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.
Notre Dame fans, who had begun to nurse a giddy dream, sat bolt upright as Navy thrashed the Irish 20-6. Fullback Ray Wellborn was the bad news; he scored all three Middie touchdowns (see page 42).
Halfback John Crow, who is about as easy to tackle as a horse, ran wild through the Ozarks to lead Texas A&M over Arkansas 7-6. Crow played like a surefire All-America, rushing for 116 yards and a touchdown against a superb Razorback line and in the last minute intercepted an Arkansas pass at his own goal.
Texas had trouble hanging on to the ball, lost costly fumbles to SMU and suffered its first Southwest Conference setback 19-12. Mustang Quarterback Don Meredith, starting for the first time, tossed two touchdown passes and scored once himself. Texas' designs to beat A&M to the Cotton Bowl are dim now indeed. It still must play Baylor and Texas Christian, as well as the Aggies.
THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Utah Quarterback Lee Grosscup put on an astonishing show, threw 13 passes into a swirling blizzard, completed 12 of them as the Utes demolished Colorado State 55-0. Utah thus held its claim as King of the Mountains.
THE FAR WEST
Oregon, which 37 years ago suffered a 7-6 Rose Bowl nipping at the hands of Harvard, virtually insured itself something of a worse fate next January by beating Stanford 27-26. In a near-perfect ball game—no fumbles, no interceptions—the Webfoots won on the strength of Jack Morris' three points after touchdown (see page 43).
Hung on the ropes by two straight losses, Oregon State bounced up to throw a knockout punch at Washington State 39-25. Oregon State spiced its well-grounded attack with a few timely passes which more than offset the brilliant passing of Cougar Quarterback Bob Newman. Newman completed 17 of 25 for 243 yards. But that wasn't enough.