1. PURDUE (6-1)
2. OKLAHOMA (5-1)
3. INDIANA (7-0)
Indiana, puffed up by its seventh straight victory, this one over hapless Wisconsin 14-9 (page 28), was not the only Big Ten team entertaining Rose Bowl thoughts. Minnesota, despite some horrendous bumbling, got past Iowa 10-0 and was still undefeated in the conference, along with the Hoosiers and Purdue. But Coach Murray Warmath was not very happy about his team's performance. "We were careless," he said.
Such carelessness would be disastrous for Minnesota next Saturday when it must face Purdue, which beat Illinois 42-9. The Illini surprised the Boilermakers by coming out in a 4-3 defense instead of their customary 6-2, and for a half Purdue was confused. Then Leroy Keyes began to find running room. The remarkable halfback ran for 225 yards and three touchdowns and passed to Jim Beirne for another to head a second-half rout.
There was some fun for the also-rans, too. Michigan won its 500th game after five tries, defeating Northwestern 7-3, while Ohio State continued the season of gloom at East Lansing by beating Michigan State 21-7. What disturbed Duffy Daugherty more than his third straight loss was the way the Buckeyes beat his team with passing. Daugherty had expected sophomore Fullback Paul Huff to pound his Spartans inside and he did, 35 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns, but Quarterback Bill Long also completed nine of 11 passes. "I guess it's as easy to get used to losing as it is to winning," said Duffy. Ohio State obviously was not accustomed to winning. After the game three Buckeye players tried to hoist portly Woody Hayes to their shoulders to carry him off the field. They lifted and lifted—and finally settled for giving Woody the game ball.
Navy was no match at all for Notre Dame as Quarterback Terry Hanratty led the Irish to a 35-0 half-time lead, and Notre Dame won 43-14.
All season long Kansas' Pepper Rodgers and Kansas State's Vince Gibson, both volatile personalities with scorn for defeat and no love for each other, had been waiting to square off. The game should have been easy for the Jayhawks, who shared the Big Eight lead with Oklahoma, but K-State fought them all the way. It took a 30-yard field goal by Bill Bell with six minutes to go to win for Kansas 17-16.
Nebraska and Missouri, out of the Big Eight race now, had their troubles winning. Nebraska beat Iowa State 12-0, while Missouri barely beat Oklahoma State 7-0.
Before the season began, Toledo Coach Frank Lauterbur told some people he thought his Rockets, who had been mired in the Mid-American second division almost forever, could win the conference championship. It sounded like wishful thinking, but last Saturday, with Quarterback John Schneider completing 15 passes for 170 yards and little Ken Crots kicking a field goal and three extra points, Toledo beat Miami of Ohio 24-10 to clinch a tie for its first MAC title. Ohio U., given a second chance when Kent State was forced to forfeit its victory over the Bobcats because it used an ineligible player, can still tie the Rockets. Ohio, which crushed Western Michigan 20-10, has to beat Bowling Green Saturday.