1. PENN STATE (10-0)
2. BOSTON COLLEGE (8-2)
3. DARTMOUTH (8-1)
"This may be our best team yet," said Penn State Coach Joe Paterno, and this was before his Nittany Lions chewed up Pitt 55-18 for their 15th straight victory. Lydell Mitchell scored three more touchdowns to extend his NCAA single-season record to 28. He gained 181 yards in 21 carries despite sitting out most of the second half.
Paterno did not take any chances when the Panthers drew to within 36 points in the third quarter. He sent his first unit back in "because Pitt started to get a lot of momentum." Penn State, as expected, held on, even extended its lead, and accepted a Cotton Bowl bid.
Princeton had the Ivy League's leading offense and defense, but once again Dartmouth had the best team. The Indians stomped the Tigers 33-7, intercepting five passes, forcing two fumbles and not allowing a touchdown until the last play of the game.
Cornell, although it lost to Dartmouth a week earlier, earned a share of the Ivy title by walloping Penn 41-13. The Marinaro Era came to a glorious conclusion as Ed scored five touchdowns and gained 230 yards in 42 carries. As for the Heisman Trophy, the leg-weary Marinaro said, "I'll be happy if I get it. I'll be disappointed if I don't. But I'll be able to live with it."
Harvard and Yale met in the 88th renewal of their series. The Crimson, with an early three-touchdown splurge in three minutes 12 seconds, won going away, 35-16, before the largest Ivy League crowd this season, 51,238. Harvard's first-year coach, Joe Restic, was glad The Game was finally behind him. "I started receiving correspondence early in the year that I wasn't concentrating enough on Yale," he said.
Columbia concluded its finest season in 10 years, finishing 6-3 with a 24-6 win over Brown despite the absence of Quarterback Don Jackson, who was injured. The Bruins led 6-3 at halftime before the Lions started to roar. Boston College routed Massachusetts 35-0 as John Kline kicked two 45-yard field goals and the defense produced touchdowns on a blocked punt and a pass interception.
Syracuse ended a three-game losing streak by overcoming a 21-7 third-quarter deficit to defeat West Virginia 28-24.
Delaware, the nation's top college-division team, romped past Bucknell 46-0 by scoring in every quarter. Gardy Kahoe had four touchdowns, and his 145 yards rushing in 20 carries gave him a school record 1,216 yards for the season.