Despite consistent success, Boston College and Rutgers have drawn little notice this season, but last week their high-scoring splurges got some attention. The Eagles bombed Massachusetts 70-8 while the Scarlet Knights rocked Colgate 62-21.
Rutgers rolled up 781 yards on offense, an NCAA high for the season. Five of its nine touchdowns came through the air, the first two 90-and 67-yarders from Bert Kosup to Mark Twitty. Fullback Keith Barnette of Boston College maintained his national scoring lead with three touchdowns, giving him 122 points with one game yet to play, against Holy Cross. "Yes, I do want that title," he said later. "I like the feeling. I hadn't given it much thought until the coach [ Joe Yukica] showed me I was high in the rankings a couple of weeks ago."
Temple Coach Wayne Hardin was thinking about what might have been after his Owls outclassed Villanova 17-7. "We're very happy with 8-2," he said. Then the late-season losses to Cincinnati and Pitt came to mind. "Except for five minutes and 15 seconds we would be exceedingly thrilled. The kids have done a tremendous job in the last two years—17 and three is not bad." Steve Joachim passed for two touchdowns and established a new Temple single-season total-offense record of 2,227 yards. Halfback Henry Hynoski rushed for 117 yards to set another Owl career standard of 2,218.
Lehigh blasted Lafayette 57-7 in the 110th edition of collegiate football's most-played rivalry, and Holy Cross tripped Connecticut 23-14. In the Ivy League, Penn came from behind to beat Dartmouth 27-20, Brown concluded its second straight winning season by whipping Columbia 28-19 and Princeton downed Cornell 41-20 as Walt Snickenberger scored four touchdowns and rushed for 163 yards. Snickenberger also broke Cosmo Iacavazzi's single-season Princeton touchdown mark of 14 and became the second Tiger to gain more than 1,000 yards in a season.
1. Penn State (8-2)
2. Pittsburgh (7-3)
3. Temple (8-2)
And now the "Liberty" formation, so named because Tennessee used it to defeat Kentucky 24-7 to earn a Liberty Bowl invitation. This latest of college football's offensive innovations features an unbalanced line with no split ends and three running backs stacked in an I formation. Because the backs are also set a full stride to the strong side, there is no one directly behind the quarterback. "We were looking for a way to get into the line and out to the corner as quickly as we could," said Volunteer Coach Bill Battle. "We figured this gave us a step or two."
Mississippi State defeated Mississippi for only the third time in 28 years, 31-13, and upped its record to 8-3, best since 1946. "We broke the string," said Walter Packer, who scored twice, "and I feel it's going to be like that for years to come." The Rebels committed eight turnovers, three of them setting up Bulldog touchdowns.
Louisiana State, looking for two straight wins to avoid its first losing season since 1956, got one of them against Tulane 24-22. The Tigers roared to a 17-0 lead but needed a time-consuming drive to hold off the Green Wave at the end. Brad Davis scored the final Tiger touchdown, and his 117 yards rushing made him the first LSU player to top 2,000 in a career. Vanderbilt had an easier time of it in another nonconference game, pasting Louisville 44-0. Mark Adams kicked three field goals for the Commodores, who amassed 603 yards on offense.