The big games in the Big Ten may have been at Champaign, where OHIO STATE smashed Illinois 26-0 (page 30), and at East Lansing, where MICHIGAN beat Michigan State 17-10, but there was enough commotion around the rest of the conference to indicate that the favorites were not yet out of the woods. IOWA, for instance, was still unbeaten after three games, but the surprising Hawkeyes had to fight for their lives against tough Indiana before winning 21-20. MINNESOTA. disdaining the plodding offense that once earned it dull 6-0 victories, assaulted Northwestern with its new freewheeling game. Quarterback John Hankinson threw from all over the field (he completed 10 of 15 passes for 184 yards) and ran for two touchdowns as the Gophers posted a 21-18 victory. PURDUE was satisfied to thump away at Wisconsin on the ground. While a pressure defense held Wisconsin to 48 yards rushing, Halfback Gordon Teter and Fullback Randy Minniear hammered and slashed for 180 yards between them as the Boilermakers won easily 28-7.
Some coaches are never satisfied. Take NEBRASKA'S Bob Devaney. His game plan for South Carolina included a passing test for sophomore Quarterback Bob Churchich. Churchich threw 30 yards to Kent McCloughan and 50 to Preston Love for touchdowns. The Nebraska line, with End Langston Coleman and Tackles John Strohmeyer and Dick Czap driving in hard on South Carolina Quarterback Dan Reeves, held the Gamecocks to a measly three yards rushing. All that and a 28-6 victory for the unbeaten Huskers should have made Devaney ecstatic. His reaction: "I'm disgusted. We gave our reserves a chance to play and they did very poorly. They ruined the ball game for me."
Oklahoma State's Phil Cutchin was happy, though. His Cowboys, who had been written off in the preseason ratings, were leading the Big Eight. But the Cowboys had a rough ride against Colorado. State came from behind to take a 14-10 lead on Fullback Walt Garrison's one-yard plunge in the last quarter and then had to stop the surging Buffaloes in the closing minutes to save the victory.