Air Force ended a three-game losing streak to its fellow service academy teams and equaled the interacademy scoring record with a 43-10 victory over winless Army. The teams were tied 10-10 at halftime, but the Falcon defense tallied two touchdowns on pass interceptions and set up an offensive score with another theft. "It was a great win for us," said Coach Ben Martin, "probably one of our top half-dozen victories ever."
1. PENN STATE (8-0)
2. PITT (5-2-1)
3. HARVARD (5-1)
The fortunes of Eastern football are now such that young blond Johnny Majors of Pittsburgh was gesturing across the field to tell old gray Ben Schwartzwalder of Syracuse that he was sorry. The Panthers, leading 28-14, had possession at the six with one second left when an overenthusiastic Pitt substitute called time out. Time for one more play, c'mon guys, really stick it to them. Majors, who had told his quarterback to run out the clock, was enraged. After Pitt had managed to not score on the final play, Majors said of the Syracuse coach, who is in his 25th and final season, "You don't run it up on a man who's meant as much to the game as Ben."
The Panthers were charged up by Quarterback Billy Daniels, a third-stringer last year, who scored twice, passed for another, gained 165 yards in 19 carries and threw for 121 more on nine completions in 16 attempts. Super frosh Tony Dorsett, the nation's third-leading rusher, skittered for 211 yards.
Dartmouth created an Ivy League logjam by defeating Yale 24-13 to join Harvard and Pennsylvania at the top. Greenie Quarterback Tom Snickenberger passed only 11 times but completed nine for three touchdowns.
In the midst of all that activity at the apex of the Ivy League, Princeton was securing the bottom. The Tigers lost to Brown 7-6 for their fourth straight conference defeat and first to the Bruins since 1954. The game's only touchdown completed a 22-play, 11-minute drive in the third and fourth quarters, Mike Sokolowski going over from the one. The Brown win might have been more convincing except for six fumbles.
The tranquillity on the bluff overlooking Cayuga's waters was interrupted Halloween night when Cornell End Bruce Starks was mugged and beaten as he left the library. Three days later Starks caught four passes for 89 yards and a touchdown as the Big Red topped Columbia 44-14. Mark Allen also threw three other TD passes.
J. J. Jennings scored twice and rushed for 100 yards, but his two fumbles helped Yankee Conference leader Connecticut upset Rutgers 27-19. The first bobble was recovered in midair and returned 20 yards to a touchdown by Linebacker Don Thompson. The second set up a 39-yard scoring drive, capped by Lou Mancari's second TD pass to Al MacLellan. Eric Torkelson gained 164 yards rushing for the Huskies.
Rhode Island trounced New Hampshire 40-16, Boston U. ended a six-game losing streak 30-14 over Northeastern and Maine blanked Bucknell 14-0. Villanova, punch less against major college foes, picked on Delaware 24-7, the third straight defeat for the defending college division champs. Massachusetts celebrated "A Salute to Yogi Berra" by taking Vermont 27-7. Yogi's son Tim is the team's star receiver and a co-star with his dad in a Jockey shorts commercial.