Hold it. That's exactly what Pittsburgh and West Virginia had trouble doing, the Panthers losing five of seven fumbles and having a pass stolen, the Mountaineers losing one of three fumbles and having five passes intercepted. In between miscues, Pitt built a 10-3 lead after three periods and held on for a 24-17 win in which freshman Dan Marino passed for 232 yards.
Navy's defense against the run, which had been the fifth best in the nation with an average yield of 95 yards a game, was left in tatters by Syracuse. The Orangemen, 30-14 victors, rushed for 334 yards, Joe Morris gaining 159 and Quarterback Bill Hurley 144.
Akron's Zips were zapped by Temple 42-6. Brian Broomell of the Owls played only the first half, in which he passed for 148 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 54 yards and another six-pointer.
Yale and Penn kept their perfect records intact, the Elis sewing up first place in the Ivy League and remaining unbeaten by trampling Princeton 35-10, and the Quakers staying winless as they were downed by Harvard 41-26. Dartmouth beat Brown 24-10, and Cornell handed Columbia a 24-7 setback.
It was Knight-time when Rutgers' Scarlet ones met Army's Black variety. For the first time in 12 games and 88 years, Rutgers beat the Cadets, winning 20-0.
1. PITTSBURGH (8-1)
2. TEMPLE (8-1)
3. PENN STATE (6-3)
This was it. Washington, which had fought back from a 17-3 third-quarter deficit to USC only to fall behind again, 24-17 in the fourth, had a first down at the Trojan two with 4:00 left to play. The Huskies picked up one yard on first down, lost a total of nine in their next three tries, and USC held on to win and assure itself of a Rose Bowl berth. It was Tom Flick who kept rallying Washington with 18-for-28 passing, good for 245 yards and one TD—and by plunging one yard for another score.
In another scratch-and-scramble contest, UCLA trimmed Arizona State 31-28. Freeman McNeil gained 142 yards for the Bruins, who rushed for a total of 237 yards against the Sun Devil defense that had been the Pac 10's stingiest against the run. Freshman Thomas Ramsey rallied UCLA, coming off the bench to complete a 63-yard touchdown pass play to JoJo Townsell and scoring on a 10-yard run to turn a 13-10 deficit into a 24-13 lead. Mark Malone, who had 28 completions in 51 tries for 365 yards, put State back on top 28-24 with 1:03 left. A final comeback was then engineered by Ramsey, who took the Bruins 75 yards and tallied on a one-yard sneak with nine seconds remaining.
Oregon shocked Stanford 16-7, rolling up 352 yards on the ground. Dwight Robertson, who scored on a 48-yard run, gained 138 of those yards for the Ducks.