A passing duel between North Texas State's Steve Ramsey (20 of 37 for 376 yards and five touchdowns) and Texas-El Paso's Brooks Dawson (28 of 52 for 401 yards and four touchdowns) was settled by a field goal. Bernie Barbour won for North Texas 34-31 with his 22-yarder in the last 10 seconds. But the highest scoring of all came in a 53-36 win by West Texas State over Western Michigan, a game in which Mercury Morris flew for 260 yards.
1. PENN STATE (7-0)
2. ARMY (5-3)
3. YALE (7-0)
Penn State Coach Joe Paterno came out with an unbalanced line against Miami to tantalize the visitors. He also told his Lions to run away from Ted Hendricks, Miami's All-America defensive end. Not everything worked according to plan, though, and the Hurricanes took a 7-0 lead on Quarterback David Olivo's 78-yard pass to Flanker Ray Bellamy. Paterno quickly scrapped his offensive innovation, and when Tony Cline, Miami's other good defensive end, went out with a knee injury, the Lions began taking liberties with his replacements. The hustling Penn State defense, led by sophomore Linebacker Jack Ham, who blocked a kick and recovered a fumble, kept stopping Miami and held the Hurricanes to only 20 yards in the second half. On offense, while Hendricks watched helplessly, Halfbacks Charlie Pittman and Bob Campbell kept sweeping the opposite end. Pittman ran for 123 yards, scored three touchdowns and the unbeaten Lions won their seventh game, 22-7, Miami Coach Charlie Tate was impressed. "This is the best team we've faced," he said in admiration, "better than USC."
Hopeful Boston College, with sophomore Quarterback Red Harris flinging the ball all over Michie Stadium—he eventually completed 37 of 57 passes for 374 yards—was ahead of Army 13-10 in the second quarter. Then the Cadets began attacking in earnest. Fullback Charlie Jarvis ran for 253 yards, breaking Glenn Davis' 23-year-old one-game rushing record, and scored on a 46-yard run. Lynn Moore returned a kick 79 yards, Quarterback Steve Lindell passed for two touchdowns and the Cadets shot down the forlorn Eagles 58-25.
Syracuse marched for touchdowns the first two times it got the ball, and then William and Mary collapsed completely. Halfback John Godbolt ran for three scores in an easy 31-0 victory. Coach Ben Schwartzwalder was not pleased, however, that his quarterbacks were intercepted four times. "I guess the dirty truth is we're just an average ball club," he admitted.
The Yale-Harvard classic for the Ivy League title was building up as both teams remained unbeaten. The Elis, with Quarterback Brian Dowling throwing two touchdown passes and picking up 206 yards in total offense, beat Penn 30-13. Harvard, however, had trouble with Princeton. A Tiger fourth-and-one gamble that missed on their 49-yard line set up the winning touchdown for the Crimson in a 9-7 game. Cornell hammered Brown 31-0, while Columbia's one-game winning streak ended abruptly. Although Lion Quarterback Marty Domres broke the Ivy career total offense record—he has 3,777 yards—Dartmouth won handily 31-19.
Rutgers Coach John Bateman was busy thanking himself for turning over the quarterback job to Rich Policastro. The new signal caller passed for three touchdowns and that, along with Bryant Mitchell's 157 yards running, was enough to beat Connecticut 27-15. Holy Cross, catching Massachusetts in a down year, defeated the Redmen 47-20. Colgate and Bucknell did everything in a big way before the Raiders won 48-34. Colgate's Dom Fischer carried 54 times for 265 yards and three touchdowns; Bucknell's Sam Havrilak had 397 yards in total offense: both teams accounted for 954 yards.
1. GEORGIA (6-0-2)
2. AUBURN (6-2)
3. TENNESSEE (5-1-1)