1. PENN STATE (8-0)
2. CORNELL (7-0)
3. BOSTON COLLEGE (6-2)
Columbia, with a 4-3 record, played its seventh game this season in which the point margin was three points or less, this time upsetting favored and undefeated Dartmouth 31-29 on a 34-yard field goal by Paul Kaliades with 48 seconds to go. Steve How-land plunged for two touchdowns and Quarterback Don Jackson threw touchdown passes to Rick Assaf and Jesse Parks to give Columbia a 28-14 lead in the third period and an apparent end to its string of heart stoppers. But Indian reserve Quarterback Steve Stetson tossed touchdown passes of eight yards to Rip Klupchak and 63 yards to Tyrone Byrd to quickly lift Dartmouth in front 29-28, a lead that held until Kaliades' wobbling kick just tumbled over the crossbar. It was the Big Green's first loss after 15 straight wins.
With Dartmouth out of the way, undefeated Cornell had first place in the Ivy League all to itself after beating Brown 21-7. The Bruins led 7-6 after an 80-yard scoring march in the third quarter. Then Ed Marinaro, who ground out 176 yards on 37 carries, scored his 16th and 17th touchdowns of the season as Cornell rallied before a home field crowd that shouted "We're No. 1!" Princeton came back from a 10-0 deficit to cut down Harvard 21-10, and Yale beat Penn 24-14.
Notre Dame visited Pitt and rediscovered how to score, trampling all over the Panthers 56-7. Notre Dame scored four touchdowns in the first 23 minutes and kept up the barrage all game long. Ed Gulyas had three touchdowns, Larry Parker two, and soph Quarterback Cliff Brown ran Parseghian's multiple sets, Power I's and Wishbone-power pitchouts with the poise of a pro.
Undefeated Penn State, marking time until its big game with Tennessee on Dec. 4, walloped Maryland 63-27 for its 13th straight win. Lydell Mitchell scored five touchdowns, gained 209 yards rushing in 24 carries and broke half a dozen school records. Boston College, blanked in the first half, gained a lackluster 10-3 win over Syracuse, while Army beat Rutgers 30-17.
1. ARIZONA STATE (7-1)
2. STANFORD (7-2)
3. WASHINGTON (7-2)
Stanford has lost two games and is not exactly the scourge of the West, but the Indians defeated floundering UCLA, which has won only two games, 20-9, and clinched first place in the troubled Pacific Eight Conference (page 28) and an automatic Rose Bowl bid. Postgame talk was more about how badly Stanford would be beaten by its probable Rose Bowl opponent, Michigan, on New Year's Day than on the game. In the first half, the best the Indians and Bruins could do was match field goals. Then Stanford got untracked in the second half, and Quarterback Don Bunce completed a string of five straight passes prior to driving in for the go-ahead touchdown from six yards out. "They said we were through when Plunkett graduated," said a Stanford assistant coach after the game, "but Bunce will do as well as Jim in the Rose Bowl. He's faster and a better runner and a heckuva passer."
In other Pacific Eight games, Washington routed California 30-7 as Quarterback Sonny Sixkiller ran two yards for one touchdown, passed 68 yards to Jim Krieg for another and sat out most of the last three quarters. Southern California held the league's leading rusher, Bernard Jackson (130 yards per game average), to 56 yards while winning its third straight, beating Washington State 30-20.
Arizona State won its 17th Western Athletic Conference game in a row and all but wrapped up this season's title with a 38-13 win over Brigham Young, holder of a modest four-game win streak. Lower down in the WAC standings, New Mexico outlasted Utah 57-39.
Oregon looked listless in the first half against Air Force and trailed 14-0. In the second half, however, the Falcons suffered three lost fumbles and two pass interceptions, and the Ducks exploded to win 23-14 on two touchdowns by Bobby Moore and a 56-yard field goal by Steve Buettner.
1. ALABAMA (9-0)
2. GEORGIA (9-0)
3. AUBURN (8-0)
Two high-scoring offenses, the Power I and the Wishbone T, met on network TV in Baton Rouge, but when the pad popping was over, and Alabama had remained undefeated by squeezing past LSU 14-7, the defenses had stolen the show. Alabama's Wishbone could produce only nine first downs, one touchdown and no completions in three passing attempts. One of the Crimson Tide's problems was an early injury to Johnny Musso. In the first half Alabama was held to field goals of 29 and 38 yards by Bill Davis and finally scored its touchdown midway through the third quarter when Quarterback Terry Davis rolled out to his left, got a fierce block by Musso and scampered into the end zone from 16 yards out to cap a four-play, 52-yard drive. Musso slammed in for the two-point conversion.
Undefeated Georgia had no problems moving the ball back and forth against a stunned Florida defense, winning easily 49-7 and making up somewhat for the Bulldogs' upset loss to the Gators last season. Georgia rolled to a 20-7 halftime lead, primarily on its defensive agility. Buz Rosenberg ran back a punt 36 yards to set up one touchdown, and Mixon Robinson scored another on a 38-yard interception return of a John Reaves pass. In the second half the offense turned the game into a rout. Not since 1946 has Georgia started out 9-0, but to make it 10-0 the Bulldogs must get by Auburn this week.
What about Auburn? Well, the Tigers have been slow starters at times this season, but Pat Sullivan took charge in the first half against Mississippi State. He passed for three touchdowns, two to his favorite receiver, Split End Terry Beasley, and one to Flanker Dick Schmalz to lead the Tigers to a 30-0 lead over Mississippi State. Sullivan completed 13 of 24 passes for 140 yards and then watched from the sidelines as the Bulldogs scored three touchdowns on passes against Tiger reserves in the final quarter to dehumiliate the final score to 30-21.
North Carolina's Ken Craven kicked four field goals, of 23, 37, 28 and 26 yards, as the Tar Heels defeated Clemson 26-13 and took over sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Houston, apparently headed for either the Bluebonnet or Sun Bowl, whacked Memphis State 35-7 as Robert Newhouse gained 111 yards and the passing combination of Gary (Moon) Mullins to 5'8" Split End Pat Orchin connected six times for 166 yards despite miserably cold and damp weather. Tennessee, bogged down in a defensive struggle with South Carolina, suddenly put the Gamecocks in a hole when sophomore Fullback Steve Chancey quick-kicked 66 yards from his nine-yard line. Then Chancey scored on a plunge for a 7-0 halftime lead, and the Vols ran away in the second half to win 35-6.
Duke trampled West Virginia 31-15 with the aid of five pass interceptions; Navy, failing where Army had succeeded earlier this year, lost to Georgia Tech 34-21; Kentucky edged Vanderbilt 14-7; and North Carolina State won only its second game of the season, upsetting heavily favored Miami 13-7.
1. HOUSTON (6-2)
2. TEXAS (6-2)
3. ARKANSAS (6-2-1)
It has been a bumpy trail, but Texas keeps plugging away and has now suddenly emerged as the strong favorite to make a fourth straight trip to the Cotton Bowl. While transistor radios tuned to the Arkansas-Rice game buzzed throughout the stands, the Longhorns stamped out a solid 24-0 win over Baylor before a home-town Austin crowd of 54,500. Texas Quarterback Eddie Phillips returned to action after missing four games with a pulled hamstring muscle and guided his team to a 17-0 halftime lead before turning the ball over to super-sub Donnie Wigginton. But most of the excitement was provided by Jim Bertelsen and punt-return specialist Dean Campbell. Bertelsen slashed his way 31 yards for a touchdown the second time Texas had the ball, added another in the third period on a one-yard dive and picked up a total of 136 yards in 20 carries. Campbell, a wispy 5'5" 145-pounder who risks being floored by the punts he catches, returned one 57 yards to set up a 36-yard field goal by sophomore Linebacker Glenn Gaspard in the second quarter and ran back another 32 yards.
Stumbling Arkansas escaped total extinction on Dil McClard's third field goal of the game, a 45-yard kick that tied Rice 24-24 with only two seconds left. It provided a dandy item for second guessers. On the previous play Owl Coach Bill Petersen elected to have Mark Williams punt the ball from his end zone with nine seconds left rather than take an intentional safety and earn a free kick from the 20. The Hogs' Jack Morris, standing on the Rice 43, signaled for a fair catch, but Carl Swierc of the Owls, barreling downfield, stumbled into Swierc. The subsequent 15-yard penalty put the ball on the Rice 28, and on the next play McClard tied the game up.
Texas Christian kept its bowl hopes warm, just barely, by grinding out a 17-6 win over disappointing Texas Tech. Best known for a strong passing attack triggered by Quarterback Steve Judy, the Horned Frogs stuck to the ground for a change, running for 217 yards and passing for only 83.
Neither Texas A&M nor SMU have much left to look forward to this season, except as spoilers. The Aggies, who had beaten Arkansas the week before, just about dislodged the Mustangs from the conference race, thumping them 27-10.
1. OKLAHOMA (8-0)
2. NEBRASKA (9-0)
3. MICHIGAN (9-0)
Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler has so much manpower he can lose his starting fullback, Fritz Seyferth, through injury on Tuesday and still come up with a substitute on Saturday—in this case sophomore Ed Shuttlesworth—who can blast out 112 yards rushing and score three touchdowns. Which is one of the reasons the Wolverines walloped hopelessly outmatched Iowa 63-7 and virtually assured themselves a Rose Bowl trip. Strangely, the game was close for a brief time after Iowa Quarterback Frank Sunderman hit Dave Triplett with an 11-yard scoring pass following a fumble recovery. But the Wolverines' Bruce Elliott returned a punt 33 yards to the Hawkeye three-yard line and Shuttlesworth smashed over for his third TD, and Michigan was on its way. Adding to the carnage was Kicker Dana Coin, who booted nine extra points to set an NCAA season record with 51 consecutive conversions.
"We gave them the ball in too good a field position," was the way Ohio State Coach Woody Hayes rationalized the Buckeyes' shocking 17-10 loss to Michigan State. Trailing 10-3 in the second quarter, the Spartans tied the score as Brad Van Pelt returned a pass interception 30 yards to the Buckeye seven, and two plays later MSU's Eric Allen darted into the end zone from five yards out. The Spartans then scored in the final quarter after Doug Halliday had fallen on a loose Buckeye pitchout at the Ohio State 11. Four plays later Allen dived in again for the winning touchdown.
Oklahoma had its usual tough time with Missouri, punching out a 20-3 victory. The Tigers throttled the Sooner Wishbone T with a closely packed 6-2-3 defense that contained the deep pitches to Halfback Greg Pruitt and dared Oklahoma to pass. The Sooners got all three touchdowns on three explosive plays—a 70-yard run with a blocked field-goal attempt by Linebacker Mark Driscoll, a 78-yard burst oft" tackle by Roy Bell and, finally, a 44-yard pass from Quarterback Jack Mildren to Al Chandler, the lone Oklahoma pass completion of the game.
Nebraska won its 19th straight game, crushing Iowa State 37-0 as the Cornhuskers caught three State passes, only one less than Cyclone Quarterback Dean Carlson could complete to his own receivers. Husker Slot-back Johnny Rodgers had another dazzling day. He scored one touchdown on a 10-yard run and another on a prancing 62-yard punt return that left thwarted defenders sprawled across the field like fallen sheaves of corn.
In other Big Eight games, Colorado routed Kansas 35-14, and Kansas State, scoring 21 points in the last quarter, rallied to beat Oklahoma State 35-23. Among the Big Ten also-rans, Wisconsin upset Purdue 14-10 on Alan Thompson's three-yard touchdown plunge with nine seconds left; Northwestern walloped Minnesota 41-20; and Illinois won its third straight after six defeats, edging Indiana 22-21.
Toledo ran its winning streak to 32, beating Northern Illinois 23-8. Beloit ended a 29-game losing streak by shutting out Carlton 7-0.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Penn State senior Halfback Lydell Mitchell closed in on a college scoring record with five touchdowns against Maryland, giving him 21 for the season, just three shy of the NCAA mark set by Arizona's Art Luppino.
THE LINEWIAN: Linebacker Tom Surlas of Alabama made 14 tackles in the 14-7 win over LSU, five on the far side of the field, three stopping the Tigers for no gain, and finally on the last play breaking up a Tiger screen pass.