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Mervin Hyman
November 04, 1968
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November 04, 1968

Football's Week

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Before the Boston College game, Penn State's Joe Paterno was asked about BC Coach Joe Yukica, an old Penn State end. "I was his sophomore dorm counselor back in 1950," recalled Paterno. "I never thought then I'd be worrying about him beating me." That drew a laugh. After all, the Nittany Lions were unbeaten and ranked No. 4 while Boston College was just struggling to regain respectability. But late in the first half Penn State led only 3-0, mostly because Quarterback Chuck Burkhart had completed just one of his 11 passes. Then Ted Kwalick, the Lions" good tight end, began making Burkhart look good. He made a falling catch on the BC 31, then a diving grab in the end zone for a touchdown. Two more catches by Kwalick—the last one off his shoe tops—set up an 11-yard scoring run by Fullback Tom Cherry. Kwalick caught another pass for two extra points and Penn State led 17-0 at the half. After that the Lions' strong defense took over, and Penn State won easily 29-0.

Army, however, may be a tougher proposition for Penn State this week. The Cadets, apparently over their early season troubles and on their best behavior for visiting Gen. William C. Westmoreland, rolled across defenseless Duke 57-25 as Halfback Lynn Moore ran for four touchdowns. Fullback Chuck Jarvis scored twice, and Jim McCall ran back a pass interception 97 yards for a touchdown.

Pitt, beaten by Navy a week earlier, lost another war to a service academy. While the Air Force defense dropped Quarterback Dave Havern for losses nine times, sophomore speedboys Ernest Jennings and Curtis Martin ran the hapless Panthers dizzy. Jennings broke away on a 55-yard touchdown run and Martin scored twice, as the Falcons won 27-14. "We couldn't beat the Little Sisters of the Poor the way we played," said Coach Dave Hart in disgust.

Maybe the rest of the nation isn't impressed but, with the season half over, three of the country's eight unbeaten and untied teams—Yale, Harvard and Penn—are in the Ivy League. Yale beat Cornell 25-13 for its 13th straight as Quarterback Brian Dowling passed for three touchdowns. Harvard had little trouble defeating Dartmouth 22-7, while Penn, the biggest Ivy surprise of the season, upset Princeton 19-14. The ultimate test will come for the Quakers this week when they play Harvard at Cambridge.

Rutgers and Columbia got together in their annual free-scoring wingding, and Rutgers prevailed 28-17. Navy's one-game winning streak didn't last very long. The Middies lost to Virginia 24-0.

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