Penn State, showing none of the stuttering that had marked the first part of its season, put on a display of precise, efficient football in shutting out Army 45-0 before a crowd of 42,352 at West Point. Nittany Lion Quarterback John Hufnagel, directing his offense with the snap of a drill sergeant until retiring in the third quarter, completed 12 of 18 passes for two touchdowns and 153 yards, and ran for an additional 71 yards. At Syracuse, Navy also took its lumps, falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter and finally losing to the Orangemen 30-14. It was left to unbeaten Air Force to uphold service-academy honor and the Falcons did it just barely, edging Boston College 13-9. Two first-quarter field goals by Dave Law-son and a 10-yard touchdown pass from Rich Haynie to Greg Smith put Air Force ahead 13-0 before the Eagles scored on a two-yard touchdown run by sophomore Mike Esposito and a 33-yard field goal by Fred Steinfort as the half ended. In the second half three Air Force interceptions shut off Boston College scoring marches.
The Ivies started mixing it up in earnest. At New York, in a game between two strong title contenders, Harvard edged Columbia 20-18 when the Lions failed three times on two-point conversion attempts, the last disappointment coming with less than two minutes left in the game. In Ithaca, Cornell blew a 17-0 lead over Penn, but managed to nip the Quakers 24-20 when End John McKeown outjumped two defenders in the end zone to catch a 12-yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Mark Allen with 36 seconds left. At Hanover, Dartmouth opened its scoring on a 40-yard pass play from Fullback Doug Lind to Halfback Rick Klupchak, and got three more touchdowns from Quarterback Steve Stetson on runs of six, 32 and one yard as it rolled over Princeton 35-14. At New Haven, Yale scored 25 points in the first quarter against Brown but did hot ice the game until the third quarter when Halfback Dick Jauron, who gained 154 yards on 14 carries, got 80 of them on a touchdown burst over left tackle to spice the Elis' 53-19 victory.
Temple upset West Virginia 39-36 when Owl Fullback Paul Loughran, who had scored two earlier touchdowns, fielded a Mountaineer punt on his 21-yard line, moved to the right behind his blockers and sprinted 79 yards to score with 2:06 left.
1. OKLAHOMA (4-0)
2. OHIO STATE (4-0)
3. NOTRE DAME (4-0)
"If you want to know why coaches get ulcers," said Illinois Coach Bob Blackman, "sit around and think about Archie Griffin carrying the football three more years." Ohio State's freshman tailback was at his best again last week piling up 192 yards rushing in 27 carries, most of them bursts inside tackle, as the Buckeyes ground out a 26-7 win over the Illini. Nor will Griffin's sophomore running mate, 6'4", 224-pound Fullback Harold Henson, provide much balm for opposing coaches. Henson punched out his seventh, eighth and ninth touchdowns of the season on short runs, all in the first half. Ohio State took a 13-0 first-quarter lead on marches of 80 and 51 yards. Illinois struck suddenly on a 60-yard halfback pass from Lonnie Perrin to Joe Lewis, but Henson's third touchdown gave the Buckeyes a 19-7 halftime lead. In the second half Woody Hayes turned conservative, even for him, ordering up only three passes (one for a touchdown) even though Illinois stacked eight defenders on the line to shut down the Ohio State running game.
Notre Dame, perhaps sluggish from its tough game with Michigan State the week before, got off to a slow start against winless Pitt at South Bend. Leading only 14-8 during the third period, the Irish finished with a flourish and sent the Panthers to their sixth defeat of the year 42-16. The Irish lost three fumbles in the first half and were looking shaky in the second until sophomore Drew Mahalic darted in front of a pass from Pitt Quarterback John Hogan and ran it back 56 yards for the touchdown that broke the game open. Fullback Andy Huff scored three touchdowns on short runs, and freshman Running Back Art Best went 56 yards for another touchdown the first time he ever carried the ball for Notre Dame.
Nebraska Coach Bob Devaney has so much offensive depth that it troubles him. He is afraid that even his Cornhusker reserves won't be able to restrain themselves from running up mammoth scores and that he will be accused of cruelty. Last week at home against Missouri his boys proved irrepressible again. The regulars played only 39 minutes, but when they came off the field the reserves took over without missing a beat and rolled tip a 62-0 shutout. Sophomore Quarterback Dave Humm played beautiful music with his passing arm, hitting on 15 of 22 throws for 267 yards and three touchdowns. His replacement, Steve Runty, completed five of seven for 62 yards in the third quarter. "I have to let Runty throw a few passes," said Devaney. "He wants to play football. I can't hobble him forever." Slotback Johnny Rodgers scored only one touchdown, on a 28-yard pass from Humm, but it gave him a Nebraska record of 216 points.
Michigan State advanced deeper into the gloom of a disastrous season by losing 10-0 to Michigan before 103,735 spectators at Ann Arbor. But Duffy Daugherty's Spartans are unlucky. They lost a 24-yard touchdown run by Quarterback Mark Niesen through a clipping penalty. They lost another possible touchdown when Running Back David Brown was hit by Michigan Safety Dave-Brown (that's right) on the Wolverine three and lost the battle of the Browns, fumbling the ball away into the end zone for a touch-back. Finally, a rare Daugherty gamble backfired. With nine minutes to play and his team fourth and one on the Michigan 40, Duffy called a wide sweep. It was stopped short. Two plays later Michigan Quarterback Dennis Franklin pitched back to Gil Chapman on an end around. A good block by Tackle Paul Seymour wiped out the defensive end and Chapman ran down the sideline 58 yards for the clinching touchdown.
Wisconsin and Indiana met to battle for what Ohio State and Michigan plan to leave to the rest of the Big Ten, and the Hoosiers turned up with a surprising 33-7 rout. Indiana Placekicker Chris Gartner, a senior from Sweden, set a Big Ten record by kicking four field goals, one from 48 yards out, and the Indiana defense confined Wisconsin's squat running back, Rufus (Roadrunner) Ferguson, to a mere 64 yards in 15 carries and no touchdowns.