle from Buffalo 38-25, but Rutgers, lacking a passer, lost to Columbia 24-13.
While Dartmouth was overtaking Harvard 23-21 (page 24), another Ivy League challenger, Yale, was routing Cornell 41-7 behind Quarterback Brian Dowling. Princeton also kept its hopes alive by beating Penn 28-14, while Brown won its first game, defeating Colgate 7-0.
1. TENNESSEE (4-1)
2. GEORGIA (5-1)
3. NORTH CAROLINA STATE (7-0)
Mississippi will take the green lawns and Georgian columns of Oxford to the 72� air-conditioned comfort of any Astrodome, and by playing hot defense on their home turf the Rebels upset ninth-ranked Houston. After spotting Houston a touchdown on Don Bean's 73-yard punt return, Mississippi's Jim Keyes and Bob Bailey recovered fumbles at the Houston 23- and 37-yard lines. Quarterback Paul Newell followed each of these Houston mistakes with a touchdown pass, and Keyes's second conversion proved to be the difference, 14-13, when Houston's usually reliable Ken Hebert missed a point-after-touchdown try in the fourth quarter. The key feat of the Mississippi defense was stopping Wondrous Warren McVea, who, after missing the previous game with a shoulder injury, played the first half poorly and sat out the rest of the game.