Pitt had some early moments, too, as Quarterback Dave Havern passed for 261 yards in the first half. He brought the Panthers back from 17-0 to 17-14, but after intermission the Orangemen effectively blitzed Havern. His running backs could gain only three yards all day and were not able to take any of the pressure off him.
Talking about Villanova's defense, Boston College Coach Joe Yukica had this lucid postgame comment: " Villanova used 5-3, 4-4, 5-4 and 4-3 defenses. On pass defense they covered both zone and man-to-man and they played us for the outside square." Do not be deceived by the mumbo-jumbo, because Eagle Quarterback Red Harris was not fooled by all those defenses. He had 18 completions in 34 tries, good for 253 yards and a 28-15 win.
Brown may have left Brian Dowling of Yale in stitches, but it was the Bulldog quarterback who had the last laugh. He had to take time out in the first quarter to receive five stitches in his eyebrow, and in the third period he hurt his ankle and left the game. Dowling, however, was in for 42 plays and that was long enough to gain 111 yards rushing and 192 passing and take the Bulldogs on a 35-13 Ivy League romp.
Like Dowling, Tailbacks Scott MacBean and Brian McCullough of Princeton each got only half a day's work in, giving separate but equal performances as the Tigers surprised Dartmouth 34-7. MacBean accumulated 137 yards on the ground and another 41 by hitting on all five of his passes, while McCullough ran for 144 yards and passed for 20 more. Penn, with the help of a Cornell field goal try that hit the crossbar and bounced back, won its third game in a row 10-8. A 58-yard pass from Bernie Zbrzeznj (how did Syracuse miss him?) to Dave Graham and a 22-yard field goal by Eliot Berry gave the Quakers their points. Vic Gatto, the 5'6" Harvard captain, ran for 144 yards and the defense forced Columbia into a rash of errors as the Crimson won 21-14.
Interceptions enabled Rutgers and Colgate to win. Safetyman John Pollock of Rutgers ran back one interception 54 yards for a touchdown and then ended Lehigh's come-from-behind hopes by stealing another in the closing minutes as the Scarlet Knights hung on 29-26. Halfback Al Klumpp of Colgate intercepted two Holy Cross aerials to save a 14-6 victory.
1. USC (4-0)
2. STANFORD (3-])
3. ARIZONA STATE (3-1)
Half an hour before kickoff time a USC assistant coach said, "It's doubtful that O.J. will play. It's strictly up to him if he thinks his knee can take it." Well, O.J. Simpson felt he could play and that is the only reason that the Trojans defeated Stanford 27-24 and remained unbeaten. Despite his bad knee, O.J. carried the ball 47 times (a record for him), gained 220 yards and scored three touchdowns, giving him 12 this season. Actually, though, it was Simpson's improvised passing that made the difference. O.J. was trapped behind the line on a fourth-and-one situation with the ball on the Stanford 33, the score 24-24 and 11:15 to play. Just when it seemed that Simpson might be dumped for a loss he spotted Dan Scott near the sideline at the 11. He let fly with a pass, Scott caught it, and four plays later Ron Ayala kicked a field goal.
Penn State, which lost to UCLA 17-15 last year on a blocked kick, capitalized on a similar play to hand the Bruins a 21-6 defeat. Linebacker Jack Ham blocked the punt in the second period and Jim Kates, another linebacker, picked it up and ran 36 yards for a touchdown. Explaining how he was able to get to the ball, Kates said, "The center had a peculiar motion. He moved the ball forward before snapping it and I was able to time myself." Tom Cherry and Charlie Pittman broke tackles to score the other Nittany Lion touchdowns, Cherry on a 76-yard pass, Pittman on a 28-yard run.
Fog, cancelled flights and other delays turned the 300-mile trip to Seattle into an odyssey for the Oregon team. When the Ducks finally got a chance to work out on the Huskies' AstroTurf it was 10 o'clock on Friday night and the only light was provided by a parked car and by a few rays that spilled over from a nearby practice field. Oregon had trouble the next day, too, on the rain-slicked carpet but managed to win 3-0 on a 38-yard field goal by Ken Woody.