The Colorado loss gave the Big Eight a surprising look. Kansas was in the lead after beating Iowa State 38-14 for its third straight win as Quarterback Bob Douglas threw two touchdown passes and ran two yards for another score. But Oklahoma was only half a game behind. The Sooners, getting ready for Colorado next Saturday, edged Missouri 7-0 on Ron Shotts's one-yard plunge in the second quarter.
Purdue and Minnesota, working toward their Big Ten showdown Nov. 11, both won, but Purdue had much the easier time of it. The Boilermakers turned loose their one-man team, Halfback Leroy Keyes, against Iowa, and he wrecked the Hawkeyes by gaining 145 yards rushing, catching five passes for 120 yards and scoring four touchdowns as the Boilermakers coasted to a 41-22 win. But Keyes showed a weakness, and it was noted. His kickoffs were shorter than usual, said a Purdue assistant coach.
Minnesota had a mathematical problem. It had defeated Michigan State 21-0. MSU had beaten Michigan 34-0. Therefore Minnesota was going to beat Michigan 55-0. Sure. Just as quick as Halfback Ron Johnson could run, Michigan was ahead 15-0, and Minnesota knew something did not add up. But Michigan was slowed by a series of penalties, and Quarterback Curt Wilson began to lead Minnesota back. Wilson scored from the five-yard line in the second quarter, threw a fourth-quarter 45-yard pass to Mike Curtis for a touchdown and then scored again on a fourth-and-one play to give the Gophers a 20-15 victory and the Little Brown Jug. The win tied Minnesota for the Big Ten lead with Purdue and Indiana.
Northwestern beat Wisconsin 17-13, but for Ohio State's Woody Hayes there was only more grief. His Bucks, fumbling seven times, lost to Illinois 17-13 when Dave Jackson plunged over from the one-yard line with 34 seconds to play. To add to Hayes's discomfort, it was OSU's fourth straight loss in Columbus—the first time that has ever happened—and it occurred before 83,928 fans on Homecoming Day.
In the Mid-American Conference, upstart Toledo is on the trail of its first championship. The Rockets seemed a certain 13-7 loser to Kent State with only 2:47 to go, but a fumbled center snap ruined a State field-goal try and Toledo took over on its own 40-yard line. In less than a minute, Quarterback John Schneider had Toledo in the end zone. He ran twice for 11 yards, passed to Halfback Roland Moss for 24 yards and then for 25 yards and a touchdown. Ken Crots kicked the extra point to win for Toledo 14-13. "Crots walked up there like a pro," said Coach Frank Lauterbur. "It was a pressure shot." The shot put the Rockets, 5-1 for the season, in a three-way tie for first with Western Michigan, which smashed Marshall 42-10, and Miami of Ohio, a 9-7 winner over Bowling Green. The title race ends Saturday when Toledo plays Miami and Western faces Ohio U.
It appeared to be just another easy win for undefeated Tulsa when Quarterback Mike Stripling ran and pitched the Hurricanes to a first-quarter 13-0 lead over Southern Illinois, which had lost its five previous games. After all, Tulsa led the nation in total offense, passing, scoring and least yards allowed on defense, and the Salukis were still small-college. But Southern Illinois came back big. Ralph Galloway kicked three field goals, Charlie Pemberton scored from the seven-yard line and the startled Hurricanes were upset 16-13.
1. TEXAS (4-2)
2. HOUSTON (4-2)
3. TEXAS AT EL PASO (3-1-1)
Texas was not the only Southwest Conference team that was looking better. Arkansas, back to the power game it used to play so well, finally got going against Kansas State and beat the ambitious Wildcats 28-7. Coach Frank Broyles also had his quarterback problem resolved for him. When sophomore John Eichler went out with a fractured ankle in the first quarter, Broyles had to go with senior Ronny South, who had been disappointing earlier in the season. But South completed six passes in a row and set up two touchdowns with a pair of 16-yard runs. Wingback David Dickey, who switches to tailback when Arkansas nears the goal line, did the rest by plunging over for three scores.
Texas A&M, too, was showing signs of a midseason revival in spite of the fact that its All-America Lineman Mo Moorman is off the team for cutting classes. Quarterback Ed Hargett threw to Bob Long for two touchdowns and A&M took Baylor 21-3 for its third straight to hold first place in the SWC. Texas Tech, after three losses in a row, found a fall guy in SMU. The Mustangs fumbled on offense and Tech's Mike Leinert tore up their defense as Tech won 21-7.