With Bob Bateman and Paul Michalko completing 25 of 42 passes for 363 yards, Brown crumpled Cornell 45-23. That win, coupled with Harvard's loss to Princeton, moved the Bruins (4-0-1) to the top of the Ivy League. Early in the fourth quarter, with the Crimson trailing 24-0, hundreds of Harvard fans began leaving the stadium to beat the traffic. As soon as they did the Crimson got under way, too. Sophomore Quarterback Tim Davenport, who had played just three minutes all season, rallied Harvard for 20 points in 7� minutes before running out of magic. Yale (4-1) tied Harvard for second place, stopping Penn 24-14 as Don Gesicki gained 164 yards rushing. Dartmouth, which had knocked off Columbia for its 300th victory in 1937 and for its 400th in 1960, kept the sequence going with a 22-17 come-from-behind win for its 500th.
Four touchdowns each by Glen Capriola of Boston College and Curt Edwards of Rutgers spurred their teams to romps, 31-0 over Army and 48-6 over Lafayette. Massachusetts, getting three touchdowns from Rich Jessamy, beat Holy Cross 45-13 to post its eighth win.
1. Penn State (8-2)
2. West Virginia (7-2)
3. Pittsburgh (6-3)
A foot, an arm and lots of strong legs earned Pacific Eight wins for Stanford, California and UCLA. As the clock atop the Los Angeles Coliseum peristyle ticked off the final minute Stanford's Mike Langford jogged in place, did deep knee bends, "anything to keep warm and build my concentration," he said. Langford, who had already kicked a 55-yard field goal, knew he would soon be called upon because USC and Stanford were deadlocked at 10-all. With five seconds left, the Cardinals called a time-out. Langford, whose 33-yarder in the final nine seconds had tied Michigan two months ago, hit this time from 37 yards out for a 13-10 victory that enhanced Stanford's chances for a Rose Bowl trip and virtually eliminated USC's.
At Berkeley's Memorial Stadium, a sign read NEXT HOME GAME, ROSE BOWL. With Joe Roth finding his receivers on 24 of 37 passes for 380 yards and four touchdowns, the Golden Bears won 27-24 over Washington, which had previously yielded only 70.5 yards passing per game. Steve Rivera had 10 receptions for 183 yards and two TDs. That gave Rivera 29 catches in the last three games and 44 for the season. The Huskies, however, were not easily subdued, especially Fullback Robin Earl, who hammered out 130 yards in 30 carries. Washington Coach Don James refused to settle for a tie with a late field-goal attempt, saying, "It was all or nothing. We wanted the bowl, too." On fourth down from the Bear 29, the Huskies passed. Incomplete. But wait! California had 12 men on the field. Penalty. Another chance. From the 24, Washington tried a second pass but this too fell incomplete.
A third team with a rosy outlook was UCLA, which legged its way past Oregon 50-17. The Bruins outrushed the Ducks 162 yards to one as they built up a 20-0 first-period lead. Every one of UCLA's 479 yards came on the ground, with Quarterback John Sciarra scampering for 109 yards. Sciarra broke loose for scoring runs of 10, 22 and seven yards as he brought his touchdown total to 13.
All of which means that if UCLA (4-1) takes its final two games from Oregon State and USC it will go to the Rose Bowl because it has beaten both California (5-1) and Stanford (4-1), who will face each other in a season-ender on Nov. 22.
Undefeated Arizona State figured to have an easy time in a Western AC tussle against Wyoming, a loser in seven of eight games. And certainly the Sun Devils would not have to worry about Cowboy runners, for State had not given up a touchdown on the ground all year. Whereupon Wyoming ripped for 275 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. After a fourth-quarter Cowboy touchdown made the score 21-20 State, Wyoming Coach Fred Akers decided to go for the two-point conversion, but Safety John Harris stacked up the run. Freddie Williams, who boosted his running yardage to 1,108 with 174 yards and scored twice, was the Sun Devils' prime mover.
Sixty-four passes filled the air as Arizona rallied to defeat previously unbeaten San Diego State 31-24. Wildcat Bruce Hill completed 14 of 20 for three touchdowns and 169 yards, while Craig Penrose of the Aztecs was 25 for 43 for 258 yards and two touchdowns. But three of Penrose's tosses were picked off, the final one with 35 seconds remaining to preserve Arizona's win.