Unbeaten Dartmouth was moving on the ground and through the air, but it wasn't moving into the end zone and, with 48 minutes gone by, the best the 15th-ranked Indians could show was a 3-0 lead against tough Cornell. Then, at just 3:07 of the fourth quarter, Halfback John Short banged over from the three. Turned on now, the Indians punched across two more touchdowns to win their eighth straight victory 24-0. The Dartmouth defense, ranked fourth in the nation, recorded its fifth shutout while holding Ed Marinaro, the country's leading rusher, to 60 yards, his lowest total of the year.
After a terrible season's start Penn State appears to have found itself. The Lions scored their fourth straight victory by downing stubborn Ohio University 32-22 and left a Peach Bowl scout, Bill Robinson, warm with the idea of having Penn State and Air Force play in Atlanta. Never mind that, said Coach Joe Paterno, we still have to play Pitt this Saturday. "Be sure and play Mike Smith," purred Robinson. Smith set a single-game Lion record by intercepting four passes, returning one of them 28 yards for a touchdown.
Boston College played an offensive first half and a defensive second half to rack Pitt 21-6 and hold a commanding lead in every department except co-captains. Pitt fielded 21 seniors for the coin-toss against BC's tri-captains—and lost the flip.
Syracuse's bid for a sixth straight victory died in the hands of Linebacker Dale Farley, who intercepted a pass late in the fourth quarter, and West Virginia rolled on to a 28-19 victory. The theft came with West Virginia leading 21-19 but Syracuse moving strongly toward another score. "That interception made me the happiest man in West Virginia," said Coach Bobby Bowden.
Army, which has been having its problems, stunned Oregon for three quarters with a stout defense and three field goals by Arden Jensen and then held on gamely to salvage a 22-22 upset tie.