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Dartmouth, as expected, won its fifth straight Ivy championship and its 10th in 18 years by beating weak Princeton 42-24. Rick Klupchak scored three touchdowns and gained 154 yards. His career mark of 1,788 bettered by 25 the 1957-1959 total of Jake Crouthamel, now the Dartmouth coach.
And let's hear it for Brown! The usually hapless Bruins, who haven't done much on the football field since a quarterback named Paterno left some time ago, beat Columbia 37-14 and improved their Ivy record to 4-3, the best since 1958. First-year Coach John Anderson, who worked similar miracles at Middlebury, was riding high, but it was a sad day for Columbia Coach Frank Navarro, who had already announced his departure after six years of trying to get the Lions out of the muck of failure. Brown Quarterback Pete Beatrice completed 18 of 26 passes, including two for touchdowns.
At Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Penn's Marty Vaughn threw three TD passes as the Quakers beat Cornell 31-22. Temple, which began the season well and then lost to Boston College 45-0 in the second game, won its eighth straight, bashing neighbor Villa-nova 34-0. C.W. Post filled up its trophy case by beating Hofstra 53-14. There was the Governor's Cup for the Metropolitan Conference title, the Westbrook Cup for winning the Post- Hofstra game and the Gibson Trophy for having the best record on Long Island. The Lambert Bowl came next.
Oklahoma, which will be banned from television the next two seasons (because of recruiting violations, not low Nielsen ratings), decided to leave a strong impression on viewers' minds. The stingy Sooners shut out Nebraska 27-0 and allowed the Cornhuskers to cross the 50-yard line only once, and that on a 33-yard pass play that ended with a fumble recovered by Oklahoma. Nebraska had not been blanked since the Okies did it back in 1968. "It amazes even me," said OU Defensive Coach Larry Lacewell, and Texas Coach Darrell Royal, an awed spectator, said, "The defense was as good as I've ever seen. I don't recall ever watching a defensive team dominate like that." Royal raved about the Selmon brothers, "You can get by with three men when all three are named Selmon."
In extending its unbeaten string to 17, longest in the country, Oklahoma was impressive offensively, too. Quarterback Steve Davis gained 114 yards and scored his 13th, 14th and 15th touchdowns of the year. Halfback Joe Washington ran for 107 yards, prompting Coach Barry Switzer to say, "There's no back in the country who can do the things Joe Washington can do." Both Davis and Washington are sophomores. Too bad they will not have TV cameras trained on them again until they are pros.
Weird plays highlighted Iowa State's 28-12 victory over Oklahoma State. That result is a little weird in itself, but check this: in the fourth quarter Iowa State's freshman quarterback, Buddy Hardeman, rolled left, then darted off tackle and was in the clear with two blockers when Cowboy Guard Deacon Stephens—a reserve offensive guard—made the tackle. Of course, he jumped from out of bounds to do it. The officials credited Hardeman with 74 yards and a TD. "I don't really know what happened," said the 12th defender, "but I could see that no one was going to get him, so I just stepped out and tackled him." That's not all. In the third quarter Iowa State Safety Barry Hill picked off a fumble in midair, ran 38 yards, then fumbled it right back. And Oklahoma State's Coy Everett tried an onside kick that turned out to be a little more onside than he hoped. The ball went five yards backward and out of bounds.
Notre Dame continued its destructive impact on the military-industrial complex, battering Air Force 48-15 in South Bend. Its combined score against Army, Navy and Air Force in 1973 was 154-25. The Falcons had barely taken off when they were turned into praying rather than preying birds—the Irish scored 28 points in the first 12 minutes. Now if Ara Parseghian could just schedule the Coast Guard, the Merchant Marine and Virginia Military Institute.
For nearly three quarters the Kansas-Missouri game was a classic of ineptitude. In one sequence of four plays near the end of the first half, Missouri fumbled, Kansas recovered, mishandled two snaps from center and fumbled the ball back to Missouri. But late in the third period the game turned into a classic, period, as rousing as any of the 81 previously played between the two schools. The Jayhawks came back to win it 14-13 on a David Jaynes-to-Emmett Edwards pass with less than two minutes left. The difference was a missed PAT by Greg Hill, best field-goal kicker in Tiger history and a man who had connected on 20 straight conversions this season. The win gave Kansas, which had been picked for seventh place in the Big Eight by the sportswriters, a tie for second with Nebraska.