Michigan State, unable to get excited about Northwestern, methodically crunched away at the poor Wildcats until they had them 22-0. Bob Apisa and Clint Jones scored on short jolts, Jimmy Raye threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Gene Washington and barefoot-kicker Dick Kenney booted a 39-yard field goal. "We couldn't get the big play to keep us alive," explained Northwestern's Alex Agase, who must have had his tongue in his cheek. His team made only two first downs and six yards rushing.
Purdue students were selling red paper roses tagged, "Everything Comes Up Roses," at Lafayette last Saturday, forgetting, perhaps, that roses have thorns. With 3:28 to go, Illinois led the Boilermakers 21-18, one of its scores coming on a 93-yard interception by Bruce Sullivan. Then Bob Griese, who had five of his passes intercepted but still completed 19 for 288 yards, took Purdue to the Illini 32 and, with 1:21 remaining, survived a bitter chase in his own backfield to hit Jim Finley in the end zone. It won for the Boilermakers 25-21. "Thank heavens," said Coach Jack Mollenkopf, whose route to Pasadena now leads through the easiest part of his schedule—Wisconsin, Minnesota and Indiana.
While Purdue's Rose Bowl hopes rose, Ohio State's collapsed. MINNESOTA, using an I for the first time, threw only three passes, as Quarterback Curt Wilson and Halfback John Wintermute charged through the helpless Bucks for most of the Gophers' 264 yards on the way to a 17-7 upset. After drubbing Wisconsin 28-17, MICHIGAN was still in the race, and though IOWA was not, it did have a prize of its own—its first Big Ten win after 16 losses. Pear-shaped Bob Anderson's 28-yard field goal in the last minute caught Indiana 20-19.
Bowling Green, suffering in a 2-3 season, ended Miami of Ohio's 12-game winning streak, 17-14. Peejay Nyitray, a sophomore quarterback whose only previous exposure was an incomplete pass, threw for one touchdown and ran for a second, and Jim Percy kicked a 29-yard field goal, WESTERN MICHIGAN, meanwhile, outscored Marshall 35-29 to share the Mid-American lead with Miami. Ohio U., another contender, lost to independent DAYTON 20-12. RENT STATE, with Don Fitzgerald, who was the country's No. 1 rusher, rolling up 142 yards and scoring twice, took Toledo 28-20.
Tulsa beat Cincinnati 13-0 to hold the Missouri Valley lead as Louisville was surprised by WICHITA STATE 9-2.
1. ARKANSAS (6-1)
2. SMU (5-1)
3. HOUSTON (5-1)
While the Southwest Conference settled down to a two-team race between SMU and Arkansas, Baylor fell almost out of sight. Slumping Terry Southall had another bad day, completing only eight passes and throwing three interceptions as the Bears lost to TCU 6-0. Bruce Alford kicked two field goals, from 32 and 48 yards, for the Frogs.
It hardly mattered, except to TEXAS TECH, but against Rice the Raiders suddenly acquired muscle. Quarterback John Scovell kept the Owls jumping with his passes and Mike Leinert and Robert Freeman each ran for two touchdowns as Tech won 35-19.
Houston Coach Bill Yeoman did some housecleaning last week after the Cougars lost to Mississippi. He fired seven players, then watched contentedly as Bo Burris and Ken Hebert played pitch-and-catch in a 48-9 whomping of Tampa in the Astrodome. Hebert caught four touchdown passes from Burris—for 34, 13, 86 and 46 yards—and kicked six extra points to set three school records.