There was a country-music band to warm up early arrivals at Mountaineer Field and a 100-yard return of the opening kickoff to make home-team fans tingle with joy. The merriment was brought to an early end, however, as Penn State beat West Virginia for the 14th straight time, 28-19. The Lion defense, almost as good as (hat of the 1969 outfit, turned the contest around by intercepting Bernie Galiffa's first two passes and the offense cashed in for a 10-6 first-quarter lead. Although Galiffa got 341 yards on 21 completions in 37 attempts, his runners netted minus one yard. John Hufnagel directed the balanced Penn State attack and his 205 yards made him the school's alltime total offense leader. John Cappelletti rushed for 154 yards.
A steady rain hampered both offenses as Syracuse defeated Pittsburgh 10-6. An interception return to the two set up the Orangemen's touchdown and the Panthers' score came on a blocked punt with 36 seconds left. The Holy Cross defense scored touchdowns on two of Villanova's five turnovers and the Crusaders won easily 26-9. Delaware avenged its only defeat of the last two years by thrashing Temple 28-9. Roger Mason led the defending small-college champions with 182 yards rushing and three touchdowns despite losing yardage for the first time in his career when he slipped on the wet turf.
Miami, which needed a fifth down to beat Tulane, took a 14-0 lead against Army on an interception return and the recovery of a blocked punt before it made a first down. The Hurricanes went on to win their third straight after eight losses in a row, 28-7.
The Ivy League race continued to show little semblance of order as previously unbeaten Yale, playing on the road for the first time, lost to Cornell 24-13. Five fumbles on the damp artificial turf of Schoellkopf Field did the Elis in. The conference leader might have emerged from the Dartmouth-Harvard game but a 21-21 deadlock maintained the logjam at the top. Fumbles hurt the Big Green, too. Leading 21-14, Dartmouth Quarterback Steve Stetson lost the ball on his own two-yard line and the Crimson quickly converted the gift into the tying score. In other games Gary Shue came oft" the bench to lead Penn past Princeton 15-10 and Columbia lost outside the league to Rutgers 6-3, two field goals by John Pesce doing the trick.