1. MICHIGAN STATE (5-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (4-0)
3. NEBRASKA (5-0)
Michigan State's Duffy Daugherty, quipping fast and furious the afternoon before the Ohio State game in Columbus, stood out in sharp contrast to Ohio State's Woody Hayes, who was as grim as his offense. OSU had lost its last two games, and had never dropped three in a row under Hayes. The next day, as rain poured on 84,282 in Ohio Stadium, the two States went at each other like Army halftracks. The Bucks, although not as famous as the Spartans' ponderous Bubba Smith, George Webster and friends, held their own for three quarters and even went ahead 8-3 when Quarterback Bill Long floated a 47-yard pass to Split End Billy Anders. But Michigan State, with Quarterback Jimmy Raye running and throwing, came back strong, moving 82 yards to the Ohio State two. Three times the defense held, but Fullback Bob Apisa finally wriggled over. Then Dick Kenney, faking a kick, flipped a two-point pass to Charley Wedemeyer, his holder, to give Michigan State an 11-8 lead. The Bucks fought back to the MSU 24 with 2:27 to go, but Drake Garrett picked off a pass on the 11, saving the day—and maybe the Big Ten title—for Michigan State. Daugherty was even runnier after the game.
Purdue is next for unbeaten Michigan State, and the Boilermakers almost did not survive their tussle with Michigan. The Wolverines had Purdue down 21-14 when they began to bumble. Rick Sygar picked up a punt on his one-yard line and was nailed for a safety. Then Purdue Linebacker Frank Burke blocked a Michigan punt and grabbed it in the end zone to put this team ahead 22-21. That is the way it ended after Michigan's Dick Vidmer fumbled on the Purdue one. ILLINOIS beat Indiana 24-10, MINNESOTA whipped Iowa 17-0 on Tackle Ed Duren's 95-yard run with a blocked pass and NORTHWESTERN and WISCONSIN played to a 3-3 tie.
Notre Dame's Terry Hanratty came up with a sore arm, and that gave Coach Ara Parseghian a chance to give his runners some exercise against North Carolina. Hanratty managed one touchdown pass to playmate Jim Seymour, but it was Nick Eddy and Larry Conjar who bashed the Tar Heels into submission 32-0.
Heading for a showdown in the Big Eight, NEBRASKA'S Bob Devaney was still not happy with his Huskers' offense, even after a 21-10 win over scrappy Kansas State. MISSOURI'S Dan Devine, hoping to get more dash in his backfield, tried an I instead of his traditional wing-T against Oklahoma State. It was scarcely devastating, as Mizzou won 7-0. COLORADO had one of its good days, walloping Iowa State 41-21. But OKLAHOMA, the team that everybody fears, looked better than ever in mashing Kansas 35-0. Even Jayhawk Coach Jack Mitchell marvelled: "That quickness. I can't get over it."
In the Mid-American, MIAMI of Ohio won its fifth straight, over Marshall 12-0, while BOWLING GREEN edged Toledo 14-13, WESTERN MICHIGAN beat Kent State 23-20 and surprising OHIO U. took Xavier 24-10. TULSA outscored North Texas State 30-27, while DAYTON smothered Buffalo 13-3.
1. ARMY (4-1)
2. SYRACUSE (3-2)
3. DARTMOUTH (3-1)
After a poor start SYRACUSE was beginning to look like the team everybody thought it should be. Coach Ben Schwartzwalder kept frustrated Boston College off-balance by crashing his linebackers, and BC's air game never took flight. Meanwhile Quarterback Rick Cassata, who came in when sophomore Jim Del Gaizo got the shakes, scored on a 20-yard run, 230-pound Fullback Larry Csonka smashed inside for 119 yards and Floyd Little slipped away for 73 yards and two touchdowns as the Orange won their third straight 30-0.