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There was nothing bashful about Buffalo and Temple when they got together. Temple's John Waller completed 35 of 62 passes for 440 yards and five touchdowns. But it all came after Fullback Joe Zelmanski had bulled over for three touchdowns to give Buffalo a 22-0 lead. The Bulls held on to win 50-40. Colgate was less explosive, but the Red Raiders were just as effective. They beat Lehigh 27-11.
Despite Ohio State's 25-20 victory over Michigan State (page 16) the race was not all over in the Big Ten. Michigan's surprising Wolverines manhandled Northwestern 35-0, blasting the Wildcat's upset hopes with a three-touchdown barrage after a scoreless first quarter. Within an astonishing 73 seconds of the second period, Quarterback Dennis Brown passed to Bill Harris for a touchdown, Halfback Ron Johnson ran five yards for another score and Dan Parks, a 235-pound sophomore tackle, wheezed 50 yards with an intercepted pass. By halftime the Wolverines had a 28-0 lead and the rest was a formality.
The news that Coach Jack Mollenkopf had been hospitalized with infectious hepatitis hit Purdue hard—though perhaps not quite as hard as the Boilermakers hit Illinois. With Acting Coach Bob DeMoss running the team from a deck above the press box—and following Mollenkopf's game plan—Purdue got to the poor Illini early and never let up. Fullback Perry Williams ran for 106 yards, Halfback Leroy Keyes gained 81 and they both broke Duane Purvis' 34-year-old career rushing record. They also scored a touchdown each, and Keyes passed for another as Purdue won easily 35-17.
Indiana won another tight game, but not in the usual come-from-behind fashion. This time they got ahead 21-7, then held off the rallying Wisconsin Badgers, who went for a two-point conversion, missed and lost 21-20 in the last quarter. Iowa stormed from behind on three touchdowns by Quarterback Larry Lawrence—he got four in the game—to outscore Minnesota 35-28.
Following his team's 27-14 win over Colorado, Kansas Coach Pepper Rodgers said, "I can't any more tell my players not to think about bowl games than I can tell them not to think about girls." During the week's drills, though, he did try to get his players to think about Colorado's Bob Anderson, the Big Eight total offense leader who had been averaging 219.7 yards a game. "The motto for the week," Rodgers said, "was 'Rush hard.' " And the Jayhawks did, holding Anderson to his lowest yardage ever—40 yards passing and minus eight rushing. Despite a steady cold rain, the Jayhawks ran for 428 yards, with the blocking of 267-pound Tackle Keith Christensen opening the way for the runners. John Riggins, who ran for 162 yards, set up a field goal with a 63-yard sprint on the game's third play, then scored on bursts of 21 and eight yards as Kansas built a 27-0 lead.
Missouri, which is also undefeated in conference play and which takes on the Jayhawks November 23, scored 21 points in a 5:18 span in the first half as the Tigers eased by Oklahoma State 42-7. Kansas State's Mack Herron returned the second-half kick-off 100 yards against Oklahoma to tie the score at 14-14, but then the Sooners got two quick touchdowns and went on to a 35-20 victory. Ernie Sigler of Nebraska connected on eight straight passes en route to a 24-13 win for the Huskers over Iowa State.
Undefeated Ohio U. had surprising troubles with Western Michigan. The Bobcats met with no problems scoring, but Western Michigan kept coming back until Quarterback Cleve Bryant eased the tension with a one-yard touchdown plunge that put Ohio ahead 34-27. It also clinched a tie for the Mid-American title and a trip to the Tangerine Bowl December 27 to play the Southern Conference champion. Miami of Ohio got a scare, too, before it managed to beat Toledo 21-17. It was all fun and games, however, for Bowling Green as Tailback Fred Mathews ran for four touchdowns against Marshall. The Falcons won 54-28.