1. PENN STATE (7-2)
2. ARMY (8-1)
3. SYRACUSE (7-2)
Penn State Coach Joe Paterno's big worry before the season began was his defense. Too many sophomores, he said. But week after week the sophomore defenders have been saving games for the Nittany Lions, and last Saturday they won one by doing the scoring themselves. Sophomore Halfback Bob Capretto intercepted an Ohio University pass and ran it back 50 yards, sophomore Linebacker Dennis Onkotz, who carries the ball like the quarterback he used to be, returned a punt 56 yards and End Frank Spaziani blocked a punt and raced 26 yards, all for touchdowns, as Penn State beat Ohio U. 35-14 for its sixth straight.
It was almost the sorriest week of the season for Army. First, the Pentagon barred the Cadets from participating in a postseason bowl, and then Pitt nearly made the ruling strictly academic by taking a 12-7 lead into the fourth quarter. Sluggish all the way, Army finally rallied to win 21-12 when Halfback Lynn Moore plunged one yard for a touchdown, and minutes later Quarterback Steve Lindell ran 12 for another score.
Navy was not quite so lucky. The Middies, leading Vanderbilt 29-15 on Quarterback John Cartwright's passing (for two touchdowns) and running (for one), fumbled away its edge and had to scramble to salvage a 35-35 tie. Cartwright, who broke Roger Staubach's single-game total offense record with 358 yards, got Navy even with a 14-yard pass to End Rob Taylor with 44 seconds to go. But John Church's try for the winning point was blown off target by a 40-mph wind.
Syracuse, getting more versatile by the game, threw the ball 24 times against Boston College, but Fullback Larry Csonka's running was the big reason the Orange beat BC 32-20. Csonka, who had already broken Floyd Little's career rushing record, carried 30 times for 154 yards to bring his season total to 1,068 with a game still to go. How does he compare with Jim Brown? "Larry doesn't have Brown's speed," says Coach Ben Schwartzwalder, "but I don't think the opposition was as tough when Jimmy played for me."
The Ivy League race is over. Yale Coach Carmen Cozza was worried about Princeton's single wing. "They ought to ban it," he said, facetiously. But in this case they could have banned worrying about it, too. The Elis, with Quarterback Brian Dowling both throwing and catching passes, beat the Tigers 29-7. Dowling passed for two touchdowns, caught a surprise pass from Halfback Calvin Hill for another and ran three yards for a fourth. "The mystique of Princeton football is definitely dead," pronounced Yale Tackle Glenn Greenberg—whatever mystique there was.
The victory meant the conference championship for Yale when Cornell upset Dartmouth 24-21. The race for second, however, is still on. That will be decided Saturday when Harvard, which beat Brown 21-6, meets Yale in The Game at New Haven and Dartmouth plays at Princeton.
1. TENNESSEE (7-1)
2. ALABAMA (7-1-1)
3. MIAMI (6-2)