1. RICE (4-2)
2. TCU (4-1)
3. TEXAS (5-1)
Iowa, striking the midnight gong for Northwestern's Cinderella kids, out-passed the upstart Wildcats 26-20 to move front and center in the furious Big Ten chase. Quarterback Randy Duncan, as neat a T manipulator as there is, was nothing less than super, and a shade better than Northwestern's Dick Thornton, as he completed 14 of 18 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns, two of them by End Curt Merz (see page 6).
The shoe was on the other foot for Coach Woody Hayes, who had been unhappy over the officiating in Ohio State's earlier games. A penalty against Wisconsin gave Ohio State the ball on the Badgers' one-foot line, from where Fullback Bob White went over for the tying touchdown in a 7-7 deadlock. The Badgers scored on Quarterback Dale Hackbart's 64-yard punt return.
Punchless Michigan State landed smack in the middle of another hornets' nest at Champaign and was soundly trounced by Illinois 16-0; Michigan pulled itself together to outlast Minnesota 20-19 for the Little Brown Jug. Purdue, resting comfortably on a 26-7 lead, was forced to battle for its life when sub Quarterback George Izo almost pulled Notre Dame to the front with a last-minute aerial bombardment, but the Boilermakers managed to escape 29-22.
Kansas contained Tulane's Richie Petitbon and surprised the Greenies 14-9; Oklahoma splurged at the expense of Kansas State 40-6 for its 65th straight in the Big Eight; Marquette put a halter on COP's Dick Bass to win 27-18; little Olivet in Michigan struck a new note for futility, losing for the 28th consecutive time (to Alma 27-0) to tie a national record. The top three:
1. IOWA (4-0-1)
2. OHIO STATE (4-0-1)
3. WISCONSIN (3-1-1)
THE FAR WEST
PCC-leading California, spelled Joe Kapp, took the feathers off Oregon's Ducks 23-6 for its fourth in a row and may yet gain the dubious honor of facing a Big Ten foe in the Rose Bowl. Quarterback Kapp scored twice, once on a 92-yard run, passed for two conversions and generally made himself obnoxious to Oregon. But the big test is yet to come for Kapp and the Bears, who play second-place Oregon State, narrow 14-12 winner over Washington, Saturday at Corvallis.
USC zoomed to the front in the last two minutes on a 77-yard pass play from Quarterback Willie Wood to End Hillard Hill to beat Washington State 14-6; Stanford stuck to the conventional kick for three extra points to upset UCLA 21-19.