The shopping for postseason bowl attractions is over. Despite some notable omissions, such as Army (8-1) and Syracuse (8-2)—one banned by the Pentagon, the other by its own choice—all the spots are filled. The Orange Bowl has the prize combination—Tennessee (8-1) vs. Oklahoma (8-1)—while the Rose has the season's two most interesting teams—USC (9-1) vs. Indiana (9-1). The other pairings: Sugar—LSU (6-3-1) vs. Wyoming (10-0); Cotton—Texas A&M (6-4) vs. Alabama (7-1-1); Gator—Penn State (8-2) vs. Florida State (7-2-1); Bluebonnet—Colorado (8-2) vs. Miami (6-3); Sun—Mississippi (5-3-1) vs. Texas at El Paso (6-2-1); Liberty—Georgia (7-3) vs. North Carolina State (8-2).
1. OKLAHOMA (8-1)
2. INDIANA (9-1)
3. PURDUE (8-2)
There was a hint of California in the air at Indiana's stadium last Saturday. The temperature was a balmy 57�, and most of the men in the overflow crowd of 52,770, including IU President Elvis Stahr, wore PASADENA A-GO-GO buttons. The women sported roses and signs that read WE SMELL ROSES. Indiana's happy team, which had been merrily turning its mistakes into unexpected victories all season, picked up the scent early against highly favored Purdue. Fullback Terry Cole's 42-yard run set up Quarterback Harry Gonso's seven-yard touchdown pass to Flanker Jade Butcher in the first quarter. After some Purdue fumbling, Mike Krivoshia scored from the two-yard line, and moments later Cole burst through the Boilermaker middle for 63 yards and a third Indiana touchdown, as the Hoosiers built up a 19-7 half-time lead. Meanwhile Purdue was having the kind of day teams do against Indiana. For example, All-America-for-sure Leroy Keyes dropped two passes, one in the clear on the Indiana five, and fumbled once. It was all over for the Boilermakers when their fullback, Perry Williams, who had scored twice, dropped the ball on the Indiana one in the last quarter. That gave the Hoosiers a 19-14 win, a three-way tie for the Big Ten title with Purdue and Minnesota and, best of all, their first trip to the Rose Bowl.
Minnesota, meanwhile, got a piece of a championship that it did not especially want by beating Wisconsin 21-14. The Gophers knew the only way they could share the title was if Indiana upset Purdue. But they also knew that it would knock them out of the Rose Bowl, since they had gone twice in the past 10 years and the Hoosiers had never been to Pasadena. The report of the Indiana score did not deter the Gophers, who crunched away diligently at the Badgers until they had their victory and, in this case, the consolation prize.
Michigan State, however, gladly would have settled for Minnesota's misfortune. The best last year's champions could get was a 41-27 win over Northwestern, their third in a disastrous year. Ohio State finished strong, beating Michigan 24-14 for its fourth straight and a 6-3 season.
Oklahoma won the Big Eight championship, but not until Nebraska had given the Sooners a most unpleasant day. The Huskers led 14-13 at half time, and then interceptions, fumbles and a poor punt stopped their offense. In the fourth quarter Halfback Eddie Hinton caught Nebraska's ends crashing on a sweep and went 22 yards for a touchdown, and the Sooners won 21-14. Kansas beat Missouri 17-6 to tie for second, the big play being Quarterback Bob Douglass' 52-yard pass to Flanker Ben Olison that put the Jayhawks ahead 7-6. "It was one of my pet plays," explained Coach Pepper Rodgers. "We call it everybody out for the long pass."
Houston's Cougars reaped the reward of running up the score a year ago. Tulsa, beaten 73-14 in 1966, reacted strongly by recovering six Houston fumbles, intercepting two passes and winning 22-13. Toledo, winding up its best season ever (9-1), buried Villanova 52-6.
1. PENN STATE (8-2)
2. ARMY (8-1)
3. SYRACUSE (8-2)