Arkansas and Texas Tech also won, moving into a four-way tie for the Southwest Conference lead with Texas and SMU. Bill Montgomery, the nearsighted Razorback quarterback, hit on 20 of 28 passes as Arkansas rallied from a 14-6 halftime deficit to overcome Texas A&M 25-22. In all, there were 84 passes in the game, with Edd Hargett of the Aggies finding the range on 28 of 55. Roger Freeman gained 83 yards to help Texas Tech thump Rice 38-15.
Ross Montgomery of TCU scored three limes and banged out 177 yards in 36 carries as the Horned Frogs ended a four-game losing streak by beating Baylor 47-14. Five touchdown passes by Steve Ramsey gave North Texas State its first Missouri Valley Conference victory, 55-34, over Cincinnati.
1. PENN STATE (6-0)
2. ARMY (4-3)
3. YALE (6-0)
The big game was in University Park, where Penn State managed to hold off Army 28-24 (page 19), but interest was just as high in Cambridge as unbeaten Harvard and Penn had at each other in the Ivy League's first showdown. It had been years since anyone dared mention Penn in the same hallowed breath with Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Dartmouth, the perennial contenders for the championship, but Bob Odell, an ambitious young coach who had survived a critical policy struggle concerning how much emphasis should be placed on Penn athletics, began collecting some eager young student athletes. These included a quarterback with the unlikely name of Bernie Zbrzeznj, and suddenly the Quakers were no longer peaceful. In fact they were downright rambunctious while winning their first five games. "Maybe we're just too dumb to know how poor we're supposed to be," Zbrzeznj said.
But like all good things, Penn's winning streak came to an end last week. Harvard, which also had been something of a pleasant surprise, was simply too much for the Quakers. The first three times Penn got the ball it lost it on interceptions and a fumble. The alert Crimson turned two of those errors into touchdowns by Halfback Ray Hornblower and Quarterback George Lalich, and then Halfback Vic Gatto ran back a punt 70 yards to give Harvard a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. After that the Harvard defense took over, and Penn never had a chance. Harvard won 28-6. Odell was impressed. "That's the greatest defensive team I've seen in this league in four years," he said enviously.
Elsewhere in the Ivy League it was offense that caught the eye. Yale's Brian Dow-ling had one of his finest days, completing 14 of 22 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns, and running for a fourth score as the Elis whipped Dartmouth 47-27. Princeton's Brian McCullough scored four times in a 50-7 rout of Brown. The most brilliant performance, though, was the one turned in by Columbia's Marty Domres, a lanky 6'4" quarterback with a slingshot arm. Domres broke four Ivy records—for career passing yardage and completions, and single-game passing yardage and total offense. More important, he gave Coach Frank Navarro his first victory, over Cornell, 34-25.
Syracuse, embarrassed by its 43-0 loss to California, wasted little time getting over its humiliation. The Orange lit into unsuspecting Holy Cross and walloped the Crusaders 47-0. Tackle Ray White started the rout by recovering a blocked punt in the end zone, and after that it was all uphill for Holy Cross. Syracuse passed and ran for 476 yards as seven different players scored.
Navy, with nothing to lose against Notre Dame in Philadelphia, tried an onside kick, gambled twice for short yardage on fourth down in its own territory and once even faked a punt and tried a pass. "If I could have thought of anything else I would have used that too," said Coach Bill Elias. It was all to no avail. Quarterback Terry Hanratty, although suffering with a sore back muscle and a queasy stomach, picked apart the futile Middies with his passes, Halfback Bob Gladieux pounded them for two touchdowns and Notre Dame coasted 45-14.
It had been a full week—and one victory—since Rutgers Coach John Bateman made the big decision to replace Bruce Van Ness at quarterback with Rich Policastro. "Van Ness is a free spirit," Bateman had explained. "He doesn't want a quarterback's responsibility." For a while last Saturday, Bateman may have had some second thoughts. Delaware was leading 14-10 despite an 84-yard run by Halfback Bryant Mitchell. Then Policastro fired a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jim Benedict and all was well with the Scarlet Knights. They won 23-14.