For Bob Relph of Colgate, Matt Cavanaugh of Pitt and Bill Hurley of Syracuse, it was like an afternoon of target practice as they repeatedly bull's-eyed their receivers. Four of Relph's passes were good for touchdowns as the undefeated Red Raiders peppered Bucknell 49-17. Relph completed 13 of 19 for 181 yards as Colgate amassed 623 yards.
West Virginia took an early 3-0 lead over Pitt, then was blanked the rest of the way. With Cavanaugh riddling the Mountaineers with his passes (16 of 29 for 217 yards and two touchdowns), the Panthers won 44-3.
Also bolting to a quick lead was Navy, which led Syracuse 7-0 after Phil McConkey ran back a punt 67 yards. Then Hurley got his act together, connecting on 20 of 31 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns as the Orangemen upset Navy 45-34.
Mitch Brown, a defensive back for NCAA Division III St. Lawrence, also put on an offensive show during a 50-6 rout of RPI. In addition to kicking field goals of 44, 47 and 36 yards, Brown sacked the quarterback in the end zone for a safety, recovered a fumble, made 16 tackles and stole two passes, one of which he returned 31 yards for a touchdown.
After blowing a 14-0 lead, Temple came back to defeat Rutgers 24-14.
A pair of touchdown runs were included in a 151-yard performance by Yale's John Pagliaro as the Elis bumped off Princeton 44-8 and took over the lead in the Ivy League. Dartmouth, which had been tied for first place, lost 13-10 as Brown came through with 10 points in the fourth quarter. A Mark Whipple to Charlie Watkins pass covering 32 yards had tied the score at 10-10. With six seconds remaining, Ruben Chapa kicked a 32-yard game-winning field goal for the Bears. In defeating Penn 34-15, Harvard set a school total-offense mark with 550 yards. Larry Brown of the Crimson accounted for 375 of those yards, 349 with his passes. Cornell disposed of Columbia 20-7.
In addition to Colgate in Division I, two Eastern small colleges remained undefeated. Middlebury downed Union 31-20 and Clarion State knocked off Shippensburg 26-6.
1. PENN STATE (8-1)
2. PITTSBURGH (7-1-1)
3. COLGATE (9-0)