Utah had just as much trouble with the officials, who socked them with 80 yards in penalties, as it had with Wisconsin as the two teams slogged it out in the rain at Madison. The Redskins, who showed so much offense a week earlier, were boxed in by the testy Badger defense. Wisconsin didn't fare much better but won the game 7-0 on Quarterback Ron Miller's five-yard floater to End Pat Richter in the second quarter.
Conference teams, normally unpredictable, had an unpredictably pleasant weekend. At Waco, where there was considerable speculation over the ability of Baylor's Ronnie Bull to make the shift to fullback, the suspense lasted only until the fourth play from scrimmage. Bull took a hand-off against Wake Forest, hit the middle of the line on a trap and exploded 21 yards for a touchdown to set off a 31-0 rout of the Deacons. Before it was over, he had raced 20 yards with a screen pass from Bobby Ply for a second score, gained 74 yards and contributed four tackles from his outside linebacker post.
Rice, which had whetted even dubious Coach Jess Neely's appetite, successfully played defense with conservative LSU, just as successfully gave the punchless Tigers a lesson in offense as poker-faced Billy Cox's accurate passing sent them back to the bayou with a 16-3 licking. Texas A&M and Houston mauled each other for 60 minutes and then settled for a 7-7 tie. SMU was no match for Maryland; bumbling and stumbling, the Mustangs lost 14-6.
Coach Warren Woodson's 200th victory a week earlier came in the nick of time. New Mexico's squiggly Bobby Santiago tore into New Mexico State for 139 yards, scored twice as the Lobos ended the Aggie 16-game winning streak, 41-7.
The wonderful football that had carried Washington to two victories over the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl collapsed with a suppressed squish when Purdue put down the Huskies 13-6. The doughty Boilermakers consistently outcharged the green Washington forwards, struck for 14- and 16-yard field goals by Skip Ohl and a touchdown in the first half, then settled back to hold off a sluggish second-half challenge.
Washington wasn't the only Big Five team to lose. Willie Brown, USC's talented sophomore, was hemmed in by Georgia Tech's ends and corner backs and never did get away as the Yellow Jackets poured through the weak Trojan defenses to win 27-7. California, playing without injured Randy Gold, was no match for speedier Texas and lost 28-3. Only UCLA and Stanford came through unscathed. The Bruins' Bobby Lee Smith ran for three touchdowns to lead UCLA past Air Force 19-6; seniors Chuck Butler and Larry Royse teamed up on a 47-yard scoring pass as Stanford beat Tulane 9-7 to end its 11-game losing streak. In the North, Oregon trotted out Mel Renfro, its flashy sophomore, against Idaho. He ran 80 yards for a touchdown the second time he touched the ball, and the Ducks won 51-0.
Comfortably ahead 14-0 on Roman Gabriel's deft passing, North Carolina State saw its lead vanish into Laramie's thin air as, first, a bad pass from center sailed over Gabriel's head for a safety, then Wyoming's brilliant Chuck Lamson exploited a soft spot in the right side of the State line to lead the Cowboys on an 80-yard touchdown march for a 15-14 victory. Utah State, another Skyline contender, gained 546 yards and rolled over de-emphasized Montana 54-6. Cracked losing Coach Ray Jenkins: "I'm using a shotgun defense for the rest of the season. It consists of a multiple administration, an unbalanced coaching staff and a split alumni."