Purdue was supposed to test MICHIGAN STATE, too, but the Boilermakers, who may get to the Rose Bowl anyway, were also outclassed 41-20. Coach Duffy Daugherty's team was loose and ready. "We had a little gimmick," Duffy explained. "One night before practice the coaching staff got together in a huddle and chanted, 'We're No. 2, we're No. 2.' I think it took the pressure off." Big Bubba Smith, George Webster and the other celebrated Spartans put a madding rush on Purdue's Bob Griese and MSU opened up a 28-0 lead early in the third quarter. Quarterback Jimmy Raye scored on a 16-yard run and threw a touchdown pass. Fullback Bob Apisa went over for three scores and Michigan State coasted. Did Purdue's Jack Mollenkopf mind when Daugherty kept his first string in after the 35th point? "I think what he said was the hell with poor old Jack," said Mollenkopf sadly.
Illinois, which shares second with Purdue in the Big Ten, got clipped by STANFORD 6-3, but what may be the best of the rest—MICHIGAN and OHIO STATE—finally came alive. After three weeks of utter frustration, Michigan blasted Minnesota 49-0 to win the battered Little Brown Jug. Quarterback Dick Vidmer threw like a pro (15 for 19), Jack Clancy caught like one and the Wolverines had it easy. Scoring came harder for Ohio State, another three-time loser, before it finally managed to mash Wisconsin 24-13. Iowa lost its 16th straight in the conference, to NORTHWESTERN, 24-15.
It was almost all over for NEBRASKA in the Big Eight. Husky Wilmer Cooks, bashing inside, quick Dan Kelly, striking outside, and the other Buffs had cracked the Huskers' defense for 252 yards in the first half and Colorado led Nebraska 19-7 in the last quarter. Then Quarterback Bob Churchich took over. He flipped his second scoring pass to Dennis Morrison, completed five in a row to set up Pete Tatman's dive from the two with 43 seconds to go and the Huskers won 21-19.
The other Big Eight contenders hardly looked ominous. MISSOURI tied IOWA STATE 10-10 on Chuck Weber's leaping touchdown catch in the closing minutes. OKLAHOMA STATE edged Kansas 10-7 on Craig Kessler's 38-yard field goal.
Miami of Ohio stood tall at the top of the Mid-American after Quarterback Bruce Matte ran and passed for three scores in a 33-13 route of upstart Ohio U. WESTERN MICHIGAN edged Toledo 14-13 to take second place while Bowling Green, regarded as Miami's most likely challenger, was upset by KENT STATE 35-12.
1. ALABAMA (5-0)
2. GEORGIA TECH (6-0)
3. FLORIDA (6-0)
About the best Vanderbilt could hope for when it played ALABAMA was to survive. It did, barely. The game was only three plays old when 'Bama's Bobby Johns picked off a Vandy pass and ran it back 40 yards for a touchdown. The Crimson Tide just rolled on and on, until merciful Bear Bryant called it quits with the score 42-6. How good was Alabama in this one? "Well," said Bryant, "we played so many people it was hard to tell."
For all its strength, Alabama was still tied for the SEC lead with unbeaten FLORIDA and GEORGIA. Georgia had a few anxious moments against Kentucky when Quarterback Kirby Moore went out with a sprained ankle in the third quarter. But Defensive Safety Lynn Hughes moved right in and led the Bulldogs to a 27-15 victory. LSU tried everything against Florida's Steve Spurrier. They rushed him. dropped off on his receivers, double-teamed Flanker Dick Trapp. his favorite catcher, and still Spurrier completed 17 of 25 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns as the Gators won 28-7. "He was great," said Coach Ray Graves. "I'm running out of new ways to describe him."
For the first time in years Tulane had GEORGIA lien's Bobby Dodd worried. He had lost Quarterback Kim King with a broken right wrist and a cracked rib. and the surging Green Wave, behind 21-10, was on the Tech seven. Then the defense took over. Halfback Bill Eastman intercepted a pass and raced it back 99 yards for a touchdown. Minutes later Tech's "Wrecker." Giles Smith, picked off another Tulane pass and returned it 40 yards for a score. Georgia Tech won 35-17.