Carleton and St. Olaf, two small midwestern colleges in the same town, Northfield, Minn., are characteristic examples of the quiet and pleasant backwaters of college football. Though they receive comparatively little national attention, these unsung schools have skilled coaches, fine players, good and exciting competition, pretty cheerleaders, stands packed with cheerful spectators, happy autumn afternoons. When teams like Carleton and St. Olaf meet, the sophistication of big-time football is absent but the game is earnest and every bit as pleasing

It is homecoming, and Carleton's Queen Chris Vestling presides at a pep rally (above) on the eve of the game. Earlier that day varsity players John Schwarz and Steve Dickinson, a future Rhodes Scholar, played a carefree, unprofessional touch football game with their dates (below). At the game (right) helium-filled balloons float over happy students after a Carleton score.

Action included both football and a cross-country run that ended in stadium during the game. At right, Carleton's Chuck Jennings, watched by his schoolmates, finishes first. The lead in the football game switched back and forth as St. Olaf's John Bergstrom (above) scored three touchdowns, Carleton's Jerry Monasch (upper right) scored two. Carleton, stopping St. Olaf on the three before the game ended, won 27-20.

Aftermath of the tense game has a relaxed, small-town informality as spectators, cheerleaders and bespectacled winner mill about in pleasant confusion.