North Carolina defeated Wake Forest 7-3 in mud and rain, Georgia Tech beat Tulane 24-16, scoring the decisive TD on a fourth-and-eight pass by Eddie McAshan from the 30, and Florida State routed South Carolina 49-18 as Gary Huff threw for five touchdowns against what had been billed as the Gamecocks' Super Secondary.
1. RENN STATE (6-0)
2. WEST VIRGINIA (6-1)
3. CORNELL (5-0)
With scouts from the Orange, Sugar and Cotton Bowls seated in the stands at Beaver Stadium, undefeated Penn State put on a sparkling show, scoring nine touchdowns in a 66-14 rout of TCU. Coach Joe Paterno's Nittany Lions did almost nothing wrong as they scored the first four times they had the ball, then left it to the reserves to finish impressing the bowl scouts with three last-quarter touchdowns. On offense Penn State used its quarterback option with brutal success. On defense the Lions closed down TCU's Wishbone T by sealing off the corners and smothering the normally sharp passing of Steve Judy, who completed only five of 13 passes. Penn State Quarterback John Hufnagel, the ex-safety, gained 93 yards on a dozen carries and completed six of eight passes. Halfback Lydell Mitchell took over as the nation's leading point scorer (84 points) with four touchdowns and rolled up 177 yards in 22 carries. The point total was State's highest in 24 years, and the 632 yards of total offense set a school record.
West Virginia and Temple locked horns in a wild, back-and-forth scoring battle. The Mountaineers led early by 17 points, trailed late by 10 and finally scored the go-ahead touchdown on an 82-yard pass from Bernie Galiffa to Split End Harry Blake with less than five minutes left on the way to a 43-33 win. Soph Tailback Kerry Marbury scampered 83 yards to a touchdown on a draw play, added two other scores on short runs and compiled a prodigious 291 yards on 22 carries.
Ed Marinaro, the nation's leading rusher, carried 43 times, mostly off tackle, and crunched out 230 yards and three touchdowns as undefeated Cornell walloped Yale 31-10. Dartmouth extended its winning streak to 14, edging Harvard 16-13 on a 46-yard field goal by Ted Perry in the last two seconds. Columbia nipped Rutgers 17-16, and Princeton routed Penn 31-0.
Syracuse scored in every quarter to crush Holy Cross 63-21, Boston College beat Pitt 40-22 and little C.W. Post, with its pro prospect quarterback, Gary Wichard, passing for 289 yards and running for two touchdowns, beat Maine 42-21.
Delaware Coach Tubby Raymond was indignant that his Blue Hens, rated the No. 1 small-college team in the country, had been called a four touchdown favorite over unbeaten West Chester. "Ridiculous, utterly ridiculous," said Raymond before the game. Then his team went out and romped 47-8, rolling up a total offense of 624 yards and posting its sixth straight win of the season.
Army's relief quarterback, J. Kingsley Fink, went in to spell starter Dick Atha and marched the Cadets to two second-half touchdowns as they came from behind to nip Virginia 14-9. Amherst scored in every quarter to swamp Little Three rival Wesleyan 35-10. Boston University Quarterback Bill Poole completed just six passes against Rhode Island, but three of them went for touchdowns in BU's 28-7 win. Six different players scored for Colgate in a 42-32 victory over Brown.