While Oklahoma was having all this fun, Missouri was getting a stiff dose of Kansas State's Lynn Dickey and not liking it very much. He passed for 394 yards, breaking an assortment of Big Eight records along the way, and even Missouri's 41-38 victory didn't placate Tiger Coach Dan Devine, who asked: "What has happened to defense?"
Devine's own offense was almost perfectly balanced: 237 yards on the ground and 227 in the air. Quarterback Terry McMillan threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns, but Jon Staggers hurt Kansas State the most. He threw a TD pass, scored himself on a 99-yard kickoff return and ran back a punt 40 yards to the Kansas State five to set up Missouri's winning points.
Colorado Coach Eddie Crowder decided to use Bobby Anderson as a decoy, which was fine with Nebraska. The Cornhuskers won 20-7 as Anderson carried only 12 times for 42 yards. Crowder invited a catcalling Nebraska fan to come out of the stands, then snapped "no comment" when asked about Anderson. Nebraska Coach Bob Devaney said, "We're as good as anybody now."
In the Big Ten, U.S. Representative Robert Taft Jr. (R., Ohio) came out strongly for repeal of the conference rule forbidding members from playing in any bowl other than the Rose. This was shortly after reports that the Cotton Bowl—or was it the Super Bowl?—wanted Ohio State. It was just a lot of boondoggling, of course, but the Columbus fans at least had something to talk about while the Buckeyes were tripping past Northwestern 35-6 for their 20th straight. Ohio State's Middle Guard Jim Stillwagon harassed Northwestern Quarterback Maury Daigneau all afternoon, but the sophomore still had 22 completions to break a school record held by a couple of pretty fair throwers—Otto Graham and Tommy Myers. But near the end Daigneau's shoulder was separated, possibly sidelining him for the season.
Although they cannot go to Pasadena this season, the Buckeyes still may decide who goes in their place. Three teams—Michigan, Purdue and Indiana—all are tied for second with 3-1 league records, and both Purdue and Michigan still have to play Ohio State. Indiana stopped Michigan State's running game and followed Quarterback Harry Gonso to a 16-0 victory. After Michigan stymied Wisconsin 35-7, Coach Bo Schembechler told the press he didn't want to think about the Rose Bowl yet. "The only one talking about it is Ohio State—and they can't go," he said. Purdue's Mike Phipps had an ordinary game—great, that means—as the Boilermakers dumped Illinois 49-22. Phipps hit on 19 of 35 passes and moved Illinois Coach Jim Vanek to say, "There's no defense for the perfect pass."
Toledo beat Ohio University 14-10 to win its first undisputed Mid-American title.
1. TEXAS (6-0)
2. ARKANSAS (6-0)
3. HOUSTON (4-2)
At a press conference early in the week Texas A & M Coach Gene Stallings was asked what he thought about his upcoming opponent, unbeaten Arkansas. That set Stallings to grumbling, as coaches will do occasionally, about how Arkansas had been taking it easy the previous two weeks (an open date and a 52-14 romp over Wichita State) while the poor ol' Aggies had been "fighting for our lives" against Southwest rivals TCU and Baylor. "I can't tell how good they are," Stallings grumbled. "They haven't played that much. I can't find their good players in the films."
Well, Stallings didn't see much of the Arkansas stars during their game, either. The Razorback regulars scored five of the first six times they had the ball, then spent the last 25 minutes lolling on the bench while the scrubs ran out a 35-13 victory. Quarterback Bill Montgomery, who sat out the Wichita game to let his injuries heal, completed 14 of 19 passes for 174 yards. "They were good," said Stallings, with a snort. "Good and rested."