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FOOTBALL'S WEEK
Mervin Hyman
October 07, 1968
MIDWEST
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October 07, 1968

Football's Week

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MIDWEST

1. PURDUE(2-0)
2. KANSAS (2-0)
3. NEBRASKA (3-0)

Kansas Coach Pepper Rodgers had a busy week. One day he put himself in at quarterback on the Kansas redshirt team and impersonated Indiana's Harry Gonso. He also promised 5,000 students at a Harry Belafonte concert that he would do a triple somersault when he led his team on the field for the Indiana game. Rodgers settled for a double somersault, but his Jayhawks were in no mood to settle for anything inferior. Halfback Don Shanklin scored three touchdowns on a 59-yard punt return and runs of 54 and 65 yards, rushed for a total of 159 yards and ran back four punts for 139 yards. Indiana, down 17-0 at the half, came back as usual, but this time couldn't make it all the way. Quarterback Bob Douglass' 71-yard run and Shanklin's 65-yard dash finished them off, as Kansas won 38-20.

Minnesota Coach Murray Warmath missed the handshake with Nebraska's Bob Devaney after their game in Minneapolis because he was off demanding an explanation from the referee as to why the clock did not stop after the Gophers' last first down on the Nebraska 35-yard line. "I'm not alibiing," he said. "We had 59 minutes and 50 seconds to win and we didn't. But to a dying man, one last breath means everything." Breathing came hard to Warmath after he watched his Gophers squander a 14-0 lead when Quarterback Ray Stephens threw two pass interceptions in the fourth quarter. The first one set up Nebraska Quarterback Ernie Sigler's 14-yard pass to Jim McFarland for the tying touchdown. The second gave Paul Rogers the chance to kick a 19-yard field goal with 1:30 to go to win for the Huskers 17-14.

SMU Sports Publicist Junior Eldredge was explaining the Mustangs' offense in Columbus last week. "We play a hully-gully sand-lot type of game," he said. "It's kinda like third-period gym—you know, everybody run out and we'll throw the ball to you. I don't know how Ohio State could scout us because we make up our plays in the huddle." Eldredge's spiel was amusing, even if it raised the ire of SMU Coach Hayden Fry. And it was also accurate, as both SMU and Ohio State danced a wild hully-gully. SMU threw 76 passes and completed 40 for 437 yards, as arm-weary Quarterback Chuck Hixson got 37 completions in 69 tries for 417 yards. But Ohio State, with sophomore Quarterback Rex Kern running Woody Hayes's new show—yes, Kern even called most of the plays-won easily 35-14.

The Big Ten got another look at USC"s O. J. Simpson, which is like a second trip to the death cell. This time Northwestern got burned as O. J. scored on runs of five, 11 and 15 yards, gained 189 yards and led the Trojans to a 24-7 win. Simpson, who missed practice all week because of a bruised thigh, was surprised to hear he had carried 34 times. "Maybe I'm just getting used to it," he said. Illinois and Wisconsin also fell before outlanders, Illinois being routed by Missouri 44-0 while Wisconsin, despite a last-ditch rally, lost to Washington 21-17. But Michigan State had better luck when Quarterback Bill Feraco completed nine of 13 passes, six to Flanker Al Brenner, as the Spartans beat Baylor 28-10.

Oklahoma, over the shock it suffered at Notre Dame, had little trouble beating North Carolina State 28-14. Tailback Steve Owens mussed up the Wolfpack with 164 yards and two touchdowns, and Quarterback Bob Warmack threw to Eddie Hinton for a score.

The Mid-American Conference was formful. Ohio U.'s good defense thwarted Kent State in a 31-7 victory, while Miami of Ohio took Western Michigan 28-0. Toledo smothered Marshall 35-12 thanks in small measure to Ken Crots, who kicked five extra points. He now has 50 straight and needs only two more to set an NCAA record.

SOUTHWEST

1. ARKANSAS (2-0)
2. TEXAS A&M (1-1)
3. HOUSTON (1-0-1)

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