1. OKLAHOMA (9-1)
2. OHIO STATE (9-1)
3. MICHIGAN (9-1)
"It's hard to be better than last year but we do a lot more difficult things. We mix things up." So said Pitt Coach Jackie Sherrill, whose Panthers poured through Army with four touchdowns in 1:45 of the second quarter, a 38-0 halftime lead and a 52-26 final score as 61 Panther players saw action. Quarterback Matt Cavanaugh threw for touchdowns of 38, 21 and 19 yards, and Gordon Jones, a split end and kick returner, had four receptions, ran back a kick-off 93 yards for a score and set up another with a 54-yard punt runback.
"A couple of times I thought he was going to smoke a cigarette back there," said Temple Quarterback Pat Carey of his Penn State counterpart, Chuck Fusina. With plenty of time to set up, Fusina ignited the Nittany Lion offense by completing 12 of 22 passes for 249 yards and smoked the Owls 44-7. Three of Fusina's tosses went for touchdowns, two of them being hauled in by Flanker Jimmy Cefalo, who also scored on a nine-yard reverse.
Colgate had to labor to earn a 48-39 win over Northeastern, whose Allen Deary passed for 237 yards. But with Henry White scoring from far out (97 yards on a kickoff return and 67 yards on a pass from Bob Relph) and with Pat Healy rushing for 131 yards and scoring from close in (four- and one-yard runs), the Red Raiders remained undefeated.
Quarterback Bill Hurley pulled off an unusual non-play—Rush-to-the-Hospital-and-Back-into-the-Game—as he helped Syracuse beat Boston College 20-3. After hooking up with Art Monk on a 28-yard TD pass, Hurley injured his right arm. X rays were negative so he came back to put on a positive performance, finishing with six completions in 10 passes and 85 yards rushing.
Productive ground games also enabled Rutgers, West Virginia and Navy to win. Tulane's Green Wave was broken 47-8 by the Scarlet Knights, who gained 527 yards, 485 on the ground. Mark Lassiter of Rutgers ran for 137 yards and scored twice. A 12-yard scoring run by freshman Robert Alexander, who notched his first 100-yard game, gave the Mountaineers a 20-14 verdict over Virginia Tech. Joe Gattuso helped the Middies topple Georgia Tech by rushing for 147 yards to set a school single-season record of 1,167 yards.
While Yale locked up the Ivy title, Penn beat Dartmouth 7-3 in the last game for retiring Big Green Coach Jake Crouthamel. That left both teams tied with Harvard for third place. Princeton walloped Cornell 34-0 and Brown stopped Columbia 21-14.
Massachusetts clinched the Yankee Conference championship with a 19-6 victory over New Hampshire, last year's titlist. In another New England contest, Norwich was a 34-20 winner over previously unbeaten Middlebury in a Division III matchup.
1. PENN STATE (9-1)
2. PITTSBURGH (8-1-1)
3. COLGATE (10-0)