Football teams have been known to go to ridiculous lengths to win, but Colorado did something new. Before the Buffaloes beat Indiana 16-9, seven members of the defense shaved their heads. "It kinda signifies what football means to us," said Safety John (Bad Dude) Stearns. O.K., John, but while we're trying to figure that one out, why did Colorado stop in the end zone on the way to its dressing room after the game and do wind sprints? "It's a team-spirit type thing," Stearns said. "We call it the 'Jingle Jangle." One Jingle Jangle is from the back of the end zone to the goal line and back. We did five. It definitely helps. Everybody likes it, and it gave us a boost for next week. We're thinking Penn State."
Of course, it will take more than a few bald heads and Jingle Jangles for the Buffs to upset Penn State this week in Boulder, especially after the way they played against inexperienced Indiana. The Hoosiers led their visitors 24-19 in first downs and 78-73 in plays, but Colorado used Dave Haney's three field goals and a little razzle-dazzle to win. The Buffs' only TD, a nine-yard pass from Jim Bratten to Marv Whitaker, was set up by Wide Receiver Steve Dal Porto's 47-yard run on a reverse. Said Colorado Coach Eddie Crowder, "You just have to run some kind of misdirected play today against the defenses being used."
In Columbia, Missouri floundered without a point for the entire first half, then unleashed its own version of Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside to crush Minnesota 34-12. Powerful Tailback Joe Moore ran over the Gophers for three TDs (his 156 yards in 31 carries put him within eight yards of the all-time Missouri career rushing record of 2,030 yards). But speedy Mel Gray (he does the 100 in 9.2) was the man who tore it open for the Tigers, going 36 yards for their second TD on a flanker reverse. In other games involving Big Eight teams Kansas lost to Texas Tech 23-0 for Jim Carlen's second win as the Red Raiders' coach, and Oklahoma—back to playing all-round football now that Steve Owens and his constant line smashes have gone on to the pros—defeated Wisconsin 21-7. Quarterback Jack Mildren completed eight of 13 passes, and an additional Sooner hero was its Indian mascot, Little Red. Benched last year because some Indian groups felt he was degrading their race, Little Red made a surprise appearance at the start of the second half, and the Sooners, trailing 7-0, ripped off three TDs.
After Michigan's coach, Bo Schembechler, had a heart attack and missed the Rose Bowl, you would think the Wolverines would want to make things easy for Bo this season. So what happens? In their opener against Arizona the Wolverines nursed a one-point lead until the final three minutes, then got a TD and a field goal for a 20-9 win in Ann Arbor. "I was really nervous," said Schembechler, "I've got to learn to control myself."
Having disposed of Northwestern 35-14 in an easy opener, Notre Dame now prepares for this week's foe, Purdue, which has dominated the Irish for three straight years. Notre Dame will be heavily favored to end that streak, but there was an ominous new name in Lafayette. Chuck Piebes, a sophomore walk-on from Valhalla, N.Y., engineered the Boilermakers to a 15-0 win over Texas Christian for the new head coach, Bob DeMoss. Could Piebes be a worthy successor to Dawson-Griese-Phipps? "He made some mistakes," said DeMoss, "but he also made some great calls."
In the Mid-American Conference, Toledo defeated Buffalo 27-6 for its 13th straight.
1. TEXAS (1-0)
2. TEXAS A&M (2-0)
3. ARKANSAS (1-1)
While Houston was mastering Syracuse (page 22), Texas began its defense of the national championship with a crunching 56-15 defeat of California. It was hot in Austin, 90°, and in Memorial Stadium it was more like 130°. Perhaps it was the heat and perhaps not, but the fact is that two California backs ran into each other trying to catch the opening kickoff—and that was about as exciting as the Golden Bears were all day. Texas fans enjoyed watching Steve Worster, the Longhorns' fine fullback, and Eddie Phillips, who looked like a more-than-suitable replacement for James Street at quarterback.
Phillips, a 6' senior from Mesquite, Texas, ran Coach Darrell Royal's triple-option formations very well. He fed the ball to Worster for three TDs, scored twice himself and gained 129 yards on only nine carries. "Phillips has waited a long time for this," said Royal, who could not conceal his pride in the offense. "Any team we play can stop Worster—if they are willing to pay the price," he said. "Or they can stop us going wide—if they are willing to let Worster rip 'em up the middle."