Down to Texas A&M 10-0, TEXAS TECH Coach J. T. King studied some videotape of his own, threw out half his team's offense, then used just nine plays, one a pass-lateral, to win a tense 20-16 thriller. After the Aggies had gone ahead with 1:38 left, Tech Quarterback Tom Wilson faded back and hit Jerry Shipley on the A&M 42. Shipley, crossing paths with Donny Anderson, shoveled the ball to his All-America teammate who danced in for the winning touchdown with 67 seconds left.
Scotty Glacken's four first-half touchdown passes were all unbeaten DUKE needed to put down Rice 41-21. WEST TEXAS STATE defeated Arizona State 22-14, and slumbering LOUISVILLE awoke and scored three touchdowns in the second half for a 29-21 win over North Texas State.
1. NEBRASKA (3-0)
2. PURDUE (2-0-1)
3. MICHIGAN STATE (3-0)
Rarely had the Big Ten looked as sad. When GEORGIA beat Michigan 15-7 (page 26) and SMU tied PURDUE, the conference was left with only one undefeated and untied team—MICHIGAN STATE—and in the next three weeks it has the best of its chagrined compatriots to face. How well it fares may depend upon how successful Coach Duffy Daugherty is in luring the competition down the wrong trail. He tried, half seriously, to fool Illinois by complaining before their game, "We haven't really exploited our passing yet." What Daugherty really planned to do was to hit the Illini's sophomore ends hard and run inside and outside them. State followed his directions, but only after Fullback Jim Grabowski and Quarterback Fred Custardo had Illinois ahead 10-3. Then Halfback Clinton Jones ran 13 yards for a touchdown, Fullback Bob Apisa hammered 10 for another and the Spartans had a 15-12 lead. And just to show that State could exploit its passing, Quarterback Steve Juday threw a short one to End Gene Washington to bring the final score to 22-12.
Two other Big Ten teams went down hard. For a while, though, Northwestern must have thought it was still playing for Ara Parseghian. The Wildcats led NOTRE DAME 7-6 late in the third quarter and they began to have grand illusions. Then, in quick order, Safety Nick Rassas intercepted a pass and ran it back 92 yards for a touchdown, Ken Ivan kicked a 23-yard field goal and Rassas, on the loose again, returned a punt 72 yards. Northwestern lost 38-7. Minnesota lost, too, but it was never in the game with MISSOURI. The hardened Tigers pounded the skimpy Gopher defense for 324 yards with a devastating ground game. Quarterback Gary Lane scored twice on runs, set up a field goal with another, and Missouri won 17-6. "We didn't play too well," observed Minnesota's Murray Warmath.
Everybody expected the bombing to be fearsome when WISCONSIN'S Chuck Burt and Iowa's Gary Snook, two of the nation's best passers, got together at Madison. It was more like a spent Chinese firecracker—until Burt hit End Louie Jung with a 42-yarder in the final moments that won for underdog Wisconsin 16-13.
Matters were more stable in the Big Eight, where the best were winning and the worst were not. NEBRASKA, the team with the most of everything, showed what it was like to have two big-league quarterbacks. When Bob Churchich had trouble moving the Huskers against Iowa State, Fred Duda came in to throw two touchdown passes, scored himself on a keeper play and Nebraska overwhelmed the Cyclones 44-0. COLORADO had an easy time with Kansas State, winning 36-0 as Willie Harris slashed the Wildcats and Frank Rogers kicked three field goals. OKLAHOMA STATE brazenly dared Tulsa to run by abandoning its wide-tackle six defense for a 4-3-4 and the Hurricanes simply were not up to it. Billy Anderson's passing bothered the Cowboys, but they finally upset Tulsa 17-14 on the last of Charley Durkee's three field goals.
Oklahoma was still having a hard life; this time the culprit was NAVY, which went after the green Sooners with a wide-open game. Halfback Terry Murray ran the Oklahoma ends weary, Quarterbacks John Cartwright and Bruce Bickel fired away for 218 yards on 12 pass completions and the Middies took the game 10-0.