THE TOP THREE:
1. NORTHWESTERN (6-0)
2. MISSOURI (6-0-1)
3. WISCONSIN (5-1)
The Big Ten, bruised and battered often by outsiders this season, was reduced to shambles by its own members in the most upsetting week in memory. Iowa used Woody Hayes's favorite device, the fullback smash, to beat Ohio State 28-14. Vic Davis, a 190-pound sophomore, split the Buckeye defense with his power bursts up the middle, and Quarterback Matt Szykowny sneaked through the brawny OSU line for two touchdowns. Purdue was even more embarrassed as it lost to Illinois 14-10. Beaten 15 straight times, the Illini surprised the Boilermakers by putting up a suddenly extra-firm front and harassing them with Mike Taliaferro"s passes and Ken Zimmerman's darting runs.
Michigan State's running game, the best in the nation, was simply no match for Minnesota's staunch defense, also the best in the nation. Big Tackles Bobby Bell and Carl Eller stacked up the swift Spartan backs and held them to a mere 30 yards. Jim Cairns returned a punt 51 yards, Bill Muncey took a 44-yard pass from Duane Blaska, Jerry Jones and Jay Sharp hammered over from up close and Minnesota won 28-7.
Despite Tom Myers' uncanny aim (16 for 26), good for 243 yards and two touchdowns, Northwestern trailed Indiana 21-20 in the last quarter. Then the Wildcats got busy. Myers' passes ate up some yardage, Bill Swingle pounded the rest out of Indiana's weary line, scoring from the five to win for Northwestern 26-21. Only Wisconsin had an easy time—after the first half. Ron Vander Kelen threw passes (17 of 25 for 202 yards), Pat Richter caught them (seven for 104 yards), and the Badgers licked Michigan 34-12.
Missouri, 16-7 winner over Nebraska, still has to beat Kansas and Oklahoma to win the Big Eight title. Kansas sprang sophomore Gale Sayers for 156 yards and three touchdowns on the way to an easy 38-0 victory over Kansas State. Oklahoma, reminding followers more and more of the oldtime Sooners, hit Colorado with four long touchdown strikes in the first 22 minutes, three of them on Quarterback Monte Deere's passes, then went on to clobber the dazed Buffs 62-0. Mourned Colorado Coach Bud Davis: "It was the longest day of my life."
Iowa State thumped Oklahoma State 34-7 as shifty Dave Hoppmann ran for 144 yards, raised his career total to 2,370 for a Big Eight record. Dayton couldn't stop Holy Cross's Pat McCarthy, who passed and ran for four scores, and got beat 36-14.
THE TOP THREE: