Penn, Columbia, Elis Triumph
While everyone else north of Delaware was concentrating on the Yankees and the Sox this weekend, Ivy elevens were busy generating their own peculiar brand of gridiron excitement.
The only reason that Saturday's action didn't produce another bizarre shake-up in the Ivy standings was that this week's clashes were all against non-league foes.
Penn led off the upset parade Friday night under the lights at Franklin Field, bouncing back from an opening day loss tc dump highly touted Lehigh, 21-13, on the strength of sophomore sensation Phil Avila's two TDs. The Engineers, last year's NCAA Division II champions, were ranked number one in the newly created NCAA Division I AA after last week's 38-7 smelting of Colgate.
Once-lowly Cornell remained undefeated (they tied last week) by spoiling Colgate's homecoming weekend, 21-12. The Red Raider offense sorely missed the explosive punch of Henry White, Bob Relph, and the rest of last year's graduated eastern powerhouse squad, as Cornell's three one-yard touchdown jaunts were enough to send the Hamilton throng of 8500 disappointedly back into seclusion.
Columbia's Big Blue Machine racked up 505 total yards to a measly 134 for Lafayette en route to a 21-0 romp at New York's Baker Field. It was the first time the Lions had won their first two games (remember last week?) since 1951 (remember Bill Swiacki?).
Ivy crown contender Yale eked out a skimpy 21-7 victory over UConn at the Bowl. The Elis managed only 25 first downs while their high school friends who live in Storrs rolled up seven. Tailback Ken Hill rushed for 109 yards and all-Ivy end John Spagnola made a spectacular TD grab while the nasty Eli defense intimidated the poor freshmen in the UConn backfield.
Pre-season favorite Brown appears to be pulling yet another big fade as their record dropped to 0-2 by virtue of Saturday's 17-3 drubbing at the hands of U R I.
A second half Rutgers rally sent Princeton to its first defeat, 24-0, as football's oldest rivalry came to the ultra-modern Meadowlands Complex in East Rutherford, N.J.
Finally, Holy Cross crucified ex-B.C. coach Joe Yukica's Dartmouth troops, 35-0.