The Minnesota-Duluth at Michigan Tech game and the NCAA Division II rushing title were decided in the last two seconds. That's when Duluth intercepted a pass in its end zone to seal a 21-14 victory. On the game's final play, Ted McKnight of the Bulldogs, who needed one yard to beat Tech's Jim VanWagner out of a third straight rushing crown, bolted 28 yards. That gave McKnight a season total of 1,488 yards.
1. MICHIGAN (9-1)
2. OHIO STATE (8-1-1)
3. IOWA STATE (8-2)
"I can only take so much," said Pittsburgh's Tony Dorsett. "Then emotion takes over." Dorsett's emotions were aroused by what he labeled "dirty play" by West Virginia. Convinced that a Mountaineer tackier tried to spear him while he was down, Dorsett threw a flurry of punches, an outburst that resulted in his being banished from the game with 22 seconds to go. By then he had done more than enough damage with his feet to ensure Pitt's 24-16 win, having rushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Matt Cavanaugh added 124 yards in 19 carries, but the Panthers, who had taken over the top spot in the polls for the first time since 1937, kept the game reasonably close by fumbling eight times.
Both Navy and Army went to the air to register impressive victories. Bob (Alphabet Soup) Leszczynski completed 14 of 24 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns as the Middies toppled Georgia Tech 34-28. Leamon Hall was on target with 14 of 31 attempts for 195 yards and three TDs as the Cadets handed Colgate its first loss 29-13.
Brown and Yale wound up their seasons tied for the Ivy League title. It was the first time the Bruins had finished atop the league since it was established in 1956, but to do so they had to overcome a 17-7 halftime deficit at Columbia. Brown won 28-17 as Quarterback Paul Michalko and Halfback Billy Hill each ran for two touchdowns. Yale also had to come from behind to beat Harvard. Halfback John Pagliaro gained 94 of his 128 yards in the second half as the Elis, down 7-0, won 21-7. Cornell bopped Penn 31-13 and Dartmouth pummeled Princeton 33-7.
Syracuse and Temple both took early 14-0 leads. The Orangemen came up black and blue, though, as Boston College rallied for a 28-14 decision. But the Owls gave their fans cause to cheer as they kept adding points and downed Dayton 35-6. Cheering was something that was noticeably absent at Temple, especially several weeks ago when only a handful of students attended a pep rally before the Penn State game. Undismayed by that lack of school spirit. Temple Coach Wayne Hardin had his players do the cheer-leading. "We've been doing it every day after practice," Hardin said.
East Stroudsburg (Pa.) State, with Tailback Pete Radocha's 184 yards, stomped on Morgan State 23-0 to extend its winning streak to 19 games, the longest in the NCAA.
1. PITTSBURGH (10-0)
2. RUTGERS (10-0)
3. PENN STATE (7-3)