Houston Fullback Paul Gipson continued his spree in the Astrodome, racing for three touchdowns in the Cougars' 35-18 win over Memphis State. Both Tiger regular tackles were hurt, and that is where Gipson went for his three scoring bursts. "He found our weakness," sighed Memphis State Coach Billy Murphy.
University of Texas at El Paso Coach Bobby Dobbs knew what to expect of Colorado State. "They grind it out," he said, "three yards a crack, and they keep you from scoring." Dobbs was right, partially. CSU's Oscar Reed did grind out 101 yards rushing in the first half alone, which is twice as much as Dobbs feared. But all that dust produced no touchdowns then or in the second half. Meanwhile UTEP Quarterback Billy Stevens hit Halfback Paul White and End Ron Jones in the end zone in the first and final periods for a 17-0 win.
1. PURDUE (7-1)
2. OKLAHOMA (6-1)
3. INDIANA (8-0)
Leroy Keyes was an incubator baby, did not learn to walk until he was 3 and was such a sickly youth that he was nicknamed Nursey. Now Keyes is 6'3", 200 pounds and serves as a halfback, flanker, passer and occasional defensive back for Purdue, but he still shows no particular prowess at walking. He runs. Leroy ran for 90 yards, caught six passes and scored three touchdowns as Purdue gave Minnesota its first Big Ten loss 41-12. "I've got room for improvement," Keyes said after the game. His opponents wonder where the room is. Coach Jack Mollenkopf, aware that the Gopher defensive line averaged 241 pounds, sought to relieve Quarterback Mike Phipps of further pressure by using two flankers as well as two ends, a tactic that forced Minnesota to limit its pass rush and helped Phipps hit 17 of 31 for 235 yards.
But Minnesota still has a chance to go to the Rose Bowl if it can beat out Indiana, which defeated Michigan State 14-13. Although unbeaten, the laugh-a-minute Hoosiers, with their error-prone sophomore backs and Katzenjammer Kids defense, were underdogs against the Spartans, five-time losers. "That," said Coach Johnny Pont, "was an incentive for us. It irritated everybody." With Indiana trailing 13-7 in the closing minutes, sophomore Halfback John Isenbarger took charge, picking up 59 of the 69 yards in a touchdown drive that he climaxed with a seven-yard burst.
Ohio Stadium has been nothing but bad luck for Wisconsin since it was built in 1922. In 15 games there against Ohio State the Badgers have never won, and they did not mar their record Saturday. OSU Quarterback Billy Long, who set numerous Buckeye passing records a year ago, turned runner this time and scored two touchdowns, the first on a broken play with four seconds left in the half, as Ohio State won 17-15.
Northwestern scored four times in the second period—twice after recovering on-side kickoffs—to beat Iowa 39-24, and Michigan fought back from a 14-0 half-time deficit to defeat Illinois 21-14.
Two touchdown plunges by Wilmer Cooks, a third-period goal-line stand and—of all things—an injury enabled Colorado to give Kansas its first Big Eight loss 12-8. A hurt knee suffered by Colorado Tailback William Harris forced him out of the game but, said Center Bruce Heath, "it pumped us up. We refused to lose."
Oklahoma scored five of the first six times it had the ball to beat Iowa State 52-14 and take over the Big Eight lead, while Nebraska moved past Oklahoma State 9-0. Missouri's strong rush stopped Kansas State's passing, and the Tigers scored 21 points in the final period to win 28-6.