Indiana's Phil Dickens got a present last Friday, an open end contract good for 12 years. Then NORTH WESTERN'S Tom Myers and Dean Dickie spoiled his week. Myers threw a touchdown pass, Dickie kicked two extra points and Northwestern edged the Hoosiers 14-13. PURDUE disposed of overly ambitious Ohio U. 17-0 while IOWA rallied to beat Idaho 34-24. NEBRASKA Quarterback Fred Duda got a hot hand in the last 7� minutes, passed for two scores as the Huskers overtook Minnesota 26-21.
One could hardly blame MISSOURI'S Dan Devine for worrying before his team played Utah. "For one thing," said Devine, " Ray Nagel, their coach, is a Phi Beta Kappa. That makes him smarter than me." Maybe so, but Devine was smart enough to have his line flatten Utah's passing game with a lusty rush. Quarterback Gary Lane's running and throwing got Mizzou a 23-6 victory. At Stillwater, OKLAHOMA STATE'S Phil Cutchin turned up on the sidelines wearing a 10-gallon hat and cowboy boots. The Cowboys then went out and whipped Iowa State 29-14. Cutchin had only one complaint: "My feet sure are sore."
THE TOP THREE:
1. TEXAS (2-0)
2. ARKANSAS (2-0)
3. RICE (0-1)
Neither a record 47,100 partisans at Lubbock nor a driving rain could prevent defending National Champion TEXAS from dismissing Texas Tech 23-0. Marv Kristynik's passes and Ernie Koy's slashing runs got the points, and Texas' always-tough defense held Tech to two first downs.
Defense was also the key in Houston where LSU trimmed Rice 3-0 on Doug Moreau's 28-yard field goal in the final three minutes. There was defense in Fort Worth, too, where Florida State's "Seven Magnificents," led by Linebacker Bill McDowell, blitzed TCU lifeless and won a 10-0 game on Steven Tensi's passes. With an equally stern defense HOUSTON kept Texas A&M on its own side of midfield for 51 minutes and won by an identical score, 10-0.
Only in Fayetteville did the Southwest erupt with offense when ARKANSAS overcame an 0-14 lead by Tulsa to win 31-22. Billy Gray's passing and Jim Lindsey's running, helped along by an intercepted touchdown pass by Linebacker Ronnie Caveness, was just enough to overcome Tulsan Jerry Rhome's 20 of 26 completions.
THE TOP THREE: