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Visiting teams came out on top in all three Ivy League battles. Harvard built a 14-0 first-period lead at Princeton and then hung on for a 20-14 decision. That left Harvard with a 3-1 Ivy record and tied for first place with Brown and Yale. The Elis, who controlled the ball for nearly 45 minutes, whipped Penn 21-7. Yale Running Back John Pagliaro, whose father is a mailman, also did a lot of carrying. He tied the Yale record for rushing attempts (33) as he gained 187 yards and scored three times. Thirty of Yale's 32 first downs (one short of the Ivy mark) came on the ground as the Bulldogs rushed 84 times for 429 yards. Dartmouth (2-2 in the league) swept to a 35-0 victory at Cornell.
The other Ivies played independents, Brown stopping Holy Cross 28-18 and Columbia being smeared 47-0 by Rutgers. Although the latter game was played in New Jersey—it was the first collegiate contest at the new Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands—Columbia was the home team. That was because the game originally had been scheduled for the Lions' Baker Field. As was anticipated, however, it was the Scarlet Knights who made themselves at home. In extending their winning streak to 14 games, longest in the country, they recovered seven of Columbia's nine fumbles and gained 537 yards, getting three touchdowns from Halfback Mark Lassiter.
A 17-point fourth-quarter splurge enabled Colgate to down Lafayette 24-14 and remain unbeaten. Sophomore Bruce Malverty of the Red Raiders broke loose for an 88-yard scoring run during the uprising and wound up with 179 yards. C. W. Post had its 10-game victory string snapped by Ithaca 28-7.
Powerful ground attacks led Connecticut and Lehigh to wins. The Huskies ran for 281 yards as they handed Massachusetts its first Yankee Conference loss, 28-6. And the Engineers rushed for 360 yards—174 of them by Rod Gardner and 114 by Dave Aprill—as they sank Maine 24-0.
Injuries plagued Pac 8 teams. California had to take on UCLA without No. 1 Quarterback Joe Roth and his ace receiver, Wesley Walker, both of whom were hurt. Things evened up slightly when Bruin Quarterback Jeff Dankworth, who had led UCLA to a quick 14-0 lead, went to the bench with a hip injury. Roth's sub, Fred Besana, sneaked over for a touchdown and the Bears made it 14-13 on a pair of 41-yard field goals by Jim Breech. Also aiding Cal's cause was Defensive Back Anthony Green, who recovered four UCLA fumbles. But then the Bruins stiffened, and Dankworth came back to direct them to three touchdowns and a 35-19 win.
Oregon State lost five players to injuries while playing Southern Cal: two middle linebackers, both defensive ends and starting Quarterback Scott Richardson. Richardson is the fourth Oregon State quarterback to be injured this season. USC also had a major casualty, Ricky Bell being sidelined with a hip injury after gaining 68 yards in six tries in the first period. State was unable to find the replacements it needed, but the Trojans inserted freshman Charles White in Bell's runningback spot and he came through with 107 yards and four TDs in 18 carries as USC breezed 56-0. USC, which amassed 526 yards, supplanted Michigan as the national leader in total offense, 491.7 yards a game to 487.7.
Washington got 157 yards rushing from freshman Tailback Joe Steele and 130 more from Fullback Robin Earl to trim Oregon 14-7. The Huskies got the game-winning score on a 72-yard run by Steele in the third period. Stanford Tailback Gary Lynn plunged the final yard with 29 seconds left to give the Cardinals a 22-16 victory over Washington State.