Michigan's Bump Elliott had some special strategy ready for brother Pete. It was simple: outhit the bruising Illini linemen on offense, give ground before hand-fighting them on defense. It worked so well that frequently the Illinois linemen would lunge forward with the snap, then fall flat on their faces in front of the retreating Wolverines. This unlikely procedure so upset the Illini backs that they fumbled six times. With seven minutes to play and Illinois leading 8-7, Jim Warren fumbled and Michigan's John Rowser recovered on the Illini 11. Mel Anthony plunged over from the one and the Wolverines led for good 14-8.
Michigan State's Duffy Daugherty did not need any deep plotting for Purdue. He just left it up to his defense, the best in the country, to throttle the Boilermakers. It held Purdue to a mere 68 yards rushing and State coasted home, 23-0. Now all the Spartans have to do to get to the Rose Bowl is beat Illinois November 23 at East Lansing.
Ohio State's Woody Hayes was almost sympathetic one day last week when he mused, " Penn State's Rip Engle is one of my best friends. It's too bad that two such fine men must meet, and a shame that one of them must lose." The implication was clear then, but the shame was Woody's last Saturday. Old friend Rip beat him 10-7—and at his own game, too—with a rousing defense. After Ohio State took a 7-0 lead, Engle stunted his tackles and OSU got only 30 yards and one first down rushing in the second half. Meanwhile, Pete Liske caught the Bucks flatfooted with his deft handoffs and sharp passing. His 13-yard pass to End Bill Bowes put the Lions in the game, and Ron Coates' 23-yard field goal won it.
The other Big Tenners were playing out the string. WISCONSIN bumbled and fumbled, but still beat Northwestern 17-14; sophomore Gary Snook threw for three scores as IOWA put down Minnesota 27-13; INDIANA'S Tom Nowatzke gained 134 yards, scored a touchdown, kicked two field goals and two extra points, and the Hoosiers edged Oregon State 20-15.
Notre Dame scored first against PITT, but that was all the Irish got. Paul Martha ran the next kickoff back 92 yards, Fred Mazurek bedeviled the Irish with his running and passing and the Panthers won easily 27-7.
A showdown between NEBRASKA and OKLAHOMA is coming in the Big Eight, Nebraska, despite the absence of injured Quarterback Dennis Claridge and an annoying 99-yard touchdown run by Kansas' Gale Sayers, whipped the Jayhawkers 23-9. Oklahoma dawdled some against Iowa State, but came back to beat the Cyclones 24-14. MISSOURI'S Gary Lane ran for three touchdowns to help bury Colorado 28-7
Northern Illinois' George Bork threw 68 passes, completed 43 for 416 yards and two touchdowns, and the Huskies beat Central Michigan 27-22 to finish undefeated. Arm-weary but happy, Bork toted up his records: 374 passes, 244 completions, 3,077 yards and 33 touchdowns for a single season; 902 passes, 577 completions, 6,782 yards and 60 touchdowns for his career.
THE TOP THREE:
1. NAVY (7-1)
2. PITT (6-1)
3. SYRACUSE (6-2)