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Yale clinched its second straight Ivy League title by beating Harvard 14-0. Princeton, with Mark Lockenmeyer passing for three TDs and running for a fourth, edged Dartmouth 27-24. Easier times were had by Cornell, a 31-9 victor over Penn, and by Brown, which defeated Columbia 31-13.
In the football series that has encompassed the greatest number of games, Lehigh allowed Lafayette just 12 yards in total offense in the first half and went on to win 32-0 in the 116th meeting of the teams. The Engineers thus finished as Division I-AA's only unbeaten team.
SMU Quarterback Mike Ford is a man who has had his troubles. He missed most of last season because of a knee injury and had been benched for four games this season because he hadn't been nearly as effective as he had as a freshman and sophomore. But when he took over against Arkansas for Lance McIlhenny, a freshman who had taken his starting job but who had been sidelined by a crunching tackle, Ford got a standing ovation. And when he left late in the game he got another standing O, one he had earned by directing four TD drives during the Mustangs' 31-7 victory. A school record was set when three SMU players each gained more than 100 yards: Eric Dickerson had 107, Craig James added 102 and Flanker Mitchell Bennett had 106 on only three plays, all end-arounds.
Baylor also stuck mainly to the ground—Dennis Gentry sloshed through the rain for 130 yards and scored on puddle-splashers of 64 and 16 yards, and Walter Abercrombie rumbled for 109 yards—in a 16-0 defeat of Texas. That shutout, the first by the Bears over the Longhorns since 1939, enabled Baylor to become the first private school to have a perfect record in Southwest Conference play since Rice in 1949. Terry Elston passed for two touchdowns and ran for another pair as Houston defeated Texas Tech 34-7, and Texas A&M downed Texas Christian 13-10.
Tom Flick of Washington was intercepted twice early on as Washington State zipped to a quick 14-0 lead. But the Huskie quarterback rallied his team to a 30-23 Pac-10 victory by completing 20 of 32 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns. That offset the efforts of Quarterback Samoa Samoa of the Cougars, who ran 33 and five yards for State's first two scores and passed 33 yards for a third.
For the first time in five years, UCLA earned the right to change the colors of the L.A. Coliseum's Victory Bell from cardinal and gold to blue and gold, coming from behind three times to beat Southern Cal 20-17. Freeman McNeil of the Bruins, who out-rushed USC's Marcus Allen 111 yards to 72, got the decisive points when a 58-yard bomb by Jay Schroeder glanced off a Trojan defender's fingers and into McNeil's hands with 2:07 remaining in the game.