1. PENN STATE (9-0)
2. PITT (5-3-1)
3. HARVARD (6-1)
Penn State lost some of its luster but not its unbeaten record in a 35-29 victory over North Carolina State, the Lions' toughest opponent so far. The Atlantic Coast Conference favorites led early and tied it late, penetrating the nation's best rushing defense for 245 yards and four touchdowns, the only ones Penn State has allowed on the ground this year. The Nittany Lions were well-suited for an offensive struggle, however. John Cappelletti gained 220 yards in 41 carries and scored three times. Gary Hayman returned a punt 83 yards for a TD and three of his six pass receptions helped set up other scores.
Offensive carelessness prevented Pittsburgh from scoring a stunning upset over Notre Dame. The Irish triumphed 31-10 even though they were outrushed, outpassed and outfirst-downed. But Notre Dame also trailed in turnover statistics, one to seven, which more than offset the performance of Tony Dorsett, whose 209 yards in 29 carries were the most ever against the Irish. Five Pitt errors cost possession inside the 36 and two set up Notre Dame scores from the 24 and four. Wayne Bullock made all four Irish touchdowns, the last two after the Panthers closed to 17-10 in the final period.
Syracuse ended its season-long losing streak by edging Holy Cross 5-3 on a 24-yard field goal, a fourth-quarter safety and some ninth-inning relief help by Tug McGraw. Army, however, remained winless by being listless throughout a 19-7 loss to Miami, which is now 5-3. While the Hurricane was blowing for 329 yards on the ground, Army could manage only 17. The Cadets' 104 yards through the air were not much help either, but they enabled Quarterback Kingsley Fink to surpass the school's career yardage mark of 2,921. Boston College turned back West Virginia 25-13 as junior Tailback Mike Esposito gained 201 yards. Temple upped its record to 7-1 by blasting Rhode Island 43-0.
Harvard and Dartmouth stayed on top of the Ivy League while Penn fell off the pace by losing to Yale 24-21. The Crimson's 19-14 victory kept Princeton winless in the conference and the Greenies socked Columbia 24-6. Brown continued to surprise under new Coach John Anderson as the Bruins scored twice in the fourth quarter to overtake Cornell 17-7.
1. TEXAS (6-2)
2. HOUSTON (8-1)
3. TEXAS TECH (8-1)
In the history of the Southwest Conference no team has ever dominated another the way Texas has Baylor. The Longhorns thundered again last week 42-6, their 15th straight victory against the Bears. Roosevelt Leaks scored three touchdowns but he could gain only 77 yards in 17 carries before checking out midway through the third quarter. Texas' romp was momentarily delayed by Baylor's opening offensive series, which saw Quarterback Neal Jeffrey take the Bears to the Longhorn 12 with five straight completions. The sixth pass was intercepted, however, and Texas was off and running. Baylor committed seven turnovers and six of them led to touchdowns.
Texas Christian seemed headed for its third straight upset of Texas Tech before the Raiders got untracked and erased a 10-0 lead. The go-ahead points in the 24-10 victory came within four minutes of each other in the second quarter on a three-yard run by Larry Isaac and a nine-yard pass from Joe Barnes to Andre Tillman. Tech put the game out of reach late in the final period when Isaac concluded a 98-yard drive by scampering 52 yards.