1. PENN STATE (6-2)
2. ARMY (7-1)
3. SYRACUSE (6-2)
While Penn State's sophomores were making their bid for national prestige, Army continued on its way to what may be its best season since 1949—which was the last time the Cadets won nine games. Coach Tom Cahill had worried about Utah, mostly because the Redskins were a good passing team. As it turned out, Army Quarterback Steve Lindell—who often throws a football as if it were a muskmelon—passed better than Utah. While the tough Army defense held down the Utes, Lindell tossed to Tight End Gary Steele and Halfback Van Evans for touchdowns, and Army won its seventh game 22-0.
A strange thing happened to the football in Syracuse last Saturday: the home team threw it—and got some variety into its long-static offense. Quarterback Rick Cassata completed 14 of 25 passes—the Orange threw 42 in all—and ran for two touchdowns in a 41-7 rout, and Fullback Larry Csonka ran through the Holy Cross line for 102 yards to set a new Syracuse record of 2,721, breaking Floyd Little's mark.
Pitt, which had given both Navy and Syracuse a scare, collapsed back to reality against Notre Dame. Even without Split End Jim Seymour, who stayed home to rest an injured foot, the Irish were far too much for the battle-worn Panthers. Quarterback Terry Hanratty ran for two scores, Safety Tom Schoen returned a punt 78 yards for another and Notre Dame won 38-0. "Our quarterbacking was terrible," complained Pitt Coach Dave Hart. The defense was not so grand, either.
Some of the lesser independents also had their troubles. Massachusetts Quarterback Greg Landry moved Rutgers' defense aside for 127 yards and completed eight passes for 99 in a 30-7 win. Boston College, having its worst season under Coach Jim Miller, lost to VMI 26-13. But Villanova, with Quarterback Billy Andrejko throwing six touchdown passes, surprised Buffalo 41-23.
The Ivy League has the best Saturday shocker show going since the movies gave up on Dracula. Princeton, still in the title race, upset favored Harvard not by a respectful 10 points or a gentlemanly 20, but by 45-6. Sophomore Fullback Ellis Moore scored five Princeton touchdowns, four of them on one-yard shots over the middle. There was no accounting for hapless Harvard, except, as its alumni insist, it always loses by 40 points when being televised. It's a tradition.
Yale, the Ivy leader, outscored Penn 44-22, while Dartmouth, tied with Princeton for second place, came from behind to beat stubborn Columbia 13-7. Cornell and Brown played a 14-14 tie.
1. TENNESSEE (6-1)
2. ALABAMA (6-1-1)
3. MIAMI (6-2)