Yale and Dartmouth exchanged touchdowns in the frantic last moments of the ball game, tied at New Haven 14-14. Yale, which shattered the proud Dartmouth line, took the lead on a wide-open pass with one minute, 50 seconds remaining. At this, Dartmouth hit the panic button, covered 58 yards in five pass plays (and one erroneous 15-yard penalty), to score with 13 seconds on the clock and preserve its unbeaten record and a golden chance at an Ivy League championship (see page 44).
Syracuse, huffy over its loss to Penn State, gave Pittsburgh its fourth whacking of the season, downing the favored Panthers 24-21. Ben Schwartzwalder's bread-and-butter runners turned to passes and a field goal, of all things, to recoup a bit of tarnished prestige.
In rain and mud, Amherst wallowed past Tufts in a match of New England's last unbeatens 19-6. Marsh McLean, Amherst's gifted All-America third baseman, slogged for 139 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Lord Jeffs to their sixth straight. Now they likely will go into the final game at Williams undefeated (see page 28).
Georgia Tech finally came alive and whipped the whey out of previously unbeaten Duke 13-0 in an extra-conference contest. Duke's old-fashioned ground-gulping outfit was stopped at a pallid 66 yards, while the none-too-potent Tech backs tramped around for 232. The upset raised a sliver of hope for the Engineers to play their seventh consecutive postseason game but did nothing to damage Duke's plans for New Year's afternoon in the Orange Bowl as the ACC representative (see page 43).
Auburn held its roost at the top of the Southeast Conference, turned back the eager Johnnie-come-latelies from Florida 13-0. As usual, Auburn's defenses were tops: until the third-stringers went in midway in the third period, Florida had achieved only two first downs.
While hoots and catcalls fell fallow on its ears, Iowa ran out the clock, played for the 21-21 tie that all but knocked Michigan out of the Rose Bowl picture. Iowa, figuring to take its first game from the Wolverines since 1924, used an unbalanced line and piled up nearly twice the yardage of Michigan. However, Michigan was good at the right time, namely during 10 minutes of the second period, scoring after two pass interceptions and on Jim Pace's 65-yard punt return (see page 43).
Meanwhile, Ohio State crackled along nicely, trouncing Northwestern worse than anyone else has 47-6. Halfback Don Clark, on his way to 127 rushing yards and four touchdowns, so shook up the Wildcats that they went into a nine-man line with two linebackers. The maneuver was a bald attempt to lure Ohio State into passing. The Buckeyes obliged, gained 111 yards and scored two touchdowns in the air.