Army broke a three-game losing streak by stopping Air Force 24-7. Tight End Clennie Brundidge, whose brother had been killed in a car crash earlier in the week, caught an 18-yard pass from Leamon Hall for the Cadets' first score. Hall, who was sacked six times, completed only six of 14 for 59 yards.
Brown, Yale and Penn parlayed late efforts into Ivy League wins. The Bruins, who trailed Harvard 7-0 in the second period, zippered up their defense against the Crimson's multiflex offense to rally for a 16-14 victory. And Quarterback Paul Michalko perked up the Bruin aerial game with passes to Bob Farnham, who made five receptions, one a leaping grab of a 10-yard toss in the end zone. Last-place Cornell gave Yale fits before succumbing 14-6. Steve Skrovan and Kurt Nondorf each stole two Cornell passes, and the Yale defense twice stopped long Big Red drives in the fourth period. After taking his last time out with 47 seconds to go and the ball on the Princeton 31, Penn Quarterback Bob Graustein rifled a pass to Bill Cioffredi for 23 yards. Then, with 17 seconds remaining, Graustein passed the final eight yards to Cioffredi, and Tim Mazzetti added the decisive PAT in the Quakers' 10-9 win. While others struggled, Dartmouth romped past fumbling Columbia 34-14. All of which left Yale and Brown tied for first place in the Ivy with 4-1 records, while Harvard and Dartmouth were one game back.
1. PITTSBURGH (8-0)
2. RUTGERS (8-0)
3. BOSTON COLLEGE (5-2)
UCLA moved a step closer to its season-ending Pac 8 showdown with USC by winning at Washington for the first time since 1958. The Huskies had a sound game plan: contain Bruin Quarterback Jeff Dankworth and the wide maneuvers off the veer option. So Dankworth resorted to the dive play off the veer, handing the ball to the first back through. As often as not that first runner was Theotis Brown, who set a UCLA record by rambling for 220 yards—including touchdown jaunts of 15, 29 and 51 yards—all off the dive. Third-stringer Halfback James Owens ran for another 123 yards as the Bruins dominated the Huskies 32-15 in first downs and 520-243 in yards gained. Still, with Joe Steele scoring on an 89-yard kickoff return, the Huskies gave the Bruins a battle before losing 30-21.
Although Joe Roth and Fred Besana completed 21 of 43 passes for 201 yards, the only scores California got against USC came on field goals. Ricky Bell and his sub, Charles White, ran for 169 yards as the Trojans won 20-6.
Accurate passing propelled Stanford and Washington State to Pac 8 wins. Guy Benjamin completed 22 of 37 attempts for 233 yards and three touchdowns as the Cardinals beat Oregon State 24-3. Jack Thompson of the Cougars, who completed 18 of 33 for 249 yards, was at his best in the late going. Trailing 22-15 with barely three minutes left, Thompson directed an 86-yard scoring drive during which he completed eight passes. With 19 seconds to go and the Cougars still down 22-21, Thompson connected with Dan Doornink for a two-point conversion and a one-point triumph over Oregon.
Field goals provided the winning margin in two WAC games. Tom Drake, who had kicked three-pointers from 32, 40 and 28 yards, booted a 31-yarder with 1:26 left to give Colorado State a 19-16 upset win over first-place Wyoming. Second-half field goals of 39, 43 and 29 yards by Lee Pistor, plus three TD passes by Marc Lunsford, carried Arizona past Utah 38-35. Arizona State and Brigham Young came out gunning. At the end of a wild first quarter, State led 21-17. That was all the ammunition the Sun Devils had, but the Cougars, with 6'5" Gifford Nielsen passing for 339 yards and two touchdowns, kept firing away. In the end, BYU came out on top 43-21 as the two teams tossed 76 passes for 739 yards.
1. UCLA (7-0-1)
2. USC (6-1)
3. WYOMING (6-2)