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The night before the Notre Dame game, Michigan State's Duffy Daugherty had everybody laughing—as usual—when he told Irish Athletic Director Moose Krause that his Spartans might open the game with an onside kick. "But nobody takes me seriously," said Duffy with a sly grin. Sure enough, the Spartans tried an opening on-side kick, and recovered it on the Notre Dame 42. Not long after that, Tailback Tommy Love scored the first of his two touchdowns on an 11-yard run, and Michigan State went on to win 21-17 behind a stout defense led by combination Split End-Safetyman Al Brenner. The individual brilliance of Quarterback Terry Hanratty, who completed 27 of 43 passes for 312 yards and ran for 43 more, could not save Notre Dame.
Critics keep saying that teams can't win Big Ten championships or even Little Brown Jugs with little quarterbacks. Michigan's Dennis Brown, who claims to be 5'10" and 175 pounds, is a big exception to that old saw. Against Minnesota he directed the surprising Wolverines to scores six of the first seven times they had the ball, and led them to a 33-20 victory—plus the Little Brown Jug and a share of the Big Ten lead.
Ohio State, the other leader, had to fight to survive after holding a 24-0 lead. Illinois took a chapter out of Woody Hayes' book—the one about how to smash the fullback up the middle—and came roaring back to tie the score. It took a two-yard plunge by Jim Otis with 1:30 to go to save Ohio State's unbeaten record 31-24.
With Quarterback Mike Phipps disabled by an ankle injury, Purdue went back to old-fashioned football against Iowa. Leroy Keyes, though limping on his bad right ankle, piled up 185 yards as the landlocked Boilermakers won 44-14. Indiana, up to its old Katzenjammer tricks, went down to the last four minutes before Quarterback Harry Gonso passed to Jade Butcher for the touchdown that beat undefeated Arizona 16-13. Northwestern, after five weeks of bloodletting, found a team it could beat—Wisconsin, 13-10.
Kansas relaxed with a 39-3 lead over Iowa State, but they had to fight hard for a 46-25 win. Missouri had it easier, beating Kansas State 56-20, but Oklahoma, in over its head against Colorado, lost 41-27.