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The casualty list read like a holiday weekend accident report as college football completed its third week in a clatter of upsets. Army, Navy, Clemson, TCU, Ohio State, Iowa and Dartmouth were among the more prominent victims, and there was promise of more to come as some of the lesser powers began to find their muscles.
Pitt, where cliffhangers are the rule rather than the exception, dawdled its way to a 14-0 halftime deficit in the face of a determined UCLA attack, then suddenly came alive along with Quarterback Ivan Toncic. Toncic cranked up his aching arm in the last half and pitched four touchdown passes to Ron Delfine, Fred Cox, Mike Ditka and Steve Jastrzembski, the last with 31 seconds to play, to give the irrepressible Panthers a 25-21 victory.
Penn State, slowly working toward the meat of its schedule, treated visiting Colgate like a poor relation and clobbered the visitors 58-20. Quarterback Richie Lucas threw only one touchdown pass but ran the poor Raiders nearly to death before the reserves took over.
Displaying awesome power on the attack and a suffocating defense that limited Maryland to 29 yards and two first downs, Syracuse punished the Terps 29-0. A pair of skillful sophs, Quarterback Dave Sarette and Halfback Ernie Davis, kept Maryland off balance with needle-threading passes and crunching runs.
The Ivy League began to take on an unusual look after Penn, resolutely climbing back to prominence, swept past Dartmouth's defending champions 13-0. Meanwhile, Princeton's tailback-rich challengers shrugged off Columbia's "muddle huddle" to concentrate on their own explosive single wing and burst the Lions' bubble 22-0. The top three:
1. PENN STATE (3-0)
Iowa suffered two shocks last week. The first came when Coach Forest Evashevski, who had picked up the Hawkeyes by their Big Ten bootstraps, announced that he was resigning at the end of his 10-year contract in 1963. The second came when Northwestern's Ray Purdin cleverly anticipated Wilburn Hollis' fourth-quarter pass, plucked it out of Bob Jeter's hands and returned it 42 yards to beat Iowa 14-10. But even the Wildcats had their troubles: Quarterback Dick Thornton suffered a fractured left ankle on the opening kickoff and will be out for six weeks.
Illinois' Ray Eliot, playing out the string before retirement, had a surprise cooked up for visiting Army. Instead of the standard split-T, Eliot turned loose a dazzling wing T with both ends split wide to the same side and an even more dazzling sophomore quarterback, Mel Meyers. Meyers passed the Illini to a quick touchdown and kept up the offensive pressure while his hard-charging line stifled the Army attack. In the process Army lost Halfback Bob Anderson with a knee injury and the ball game 20-14.