1. PENN STATE (7-1)
2. DELAWARE (8-0)
3. WEST VIRGINIA (6-3)
There was nothing gentlemanly about the way Yale ran the Wishbone against Dartmouth. Guided by Tom Doyle, a sophomore quarterback making his first start, the Elis churned out 391 rushing yards against the Ivy's second-best defense to surprise Dartmouth 45-14. Doyle, an Indiana boy born in the shadow of Notre Dame's Golden Dome, woke a few echoes himself with 160 yards in 12 carries. He directed the team to three touchdowns and a field goal the first four times it had the ball and when all of Saturday's results were in, Yale was leading the Ivy League.
Penn and Columbia also managed upsets, beating Harvard and Cornell. The Quakers' first success in nine years against Harvard was marked by their biggest scoring day—38-27—since the series began in 1881. The Crimson led 14-9 at halftime despite an 80-yard touchdown run by Penn's Adolph Bellizeare on the first run from scrimmage. Bellizeare, who gained 203 yards overall, added another touchdown from 37 yards out in the fourth quarter to highlight a 29-point second half.
Columbia's 14-0 victory over Cornell was its first in league competition even though it was the third time the defense had not given up a touchdown. Don Jackson's passes provided most of the offense. He completed 20 of 32 for 233 yards and set up the game's first touchdown late in the third quarter with four straight completions. The defense did an excellent job of containing Cornell, which had been averaging nearly 28 points a game. In the only Ivy contest that did not significantly affect the league standings, Princeton showed its first signs of life this year by trouncing Brown 31-10 to end a four-game winless streak. Brown's Tyler Chase kicked a 46-yard field goal that enabled him to surpass Charlie Gogolak's Ivy League career mark of 16. It was his 10th of the year.
Army gave added significance to its Dec. 2 game with Navy by upsetting Air Force 17-14. Since the Middies also defeated the Falcons, the winner will claim the first interacademy championship. A zone pass defense kept the Cadets in contention by intercepting Rich Haynie six times. They trailed 14-10 when an end-zone turnover prevented Haynie's third touchdown pass. Army then set out on an 87-yard march, capped by Bob Hines' 49-yard run with six minutes remaining. Hines finished with 202 yards in 38 carries.
"This was not a 19-point ball game." Navy Coach Rick Forzano said following a 42-23 loss to Notre Dame. Irish Coach Ara Parseghian all but agreed, crediting Navy's comeback from a 35-0 halftime deficit. "I have nothing but praise and admiration for the way Navy played in the second half," said Ara. "They attacked our defense better than anyone we've played this year."
Starting with the opening kickoff, which Gary Diminick returned for a touchdown, the Irish were unstoppable in the first half. They put together three scoring drives of 80 yards or better and went to intermission with 318 offensive yards. Navy, however, drove 74 yards to score after the second-half kickoff and scored again after a 95-yard march. The Middies' 23-7 edge in the third and fourth quarters was the half a loaf which legend says is better than none.
Penn State went airborne to defeat Maryland 46-16 and that pleased John Hufnagel, whose 290 yards on 14 completions in 30 attempts helped the Nittany Lions to their seventh win in eight games. "When I started out as a quarterback here, everybody judged me on one game," explained Hufnagel. "We didn't pass much that day, so they said I couldn't pass. That's why this was so satisfying." Hufnagel, whose only two losses in 24 games at quarterback have been to Tennessee, set single-game records for total offense (303 yards) and passing yards and a career record for passing yards.
The performance gave Coach Joe Paterno something more than his new son to gloat about. "Huffy is super," said Poppa Joe. "One week he beats you with his running: the next week with the option and then he'll beat you with his passing." Maryland, which had been geared to shut down the running of John Cappelletti, had managed a 10-10 tie at halftime. "If I had to do it over," said Terp Coach Jerry Claiborne, "I would have played more zone pass defense. Hufnagel picked us apart."
Small-college power Delaware continued to get fat off the majors, although it took a 16-yard fourth-quarter pass to do it. The Blue Hens won their 12th straight, 14-7 over Villanova. Pittsburgh continued to play the role of Eastern patsy as West Virginia rolled 38-20. Kerry Marbury ran for three touchdowns and Bernie Galiffa passed to Nate Stephens for two. Syracuse is in danger of its first losing season in 24 years, following a 37-0 loss to Boston College. Mike Esposito gained 151 yards on 20 carries, scored on runs of 52 and 28 yards and caught a 21-yard touchdown pass as Syracuse dropped to 4-5. Army and West Virginia lie ahead. In other games Colgate's running outscored Lehigh's passing 42 34 and Rutgers defeated Connecticut 21-13 as Jim Jennings surpassed the 100-yards-rushing mark for the sixth time. He also scored three touchdowns.