's collapse as the Big Eight's powerful leader was almost complete. As
moved closer to the title with a solid win over
31-0, the faltering Sooners lost to Iowa State 10-6—the first time that had happened since 1931. The Cyclones gave up a first-half touchdown, then gamely outfought the heavier Sooners in the line, inched up with Larry Schreiber's 38-yard field goal and won the game on Fullback Tom Watkins' one-yard touchdown.
Coach Joe Kuharich, who had wondered aloud, "What will happen to a little 160-pound halfback like Angelo Dabiero if that big [220 pound] Mike Ditka of Pitt comes bearing down on him as a pass receiver?", had only to wait three plays to find out. Ditka caught Quarterback Ed Sharockman's pass on the Irish 37-yard line, stiff-armed and wrestled Dabiero for 25 yards to the Notre Dame eight. Four plays later, Pitt scored and was off to a 20-13 victory and Notre Dame's "commitment to excellence" program was mired in its sixth straight loss.
Ohio U. and
, which meet this week for the Mid-American title, were still unbeaten as Ohio U. took
19-0 and Bowling Green whipped Southern Illinois 27-6. The top three:
1. MINNESOTA (7-0)
2. MISSOURI (8-0)
3. IOWA (6-1)
Back in 1941, so the story goes,
students took the advice of Madame Hippie, an Austin fortune teller, burned red candles for a week and then beat old enemy Texas A&M 23-0. All last week the red candles glowed brightly on the Texas campus as the Longhorns tried desperately to put a hex on favored Baylor. Saturday afternoon the bewitching powers worked. While Baylor fumbled and bumbled, scatter-legged Texas Halfback Jim Saxton, who chases jack rabbits for kicks, ran like one himself. He caught a 38-yard pass from Quarterback Mike Cotten to set up a two-yard touchdown plunge by Halfback David Russell, later sprinted 59 yards to put the Longhorns into position for another short scoring burst by Fullback John Cook. The score: Madame Hippie's red candles 12, Baylor 7.
, unaware of the magical power of red candles, played its usual solid game to upset Rice 3-0, gave Texas, idle TCU and Baylor, too, a mathematical chance for at least a share of the Southwest Conference championship. But
A&M and SMU couldn't have cared less as they flogged each other for 60 minutes, finished in a scoreless tie.
's Glen Amerson shocked
with a touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage, threw two more to help the Red Raiders upset the Green Wave 35-21.
Border Conference leader New Mexico State
's Nolan Jones ran 29 yards for a touchdown, kicked a 33-yard field goal and three extra points as the Sun Devils topped Texas Western 24-0. The top three:
1. ARKANSAS (6-2)
2. RICE (5-2)
3. TEXAS (5-3)