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Mervin Hyman
December 02, 1968
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December 02, 1968

Football's Week

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1. PENN STATE (9-0)
2. ARMY (6-3)
3. YALE (8-0-1)

It seemed strange, but there was Penn State Coach Joe Paterno chewing out his substitute quarterback for throwing a touchdown pass. What irked Paterno was that he was trying to hold down the score against poor Pitt, and Mike Cooper's 19-yard pass had given unbeaten Penn State a 58-9 lead in the third quarter. The rout had started early, with 35 points in the second period, as Halfback Charlie Pittman scored three times, and at the end the incorrigible Nittany Lions were ahead 65-9. Mercifully, that ended a 1-9 season for the Panthers and Coach Dave Hart's short career at Pitt, as well. Two days later he resigned.

Rutgers' Coach John Bateman didn't chew out anybody. He just savored every moment of his team's 55-34 victory over Colgate, especially the moments when little Halfback Bryant Mitchell was running all over the Red Raiders and Quarterback Rich Policastro was throwing touchdown passes. Mitchell gained 146 yards and Policastro threw for four scores as the Scarlet Knights finished an 8-2 season, their best since 1961. "It was a beautiful year," said Bateman. "I'm sorry it's over."

It took a while for Boston College to convince stubborn Massachusetts that it couldn't hold the Eagles forever, but BC Quarterback Joe Marzetti finally got through to the Redmen. He threw a touchdown pass, then ran nine yards for another score and Massachusetts succumbed 21-6. Holy Cross had to come from behind to beat Connecticut 27-24 on Fullback Tommy Lamb's 10-yard run with 3:47 to go, and Buffalo defeated Boston University 13-10 to give the Bulls a 7-3 record for the season.

Not all the Ivy League shouting was in Cambridge. It was like old times in Penn's Franklin Field, with 50,188—the largest crowd in years—on hand to watch Penn's best team since 1959. The Quakers, who had lost only to Yale and Harvard, didn't disappoint their followers. With Quarterback Bernie Zbrzeznj passing for 176 yards and Fullback Gerry Santini running for 133, Penn defeated Dartmouth 26-21. Princeton and Columbia also had some finale fun. The Tigers hammered Cornell 41-13 as Tailback Brian McCullough scored three touchdowns, while Columbia battered Brown 46-20. But, in a way, it was a sad day at Columbia, for it was the swan song of Quarterback Marty Domres, who completed 30 of 54 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns and scored twice on runs. All told, Domres set 15 school and 12 Ivy records for passes thrown and completed, passing yardage and total offense. He also broke the NCAA mark for total offensive plays—1,132 in three years. "He's the best I've ever seen," said Coach Frank Navarro. "He's just incredible."


1. GEORGIA (7-0-2)
2. TENNESSEE (7-1-1)
3. ALABAMA (7-2)

Charles de Gaulle refused to devalue the franc, but South Carolina definitely deflated Clemson's Frank Howard, beating him 7-3 and jostling the Atlantic Coast Conference championship right out of his hands. The title went instead to North Carolina State, which finished a week earlier with a 6-1 ACC mark. (Clemson was 4-1-1.) It was a 73-yard punt return in the third period by Tyler Hellams that gave the Gamecocks their win and reduced the usually talkative Howard to a whisper. "Of all the games I wanted to win, this was it," was about all Howard said. He has been none too chummy with South Carolina's Paul Dietzel since Dietzel came into the ACC in 1966.

A pair of first-period touchdowns helped both Virginia and North Carolina to their ACC victories. Frank Quayle scored twice for the Cavaliers in the opening quarter and again with four minutes left in the game to overcome Maryland 28-23. The Tar Heels upset Duke 25-14 as Gayle Bomar tossed two touchdown passes.

When it came to catching touchdown passes no one surpassed Ron Sellers, who caught five of them from Bill Cappleman as Florida State whipped Wake Forest 42-24. Cappleman completed 22 of 33 passes for 365 yards. "Sellers," said one effervescent pro scout, "is absolutely the most magnificent pass receiver who ever put on a uniform, and his moves after he catches the ball would make a jaguar envious." It was the last game for Bill Tate of the Deacons, who earlier in the week had announced his resignation. As for Seminole Coach Bill Peterson, he and his team accepted an offer to face LSU in Atlanta's first Peach Bowl.

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