Only the mad scene in Madison surpassed the happiness at Ann Arbor, where Michigan threw the Big Ten into a dither by upending Purdue 31-20. The Wolverines forced Purdue's Mike Phipps into throwing four interceptions—his career high—and then used their own passer, Don Moorhead, to pick apart the Purdue secondary. "I just couldn't get a man to cut loose," moaned Phipps, who still accounted for all of Purdue's TDs with two passes and a run.
Purdue's loss brightened the Rose Bowl hopes of Indiana, which beat Minnesota 17-7. Both Purdue and Michigan still have to play Ohio State, an opponent that Indiana luckily manages to sidestep this season. Hoosier Coach John Pont, angered by what he considered listless play by some of his seniors, benched Quarterback Harry Gonso and Flanker Jade Butcher, but Gonso got back in time to pitch out to John Isenbarger for Indiana's winning TD in the last quarter. At Columbus, Michigan State tried to run away from Ohio State's fine defensive back, Jack Tatum, but ran right into End Mark Debevc instead. Debevc intercepted a pass for Ohio State's first touchdown, then recovered a fumble to set up the second. By the time Larry Zelina had returned a punt 73 yards for one touchdown and Quarterback Rex Kern had run or passed for five more, the Buckeyes had run up a 54-21 victory—the most points ever scored against a Spartan team coached by Duffy Daugherty.
While Oklahoma was having its troubles against Texas (page 24), Missouri Quarterback Terry McMillan surprised Nebraska with a 69-yard scoring pass to Mel Gray on the second play from scrimmage, and the unbeaten Tigers went on to a 17-7 Big Eight victory.
Kansas State beat Kansas, as who hasn't these days, 26-22, but it was State's first victory over its rival in 15 years.
In the Mid-American Conference, Toledo's Rockets took another step toward a bowl game and the league title by beating host Bowling Green 27-26. The Rockets won on Ken Crots' 37-yard field goal into a 22-mph wind with only two seconds left on the clock. Crots, whose NCAA record string of 77 extra points was broken a week earlier, had already missed two fielders and had another blocked.
1. TEXAS (4-0)
2. ARKANSAS (4-0)
3. HOUSTON (2-2)
While Texas was taking care of Oklahoma (page 24), Arkansas had to struggle against winless Baylor. Early in the last quarter the Razorbacks were still tied—hogtied, if you will—with the Bears, which was a pretty shocking development considering that Baylor had been chewed up by LSU 63-8 only a week earlier. The game finally bent in Arkansas' favor with a bit more than 12 minutes to play when the Razorbacks' wide receiver, Chuck Dicus, made a supercatch at the Baylor two. The pass from Quarterback Bill Montgomery had traveled 48 yards, and it set up the second of Bill Burnett's three TD plunges. "Sometimes you just throw and hope, and that was one of them," said Montgomery.
As Dicus brought the ball back down to earth, he landed on his shoulder, separating it, and now will miss the Wichita State and Texas A&M games. His loss easily could put a crimp in Montgomery's passing game, so far Arkansas' most deadly weapon. Against TCU Dicus had caught scoring passes of 73 and 23 yards, and his 21-yard catch helped the Porkers to their first TD against Baylor. Of course, Arkansas can always fall back on its defense. Except for its only touchdown—the first allowed by Arkansas in the last 21 quarters—Baylor never was inside the 15. "We're not the biggest people in the world and I think Baylor thought they could blow us out," said Defensive Tackle Gordon McNulty. "They may have done it on a couple of plays, but I don't think they could make a living on it."
None of the 49,000 fans thought about leaving the Texas Tech- Texas A&M game before the final whistle—five of their last six meetings had been decided in the last four minutes. This time, with 1:16 to go, Tech trailed 9-6, but Halfback Danny Hardaway scored from the one—his sixth straight carry into the line—and the Red Raiders came away with a 13-9 victory. None of the Lubbock fans were surprised: Hardaway's number 44 won Tech a lot of games when it was being worn by Donny Anderson.