1. DARTMOUTH (6-0)
2. SYRACUSE (4-3)
3. PITT (5-2)
To paraphrase Mark Twain, those reports of Syracuse's death were greatly exaggerated. The Orangemen, supposedly suffering from a terminal case of racial misery, lost their first three starts but now have won four straight. Their latest, and most impressive, victory was a 43-13 upset of Pittsburgh (and when was the last time anybody upset Pitt?) in Syracuse's Archbold Stadium. "This is the most remarkable group of boys with which I've been connected," said Syracuse Coach Ben Schwartzwalder. "I just can't believe what they are doing." Neither could Bud Dudley of the Liberty Bowl, who came to scout Pitt and left talking about Syracuse. "They are definitely a team to be considered," said Dudley.
Quarterback Randy Zur, sidelined by injuries for three weeks, came back to run Syracuse's newly installed Power I, and he fit the formation perfectly. Entering the game late in the first quarter, Zur ran for 40 yards and two TDs, and passed for 93 yards and two more scores. He was at his best in the second quarter when the Orange scored three times in an eight-minute span for a 19-0 lead. Meanwhile, Syracuse's defense blitzed Pitt Quarterback Dave Havern into ineffectiveness.
In Philadelphia, hapless Navy went up against Notre Dame and the Middies surprised even themselves by making a game out of it—for the first 10 minutes, that is. After the Irish took the opening kick off and nonchalanted their way 80 yards for a TD, the Middies came back to tie it on a five-yard keeper by Quarterback Ade Dillon, a sophomore making his first start. The play, set up when an Irish defensive back inexplicably failed to break up Dillon's long, wobbly pass to Karl Schwelm, was the incentive for some cannon shooting and hat waving by the assembled Middies. Then it was Pearl Harbor time. Under the direction of Joe Theismann, Notre Dame scored four times in the second quarter, and the Irish defense made Dillon look seasick. At the end it was Notre Dame 56, Navy 7.
For Theismann, the game was a homecoming of sorts, because Joe comes from South River, N.J., just a few miles up the turnpike. A good many Theismann fans were in the crowd of 45,226 (which only half filled cavernous John F. Kennedy Stadium) and some wore old-fashioned straw hats with the sign "7—South River." The folks were pleased to see No. 7 complete 10 of 13 passes for 161 yards, including two scoring tosses to Tom Gatewood.
While Dartmouth and Yale were slugging it out for the Ivy lead (page 44), their contemporaries were running up some healthy scores. With Ed Marinaro gaining 127 yards and scoring three TDs, Cornell dumped Columbia 31-20. In other games it was Harvard 38, Penn 23 and Princeton 45, Brown 14, totals that might have been left over from the old AFL.
At University Park, Pa., a couple of fallen powers, Penn State and West Virginia, came together; only State appeared to have rebounded and the result for State's Italian coach, Joe Paterno, was some-a speecy, spicy ball, all right. Before the game, Penn State's sophomore quarterback, John Hufnagle, made the rather melodramatic observation that "I feel like a gladiator about to go on display in the big arena." Well, whatever John felt, the display was not at all bad for a guy who started the season as the No. 3 quarterback and a backup defensive back. Befuddling the Mountaineers with his mastery of the option, Hufnagle guided State to a 42-8 victory. Meanwhile, his former defensive colleagues also were having a fine day, blocking a punt to set up a TD, holding West Virginia to only 27 yards rushing and dumping Mountaineer Quarterback Mike Sherwood seven times for 65 yards in losses. "I don't think they wanted me with the defense," said Hufnagle, almost wistfully. "I'm not very ferocious."
1. TEXAS (7-0)
2. ARKANSAS (7-1)
3. TEXAS TECH (6-2)