"They've got more horses than Calumet Farm and they're deeper than the Pacific Ocean," said one observer after Penn State had crunched Army 54-3. Tailback John Cappelletti broke loose for 151 yards as the Nittany Lions rolled for 607 in all and yielded just 131, with its rushing defense, the stingiest in the nation, giving up 53 yards in 42 plays.
Resurgent Pitt, with Tony Dorsett scampering for three touchdowns and 150 yards despite wearing a back brace, put down West Virginia 35-7. Mountaineer Quarterback Ade Dillon suffered a shoulder separation and Danny Buggs was limited to 84 yards on six receptions and to three yards on four punt returns. Still, the Mountaineers matched the Panthers in first downs with 21 and outgained them 330 yards to 325.
It was Employees' Day at Harvard, and Stan Dipento, a building-maintenance man, got a standing ovation for the way he twirled a baton and led the band at halftime. Crimson players received ample applause, too, for manhandling Columbia 57-0. Harvard's defense, first in the country with an average of 131 yards total offense given up in its first two outings, yielded only 38. Cornell, Penn and Brown overcame early deficits to earn other Ivy League victories. Mark Allen was on target with 18 of 33 passes for 253 yards as Cornell, down 6-2, finished off Princeton 37-6. Dartmouth led Penn 13-0 before being worn down by the Quaker defense and the running of Adolph Bellizeare, who gained 120 yards in a 22-16 victory. Brown came from even further back, trailing Yale 17-0 before regrouping for a 34-25 win.
With Jim Jennings bolting for three touchdowns and 113 yards and with Ron Shycko adding 105 yards, Rutgers stopped Lafayette 35-6. Navy defeated Syracuse 23-14. In Yankee Conference tussles, New Hampshire blanked Maine 13-0 and Massachusetts beat Boston U. 20-6.
1. OHIO STATE (4-0)
2. MICHIGAN (5-0)
3. OKLAHOMA (3-0-1)
"They're so physical I can't believe it," said Wisconsin Coach John Jardine after losing 24-0 to Ohio State. His Badgers, who had been rushing for more than 300 yards a game, got just 104 against the Buckeyes, who cut off Wisconsin's favorite cut-back maneuvers. Leading the Ohio State offense was Archie Griffin with 169 yards.
Another Big Ten shutout was turned in by Michigan, its third in succession. This time the Wolverines zeroed Michigan State 31-0. Noting the rain, Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler inserted Gil Chapman in the backfieid "because he runs well in wet weather." Sure enough, Chapman did, sloshing for 117 yards. He got off a 53-yard touchdown dash and Dave Brown scored on a matching 53-yarder with a punt return.
In other Big Ten matchups, Northwestern defeated Iowa 31-15, Illinois nudged Purdue 15-13 and Minnesota squelched Indiana 24-3 as John King galloped for 179 yards.
Colorado came through with an impressive 38-17 win over Air Force with the help of two players who earlier in the week were not sure they would be starting. Quarterback Clyde Crutchmer, who had a badly bruised elbow, built up a 24-3 lead by hitting on six of seven passes and running for 50 yards. And Dave Logan, who did not learn until shortly before game time that he would be the Buffalo punt returner, ran back one kick 52 yards for a score. The Colorado secondary curtailed the Falcon air game by swiping five passes, three of them by Safety Rich Bland.