1. PENN STATE (8-0)
2. CORNELL (7-0)
3. BOSTON COLLEGE (6-2)
Columbia, with a 4-3 record, played its seventh game this season in which the point margin was three points or less, this time upsetting favored and undefeated Dartmouth 31-29 on a 34-yard field goal by Paul Kaliades with 48 seconds to go. Steve How-land plunged for two touchdowns and Quarterback Don Jackson threw touchdown passes to Rick Assaf and Jesse Parks to give Columbia a 28-14 lead in the third period and an apparent end to its string of heart stoppers. But Indian reserve Quarterback Steve Stetson tossed touchdown passes of eight yards to Rip Klupchak and 63 yards to Tyrone Byrd to quickly lift Dartmouth in front 29-28, a lead that held until Kaliades' wobbling kick just tumbled over the crossbar. It was the Big Green's first loss after 15 straight wins.
With Dartmouth out of the way, undefeated Cornell had first place in the Ivy League all to itself after beating Brown 21-7. The Bruins led 7-6 after an 80-yard scoring march in the third quarter. Then Ed Marinaro, who ground out 176 yards on 37 carries, scored his 16th and 17th touchdowns of the season as Cornell rallied before a home field crowd that shouted "We're No. 1!" Princeton came back from a 10-0 deficit to cut down Harvard 21-10, and Yale beat Penn 24-14.
Notre Dame visited Pitt and rediscovered how to score, trampling all over the Panthers 56-7. Notre Dame scored four touchdowns in the first 23 minutes and kept up the barrage all game long. Ed Gulyas had three touchdowns, Larry Parker two, and soph Quarterback Cliff Brown ran Parseghian's multiple sets, Power I's and Wishbone-power pitchouts with the poise of a pro.
Undefeated Penn State, marking time until its big game with Tennessee on Dec. 4, walloped Maryland 63-27 for its 13th straight win. Lydell Mitchell scored five touchdowns, gained 209 yards rushing in 24 carries and broke half a dozen school records. Boston College, blanked in the first half, gained a lackluster 10-3 win over Syracuse, while Army beat Rutgers 30-17.
1. ARIZONA STATE (7-1)
2. STANFORD (7-2)
3. WASHINGTON (7-2)
Stanford has lost two games and is not exactly the scourge of the West, but the Indians defeated floundering UCLA, which has won only two games, 20-9, and clinched first place in the troubled Pacific Eight Conference (page 28) and an automatic Rose Bowl bid. Postgame talk was more about how badly Stanford would be beaten by its probable Rose Bowl opponent, Michigan, on New Year's Day than on the game. In the first half, the best the Indians and Bruins could do was match field goals. Then Stanford got untracked in the second half, and Quarterback Don Bunce completed a string of five straight passes prior to driving in for the go-ahead touchdown from six yards out. "They said we were through when Plunkett graduated," said a Stanford assistant coach after the game, "but Bunce will do as well as Jim in the Rose Bowl. He's faster and a better runner and a heckuva passer."
In other Pacific Eight games, Washington routed California 30-7 as Quarterback Sonny Sixkiller ran two yards for one touchdown, passed 68 yards to Jim Krieg for another and sat out most of the last three quarters. Southern California held the league's leading rusher, Bernard Jackson (130 yards per game average), to 56 yards while winning its third straight, beating Washington State 30-20.