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Auburn's not-so-friendly neighbor Alabama warmed up for next week's intrastate scrimmage with a 42-6 victory over Miami. The Crimson Tide now has a 6-3 record, and Coach Bear Bryant was moved to say, "There are times when I would have been upset to have one touchdown scored against us, but after what we've been through this year, I have to be real proud of that." Said Miami Coach Charlie Tate, "I've never been so humiliated in my life."
South Carolina won its first Atlantic Coast championship by beating Wake Forest 24-6, giving Paul Dietzel's Gamecocks a 6-3 record heading into their final game against Clemson, which fell to up-and-coming North Carolina 32-15 at Chapel Hill.
Before the game, Penn State Coach Joe Paterno was uncommonly worried about how his unbeaten Nittany Lions would perform, after a week's layoff. "I hope it doesn't hurt us," fretted Paterno. "I've got my fingers crossed." Well, thanks to Charlie Pitt-man, Paterno didn't have to keep his fingers crossed any longer than 10 minutes. The Lion halfback scored on three short runs during that span, and Penn State was off to what turned out to be its best performance of the season, a 48-0 breeze over Maryland. Pittman now has 26 career TDs, breaking the record set by his boyhood hero Lenny Moore.
As usual, Penn State's gung-ho defense was the Lions' best offense. Pittman's first score was set up when Linebacker Jack Ham blocked a punt at the 50, and his third TD came after State's Mike Reid tipped a pass for Paul Johnson to intercept. The loudest cheer of the day went up when Reid opened the second quarter by intercepting a pass and returning it 26 yards for his first college touchdown. In the third quarter, Johnson returned a punt 56 yards for a TD, with a crunching block by Reid taking out two Maryland defenders and clearing the way. All told, State's defense now has helped put 230 points on the scoreboard in the last 18 games by causing 78 turnovers. The Lions are unbeaten in 27 straight games, the first major team to go that long without a defeat since Oklahoma put together 48 straight in the mid-'50s.
State's next opponent, Pitt, made some menacing noises while upsetting Army 15-6 at West Point. It was the Panthers' fourth win of the season, one more than they had managed in the three previous years put together. The Panthers were cool, too, spotting Army a 6-0 lead on two Arden Jensen field goals, then coming back behind the passing of Quarterback Jim Friedl, whose 18-yard TD pass to his 6'5" receiver, George Medich, broke the game open.
Both Dartmouth and Princeton were supposed to go into their game Saturday with perfect Ivy League records, but—oops—Princeton slipped up and was upset by Yale 17-14. Now Dartmouth needs only to beat Princeton to wrap up the Ivy title and its unbeaten season. If Princeton wins, however, and if Yale beats Harvard as expected, then there would be a three-way tie for the championship. Dartmouth whipped Cornell 24-7, despite Ed Marinaro's 122 yards rushing, which put the Cornell sophomore only 17 yards away from the Ivy season record. Yale's winning margin over Princeton was a 23-yard field goal by Harry Klebanoff, a 5'6", 140-pound soccer-style kicker.
Navy had trouble getting a first down and was never close to scoring as the Middies fell to Syracuse 15-0, giving them a 1-8 record to take into action against Army Nov. 29 in Philadelphia. Once-beaten Boston University thumped Delaware 30-14, and Massachusetts completed an unbeaten season in the Yankee Conference by beating New Hampshire 48-7. At South Orange, N.J. there were fans in the stand and two teams, Irvington and Seton Hall on the field, but the Seton Hall athletic department had forgotten to hire officials, and the game was postponed.