Ivy League Round-up
The Bruins had a field day, the Bulldogs are back in the thick of things, and the Big Green notched the 500th victory in its illustrious football history. The wins by Brown, Yale, and Dartmouth added to the excitement at Soldiers Field over the weekend, and set the stage for the homestretch of what should be a frenzied Ivy League race.
Brown, now 4-0-1, recaptured first place from Harvard by virtue of its 45-23 romp over hapless Cornell. End Bob Farnham eclipsed the Ivy mark for most receptions in a single game with 14 grabs and 186 yards of Ithaca turf. All in all, the Bruins churned out 515 yards in total offense.
Following a scoreless first quarter, the potent Bruin attack erupted for a 17-0 lead at intermission. Jose Violante, Brown's three-point machine, blasted a 47-yard field goal. Quarterback Bob Bateman and Farnham hooked up for an electrifying 55-yard touchdown toss. The fireworks were preceded by a one-yard dive for six by Kevin Slattery.
Halfback Slattery's second T.D. and two runs for paydirt by backfield mate John Koelbl put the game out of Cornell's futile grasp in the second half. Don Fannelli scored a pair of touchdowns for the losers, now 0-5 in loop competition.
Penn played inspired ball and gave Yale a see-saw dogfight before succumbing in New Haven, 24-14. The big story for the Elis was the sparkling two-touchdown running of senior halfback Don Gesicki, who powered his way to 167 rushing yards.
Gesicki's first-half touchdown runs and a 33-yard field goal by Randy Carter propelled Yale to a 17-14 halftime edge. Penn had taken shortlived leads on drives of 69 and 80 yards, highlighted by touchdown scampers from Jack Wixted and John Mason.
After a scoreless defensive struggle for most of the second half, Bulldog Mike Southworth made the final score quite deceptive. The fullback ran seven yards for the goal line with just 30 seconds left in what had been anybody's ballgame.
Dartmouth rallied for a 22-17 triumph over a revamped Columbia attack. The Lions boasted a 10-3 halftime bulge on a five-yard T.D. by Kirk Combs and Bob McKeon's 37-yd. field goal. Nick Lowery's 39-yard boot was the lone Big Green score of the initial half.