When Woody Hayes got his chance he said to hell with first downs and sent in his kicker, Fred Schram. Ron Maciejowski—in for Rex Kern, who had completed only one of six passes for three yards—had brought Ohio State to the Purdue 13 with just a little more than two minutes to play. In came Schram, up went the kick and President Nixon reached for a telephone. First he called to congratulate Hayes. Then he called DeMoss. "I know how you feel," Nixon said. "I've had a couple of tough losses myself."
Meanwhile Michigan was warming to the task of facing Ohio State this week by plowing Iowa under 55-0, and if Bo Schembechler was not a man considerate of his fellow coaches that easily could have been doubled. Michigan scored five of the first six times it had the ball as Quarterback Don Moorhead increased his career total offense to 3,528 yards, breaking the Wolverine record set by All-America Bob Chappuis in 1942-47. Schembechler's defensive assassins held Iowa to just 88 yards on the ground and 34 through the air. Afterward someone made the mistake of trying to compare Schembechler with Woody Hayes, his ex-coach and ex-boss. "Don't do that," said Bo. "That makes him look bad. I'm not that good and I'll never be."
No matter who wins this week's Big Ten championship game, it now appears that Ohio State will certainly make the Rose Bowl trip. Northwestern, with one loss, has only the barest of outside chances. Should Ohio State lose, putting it into a tie for second with Northwestern, the Big Ten athletic directors would vote Saturday night on the most representative team, which, obviously, is Ohio State. Northwestern's only chance is that should the athletic directors somehow manage to deadlock in the voting, however, the tie would be broken by eliminating the team that made the most recent Pasadena trip. Michigan is eliminated under the Big Ten's absurd rule because it was in the Rose Bowl last year.
In Lawrence, Kan. Oklahoma watched Gregory Peck mow down the Indians in a movie called The Stalking Moon, then went out and mowed down Kansas 28-24 to keep alive hopes of tying Nebraska for the Big Eight championship. Oklahoma intercepted two passes in the dying minutes, saving the victory and prompting Kansas Coach Pepper Rodgers to moan: "I'm really depressed. Three things can happen when you pass, but only one happened to us."
1. TEXAS (8-0)
2. ARKANSAS (8-1)
3. TEXAS TECH (8-2)
Not wishing to be embarrassed, Darrell Royal kept his starters in for most of the game as poll-minded Texas bombed hapless Texas Christian 58-0. It was the Longhorns' 28th consecutive victory, and it should have made a lot of voters forget The Great Baylor Scare of the week before. With today's emphasis on position in the polls it is not enough just to win, and the Longhorns can play the numbers game as well as any. Not that they necessarily like to. "I hated to see that score climb just as much as TCU," said Royal. "Good golly, somebody asked me if I didn't leave the first team in longer than usual. I had them in there when we led 30-0 in the third quarter. But TCU would have the wind in the fourth quarter, and nowadays 30 points can go like zap. It's awfully embarrassing when you take your first team out and then have to put it back in."
When Texas recovered a fumbled punt return and went in for a quick score and a 37-0 lead Royal finally pulled his starters. Then the reserves scored three times more.
"Big scores are a bad deal, I know," said Halfback Jim Bertelsen, who scored three times against TCU. "But that's the way they vote a national champion, on how many points you score against people. Guys will tell you we're just out there to win, but you've got to be a realist."
When Texas beat Baylor by only seven points and found itself slipping in the polls, the fans were less than happy. It was just TCU's bad luck to be the next opponent. "We were all upset over the reaction of the people," said Linebacker Bill Zapalac.