Late rallies were the order of the day for Army and Navy, with Army coming on in the second half to upset Stanford 21-20; but the Middies, playing in the rain, fell four points short in a 17-13 defeat by 15th-ranked Boston College.
At West Point, the Cardinals crumbled in the face of three strong Army drives in the last half, and then saw any chance of victory sail wide with a 42-yard field-goal attempt by Mike Michel with four seconds to play. Bottled up the first half and losing 20-0, Army finally got moving on the powerful passing arm of Leamon Hall.
Hall went into the game leading the nation in completion average and passing yardage per game, but through the first half he managed only three completions and 40 yards in 12 attempts. Once cranked up, Hall was unstoppable. He moved the Cadets 80 yards to score in the third quarter, with the touchdown coming on a four-yard burst by plebe Jon Dwyer. Then Army, aided mightily by two Stanford pass-interference calls on third downs, marched 66 yards and scored on an 11-yard Hall-to-Tom Kuchar pass. Minutes later Army drove 80 yards and scored on a one-yard dive by Hall.
For three quarters, Boston College had things pretty much as it wanted against Navy. Using a crunching ground attack punctuated by timely throwing, the Eagles scored twice on passes from Kenny Smith to Dave Zumbach in the first half, and added a 28-yard field goal by Tim Moorman in the third quarter. Then Navy, switching the quarterback helm to Bob Leszczynski, began to move.
The Middies' first drive carried 60 yards, with Larry Klawinski scoring from one yard out. The next time it had the ball, Navy moved 89 yards in 17 plays. Joe Gattuso, a wide receiver running at tailback, carried in from the four.
Benched for most of the third quarter for failing to move his team, Quarterback Bert Kosup came back angry and on target as unbeaten Rutgers scored twice in the last period to down winless Cornell 21-14. Kosup threw three passes in the first scoring drive, the last one 14 yards for a touchdown to Mark Twitty. After Bob Davis intercepted a Cornell pass, Rutgers got its running game un-tracked and Mike Fisher ran three yards for the deciding touchdown. Unbeaten Brown edged Princeton 13-7; Columbia came from behind to upset Penn 14-10; Jim Kubacki ran for two touchdowns and passed for two; more as Harvard defeated Boston University 37-14; Dartmouth crushed Holy Cross 45-7; and Yale, with John Pagliaro running for 193 yards and two scores, downed previously unbeaten Lehigh 21-6.
Starting for only the second time, sophomore Quarterback Bill Komlo ran for a pair of touchdowns to lead Delaware over Temple 18-16, which made Harold Raymond the winningest coach (85 victories) in Blue Hen history. Temple scored with 1:39 to play, but then fell short with a two-point conversion pass. Syracuse, winless in its first three starts, unveiled a new and apparently potent if dull "thunder" offense to down Oregon State 21-3. The new offense incorporates two tight ends, which should tell you something. Still, Syracuse completed half of its passes—one.
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