1. PENN STATE (8-0)
2. ARMY (6-3)
3. YALE (8-0)
Penn State's Joe Paterno worried that his unbeaten team might have a letdown against underdog Maryland. "You just never know what can happen when you play a team like that," he said. What happened was only that as usual the defense had to get Penn State rolling. Tackle Steve Smear intercepted a Maryland pass and ran it back 40 yards, and fumble recoveries setup two more touchdowns. Then, on offense, Charlie Pittman, who is from Maryland, scored twice, and Halfback Bob Campbell and Fullback Don Abbey crunched over for two more touchdowns as the Lions went on to their 16th straight without a loss, 57-13, and moved into the Orange Bowl against Kansas.
Pity poor Pitt. The Panthers at last had a chance for an upset when Army led them only 6-0 at the half. But the delusion was only temporary. Cadet Quarterback Steve Lindell, checking off at the line of scrimmage, caught Pitt's defenders going right, so he went left for 30 yards and a touchdown. A fumble set up a one-yard scoring plunge by Charlie Jarvis, Lynn Moore broke away for 25 yards and the Cadets coasted home 26-0 in their last test before the Navy game. The Middies, meanwhile, were trounced by Syracuse 44-6. Safetyman Cliff Ensley was Navy's chief tormentor. He ran back nine punts for 130 yards, intercepted a pass and had nine tackles.
For the first time since Walter Camp had the story back in 1909, both Yale and Harvard will be unbeaten going into The Game Saturday in Cambridge. The winner will get the Ivy League title and the Big Three championship. The loser—well, Yale just announced that it was going coed, anyway. In preparation for Harvard the Elis warmed up by smashing Princeton 42-17 as Quarterback Brian Dowling and Halfback Calvin Hill broke an assortment of school records. Harvard just overpowered Brown 31-7.
Boston College, recovering from the experience of losing to Penn State and Army on successive weeks, got some soothing medicine—an easy 45-13 win over VMI. Rutgers had to play catch-up against Holy Cross. But the Scarlet Knights rallied, Halfback Bryant Mitchell, who rushed for 152 yards to set a school single-season record (1,058), broke away for a 19-yard run and Rutgers won its seventh game 41-14. New Hampshire shut out Massachusetts 16-0 to share the Yankee Conference title with Connecticut, which swamped Rhode Island 35-6.
1. OHIO STATE (8-0)
2. MICHIGAN (8-1)
3. KANSAS (8-1)
Showing no favoritism, Oklahoma beat an undefeated Big Eight leader for the second week in a row. First it was Kansas, this time Missouri. The Sooners grabbed the ball and kept it for their 28-14 win, leaving the Tigers' bowl hopes askew and winning a place in the Bluebonnet Bowl for themselves. Tailback Steve Owens had the ball most of the time, carrying 46 times for 177 yards and scoring three touchdowns while breaking Billy Vessels' single-season school rushing record.
"Most of our opponents just dislike us," said Kansas Coach Pepper Rodgers before the Kansas State game, "but out there in Manhattan they hate us." Obviously the feeling was mutual, as the teams played their customary thriller, the Jayhawks finally winning 38-29. Kansas Fullback John Riggins and K-State Quarterback Lynn Dickey, two of the most sought-after high school players in the state in 1967, had a duel. Riggins ran for 189 yards and broke open a close game late in the third quarter with an 83-yard dash to the Wildcat eight. Dickey, time and again hitting receivers crossing over the middle, completed 25 of 48 passes for 297 yards. This Saturday Kansas and Missouri, having both beaten everybody but Oklahoma, hope to settle the Big Eight championship amongst themselves at Missouri. Oklahoma, however, also has one conference loss and can tie for the title.