Michigan State was another which felt the wrath of the underdog, bowing to Purdue for the third time since 1953. The Boilermakers, aware they had little to fear from Spartan passing, massed their barricades to hold State runners to 38 yards, outlived their own mistakes (five fumbles) to win 14-6.
Iowa, trailing Wisconsin 9-0 at half time, was ever the opportunist in the second half, converting a Badger bobble into its first touchdown and going ahead to stay when End Jeff Langston snatched a blocked pass out of the air and raced 21 yards. A 68-yard pass play from Randy Duncan to Bob Jeter completed the 20-9 victory.
Ohio State's volatile Woody Hayes, who earlier in the week had turned the Big Ten air blue with his blast that officials were "red-flagging offenses out of existence" while at the same time tolerating "dirty football," spoke his mind to the officials before 82,964 home-town fans and got socked with a 15-yard penalty for his trouble. But the Buckeyes, hardly noticing the furor, powered past hapless Indiana 49-8, as Fullback Bob White scored four times.
When winless Illinois and Minnesota got together at Minneapolis, someone had to win and it was the still Fighting Illini. Bob Hickey pitched twice to End Rich Kreitling for touchdowns, and a 20-8 victory.
Notre Dame, nearly smothered in its own errors, was saved by End Monty Stickles, who grabbed an 8-yard touchdown pass and kicked a 23-yard field goal to beat Duke 9-7. Oklahoma, casting aside its new razzle-dazzle for the moment, ground down Kansas 43-0. Colorado eased past Iowa State 20-0. The top three:
1. OHIO STATE (4-0)
2. NORTHWESTERN (4-0)
3. IOWA (3-0-1)
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