1. PITTSBURGH (5-1)
2. DARTMOUTH (5-0)
3. YALE (5-0)
"Pitt hits you like Joe Marciano," announced Miami Coach Walt Kichefski just before his Hurricanes climbed into the Pitt Stadium ring with the best team in the East, obviously convinced that only a combination of Marciano and Louis could duplicate the effect the Panthers are likely to have on their opposition. "Sooner or later you get knocked to your knees."
This week Pitt did it sooner rather than later, scoring four touchdowns in the first half (they had been big in the second half against West Virginia), and then held off a Miami surge to win by 28-17. Pitt's 5'9" junior quarterback, Dave Havern, abandoned his team's new Power I offense when Miami stacked a 4-5-2 defense against it, but the straight I provided punch enough. Pitt caught Miami napping in the first quarter with a 38-yard reverse pass by Halfback Denny Ferris to End Steve Moyer to set up its first score, which came on a 14-yard throw from Havern to Tony Esposito. Havern tossed one more touchdown during a 15 for 23 afternoon and the Pitt defense set up two more, despite playing without four injured regulars, by alertly gobbling up four fumbles and four interceptions from the shaky Miami offense. The second half was a lethargic series of fruitless clinches, but Pitt Coach Carl DePasqua had cause for some optimism at least as he looked ahead to Notre Dame next week and a possible bowl bid. "We have yet to play a full 60-minute game," he said. "If we ever put two halves together, look out."
Putting two good halves together is something undefeated Dartmouth has been doing all year, and at Cambridge, where 35,000 people came to see what the boys from the woods could do to Harvard, the Indians won 37-14. The Crimson offense, stuttering to only one first down in the first three quarters, scored only against the Dartmouth reserves as Coach Bob Blackman won his 100th game since coming to Dartmouth in 1955. The Indians dominated the first quarter with two long drives but failed to score. So Quarterback Jim Chasey switched on the wild stuff. From the Harvard 49 he pitched an overhand lateral to Halfback John Short, who then lofted a long pass to End Bob Brown for the game's first touchdown. Short was one of the prime reasons it was such a long afternoon for Harvard. He also scored three touchdowns, two on short plunges and one on a six-yard pass from Chasey, blocked like mad and handled Dartmouth's second-half punting. This week's contest against likewise undefeated Yale in New Haven will prove whether Dartmouth is really as good as it looks.
Yale looked good in Ithaca, all right, as it tuned up for the match of the Ivy undefeateds, but then everyone looks good against the Cornell defense. It has given up 117 points in five games. The Elis held the nation's leading rusher, Ed Marinaro, to 62 yards in 19 carries as it walloped the Big Red 38-7. Yale has a rather dazzling offensive weapon of its own, Dick Jauron. The sophomore halfback scored on touchdown runs of 34 and 62 yards and picked up 176 yards rushing in just 14 carries.
At West Point, Penn State Coach Joe Paterno scrapped his wide-open offense in favor of something more compact and conservative and punched out a 38-14 win over Army.
1. OHIO STATE (5-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (5-0)
3. NEBRASKA (6-0-1)
Notre Dame took Saturday off, looking ahead to the exhausting offensive exhibition it will undoubtedly put on against Navy this weekend, but its Midwestern neighbors couldn't have been busier. At Champaign, Ohio State belted out an exciting 48-29 victory over charged-up Illinois and there was almost as much action off the field as on it. On Friday the Illinois Athletic Association sacked Jim Valek (7-29 since taking over in 1967, winless last year), only the fourth football coach the school has had in 50 years. After losing to Ohio State the Illini players voted unanimously to strike if Valek was not reinstated. "If Coach Valek is not here on Monday, Illinois docs not have a football team," said the resolution. Somebody must have believed them, for Valek was reinstated the next afternoon—at least until the end of the season. Ohio State scored first following recovery of an Illinois fumble, but the Illini promptly marched 80 yards for the tying touchdown, held Ohio State, then marched 71 yards to go ahead. After Ohio State Quarterback Rex Kern swept right end on a keeper for 76 yards and another score, Illinois grabbed the lead again 20-14 at the half, and 23-21 with a little over 20 minutes left in the game. Then Ohio State simply wore its opponent down, scoring touchdowns the next four times it got the ball. "It was a great football game to watch," said Hayes, "if you didn't care who won. I did."