1. NOTRE DAME (1-0)
2. MICHIGAN STATE (2-0)
3. NEBRASKA (2-0)
Notre Dame's win over Purdue (page 28) was overwhelming enough but nothing like MICHIGAN STATE'S 42-8 devastation of Penn State. Quarterback Jimmy Raye threw two touchdown passes to Gene Washington, Bob Apisa and Clint Jones ran for three more scores and the proud Michigan State defense splattered the young Lions all over Spartan Stadium. "We just stood around and let them taunt us," said Coach Joe Paterno. "It was our fault—not theirs."
Ohio State's Woody Hayes watched in wonderment as Halfback Will Thomas grabbed the opening kickoff, ran it back 91 yards and then fumbled on the TCU two. "That," said Hayes later, "was the honeymoon. He got married last summer and wasn't in shape to run 100 yards." But the Bucks, mixing sophomore Quarterback Bob Long's careful passing (12 for 14) with Fullback Paul Hudson's plunges, survived five other fumbles to beat the Frogs 14-7.
Hardly anyone gave MINNESOTA a chance against Stanford. End Ken Last, the best all-around Gopher, and Defensive Back Dick Seitz were out with knee injuries. So sophomore Chip Litten, Last's substitute, caught a touchdown pass, and Gene Hatfield, in for Seitz, intercepted two passes. Quarterback Curt Wilson pitched out to Dick Peterson for one touchdown, scored twice himself, and Minnesota took the game 35-21. Illinois had MISSOURI on the run, too, 14-0, but then the Tigers adjusted their defenses to contain the Illini's sweeps. They caught up in the last quarter and won 21-14 on Jim Whittaker's 60-yard pass interception with two minutes to go. Iowa was never in the game as Bob Grim got OREGON STATE going with a 59-yard run. The Beavers won 17-3. INDIANA took Northwestern 26-14 in a Big Ten opener.
Larry Wachholz, NEBRASKA'S tiny safety man and the country's second-best punt returner last year, had never run the ball back all the way. Saturday he did, 72 yards, to score, but Coach Bob Devaney was not happy. Although his defense held Utah State to no yards rushing, he complained, "When we rush for only 91 yards we can't consider our offense O.K." Nebraska won 28-7.
Devaney should worry. Among his upcoming Big Eight rivals is OKLAHOMA, which clobbered Iowa State 33-11. Sophomore Quarterback Bob Warmack threw two touchdown passes, and Wingback Eddie Hinton caught eight tosses for 203 yards and ran for 88 more.
1. ALABAMA (1-0)
2. TENNESSEE (1-0)
3. GEORGIA TECH (2-0)
If all ALABAMA'S Bear Bryant had to worry about the rest of the season was a succession of Louisiana Techs, 'Bama would have its third straight national championship wrapped up now. The Crimson Tide rolled over Tech 34-0 as Quarterback Kenny Stabler threw two touchdown passes to Dennis Homan and ran eight yards for another score. Scrimmage over, the season begins Saturday when Alabama meets Mississippi.