While 'The Game' was deciding who would win all the marbles, the rest of the Ivy League was battling for final positions in the circuit's standings. The last week of action also served as a showcase for several all-Ivy candidates.
Brown (5-1-1) nailed down second place, its best Ivy showing since the conference was formalized in 1956, with a 48-13 shellacking of Columbia. The Lions, who finally managed to elude the cellar with a 2-5 mark, played even-up with the Bruins for the first half. The 13-13 tie was due mainly to sparkling touchdown scampers of 36 and 45 yards by workhorse Doug Jackson. But then the roof caved in.
Brown quarterback Bob Bateman sparked the potent offense that had sputtered in the Harvard confrontation. The lanky passer capped a trio of Brown marches with short touchdown plunges, and hooked up with receivers Kevin O'Keefe and Fred Polacek for a pair of aerial T.D. strikes.
Kicker Jose Violante concluded his assault on the Ivy record books with a 12-point performance. The prolific point scorer set a new Ivy career high of 124 points, connecting on six extra point tries and field goals of 44 and 47 yards.
In the showdown for fourth place, Dartmouth edged Princeton, 21-16, in a contest riddled with turnovers. The Big Green fumbled seven times, while Tiger Q.B. Ron Beible threw four interceptions.
After a scoreless first quarter, Dartmouth exploded for a 14-0 lead. Quarterback Mike Brait unleashed a 70-yard touchdown toss to split end Tom Fleming. A one-yard dive by Brait culminated in another quick six on Dartmouth's next possession.
Princeton came storming back on a 64-yard bomb from Beible to running back Bobby Issom. The Tigers closed to within a point at the intermission, Big Green bobbles setting up a pair of Scott Morrison field goals.
A 38-yard boot by Morrison gave Princeton a short-lived 16-14 edge in the third quarter. Brait and Fleming still had some fireworks left, the talented tandem locking horns on a scintillating 85-yard T.D. pass play. The final quarter was defense dominated, neither squad breaking through for a score.
Penn needed some late heroics by quarterback Bob Graustein to send a hapless Cornell down to a 27-21 defeat. Winless for the season, the Big Red overcame a 20-7 deficit with two final stanza scores. But Graustein, who had already scored twice and passed for a third T.D., cooly guided the Quakers to victory with a 13-yard touchdown jaunt.