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1. LSU (6-1)
While the embattled SEC waged war with itself, Louisville last week fought for at least a share of the Missouri Valley crown (which it won) and a new stadium (which it lost). Underdogs by two touchdowns, the Cardinals gave their coach of two years, Lee Corso, a berth in the Pasadena Bowl with a 40-27 defeat of Memphis State. Election results were less rewarding. Voters failed to pass a bond issue that included a new stadium, apparently feeling that the present one is sufficient, even though half the seats are in the end zone.
Still uncomfortable, too, no doubt, are the MVC coaches, whose preseason poll picked Louisville to finish last in the conference. Apparently they hadn't figured on sophomore Quarterback John Madeya: he ran and passed for three touchdowns. And certainly they couldn't have guessed how valuable Kicker Scott Marcus (SI, Nov. 9) would be. He sent two punts out of bounds inside the 10-yard line in the second half. Barefoot. He did not do as well in the first half, maybe because he was wearing shoes.
Tulane's 31-16 victory over Miami gave the Green Wave its sixth win and its best season in 14 years. North Carolina, with Don McCauley getting two quick touchdowns, romped over VMI 62-13 for the Tar Heels' highest point total since 1928. McCauley has 14 touchdowns this season, surpassing the previous record of 12 held by Jimmy Ward and Charlie (Choo Choo) Justice.
Wake Forest dropped Duke 28-14 and joined the Blue Devils as ACC co-leaders.
1. DARTMOUTH (7-0)
Say this for the Syracuse Orangemen: their winning streak is a gaudy five games. Never mind that they had sort of a squeaker against Army, a team everybody beats. Both sides were in an especially emotional frame of mind when they came out on the field at West Point—Syracuse because every potential win has a dreamlike quality in this troubled season, Army because the Cadets are tired of being pushed around. Against Syracuse, Army did not push back quite hard enough. Just 19 seconds remained when the Cadets pulled to within two points, 31-29, on a 21-yard Dick Atha-to-Joe Albano pass and a two-point conversion. Then fights broke out at midfield. Army Coach Tom Cahill went out to try MP duty—and returned to the sideline with a bloody mouth. "I think I must have been punched," he said perceptively.
Things were quite a bit cooler at Hanover, N.H., where the nationally ranked Ivy terrors of Dartmouth shut out Columbia 55-0. Never before in Ivy history had there been that big a victory margin. The Indians are determined to have an undefeated season, and they keep thinking about how they had one going last year until Princeton tigered them on the last day, 35-7. Coming up next for Dartmouth is Cornell, which features the nation's leading rusher, Ed Marinaro.
Penn, meanwhile, was as flat as its homecoming festivities as Yale won 32-22. "We had a pep rally in the ice-skating rink, and hardly anybody showed up," grumbled Jim Fuddy, the Quaker captain. Maybe the homecoming loss is getting to be a Penn tradition; the school is 2-16-1 since 1952.