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William F. Reed
November 17, 1969
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November 17, 1969

Football's Week

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1. PENN STATE (7-0)
3. DARTMOUTH (7-0)

If any Princeton diehards were unhappy that the Tigers finally junked that Stanley Steamer of formations, the single wing, this season's team hasn't left them much room for complaint. As happy with the T (or the cockeyed-I, as they call it) as a poor kid with an old toy, the Tigers flattened Harvard 51-20 to remain tied for the Ivy lead with unbeaten Dartmouth, a 37-7 conqueror of Columbia. Each has a 5-0 league record heading into this week's final tune-ups before their showdown Nov. 22 at Princeton.

Nobody has been happier without the single wing than Princeton Quarterback Scott MacBean. "It gave me a new life," he said. "I was about to be beaten out at tailback. Besides, the single wing makes for dull football. We were last in the nation in passing last year." Against Harvard, the hero was not MacBean but the Princeton captain, senior Fullback Ellis Moore, who scored three TDs—two fewer than he got on his last trip to Cambridge. "Players seem to return to the scene of the crime quite often," said Princeton Coach Jake McCandless. The Tigers' defense threw Harvard Halfback Ray Horn-blower for a net loss of seven yards rushing.

It was raining in Morgantown, but West Virginia came out passing and beat William & Mary 31-0. Quarterback Mike Sherwood completed seven of II for 147 yards and a touchdown, while Bob Gresham scored three times on runs of 35, 48 and 59 yards. Notre Dame, having a great season against mediocre opponents (except Purdue and Southern Cal), destroyed Pitt 49-7. Irish Quarterback Joe Theismann called an efficient game, mixing his own passes (three for touchdowns) with traps and end sweeps.


1. OHIO STATE (7-0)
2. MISSOURI (7-1)
3. PURDUE (7-1)

Indiana's 28-17 loss to Iowa was the "climax to a very bad week," in the words of Quarterback Harry Gonso. Indeed, the Hoosiers' second Big Ten defeat virtually destroyed their Rose Bowl hopes, and that was all Gonso needed after a fire Friday night gutted his fraternity house (Sigma Alpha Epsilon), destroying everything he owned—including prized football mementos. None of this was as serious, however, as the trouble that began on Wednesday, when Hoosier Coach John Pont dismissed 10 blacks—including three defensive starters—from the squad for skipping practice two straight days, an offense that called for automatic dismissal under the Pont system.

On Friday the blacks released a list of eight grievances, with charges ranging from "inadequate medical treatment" to "creation of an atmosphere that is mentally depressing and normally discouraging for blacks." No specific charges were made against Pont, a coach who has heretofore had a reputation for being sensitive and sympathetic to black problems. Not mentioned in the grievances, but possibly originating them, was Pont's shake-up of his team a month earlier. After the coach declared every starting position open, some blacks failed to win theirs back and two didn't even make the traveling squad

Four blacks had returned to practice Wednesday, skipping only one day, and one of them, Split End John Andrews, received a loud pregame ovation from the Indiana fans, many of whom had changed their "Go Big Red" buttons to "Go Big White," a not-so-subtle response to the dismissed blacks, who met in the school's Union Building during the game. To discourage any disturbance in front of a regional TV audience, 84 uniformed policemen ringed the field and a state police helicopter hovered overhead The Hoosiers clung to a 14-13 lead in the third quarter, but Iowa's Jerry Nelson blocked a John Isenbarger punt and teammate Dan McDonald recovered at the Indiana 19, setting up the winning TD by substitute Dennis Green.

While Indiana was staggering, Purdue and Michigan each won easily to remain tied for second in the Big Ten—but the end of the honeymoon may be at hand. The Boilermakers this week make their long-awaited trip to Ohio State, then Michigan gets the Buckeyes the next weekend—at home.

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