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Pittsburgh and Navy were sluggish during the early going, and Penn State had a mid-game letdown, but all three won. The Panthers, who set up a Louisville touchdown by fumbling the ball at their own six, fell behind 9-0 in the second period before taking charge. Touchdown passes of 27 and 67 yards from Rick Trocano to Dwight Collins came in a flurry of Pitt scoring—20 points in the second quarter, 21 in the third—that led to a 41-23 win. In all, Trocano connected on half of his 22 throws for 231 yards.
Two interceptions by Elliott Reagans of Navy stymied Syracuse, and Russ Spitz of the Orangemen stopped a pair of Middie drives by recovering fumbles. All the scoring in this 6-3 game came on field goals, Gary Anderson putting the Orange in front with a 32-yarder and Steve Fehr of Navy booting three-pointers of 31 and 30 yards, the clincher coming early in the last period.
"We made enough yards to win two games and enough mistakes to lose three," Penn State Coach Joe Paterno said as he analyzed a 21-13 triumph over North Carolina State. The Nittany Lions seemed to be on their way to a rout, racing ahead 14-0 on their first two possessions as Booker Moore slammed over from three yards out and Kenny Jackson hauled in a 39-yard TD pass from Todd Blackledge. But the Wolfpack retaliated on Tol Avery's three-yard run and two field goals by Nathan Ritter to make it 14-13. Sealing Penn State's victory was a 79-yard march, which Blackledge culminated by passing 10 yards to Brad Scovill. Altogether, the Nittany Lions amassed 471 yards in total offense, 151 of them on 12 carries by Joel Coles.
Zip. Zap. Just like that, West Virginia broke open a tight game at Temple when Cedric Thomas caught two touchdown passes from Oliver Luck within 11 seconds in the third period. After Thomas had grabbed an 11-yard scoring toss, the Mountaineers fell on an Owl fumble on the ensuing kickoff and Luck hit Thomas with a 19-yard pass. Altogether, Luck had four TD throws as West Virginia went on to win 41-28.
Army snapped a three-game losing streak by shooting down Air Force 47-24. Two scoring passes by freshman Bryan Allen and touchdown runs of four and 50 yards by sophomore Jerry Walker kept the Cadets rolling.
Even though Cornell led 7-0, its chances of winning at Yale appeared to go down the tubes when Quarterback Mike Ryan left the game in the second quarter with a banged-up shoulder. Taking Ryan's place was Andy Schroer, a senior who had never played a down of varsity ball. Schroer, however, quickly guided the Big Red to a pair of touchdowns—the second of which he scored on a four-yard run—and a 21-0 halftime lead. Cornell went on to hand the Bulldogs their first Ivy League loss, 24-6. Nonetheless, Yale held a one-game edge over five teams tied for second place. Dartmouth clobbered Columbia 48-0 in the only other league game.
Lehigh and Boston University, which were rated second and fourth, respectively, in Division I-AA, knocked off Yankee Conference opponents. The independent Engineers beat Rhode Island 23-10, and the Terriers took the Yankee title with a 28-24 triumph at Connecticut after trailing 17-0 at the half.
Three teams among Division III's Top 10 were victors. No. 1 Ithaca finished its regular season 10-0 by defeating Cortland State 24-7. Also 10-0 was No. 2 Widener, the division's most prolific point producer (44 per game), which beat Lebanon Valley 42-15. No. 10 Bethany (W. Va.) blanked Oberlin 27-0.