Some other independents won more easily. Kirk Lewis accounted for 284 yards of total offense in his first start at quarterback as West Virginia thrashed Syracuse 39-11. Rutgers Quarterback Bert Kosup passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in a 35-0 trouncing of Lafayette. And Lehigh blasted Davidson 53-6 by scoring 31 points in the second period.
Yale and Harvard, recording easy victories, remained unbeaten in the Ivy League. The Elis routed Pennsylvania 37-12 while the Crimson pounded Princeton 34-17. Rudy Green and Don Gesicki each scored twice for Yale, and Milt (The Pineapple) Holt ran and passed for all the TDs in Harvard's victory. The Ivy title showdown will be The Game on Nov. 23.
Dartmouth, out of the Ivy race for the first time in six years, shut out Columbia 21-0. Brown scored twice in the fourth quarter to upset Cornell 16-8.
1. Penn State (7-2)
2. Pittsburgh (7-2)
3. Temple (6-2)
On the weekend that the mighty fell, college football's most frustrated loser rose. After 20 consecutive defeats, including eight this year, Florida State upset Miami 21-14.
"This is probably the ultimate way of finally winning a game—in Miami and in the Orange Bowl," Coach Darrell Mudra enthused afterward. "It certainly is a thrill to turn this thing around. I hope it sets a pattern and we can win 20 straight."
The victory was keyed by Steve Mathieson, who came off a shoulder injury that had shelved him for five games to make his first start of the season. Mathieson completed 12 of 22 passes for 172 yards and one touchdown, a 48-yarder to Joe Goldsmith.
After Florida State's upset win on Friday night came Florida's upset loss on Saturday. The Sugar Bowl-bound Gators were derailed by Georgia in a dramatic 17-16 contest. Just as last year, when it won 11-10, Florida tried to salvage victory on a two-point conversion pass. This one, with 28 seconds remaining, failed. It was Georgia's two-point pass from Matt Robinson to Richard Appleby that proved the difference. The decisive play followed a five-yard run by Horace King.
Alabama Coach Bear Bryant has been telling his players all year, "All you have to do is win. Keep winning and everything will fall into place." That philosophy could produce a national championship for the Crimson Tide, which held on as one of the Top 20's three unbeaten, untied teams by routing Louisiana State 30-0.