Auburn used two healthy quarterbacks, Larry Blakeney and Loran Carter, to rout Clemson 43-21, bringing the Plainsmen's scoring totals to 144 points in four games, 40 more than they scored in 10 games last season.
Miami finally got revenge for some of its troubles by beating unbeaten LSU 17-15 at Baton Rouge. Florida anticipated problems against Tulane, because regular Quarterback Jackie Eckdahl broke his leg in a midweek practice and top sub Harmon Wages was demoted to the B squad for disciplinary reasons. But Flanker Larry Rentz, who never had played varsity quarterback in college, stepped behind center and led the Gators to an easy 35-0 win.
Undefeated North Carolina State managed only one first down and 48 yards during the first half of its Atlantic Coast Conference match against Maryland, then came out of the dressing room to score five of the first six times it had the ball after that to set up a 31-9 win. East Carolina stopped Louisville's Wally Oyler, who had been ranked sixth nationally in total offense, and remained undefeated 18-13, and Duke scored twice in the final quarter to down Virginia 13-6. Virginia Tech used three early touchdowns to beat Kentucky 24-14 for its fifth straight.
1. PURDUE (4-0)
2. COLORADO (4-0)
3. MICHIGAN STATE (2-2)
"Nobody plays defense quite like Missouri," said Colorado Coach Eddie Crowder before his team faced the Tigers in an early Big Eight showdown at Boulder. "They explode at you like gangbusters." But, Crowder reasoned, every defense has its leaks, and he built a game plan around Fullback Wilmer Cooks's smashes inside the tackles and a pitchout off the option to Tailback William Harris. Occasionally Quarterback Bob Anderson would fake to Cooks on a trap play and give the ball to Harris going inside. It worked beautifully. With Anderson passing sparingly but accurately, the Buffs had the ball for 44 minutes, and they ran 78 plays to Missouri's 24. Cooks and Harris scored on short runs, Dave Bartelt kicked three field goals and Colorado won 23-9.
But Nebraska, the other Big Eight favorite, got a shock. Kansas, which had not won in three games, went after the unbeaten Huskers hard with a defense that Coach Pepper Rodgers said he had simplified "so we can play with intensity." It was so intense that the brash Jayhawks, led by End John Zook, a retired sky diver who got in on 15 tackles, held Nebraska to only 72 yards rushing. Quarterback Bob Douglass scored on a four-yard sweep in the first half, and Tommy Ball's 30-yard field goal in the last minute upset the Huskers 10-0. It was the first time in 83 games that one of Coach Bob Devaney's teams has been held scoreless.
On Friday the 13th, Purdue Publicist Karl Klages read the horoscope for Ohio State Coach Woody Hayes. "You'll never believe this," reported Klages, "but Woody's horoscope says, 'Today is a fine day to consider going into a new business.' " On Saturday Hayes wished he had. Purdue, which had not beaten Ohio State in Columbus since 1952, dismembered the Buckeyes 41-6. Just about everything the Boilermakers did was right. Sophomore Quarterback Mike Phipps completed 14 of 19 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns, while spectacular Leroy Keyes caught four of them and ran 21 yards for a score. Perhaps the finest moment of all for Purdue Coach Jack Mollenkopf came after the game when his old tormentor Woody Hayes told him Purdue was "the best team I've ever seen on this field."
Michigan State Quarterback Jimmy Raye, who had looked like anything but an All-America in the Spartans' first three games, dug out old films of MSU's 1966 games last week, studied his moves in those happier days and put in extra practice time with Assistant Coach Al Dorow. The work paid off against Michigan. Raye passed for two touchdowns, ran for two more and MSU won in All-America fashion, 34-0. "I had felt the weight of the world was on my shoulders," said Raye. "I felt people were saying, ' Jimmy Raye, you are a bum.' But I was relaxed today. I decided to just have fun." Raye's fun put the Spartans into a first-place tie with Purdue in the Big Ten.
That was no great surprise, but there was unexpected company at the top. Indiana, gambling recklessly, won its fourth straight, defeating Iowa 21-17. Twice the Hoosiers ran from kick formation on fourth down. Once they got away with it, but the second time it backfired into the touchdown that put Iowa ahead 17-14. Then, with 1:14 to go, fourth and 12 on the Iowa 22, Indiana Quarterback Harry Gonso got the word from Coach John Pont: "Go for seven." Indiana faked a field goal and Gonso ran to the four-yard line. On the next play he passed to sophomore Jade Butcher for the winning touchdown. "We gamble because we can't afford the luxury of sitting back and waiting for something to happen," explained Pont.