1. PENN STATE (6-0)
2. PITT (3-2-1)
3. HARVARD (4-0)
It was an occasion for football historians, Notre Dame's first visit to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 51 years. Then the Irish wrote some more history by romping to the most lopsided score in the 60-year-old series, 62-3. Curiously, Army scored first when Bob Johnson intercepted a Tom Clements pass to set up a 22-yard field goal by Jim Barclay, and led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. It was a brief thrill, however, as the Thin Gray Line was quickly blown apart by the Irish running attack. Notre Dame scored four touchdowns in the second quarter and three more in the third. Clements squirted through the Cadet defense on keepers, gaining 94 yards on nine carries, and Coach Ara Parseghian cleared his bench as the Irish coasted to their fifth straight.
At Syracuse, another ancient classic was renewed with a record drubbing as undefeated Penn State helped make Crush out of Orrange Coach Ben Schwartzwalder's last year before retirement. Chris Bahr booted three field goals (one a 50-yarder) and six other Nittany Lions scored a touchdown apiece, including Tight End Dan Natale, who grabbed a fumble by teammate Duane Taylor and raced 78 yards into the end zone. Penn State won 49-6, the highest score ever run up in this 51-year-old rivalry.
The longest college football winning streak in the country came to an end in New Brunswick, N.J. when Rutgers stunned Delaware 24-7. The nation's leading rusher, J. J. Jennings, added another 131 yards while the Scarlet Knights' defense stifled the usually volatile Blue Hen attack in the second half to pull away from a 7-7 halftime tie.
Pitt's freshman running back, Tony Dorsett, scored twice and gained 109 yards as the Panthers clawed out a 28-14 win over Boston College. At Annapolis, Navy gained a leg on the Commander-in-Chiefs Trophy for supremacy among the service academics, blitzing Air Force before the flyboys could even get off the ground. Middie Quarterback Al Glenny kept everything shipshape with three touchdown passes, and Cleveland Cooper added three scores on runs of 39, 12 and two yards as Navy sailed away to a 28-0 halftime lead and coasted home 42-6.
The first big game of the Ivy League season took place in Ithaca, N.Y., and surprising Harvard, low-rated before the season, came out of it still surprising and still undefeated. The Crimson held off previously undefeated Cornell 21-15. The Cantab defense, having yielded only 31.3 yards total offense and 2.3 points per game, was ranked, statistically at least, as the best in the nation, but had to survive a statistical blizzard by Mark Allen, Cornell's senior quarterback. Allen set three school passing records during a 21 for 51 afternoon, but did not hit on a scoring aerial until Harvard had locked up the game. Meanwhile Harvard Quarterback Jim Stoeckel deftly guided a solid ball-control offense with his opportunistic passing and rushing. Stoeckel hit 6'6" End Pat McInally with a 10-yard scoring toss to give the Crimson a 7-0 first-quarter lead, Alky Tsitsos socked across from one yard out for Harvard's second touchdown and Stoeckel himself, after the Big Red had closed to 14-9 in the fourth quarter, provided the clincher with a 10-yard touchdown scamper.
Dartmouth, once the king of the Ivies, finally won its first game of the season, beating Brown, at Providence, 28-16. The Bruins took an early 3-0 lead on a 48-yard field goal by Jose Violante, but their high hopes for a first-ever Ivy League win over the Big Green were trampled in the second and third quarters when Dartmouth scored all its touchdowns. In New York, Yale caged the clawless Columbia Lions 29-0 with Brian Clarke kicking field goals of 47, 28 and 25 yards. In non-league action, Princeton whipped Colgate 37-21 as the loser's passing whiz, Tom Parr, out with a first-quarter shin injury, watched glumly from the bench. Penn struggled to a 27-20 win over Lehigh.
1. USC (5-0-1)
2. ARIZONA STATE (6-0)
3. UCLA (5-1)