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Michigan's chief rival in the Big Ten, Ohio State, had more trouble than it expected from Wisconsin before winning 28-20. The Buckeyes drove for touchdowns on their first four possessions but were shut out in the second half when Wisconsin scored twice and was threatening again as time ran out. Ohio State added a passing offense to its always potent ground game, with Quarterback Greg Hare completing nine of 12 for 120 yards.
Purdue also remained in the fight, with its fourth straight league victory after three nonconference defeats. The Boilermakers edged winless Illinois 20-14. Michigan State lost five fumbles and was tied 6-6 by Iowa when the Hawkeyes' Harry Kokolus kicked his second field goal in the fourth quarter. Northwestern, which had won only once, rose from the cellar to upset Indiana 23-14.
His center was "scared to death," his placement holder was shaking so that he bobbled the ball and the kicker himself was still fretting over his miss of a shorter field-goal attempt 92 seconds earlier. But this time, from 11 yards farther out and with six seconds remaining, Missouri's Greg Hill kicked the 33-yard three-pointer that upset Colorado 20-17. The Tigers' first Big Eight win of the season and fourth in seven games followed last week's stunning 30-26 upset of Notre Dame, when Hill kicked three field goals. Colorado Coach Eddie Crowder had hoped to save ailing Charlie Davis for this week's game against Nebraska, but when the Buffs trailed 10-0 at the half, Davis was ushered in. He helped bring Colorado back but never into the lead. Missouri got a day's work from its best runner, Tommy Ream-on. "If they give me the ball, we can beat Colorado," Reamon had said before the game. Missouri did, 15 times for 87 yards and a touchdown, and Reamon was right.
Oklahoma found the offensive spark that had been missing the last two weeks in a lackluster win over Texas and an upset loss to Colorado. The Whooshbone drubbed Kansas State 52-0 as Greg Pruitt had his best day of the year. Unlimited Talent scored three times and his 122 yards on 19 carries put him second to Steve Owens on the school's alltime rushing list. As in its four previous wins, the Sooner defense did not allow a touchdown.
Iowa State surprised Kansas with a 49-yard scoring pass on its first play and went on to a 34-8 victory. Sophomore Mike Strachan rushed for 164 yards and Quarterback George Amundson had 288 yards total offense. "Amundson deserves the Heisman," said Coach Johnny Majors, who nearly won it himself at Tennessee in 1956. Nebraska took possession of the Big Eight lead with its sixth straight win and fourth consecutive shutout, 34-0 over Oklahoma State. The offense had its most productive day of the season with 566 yards, and Johnny Rodgers scored two more touchdowns.
Notre Dame averaged almost seven yards per rush and stopped Texas Christian's Mike Luttrell cold to win 21-0.