Conference and award winners: Ivy League—Princeton; Lambert Trophy—still undecided but either Army or Navy; Big Three—Yale; Yankee—tie between Connecticut and Rhode Island; Little Three—Williams; Lambert Cup—almost certainly Lehigh.
Princeton, rebounding from the previous week's galling upset loss to Yale, hustled through snow and mud for a conclusive 34-14 victory over Dartmouth in the Ivy showdown. Sophomore Tailback Danny Sachs, his bum ankles notwithstanding, had his hand in four Tiger touchdowns. One was on a superb 60-yard punt return; another followed a pass interception.
Yale handed Harvard its worst scrubbing in the 82-year history of The Game, laid it on the helpless Cantabs 54-0. Quarterback Dick Winterbauer took up where he left off at Princeton, completed nine of 12 passes, three of them for scores. The last of these set a Yale career record of 20 touchdown passes.
Pittsburgh, out of the bowl picture for the first time in three seasons, made certain Penn state wasn't going anywhere either, inched past its upstate rival on two late touchdowns, 14-13.
Little Lehigh, with one of the best quarterbacks in the country, toppled Lafayette in their 93rd scuffle 26-13. Senior Dan Nolan ran the option play with all his usual finesse, passed with prudence and left the field the most effective back in Lehigh's long football history.
In Dixie, the two most important conferences found themselves in the peculiar situation where their champions were barred from bowl appointments by the NCAA. Both Auburn of the SEC and North Carolina State of the ACC are stay-at-homes over the holidays, their bowl spots most likely filled by Duke (Orange) and Mississippi (Sugar). Big surprise of the Southland was VMI, which so far has scooted through the season undefeated and, depending on its Thanksgiving Day frolic with Virginia Tech, may cop the Southern Conference. Should it lose, the title goes once again to West Virginia.
At Columbia, S.C., some 14,000 football fans found fodder for nine months of small talk as North Carolina State tripped South Carolina 29-26, in the season's most frantic finish. With only seconds remaining—and just moments after SC's tie-making extra point had struck the crossbar and fallen over—NC State threw a long and desperate pass. It was intercepted and brought back to State's 17 as the final gun went off. Fans poured over the field. But the play was then called back for pass interference and, with the fans crowding the sidelines, the Wolfpack's Dick Christy kicked a field goal from SC's 28. Christy was the Wolf pack hero: he scored all of its points.
Kentucky knocked Tennessee's bowl notions into a cocked hat, with a stunning 20-6 upset. Never has one team owed so much to one lineman as the Wildcats did to Tackle Lou Michaels. Big Lou recovered one fumble for a touchdown, jarred loose another to set up the second score and kicked two extra points.