It was Big Thursday all over again for CLEMSON and South Carolina in their postponed game. The Tigers celebrated with a 24-20 victory. MARYLAND, too, finished on a happy note, putting down Virginia 21-6. VIRGINIA TECH ran only 39 plays to VMI's 81 and was outgained, 417 yards to 176, but Quarterback Bob Schweickert made the big plays, and Tech took its first Southern Conference title, 35-20. Quarterback Billy Fletcher and Fullback Dave Casinelli scored all but one of MEMPHIS STATE'S points as the unbeaten Tigers romped past Houston 29-6.
THE TOP THREE:
1. ILLINOIS (7-1-1)
2. NEBRASKA (9-1)
3. OKLAHOMA (8-2)
Minnesota Tackle Carl Eller was married Wednesday night in a wedding arranged before the Wisconsin game was postponed until Thursday. As usual the Gophers spent the night at the St. Paul Hotel. As usual, so did Eller. Thursday morning, he arrived at the locker rooms still clad in full dress. Eller then, as usual, spent the afternoon throwing enemy backs around, contributing to Minnesota's 14-0 upset win.
Woody Hayes's manner of dress showed almost as much determination. Freezing temperatures and snow flurries greeted the OHIO STATE-Michigan game, but television cameras picked up Coach Hayes wearing a short-sleeved white shirt. With this example of resolution and fortitude, Ohio State quickly proceeded to fall behind 10-0 by fumbling at its own 27 on the game's second play and by allowing a 63-yard Michigan drive. Seconds before the end of the half, OSU got back into the game as Don Unverferth completed two long passes to Paul Warfield, the second for a touchdown. Unverferth rolled out for another score in the final quarter to give the Bucks a 14-10 win.
There was still no score when Kansas Fullback Ken Coleman headed toward the goal from the MISSOURI two. Then the ball squirted out of his hands into those of Mizzou's Vince Turner, minding his own business in the end zone. "When I first got the ball," Turner said later, "I didn't know what to do with it." He made a quick guess and ran 102 yards for a touchdown. Missouri won 9-7 on that and Bill Leistritz' field goal.
Purdue held off Indiana 21-15, and OKLAHOMA beat Oklahoma State 34-10. More exciting was NORTHERN ILLINOIS' 21-14 Mineral Water Bowl win over Southwest Missouri, in which Passer George Bork threw for all three scores and completed 27 of 41.
THE TOP THREE:
1. TEXAS (10-0)
2. BAYLOR (6-3)
3. RICE (5-4)
Before TCU, TEXAS players had to take sleeping pills. Before Texas A&M, Coach Darrell Royal had to, because his players didn't. "Nobody was worried except me," he said. Taking a 3-0 lead in the quagmire at A&M, Texas held the Aggies to 23 yards rushing in the first half—and 54 yards passing, all of it in one fateful throw from Jim Keller to Halfback Travis Reagan. In the third quarter Keller lofted another scoring pass 29 yards to George Hargett. With 5:22 left, A&M was ahead 13-9 and in field goal position. The Aggies missed, Tommy Wade led Texas to the A&M five, and Duke Carlisle scored the touchdown that won 15-13.