1. OKLAHOMA (9-1)
2. OHIO STATE (9-1)
3. MICHIGAN (10-1)
That other Big Eight team from Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Cowboys, also turned in an upset last week with a 45-14 defeat of slumping Iowa State. It was the third victory over a bowl-bound conference opponent for the 6-4 Cowboys, who previously had beaten Colorado and Missouri, yet left them one of only three league teams who did not receive a postseason invitation. "We played this for the Liberty Bowl people who invited Iowa State," said Center Bert Jacob-son. "We wanted to prove they picked the wrong team." The Cowboys, who could make their futile point even stronger by defeating Oklahoma this week, equaled the previous Saturday's 45-14 rout of Kansas State. Cyclone errors set up five Oklahoma State touchdowns, but long passes of 64 and 58 yards in only three attempts also figured. Sophomore George Palmer, who gained 155 yards in 31 carries, scored twice.
The sharpshooting of David Jaynes brought Missouri back to earth as Kansas pulled a 28-17 shocker. The Tigers had won five of their last six with three of the wins coming over Notre Dame, Colorado and Iowa State, but against the Jayhawks they fumbled three times and suffered four interceptions. Jaynes, meanwhile, was completing 16 of 36 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns.
The end came easy for Duffy Daugherty, who leaves Michigan State after 19 years, 109 victories, 69 losses and five ties. His last win—and the school's 400th—was 24-14 against Northwestern. "I really haven't had time to reflect on this," said Daugherty. "I suppose the nostalgic feeling hasn't had time to set in, but I'm not sad. I only have a feeling of gratitude toward the team."
The Spartans, who lost only one of their last six games to finish 5-5-1 overall, scored three times in the first quarter, two of the TDs corning on passes 51 seconds apart. Mark Niesen, who started the day as a 10 for 51 thrower, was five for eight for 167 yards and added a third touchdown with a seven-yard run.
Otis Armstrong concluded a fabulous career with his best performance, 276 yards in 32 carries as Purdue bombed Indiana 42-7. With a Hair for the dramatic, he scooted 53 yards for his third touchdown on his final carry. He takes with him the Big Ten career rushing record of 3,315 yards, which surpasses Alan Ameche's mark set in four seasons and places him sixth on the alltime NCAA roll. The list of honors could go on, but even more revealing are Armstrong's thoughts on his Heisman Trophy candidacy. "Aw, I'm nowhere near the best in the country. Not the best by far. I'm happy to settle for the Big Ten honors." Purdue finished at 6-5, the first winning season in Armstrong's three years.
Other Big Ten games saw Minnesota trim Wisconsin 14-6 and Iowa stun Illinois 15-14. Bob Morgan led the Gophers' third straight win by scoring both touchdowns on runs of 12 and one yards and gaining 143 yards in 26 carries. Wisconsin lost four fumbles in Minnesota territory. A 67-yard drive that led to a scoring plunge by Frank Holmes and a two-point conversion by freshman Butch Caldwell with 4:10 left paced Iowa. The other Hawkeye score came on a 92-yard sprint by freshman Royce Mix in the second quarter.
Louisville finished in a tie for Missouri Valley honors by stopping Drake 27-0. It was the second straight shutout for the Cardinal defense, each one coming against a team that had not been blanked in more than 60 games. Cardinal Coach Lee Corso took a look at his team's 9-1 record, and let loose some long held frustration. "If those bleeps don't vote us in the bleeping Top 20, then there's something wrong. We weren't considered by a single bowl, and we can play with anybody on a given Saturday." Given Saturday Nov. 4 the Cardinals were unable to defeat Tulsa, but "that was a freak" says Corso. Howard Stevens, who had already become college football's alltime leading ground gainer, made two touchdowns to top the scoring list as well.