As if next Saturday's game weren't enough of a mismatch already, injury-ridden Penn will have to face a Harvard eleven operating at full strength.
The hardy Crimson originally feared the loss of all-Ivy Steve Diamond, who was carried from the Dartmouth game on a stretcher. Diamond, however, suffered only minor injury to a neck muscle, and he will be ready to start against Penn. Otherwise, Harvard escaped with only the usual bumps and bruises from its title clash with Dartmouth.
Penn emerged from its 30-13 drubbing at the hands of Princeton with more serious problems. Ailing tailback Cabot Knowlton, the nation's leading scorer, was reinjured on the first play and may be lost for the season. Quarterback Bill Creeden, racked up by Cornell three weeks ago, was still unable to pass in the Princeton game.
Harvard is in its best physical condition this season. Backs Bobby Leo and Tom Choquette and safetyman John Tyson, all injured in the Cornell game, showed Dartmouth speedy recoveries Saturday--Tyson playing a fine game despite a cumbersome neck brace.
Defensive tackles Dave Davis and Skip Sviokla, who saw limited action in the Dartmouth game, will be going at full strength against Penn. Sviokla has sprained both knees, and was forced to miss the Cornell game with a sprained ankle. Davis has been suffering from a cracked vertebra.
Defensive end Vic Petzy, slowed to a limp with a severely strained ligament, has been a doubtful starter all year. Although he did not even suit up for the Dartmouth game, Petzy will probably see action against Penn.
Dartmouth reportedly lost two of its key starters in the Crimson clash. Big Green halfback Paul Klungness and end Bob MacLeod sustained knee injuries which Coach Bob Blackman described as serious enough to keep them out for the rest of the season.