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Larry Keith
November 29, 1971
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November 29, 1971

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While Jackson was having a bad day, Bobby Moore was having no day at all. He was on the sidelines as Oregon lost its eighth straight to Oregon State, 30-29. The Beavers, meanwhile, had their running star, Dave Schilling, make his first start in a month. Schilling scored three touchdowns and gained 114 yards in 24 tries. He was especially effective in the second half when Oregon State shifted into an unbalanced front and scored 20 points after trailing 14-10. The last touchdown came with 1:40 left, on a six-yard run by Billy Carlquist.

Until San Jose State stunned Stanford two weeks ago, the school was not known as a football giant killer, but with powerful Arizona State coming in, there were visions of another upset. And so a crowd of 23,500 turned out, the largest in the history of Spartan Stadium, but the smallest Arizona State has played before this year. Alas, they saw the visiting Sun Devils roll as expected, 49-6. Quarterback Dan White passed for three touchdowns, and Woody Green gained 173 yards.

New Mexico, whose Wishbone would be the most effective in the country if Oklahoma disappeared, ran all over Wyoming 49-14. The Lobos added to their 386-yards-a-game average with 428, and Fred Henry became the first New Mexico back to gain 1,000 yards in a season.


1. OKLAHOMA (9-0)
2. NEBRASKA (10-0)
3. MICHIGAN (11-0)

"We'd rather have an immoral win than a moral victory," said Ohio State's Woody Hayes after his Buckeyes fell short of Michigan 10-7. The Wolverines, who are Big Ten champions and Rose Bowl bound, managed to win when Billy Taylor capped a 72-yard fourth-quarter drive with a 21-yard touchdown run. Ohio State tried to come back in the final two minutes, but a pass interception ended the threat and so infuriated Hayes that he drew a 15-yard penalty for ranting at the officials. "It was interference but the referee didn't have the guts to call it," said Hayes.

Northwestern took second place behind the Wolverines by defeating Michigan State 28-7. The Wildcats drove for a touchdown on their first possession and controlled the ball for nearly 10 minutes of the first quarter. Minnesota ended its 4-7 season successfully by edging Wisconsin 23-21 as Mel Anderson caught a scoring pass with nine seconds left. "I thought I was going to graduate before I caught a touchdown pass," he said. "That's cutting it pretty thin—down to the last nine seconds in my last game." Speculation is that it was also Coach Murray Warmath's last game.

Illinois blasted Iowa 31-0 for its fifth straight win—this from a team that couldn't score at all early in the season and lost its first six games. Purdue lost its fifth straight, to Indiana 38-31.

Nebraska and Oklahoma, headed for the Orange and Sugar Bowls, respectively, are not the only Big Eight teams going to a bowl; Colorado takes a 9-2 record to the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl after walloping Air Force 53-17. Cliff Branch, who scored twice on a 34-yard end around and a 65-yard punt return and set up another TD with a 50-yard runback, drew all the raves. "I've never seen a football player with that much speed," said Air Force Coach Ben Martin of the 9.2 sprinter.

Iowa State's George Amundson scored four touchdowns in a 54-0 romp over Oklahoma State. The Cyclones, who have won seven games while losing only to the Big Eight's Big Three, will play in the Sun Bowl. Missouri, whose football fortunes have hit bedrock, lost to Kansas 7-2 and finished 1-10. Kansas State went out of the conference against Missouri Valley champion Memphis State and came back with a 28-21 victory. Toledo had no trouble winning its 34th in a row, 41-6 over Kent State.

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