Last October Pittsburgh was trailing West Virginia 35-8 and ended up winning 36-35. Last Saturday the Panthers rose from the dead again, falling behind Navy 35-10, then fighting back to win by—yep—36-35. Favored by 21 points, Pitt got into deep trouble when the Middies converted two fumbles and an interception into scores. But the Pitt defense held fast for the last two periods while the offense went to work. Dave Havern threw a six-yard pass to Les Block with 27 seconds left for the win.
"Army is a solid team, particularly on defense," said Penn State Coach Joe Paterno before the Cadets arrived. That may have been true against Georgia Tech and other teams, but it was not true Saturday. Penn State romped 42-0 as Halfback Ly-dell Mitchell gained 161 yards on 22 carries and scored three touchdowns.
Boston College made Villanova its fourth straight victim 23-7, rushing for 338 yards. Delaware's Blue Hens moved closer to the Lambert Cup by smashing previously undefeated Lafayette 49-0. Sophomore Quarterback Mickey Connolly threw three TD passes to help Holy Cross upset Colgate 28-14. Temple Coach Wayne Hardin was so upset over the death of his former assistant at Navy, Ernie Jorge, that he couldn't give his pregame talk. The Owls dedicated the game to Jorge's memory and beat Connecticut 38-0.
Harvard beat Columbia 21-19, Coach Joe Restic's first Ivy League victory. Ted DeMars switched from fullback to halfback and outgained all of Columbia's backs put together. Penn had a 3-3 tie with Dartmouth in the first half, but two Big Green quarterbacks stayed with their ground attack in the second half and wore the Quakers down 19-3. Ed Marinaro got 144 yards in 30 carries as Cornell beat Princeton 19-8.
1. NEBRASKA (5-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (4-0)
3. MICHIGAN (4-0)
A loser by 51 points last year, Iowa State was ready for powerful Colorado this time, and the fans in Ames, Iowa thought for a while that they were going to savor the Big Eight upset of the season. The Cyclones, unbeaten but rated low in the conference, had themselves a 14-14 tie with just 6� minutes left. Then Colorado Defensive End J. B. Dean decided there had been enough fooling around. He kicked a 37-yard field goal and, in the last minute, intercepted a pass to set up Cliff Branch's clinching touchdown run—eight yards on an end sweep—that made the final score 24-14.
Undefeated in three games and studded with sophomore stars, Bowling Green was given a good chance to finally end Toledo's winning streak and firmly establish a MidAmerican Conference dynasty of its own. However, all the talk about an upset merely served to get Toledo stirred up and the Rockets won 24-7, their 28th in a row.
Michigan Halfback Bill Taylor injured his left shoulder in the first half against Michigan State and played only occasionally after that, but he still gained 117 yards in 15 carries and scored twice in the Wolverines' 24-13 win. Purdue Quarterback Gary Danielson had to leave the game because of a separated left shoulder, but not before he hit 15 of 20 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns in the Boilermakers' 27-13 victory over Minnesota. Another Big Ten signal-caller, Maurie Daigneau of Northwestern, had a happy day, leading his team to a 28-3 win over poor Iowa, which has lost five straight, just like Illinois.
Nebraska kept rolling, earning its first shutout of 1971, 36-0 over Missouri. Kansas sophomore David Jaynes came off the bench to throw three touchdown passes in 10 minutes as the Jayhawks beat Kansas State 39-13. Tight End John Schroll caught nine of his passes for 88 yards.