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Syracuse's faint and nagging hope that it might get properly rolling in defense of the Lambert Trophy dropped dead away as Penn state scored on an early break and stood off Syracuse's power plays to dump the Orangemen 20-12. On the game's fourth play, a wild pass from center gave the Nittany Lions the ball on the Orange one. They punched it over and were in front to stay.
Dartmouth rushed to four touchdowns in the first half, then sent in wave on wave of substitutes, drubbing Harvard 26-0. The Indians, with Harvard defenses deployed against a strong inside running game, scored twice on tricky pitchbacks from a halfback to a wide-swinging quarterback (see page 20).
Duke let quick and pesky North Carolina off a 14-0 hook, allowing the Wolfpack to rally to a 14-14 tie. Duke looked much the stronger club, yet spun its wheels for four straight downs at State's goal line late in the last period. The result assured the Blue Devils of an Orange Bowl crack at Oklahoma. State is forbidden bowl games because of the Jackie Moreland basketball case (see page 20).
Mississippi, which has roared through middle-class teams all season, flunked its first major test, bowing to Arkansas 12-6. Arkies alertly foiled three Ole Miss drives, used a pair of crafty pass and pass-lateral plays to augment its running game.
Florida, halting Fullback Jimmy Taylor and Halfback Billy Cannon, stopped Louisiana state 22-14. The Gators, with tiny (140-pound) Quarterback Jimmy Dunn and bruising Fullback Ed Sears doing most of the damage, now appear semi-threats to unbeaten Auburn this Saturday.
Ohio state saw the world through rose-colored glasses after nudging fumbling Wisconsin in a ground battle 16-13. The Buckeyes scored twice within 2� minutes in the first period, kicked a 14-yard field goal in the third. State, now tied with Iowa for first place in the Big Ten, seems a good choice for the Rose Bowl trip.
On the creamy quagmire at Dyche Stadium, Iowa barely beat Northwestern 6-0. It was Iowa's fifth win and the Wildcat's fifth loss. Iowa's score came in the fourth period on a 31-yard pass play, Randy Duncan to Kevin Furlong. Northwestern's Wilmer Fowler almost intercepted the muddy ball, but Furlong took it away from him, and that was the ball game (see page 20).