Clemson had bowl hopes, too, before NORTH CAROLINA STATE deflated them. State held the Tigers, who had moved the ball 240 yards while rushing to a 14-7 half-time lead, to a measly 39 in the second half and won 23-14 on three field goals by Harold Deters and Don DeArment's 53-yard run. Now Clemson has to beat or tie South Carolina Saturday to avoid a tie with State for the ACC title.
Virginia Coach George Blackburn, with a week off to prepare for Maryland, changed his style. He put a man in motion on offense and switched to a 4-3 pro defense. The moves paid off. Halfback Frank Quayle roamed through Maryland for 221 yards, Bob Davis ran and passed superbly and Virginia won 41-17. DUKE, wrapped in a close game with North Carolina, scored three times in the last quarter to rout the Tar Heels 41-25.
William & Mary outscored Richmond 35-19 to tie East Carolina, a 35-14 loser to independent SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI, for the Southern Conference championship, while FLORIDA STATE shut out Wake Forest 28-0, MEMPHIS STATE beat Cincinnati 26-14 and LSU held off Tulane 21-7.
1. MICHIGAN STATE (9-0-1)
2. NOTRE DAME (8-0-1)
3. NEBRASKA (9-0)
The big game was in East Lansing (page 22), but PURDUE, which had lost only to Notre Dame and Michigan State and was very happy with its lot as runner-up in the Big Ten, went after poor Indiana as if the national championship hung in the balance. With Quarterback Bob Griese putting on a spectacular show, the Boilermakers pounded the luckless Hoosiers for 525 yards in total offense and 51-6 in points. Then came the official word: the Big Ten had formally voted Purdue into the Rose Bowl for the first time ever. Coach Jack Mollenkopf, enchanted by Griese's performance, declared: "If he doesn't get the Heisman Trophy it's an injustice."
There were some pick-me-ups for other Big Ten also-rans. MICHIGAN'S Bump Elliott had a new wrinkle ready for Ohio State—an I formation, with Carl Ward in the deep spot instead of at flanker—that sprang Jim Detwiler, the other halfback, loose. Before he left in the third quarter with stomach trouble, he slashed for 140 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown run that broke a 3-3 tie. Michigan won 17-3, condemning Woody Hayes to only his second losing season (4-5) in 16 years at Ohio State. WISCONSIN gave Coach Milt Bruhn, who resigned under fire earlier in the week ("if a change will help I'm for it," he said), a 7-6 win over Minnesota as a going-away present. NORTHWESTERN, surprisingly, routed Illinois 35-7.
Minor prizes were all that remained for Big Eight teams. MISSOURI took third place behind champion Nebraska (idle last week) with a 7-0 victory over Kansas, while OKLAHOMA STATE pounded Kansas State 21-6 to finish fourth. COLORADO, the conference runner-up, came from behind to edge Air Force 10-9 on John Farler's field goal, with 5:14 to play.
It was a day for runners in the Mid-American, OHIO U.'S Dick Conley rushed for 275 yards (a MAC record) and four touchdowns, as the Bobcats licked Marshall 28-0 and KENT STATE'S Don Fitzgerald carried 30 times (296 for the season, an NCAA record) for 138 yards, as State beat Xavier 42-14. Toledo lost to DAYTON 20-16, giving the Flyers an 8-2 season, their best since 1942.
Tulsa, which has lived so well by the pass for so long, died by it against LOUISVILLL, as the Cards' Ed Harmon picked one off in the last quarter and ran it back 51 yards to beat the Hurricanes 29-18. WICHITA STATE, however, upset Colorado State 37-23 with its passing game. Quarterback John Eckman completed 27 for 405 yards and three scores, while End Glenn Meltzer caught 16.