1. SYRACUSE (4-0)
2. NAVY (5-0)
3. PENN STATE (2-2)
In the Big Ten it was Ohio State's turn to fall. Jack Mollenkopf shrewdly adjusted his Purdue defenses at half time, thwarted Buckeye Quarterback Tom Matte's options and watched happily as senior Fullback Willie Jones scored his third touchdown and Quarterback Bernie Allen kicked a 23-yard field goal for a 24-21 victory. Iowa had its troubles with Wisconsin, but the Hawkeyes pulled out a 28-21 win when Quarterback Wilburn Hollis lofted a 34-yard pass to Halfback Sammie Harris with 52 seconds to go.
Minnesota, still very much in the running, gave ground to favored Illinois until Coach Murray Warmath shifted a linebacker to the strong side and moved his ends out so they would have a better angle for pinching Illinois Quarterback Johnny Easterbrook. The defensive maneuver worked, and Quarterback Sandy Stephens bulled for all three touchdowns in a 21-10 triumph. Youthful Michigan turned back Northwestern 14-7; Michigan State bruised Notre Dame 21-0; Indiana trounced Marquette 34-8.
Coach Jack Mitchell, who had flatly predicted a Kansas victory over Oklahoma, watched it flutter from his grasp when John Suder's field goal attempt from the nine-yard line failed with 24 seconds to play. The final score: 13-13. Colorado, playing without ailing passer Gale Weidner, marched impressively past Iowa State 21-6; Missouri, beginning to look like the most dangerous team in the Big Eight, crushed Kansas State 45-0; Nebraska's Pat Fischer pulled the Corn-huskers from behind, beat Army 14-9 with a touchdown plunge and a 57-yard pass to Bennie Dillard. The top three:
1. IOWA (4-0)
2. MINNESOTA (4-0)
3. KANSAS (3-1-1)
Arkansas provided the thrills with its 24-23 upset of Texas, but the Southwest Conference suddenly was paying strict attention to Baylor. The swift Bears, looking to their first title since 1924, slithered and writhed in the mud at Lubbock, pushed past Texas Tech 14-7 to take first place in the standings. The Bears' magnificent Ronnie Bull skillfully ran 50 yards for a touchdown after taking a screen pass from Quarterback Ronnie Stanley, added a second on a one-yard plunge.
Normally conservative Rice punished weak SMU 47-0. TCU continued to muddle along, barely pulled out a 14-14 tie with Texas A&M. The top three:
1. BAYLOR (4-0)
2. ARKANSAS (4-1)
3. TEXAS (3-2)