1. PENN STATE (8-1)
2. DELAWARE (9-0)
3. WEST VIRGINIA (7-3)
Penn State, facing its toughest opponent since losing its opener to Tennessee, blasted North Carolina State 37-22. The Wolf-pack came in with five straight victories, but let the game get away early. Penn State gained 315 yards in the first half and took a 23-0 lead while holding the visitors to 53 yards. Quarterback John Hufnagel scored two touchdowns and passed to John Cappelletti for another. Cappelletti also rushed for 129 yards on 22 carries, the fifth time he has topped 100.
N.C. State failed to score until the fourth period, when Quarterback Bruce Shaw threw passes of eight and 98 yards to Pat Kenney. " Penn State can play with Nebraska or any other team in the country," said Wolf-pack Coach Lou Holtz. That's nice of Lou to say, but it should be pointed out that he has been no farther west than Athens, Ga. this year.
Syracuse, desperately trying to avoid its first losing season under Ben Schwartzwalder since 1949, overpowered Army 27-6. The Orange were able to limit their turnovers to one interception, giving life to an offense that had been shut out two of the previous three weeks. Marty Januszkiewicz showed the way by gaining 127 yards while the defense held Army to 36 on the ground and 10 completions in 28 attempts for 134 yards in the air. Navy, the only service academy team to post a victory, ran over poor Pittsburgh 28-13. Sophomore Cleveland Cooper provided the power, rushing for 158 yards, while Dan Howard got the glory by scoring three times.
West Virginia, closing out its unbeaten 11-game series with Virginia Military, clouted the Keydets 50-24. Bernie Galiffa passed for 194 yards and became the first Mountaineer quarterback to total 2,000 yards in a season. The easy win also featured the all-purpose running of sophomore Danny Buggs, who scored on a 52-yard punt return, a 55-yard flanker reverse and a 32-yard pass reception.
Delaware showed unusual air power in a 62-0 slaughter of Maine. The Blue liens passed for four touchdowns and gained 203 of their 426 offensive yards with the throwing of three different quarterbacks. Maine couldn't even kick with success. Two center snaps sailed over the head of Punter Mike Porter, who dropped a third, while a fourth attempt was blocked. Villanova ended a six-game losing streak by picking on Xavier 40-13, and Rutgers bombed Boston University 51-7 after trailing 7-3 entering the second quarter.
The Ivy League scramble may resolve itself with Dartmouth finishing where it often does—on top. The Big Green moved back into the lead by crushing Columbia 38-8 while Pennsylvania was upsetting Yale 48-30. The first of five Columbia fumbles opened the way for Dartmouth, which passed consistently against the third-ranking air defense in the country. Steve Stetson completed 16 of 24 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown. Penn's fourth straight win secured its first sweep of Harvard, Princeton and Yale in 31 years. The Quakers, guided by Marc Mandel, their third starting quarterback in three weeks, led 41-0 before the Elis scored. A 37-yard field goal by John Bartges with 5:17 remaining gave Princeton a 10-7 win over Harvard, whose complicated, multi-formation offense gained only 162 yards. Mark Allen passed for four touchdowns in the second period as Cornell steamrolled Brown 48-28. The Bruins also passed well as Chip Regine tied an Ivy League record with 12 receptions, two for touchdowns.
1. ALABAMA (9-0)
2. LSU (7-1)
3. AUBURN (7-1)