1. TEXAS (0-0)
2. ARKANSAS (0-1)
3. RICE (1-0)
A 46-yard touchdown pass play from Houston Quarterback D. C. Nobles to Split End Marshall Johnson appeared to give the Cougars a one-point margin over Arizona State with less than four minutes to go in a nationally televised game in the Astrodome. But because of an unnecessary block made when Johnson was already in the clear, the TD was X-ed out, and Arizona State went on to win 33-28. "This was like a bowl game to us," said ASU Coach Frank Kush. "It's hard to attract attention way out in Arizona." His Woody Green was the biggest ham before the ABC cameras, gaining 195 yards.
Texas, Arkansas and Rice had the Saturday off while Texas Tech was unveiling a promising tailback in Lubbock. George Smith, a transfer from East Los Angeles JC, entered the game against Utah after a scoreless first quarter and started gobbling up huge chunks of yardage, most of it on end runs. He sparked the Red Raiders to a 17-0 halftime lead and an easy 45-2 victory. Tech had 615 yards total offense, with speedster Smith averaging close to 14 yards a carry.
1. OHIO STATE (1-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (1-0)
3. COLORADO (2-0)
Bowling Green was about to meet its first-ever Big Ten opponent when a spokesman for the Ohio school went on television and warned, "It's the 10th anniversary of Miami of Ohio's victory over Purdue. Maybe we can make history repeat itself." The Falcons did just that, polishing the image of the Mid-American conference by edging the Boilermakers 17-14. The winning fourth-quarter field goal was kicked by a freshman walk-on, Don Taylor, who had joined the team earlier in the week. It was BG's biggest triumph since, well, since one of its athletes, Dave Wottle, won the 800 meters at Munich two weeks before. Purdue had posted a 9-1 record against MAC teams prior to Saturday, but Bowling Green Coach Don Nehlen did not like the sound of the word "upset" because, "our kids came into this game believing they could win." Nobody else had.
Purdue got strong running from Otis Armstrong, but its new Wishbone attack was spoiled by butterfingers and hard Falcon tackling that caused six fumbles, five of which Bowling Green fell on.
Woody Hayes' 22nd Ohio State team looked much like all the others in a solid, dull 21-0 manhandling of Iowa before 77,098 fans in Columbus. The battering-ram fullbacks this year are 6'4", 224-pound Harold (Champ) Henson, a mere sophomore, and a quick-hitting junior, Randy Keith. Dull stuff to some, maybe, but not to Woody. He enjoyed himself thoroughly. "About the only thing I have learned is that you better not forget to run your fullback," he said. "When you go hunting and pecking with others, you don't get much done." Iowa couldn't get much done, mainly because it kept running into 258-pound Defensive Tackle George Hasenohrl. Raved Iowa Quarterback Kyle Skogman, "I never saw such a quick man for his size."
Nebraska Quarterback Dave Humm forgot about his shaky losing performance the previous week against UCLA and led the Cornhuskers to an easy 37-7 win over Texas A&M before the home folks in Lincoln. A&M, using a Wishbone similar to UCLA's, moved to the Nebraska five in the second period, but the defense held. Then Humm led his men 95 yards to a touchdown. "That drive gave the offense confidence," he said. "We let the defense know that if they got the ball for us, we could move it."