Princeton and Pennsylvania won the league football games of the season and Dartmouth served notice that it will be a title contender with a big win over Holy Cross.
The Tigers, as expected, had little trouble clobbering Columbia, 31 to 0, Penn eked out a 7-0 win over Brown. After a shaky first quarter Dartmouth blasted the Crusaders, 27 to other games involving Ivy League teams, Colgate defeated Yale, 7 to 0; and Cornell drubbed Lehigh, 49 to 13.
With its brilliant defensive line anchor-Paul Savidge and Stas Maliszewski, Princeton is the team to beat in the Ivy But there was some doubt whether the Tigers could muster much of an of-in early season games after the graduation of Cosmo Iacavaski. On Saturday they showed they could. Ron Landeck, Princeton's tallback, accounted for a phenomenal 233 yards--140 rushing in 26 carries, and 143 through the air, coming six of eleven passes. Columbia, which is Harvard's next opponent, showed nothing. The Lions gained only 105 yards during the game.
Penn scored its first Ivy League victory since upsetting Harvard in 1963. The Quakers edged Brown when junior guard Jerry Petrisko blocked a punt on the Bruins' 13-yard line. Penn workhorse Bruce Molloy carried the ball three straight times and finally went over from five. Brown's fine quarterback Bob Hall enabled the Bruins to win the battle of statistics, if nothing else. He completed 16 of 25 passes for 155 yards, and and twice moved his team inside the Penn yard line. But both times a fumble stopped the drive.
Reports from Worcester suggest that Dartmouth's 27-6 win over Holy Cross not quite so impressive as it sounds. The Indians fumbled six times in the first quarter and spotted the Crusaders a 6-0 lead before regaining their composure. And their pass defense looked somewhat shoddy; Holy Cross completed 12 of 23, but wide-open Crusader receivers dropped a number of good throws.
Quarterback Mickey Beard scored on a plunge early in the second period to put Dartmouth in front, then connected with passes of 24 and 16 yards late in the half to give the Indians a comfortable margin. Dartmouth's exciting sophomore quarterback, Gene Rycewits, entered the game during the fourth period and threw a 43-yard touchdown pass.
Colgate's victory over Yale was surprisingly close. The Eli offense, though it chalked up 204 yards, made few serious scoring threats; but their defense kept the game in doubt until the last minute of play. In the third period the Bulldogs stopped the Red Raiders on the eight-yard and one-foot lines. But with two minutes to play Colgate's Karl Baum-gartner intercepted a pass by Yale's Pete Doherty and ran it 36 yards to the Eli 13. Wayne Edmunds ran 13 yards for the decisive touchdown.
Cornell's win over Lehigh surprised nobody. Big Red's attack was paced by Ron Gervase and quarterback Marty Sponaugle. Gervase piled up 124 yards on eight carries; Sponaugle ran six times for 48 yards and two touchdowns. In all, the Big Red offense amassed 395 yards on the ground.