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1. PITT (4-1)
At halftime the score was West Virginia 35, Pittsburgh 8, and the mood in old Pitt Stadium was as bright as a steel mill on a cloudy day. The Panthers obviously had played a dirty trick on their fans, winning three in a row to get everyone worked up, only to come out against the Mountaineers and play exactly like those dreary 1-9 teams that have been Pitt's lot the past few years. So what happens in the second half? The Panthers score four touchdowns to win 36-35 and prove that they not only have come all the way back, but might well be the best team east of the Allegheny Mountains.
After the first half, in which West Virginia's Ed Williams scored three touchdowns, Pitt's power-I formation began clicking, and the Panthers got three TDs on short plunges by Denny Ferris, Dave Garnett and Tony Esposito. For the winning points the Panthers surprised West Virginia with a pass. With only 55 seconds left and the ball on the Mountaineer five, Quarterback Dave Havern tossed the clincher to End Bill Pilconis. Earlier Havern had passed for a pair of two-point conversions. "In all my 17 years of coaching," said Pitt's Carl DePasqua, "it was the most fantastic comeback I've ever seen." Don't count on Pitt to fold, either. The Panthers could easily win four of their last five games for a final 8-2 record. Guess who would be going to a bowl?
Well, not Penn State. The Nittany Lions lost their third game, this one to Syracuse 24-7. Coach Ben Schwartzwalder's Orangemen, despite the racial conflict that has beset them, used the running of sophomore Fullback Marty Januszkiewicz to take a 17-0 lead at the half. "They were fired up more than any team I ever had here," said Schwartzwalder later. "Our kids were yelling and screaming so much at halftime I had to tell them to shut up so we could plan the second half." Whatever the plan was, it worked. Syracuse's defense intercepted five passes and the Orangemen got another kind of break in the third quarter. Out of a pileup came State's Steve Prue, holding the ball as if he had recovered a fumble. New units came on the field, but after a conference the officials recalled the Syracuse offense and gave it the ball while State Coach Joe Paterno angrily roamed the sideline.
"The referee came over to me and said no official had seen a loose ball," said Schwartzwalder. "He apologized for making a mistake that helped us, and who was I to criticize?"
When Air Force and Navy played in Washington it seemed that at least half of the 46,414 fans consisted of brass from the Pentagon. It was enough to unnerve any cadet, but not Brian (The Muscle) Bream of the Air Force. He gained a school record 207 yards and scored two TDs as the unbeaten Falcons won 26-3 for their sixth straight.
In the Ivy League, Cornell and rushing leader Ed Marinaro were upset by Harvard, but Dartmouth and Yale remained unbeaten. The Indians thumped Brown 42-14. Quarterback Joe Massey passed Yale over Columbia 32-15. They will decide the Ivy's No. 1 on Oct. 31 in New Haven.
1. AUBURN (5-0)