VMI's hopes of toppling Virginia Tech in the 28th Tobacco Festival contest dissipated when the Gobblers scored three times in four minutes for a 37-7 decision. Delaware overcame William and Mary 15-13. In spite of 230 yards in penalties, Tennessee State defeated Grambling 34-20. East Carolina amassed 491 yards on the ground—172 of them by Tailback Eddie Hicks—as it beat Southern Illinois 49-14.
1. MARYLAND (5-0)
2. GEORGIA (4-1)
3. MEMPHIS STATE (4-1)
Bad luck, bad weather and bad hands—they were all part of a dismal week for a number of Eastern teams. Tony Dorsett picked up 130 yards in 30 tries as Pittsburgh stopped Louisville 27-6; the bad news was that Quarterback Matt Cavanaugh suffered a fractured fibula that will sideline him for several weeks. A fortnight ago the Panthers' No. 1 signal-caller, Bob Haygood, was knocked out for the season with a knee injury.
"We did some foolish things," Boston College Coach Joe Yukica said following a 28-9 loss to Florida State, which had won only five of 38 previous games. Among the foolish things his Eagles did was fumble six times. The costliest bobble occurred in the fourth period when Seminole Defensive End Rudy Maloy grabbed an Eagle fumble in midair and went 65 yards for a touchdown.
With four of his best backs ailing and with a three-game losing streak on his mind, Penn State Coach Joe Paterno made 10 lineup changes against Army. He even started five freshmen, and two of them—Mike Guman and Tony Capozzoli—accounted for 32 points as the Nittany Lions won 38-16. Guman, a converted safety playing his first game at halfback, gained 107 yards and scored four touchdowns. Capozzoli kicked five PATs and a 40-yard field goal. Steve Geise rushed for 110 yards, and the Penn State defense granted the Cadets minus nine yards on the ground. Army's Leamon Hall, who went into the game leading the country in total offense, added 298 yards as he completed 16 of 42 passes.
Fullback Glen Kehler rushed for 125 yards—his third straight 100-yard effort—as unbeaten Rutgers thrashed Connecticut 38-0. Colgate also continued undefeated, getting past Holy Cross 10-6 on a late touchdown. Boston U. fumbled 11 times in losing 33-6 to Massachusetts. Maine racked up a Yankee Conference victory by holding off New Hampshire 10-0. Dave Jacobs, a 5'7" 141-pounder, booted a 25-yard field goal with seven seconds to go as Syracuse beat Tulane 3-0.
Ivy Leaguers had to contend with gusty winds, heavy rains and turf turned to muck. Best of the mudders were Princeton, Yale and previously winless Penn and Cornell. The Tigers, who now have a 2-1 record, went into a tie for the Ivy lead with Brown by slogging past Columbia 9-3. Princeton Halfback Mike Howard slithered for 133 yards in 37 carries in a game in which each side fumbled six times. The Bulldogs of Yale edged Dartmouth 18-14. The Quakers upset Brown 7-6 when, with 1:51 left, Johnny Mason plunged one yard into the end zone and Tim Mazzetti added the extra point. The winds were so strong at Harvard that they caused the goal posts at the open end of the field to sway. The oddest turn of events came when Cornell Punter Dave Johnson, unable to kick because of an errant center snap, sped 75 yards for the game's only TD as the Big Red got into the swim of things with a 9-3 upset victory over the Crimson, previously undefeated.
1. PITTSBURGH (5-0)
2. RUTGERS (5-0)
3. BOSTON COLLEGE (3-1)