Duke outscored West Virginia 34-15. VIRGINIA took advantage of Wake Forest's fumbles to win 24-10, while HOUSTON beat Florida State 21-13.
1. NEBRASKA (1-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (0-0)
3. MICHIGAN STATE (1-0)
Nebraska's Bob Devaney acted like a man who had just lost the national championship—again. His Huskers had beaten improved TCU 14-10 before 60,974 at Lincoln, the largest crowd in the state's history, but Devaney groused about his team's lack of speed and a "lackadaisical effort." He also was disturbed by the way the ambitious Frogs, once they began gang-tackling instead of playing pit-a-pat, had shut off Nebraska's attack in the second half. But he was happy with the defense. In the last five minutes Linebacker Lynn Senkbeil recovered a fumble, intercepted a pass and then bushwhacked TCU Quarterback P.D. Shabay for a 17-yard loss. "He killed us," wailed TCU Coach Abe Martin.
Michigan State's Duffy Daugherty was not complaining about anything. If Quarterback Jimmy Raye's passing was hardly devastating, the running attack led by Clinton Jones and Bob Apisa was, as State trounced North Carolina State 28-10. MICHIGAN'S Bump Elliott was happy, too. His Wolverines buried Oregon State 41-0 as Carl Ward and Dave Fisher each ran for two touchdowns, and Quarterback Dick Vidmer at last looked like the player everybody had forgotten he was supposed to be. PURDUE, with Bob Griese pitching three touchdown passes, ran over Ohio U. 42-3, while WISCONSIN held off Iowa State 20-10 and IOWA outscored Arizona 31-20.
Indiana and Minnesota, however, had troubles. MIAMI OF OHIO sandbagged the unsuspecting Hoosiers 20-10, and MISSOURI'S Gary Kombrink picked the Gophers apart with his unerring passes (eight for eight), Charlie Brown and Barry Lischner ran them ragged and the Tigers won 24-0.
Colorado unhappily discovered what MIAMI Coach Charlie Tate already knew. Tate has his type of team—swift, poised and terribly physical. With Quarterback Bill Miller throwing two touchdown passes to Wingback Jerry Daanen and an intimidating defense holding the Buff's strong runners to 46 yards, the Hurricanes won easily 24-3. Kansas got it, too, from TFXAS TECH 23-7.
Oklahoma's Jim Mackenzie, rooting home Wingback Eddie Hinton on a 63-yard punt return against Oregon, suddenly froze when Hinton dropped the ball on the Ducks' 30. But it bounced back into Hinton's hands, he continued on his merry way and the Sooners won 17-0. "If that ball hadn't jumped up into Eddie's hands, I would have," said Mackenzie happily.
Tulsa was up to its old passing tricks. Junior-college transfer Greg Barton threw for five touchdowns, as the Hurricanes stormed past Tampa 57-11.