1. ALABAMA (10-0)
2. AUBURN (8-1)
3. LSU (8-1-1)
Louisiana State had more chances to make good than a reincarnationist against Florida, but the Tigers never took full advantage, and had to make do with a 3-3 tie. Rusty Jackson missed three field-goal attempts and teammate Juan Roca four of five, each failing in the final half-minute. Florida's three-pointer was put through by freshman John Williams from the 24 with 2:08 remaining. Tennessee found Kentucky tougher than expected, but won 17-7, and Mississippi routed Mississippi State 51-14. Tampa completed a 9-2 regular season, its first as a major independent, by bombing Vanderbilt 30-7. Ed Carney passed for three touchdowns, two of them to Chuck Foreman, in Miami's 28-8 win over Maryland.
North Carolina had its biggest scoring day of the year in a 42-19 victory over East Carolina. Ike Oglesby scored three times and rushed for 119 yards while Nick Vidnovic completed eight of 12 passes for 169 yards and tallied once himself. Carlester Crumpler gained 135 yards for the Pirates and made two TDs to set the Southern Conference scoring (102 points) and rushing (1,309 yards) records. Clemson edged South Carolina 7-6 when Jimmy Williamson knocked down a two-point conversion pass. Virginia Tech's Don Strock passed for 385 yards and two touchdowns as the Gobblers gobbled up Wake Forest 44-9.
1. PENN STATE (10-1)
2. DELAWARE (10-0)
3. WEST VIRGINIA (8-3)
Philadelphians are not accustomed to winners (page 78), especially if they wear helmets and pads. But more than 42,000 fans wandered into 77-year-old Franklin Field Saturday to see if Pennsylvania could bag its first Ivy League title in 13 seasons. For 20 minutes, as the Quakers took a 14-0 lead over Dartmouth, it seemed likely. Then the Big Green came alive and posted a 31-17 victory that gave them the championship, their fourth straight won or shared.
Dartmouth broke a 17-17 tie with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns 1:36 apart. The first was made possible when Receiver Chuck Thomas intercepted an interception, or so it seemed. Quarterback Steve Stetson let one go from his 30, and it was headed for Penn's Tom Welsh, but as the defensive back stood awaiting the interception Thomas swooped in from nowhere for a 35-yard completion. Six plays later Steve Webster went in from the one to put Dartmouth ahead. The Quakers were still in it until Quarterback Tom Pinto ran into one of his own backs and fumbled a minute later. Dartmouth recovered, and on the next play, Rich Klupchak ran 50 yards to ice the game.
Dartmouth's victory shut the door on Yale, which finished second in the Ivy. The Elis ended their season with a 28-17 win over Harvard after trailing 17-0. Dick Jauron's 74-yard run in the third period sparked the comeback. It was one of two touchdowns in a performance that also produced 183 yards gained on 28 carries. Jauron set two school records with 1,055 yards for the year and 2,947 for his career, both totals erasing standards set by Calvin Hill. Cornell continued its roller coaster pattern of the last seven weeks by beating Princeton 22-15. Junior Quarterback Mark Allen scored twice and passed for another TD. Columbia ended Len Jardine's coaching career at Brown with a 28-12 defeat. The Lions mounted long drives for two of their touchdowns and capitalized on a fumble and an interception for the others as they scored in every quarter. George Georges scored three times and gained 190 yards in 35 attempts.
Pittsburgh overwhelmed the Penn State scrubs 27-14, but in 36 minutes of play against the regulars prior to that the Panthers were bombed 35-0. It added up to a 49-27 defeat, the 10th of the year for Pitt. Coach Carl DePasqua was subsequently fired following the worst season in Panther history. Penn State was actually held scoreless in the first quarter, but three TDs within five minutes of the second period erased any doubt. The first score came on one of John Hufnagel's three touchdown passes, the second on an 11-yard run following a fumble recovery and the third on another pass.
Paul Metallo ran for two touchdowns and gained 146 yards to lead Massachusetts past Boston College 28-7. Peil Pennington passed for a pair of scores as the Yankee Conference champions tallied all their points and gained 333 yards in the first half. Holy Cross defeated Connecticut 20-10. The Crusaders' fifth victory against three losses and a tie assured them of their best season since 1966. They won it by scoring three times in the fourth quarter after trailing 10-0. Rutgers rolled over Colgate 43-13 for its fifth straight victory as Jim Jennings gained 214 yards.