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Ohio State's win over Purdue seemed appropriate enough, coming as it did in Columbus on Columbus Day. Meanwhile, at Iowa City, a homecoming crowd found out that Indiana can make any town the right place for its usual high-scoring, come-from-behind antics. Down 28-21, the Hoosiers pulled out one more of their customary grab-bag Big Ten wins, beating Iowa 38-34.
On the surface, everything looked in order at Ann Arbor, too, when 102,785 showed up to watch Michigan take on Michigan State. In any other year the natural rivalry would have had fans pointing for Saturday's game all week, but the folks in Ann Arbor were so preoccupied by the Detroit Tigers winning the World Series that the only ones heard screaming "Beat State" before the game were the Wolverine players at practice. With the kickoff, though, Mickey Lolich and the rest of the Tigers were suddenly forgotten.
Still, it was Ron Johnson, brother of Cincinnati Red Outfielder Alex Johnson, who scored the first Michigan touchdown. The Spartans, however, gained a 14-13 lead in the fourth quarter, and things looked even worse for the Wolverines when Quarterback Dennis Brown went back to throw at midfield and a swarm of Spartans, all eager to dismember him, zeroed in. Desperate, Brown lobbed a pass. End Jim Mandich caught it on the 25-yard line and scored as the Wolverines, much like the Tigers, escaped disaster and came out with a victory 28-14.
Doug Roalstad's 61-yard touchdown run with a punt return gave Minnesota a 14-0 lead, and then the defense stopped Illinois on the 10-and 20-yard lines to hold off the Illini 17-10. Outsiders knocked off two more Big Ten squads, Utah State downing Wisconsin 20-0 and Notre Dame stopping Northwestern 27-7. John Pappas passed for three quick scores in the first period to take care of the Badgers. Terry Hanratty of the Irish found the range on just six of 16 passes but ran for 77 yards as Notre Dame gained 308 yards on the ground.
While Kansas was defeating Nebraska (page 12), Missouri and Iowa State also advanced in the Big Eight. Missouri, using a spread defense to contain Big Eight total-offense leader Bob Anderson, beat Colorado 27-14. Anderson, taking advantage of the only route open to him, made good on long passes over the middle for scoring plays of 66 and 80 yards but, except for those bombs, the Tigers dominated the game, getting off 112 plays from scrimmage as compared to 37 for the Buffaloes. Iowa State picked off six Kansas State passes and came from behind to prevail 23-14.
No sooner had Air Force moved ahead of Navy 20-6 in Chicago than the Midshipmen came to life, scored twice and tied the game. Then Falcon Quarterback Gary Baxter got busy. He took the Air Force 69 yards and went over from five yards out to make the final score 26-20.
In the Mid-American Conference everything is set for a showdown this week between Ohio and Miami of Ohio, who are tied for the lead with 3-0 records. With Dick Conley picking up 162 yards in 29 tries, Ohio had an easy time disposing of William & Mary 41-0. Miami came through with its third straight shutout against MAC competition, whipping Marshall 46-0 and gaining 520 yards. Mark Bordeaux threw two touchdown passes as Western Michigan scored yet another shutout, beating Kent State 14-0. Absolutely no one scored in the Bowling Green- Toledo contest, virtually wiping out title hopes for both teams.