1. OHIO STATE (3-0)
2. NEBRASKA (4-0-1)
3. NOTRE DAME (4-0)
It was not a good weekend for Missouri. The Tigers not only lost to Nebraska 21-7, their second setback, but also lost Tailback Joe Moore for this week's game with Notre Dame—and perhaps for the remainder of the season. Before the Nebraska clash, Moore was one of the country's top rushers with 604 yards in four games. In the first quarter he suffered a shoulder separation when Cornhusker Dave Walline broke through the line and nailed him with a clean, hard tackle.
Without Moore the Missouri offense was moribund, although the defense was still dangerous. The Tigers got a touchdown after Lorenzo Brinkley returned an intercepted pass to the Nebraska one. Going into the final quarter, the score was 7-7. But then the Huskers' Joe Orduna set up a TD with a 41-yard run from scrimmage. The finishing touch was sophomore Johnny Rodgers" 46-yard punt return. "Nebraska did what they do best," said Missouri Coach Dan Devine. "When they got the ball they stuck it to us." Devine was not much cheered by the news out of South Bend: Notre Dame, which Missouri plays next, walloped Army 51-10, the most points ever scored on a West Point team. The big achievers for the Irish were Quarterback Joe Theismann (19 of 29 passes for 277 yards, three TDs) and his favorite receiver, Tom Gatewood (eight catches for 136 yards, one TD).
In the Probation Bowl in Manhattan, Kansas beat Kansas State 21-15. Earlier in the week the Big Eight had punished both schools. Kansas State was put on probation for three years (in which it may play no bowl games) because of recruiting violations: Kansas received a two-year probation in all sports for similar transgressions. Kansas won mainly because K-State and Quarterback Lynn Dickey failed to capitalize on four scoring opportunities late in the game. The Wildcats were stopped twice by interceptions, once by a fumble and once by a penalty that nullified a touchdown. In another Big Eight game Cliff Branch scored twice on long punt returns and Colorado recovered from its upset loss to K-State by routing Iowa State 61-10.
In the Big Ten, Ohio State and Michigan moved toward their end-of-season showdown with easy wins. The Buckeyes went to East Lansing and beat Michigan State 29-0—the same score by which Notre Dame had beaten the Spartans the previous week. "They're obviously even," said State Coach Duffy Daugherty. "I suppose I'd have to vote one of them No. 1 and the other 1-A." The comparisons with Notre Dame may have stimulated Buckeye Coach Woody Hayes to try some overkill. Late in the game the Buckeye quarterbacks, Rex Kern and Ron Maciejowski, were passing on first down in an effort to put more points on the scoreboard. Kern was hindered by a stiff shoulder, but Maciejowski came oft' the bench to engineer three TD drives in the last half. The Buckeyes' fullback, John Brockington, had one of his finest days, with 126 yards and two TDs.
In Lafayette, Ind. the score also was 29-0 as Michigan defeated Purdue. The Wolverines' hero was Quarterback Don Moorhead, who had not fully recovered from a case of flu. Against the Boilermakers he was superb, driving his team to 23 points in the last quarter despite a strong pass rush by Purdue Tackles Ron Maree (6'6", 275 pounds) and Alex Davis (6'5", 270). "They're giants," said Moorhead. "One time Maree came at me and he looked 18 feet tall. Somehow I passed right between his arms."