At Champaign, Linebacker Bruce Erb was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on Friday, then 18 of his teammates suffered some injury or another in Illinois' 57-0 loss to Michigan. Purdue was hardly less bruising in beating Michigan State 41—13 as Jeff Jones kicked five extra points to give him 39 straight—an NCAA record. At Columbus only one of Ohio State's 79 players didn't see action in the 62-7 romp over Wisconsin—Quarterback Rex Kern, of all people. While Kern rested up for Purdue, letting his many injuries heal, second-stringer Ron Maciejowski ran up 247 yards total offense in the first half, then watched his backup, sophomore Kevin Rusnak, throw two TD passes in the second half. "Rusnak is listed as an end on their roster," noted Wisconsin Coach John Coatta. "What's he do—throw it, then run out and catch it? I was about to go over and see if all those Ohio State players had a big S for Superman on their chests." For want of anything else to grumble about, the Buckeyes' Woody Hayes said: "We're getting a little too soft when we score four on passing." Obviously, Woody still likes his dust clouds.
Missouri (page 40) was able to take sole possession of the Big Eight lead when Oklahoma State surprised Kansas State 28-19. Quarterback Bob Cutburth and End Herman Eben combined on three TD passes for Oklahoma State. Said losing Coach Vince Gibson, "They were so high they probably could have beaten the Los Angeles Rams."