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Connecticut defeated Boston University 27-20 in a Yankee Conference game. Other conference winners were Massachusetts, which upset Holy Cross 33-8 as Dennis Dent ran for 203 yards, and Maine, which jolted Lehigh 21-18. John Tursky of the Black Bears completed two touchdown passes to Richard Camire in the final seven minutes of the game played in Orono, the second a 34-yarder with 17 seconds remaining.
For the sixth time since the Little Three conference was established in 1910, there is a three-way tie for first as Williams trimmed Amherst 7-2. In previous encounters, Amherst had beaten Wesleyan but the Cardinals had knocked off Williams.
1. PENN STATE (10-0)
With a 25-mph wind, a temperature of 20°, a wind-chill of—15° and a light snow falling in Falcon Stadium, one thing seemed certain: nobody was going to be able to do much on offense, especially those warm-weather runners from Georgia Tech. So much for certainties. Neither wind, nor cold, nor snow deterred Eddie Lee Ivery as the Rambling Wrecks whipped Air Force 42-21.
When Tech Coach Pepper Rodgers was told that Ivery's 57-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter gave him a shot at the alltime NCAA single-game rushing mark, he let his senior tailback go for it. Ivery, who had also scored on runs of 73 and 80 yards, responded by finishing with 356 yards in 26 carries. That was six yards more than Michigan State's Eric Allen ran for against Purdue in 1971.
In spite of the weather, there were other notable offensive statistics. Tech's Ray Friday scored twice and ran for 115 yards. And three Falcons amassed impressive numbers of their own, Shelby Ball rushing for 107 yards, and Dave Ziebart completing 18 of 41 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns, both scored by Cormac Carney. Altogether, Carney latched on to 11 passes for 204 yards, and his two TDs gave him a total of eight, an NCAA freshman record.
In Corvallis, Ore., where the skies were clear and the temperature 41°, Oregon State darkened UCLA's day with a 15-13 upset. The tenacious Beaver defenders allowed the Bruins only 45 yards and two first downs in the second half. With the score 10-10, UCLA intercepted a pass at the State 26-yard line in the third period, but the best the Bruins could do was go ahead by three on a 35-yard field goal by Peter Boermeester.
Beaver Punter John Misko bottled up UCLA early in the fourth quarter by kicking out of bounds inside the Bruin one-yard line. Unable to move the ball on three plays, UCLA's Matt McFarland stepped out of the end zone while attempting to punt, giving Oregon State a safety. That narrowed UCLA's lead to one point. Although McFarland now had a free kick, it turned out to be a costly one, traveling only to midfield and being returned seven yards. Then, on a fourth and one from the Bruin 34, Tim Sim gained two yards to keep the Beavers moving. When they stalled, Kieron Walford came in to try a 36-yard field goal. The ball slipped off the kicking tee, but Walford nonetheless booted a line drive between the uprights for the decisive points. In the closing minutes, the Beavers intercepted a pass, enabling State to retain its lead. Linebacker Kent Peyton, who stole the pass, bedeviled the Bruins throughout the game by recovering a fumble and making nine unassisted tackles.
UCLA's loss left the Bruins tied with USC, which it will meet this week in a showdown for the Pac-10 title and a trip to the Rose Bowl. Playing amid thunder and heavy rain in Los Angeles, USC decked Washington 28-10. "There was no footing to speak of," said Trojan Fullback Lynn Cain, who sloshed through the middle 25 times for 128 yards. "You had to run flat-footed instead of on the balls of your feet, and you had to be sure to plant your feet well." The Huskies led 3-0 going into the second quarter. All season the Trojans had dominated the second period, outscoring opponents 82-6. They continued this mastery to go in front 21-3 at halftime. When Cain was not slamming through the middle, Quarterback Paul McDonald was gaining yardage through the air, hitting on 12 of 16 passes—10 of them in a row—for 192 yards and two touchdowns.