When MINNESOTA throttled Purdue 14-7, the Big Ten race was down to two teams—OHIO STATE and MICHIGAN. The Bucks, their defense turning tough again under prodding by End Tom Kiehfuss, came up with an I formation and some other unlikely Woody Hayes tricks, like a fake punt, and whipped Northwestern 10-0. Michigan started slowly against Iowa. Quarterback Bob Timberlake raked the Hawkeyes with his passes and runs, Fullback Mel Anthony shredded them for three touchdowns and Michigan won 34-20. The two teams meet Saturday at Columbus, and the winner goes to the Rose Bowl.
Indiana, in a scoring free-for-all with OREGON, came off second best, 29-21. Tom Nowatzke scored all 21 points for the Hoosiers, but Oregon's Bob Berry was equally effective, passing and running for three touchdowns. ILLINOIS' Jim Grabowski scattered old records all over Memorial Stadium as the Illini ran over Wisconsin 29-0. He carried 33 times for 239 yards to break Red Grange's 1924 school mark as well as a 21-year-old Big Ten record.
Oklahoma State, surprisingly, found a soft spot in NEBRASKA'S usually staunch middle and exploited it for two touchdowns. But it was not enough to flag down the undefeated Huskers. Kent McCloughan roamed through the Cowpokes, little Frankie Solich ran back a kickoff 89 yards and Nebraska won 27-14 to stretch its winning streak to 16. Then the Huskers, who clinched a tie for the Big Eight title, accepted an invitation to the Cotton Bowl. In other games OKLAHOMA and MISSOURI played to a 14-14 tie and KANSAS edged Colorado 10-7.
Tulsa's Jerry Rhome and Howard Twilley added up their new NCAA records after a 47-0 shelling of North Texas State. For Rhome, who completed 17 of 23 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns: most completions—185; touchdown passes—27; yardage passing—2,320; total offense—2,541; most yardage in career—4,932. For Twilley, who caught six passes: most catches in a season—74.
Bowling Green's hopes for a perfect season went down the drain as OHIO U., with sophomore Wash Lyons bashing the Falcons mercilessly, upset BG 21-0.
THE TOP THREE:
1. ARKANSAS (9-0)
2. TEXAS (8-1)
3. TEXAS TECH (6-2-1)
Perhaps Darrell Royal wanted to impress Orange Bowl scouts in the press box. Whatever the reason, his TEXAS Longhorns opened up against TCU. Quarterback Marv Kristynik ran roll-outs and options (for 107 yards and two touchdowns) and even passed 11 times (completing six). But there was still an old Royal touch to the Texas attack. When the perplexed Frogs moved out to shut off the wide stuff, Fullback Harold Philipp ripped inside for 106 yards and two scores. The Longhorns beat TCU 28-13 and then accepted an invitation to play Alabama in the Orange Bowl.
Unbeaten ARKANSAS did not have to resort to new tricks to get to the Cotton Bowl (where it will play Nebraska). The Porkers went at SMU with their same old solid game—passes and runs by Quarterback Fred Marshall and a 78-yard punt return by Kenny Hatfield, who leads the nation in runbacks—and the poor Mustangs succumbed 44-0. SMU Coach Hayden Fry, asked if his team did anything differently, said sadly, "No, we did the same thing we've been doing. We lost."