Woody Hayes was ecstatic, too, as well he should have been after Ohio State had worked over supposedly rugged Minnesota 56-7. A majority of the 95 Buckeyes saw action as the team gained 457 yards. With Tackle John Hicks clearing the way Harold (Champ) Henson, who led the country with 20 touchdowns a year ago, scored three times. Archie Griffin augmented his 129 yards rushing with a 93-yard kickoff return for a TD. "They're no longer three yards and a cloud of dust," lamented Minnesota Coach Cal Stoll. "Now they're 12 yards and a mass of humanity."
All week Lee Corso urged Indiana rooters to arrive early for his Big Ten coaching debut against Illinois. Thirty minutes before game time most of the 51,433 spectators were seated. About the only ones not at the stadium by then were Corso and his team. It seems that while he and his Hoosiers were on their way there aboard three buses, one of them a red double-decker the alumni bought in London, Corso had everyone unload and limber up on a practice field. No harm done, except that when everyone got back aboard the buses the traffic was so badly snarled that the team did not arrive at the stadium until a couple of minutes before kickoff time. But after wending their way through swarms of musicians there for Band Day the Hoosiers went right out and took a 7-0 lead. From there on, though, they looked a little carsick, giving up four fumbles, four interceptions and losing 28-14.
Stan Key workhorsed his way for 107 yards in 31 carries and Mitch Anderson, who throws while leaning on his back foot, got off a 10-yard touchdown pass as Northwestern contributed to the further decline of Michigan State 14-10. A missed extra point by Wisconsin let Purdue win 14-13, but Olympic track man Larry Burton was also instrumental in the result, latching on to passes of 47 and 22 yards during an 89-yard drive that set up the winning touchdown.
"We've got a team good enough to beat anybody in the country," said Tommy Reamon, a running back for Missouri. Then he went out and scored twice in 3:43 on a four-yard ramble and on a 70-yard scamper as the Tigers throttled Mississippi 17-0. Reamon contributed 106 yards in 13 rushes and Leroy Moss carried the ball 86 yards in 25 attempts as he made effective use of trap plays.
Kansas and Washington State waged combat for almost three hours before the Jay-hawks wrapped up a 29-8 victory. One thing that slowed the game down was the total of 281 yards in penalties. Cornerbacks Kurt Knoff, Eddie Lewis and James Bowman, with the aid of Safety Rocky Bron, came up fast to cut off State sweeps, and the Cougars were also contained by End Dean Zook, who jarred them with 13 tackles, recovered a fumble and three times dumped Cougar runners for losses.
Oklahoma State went on its biggest scoring rampage in 27 years, downing Texas- Arlington 56-7. Another Oklahoma-based team, Tulsa, did some prolific scoring, too, putting it to West Texas State 48-3.
Louisiana Tech, a college division powerhouse that compiled a 12-0 record last season, had its 14-game winning streak ended by Eastern Michigan 21-19.
1. TEXAS (0-0)
2. HOUSTON (1-0)
3. SMU (1-0)
Oklahoma took the field with a new coach ( Barry Switzer) and a new quarterback ( Steve Davis), and when the Sooners went to their locker room at halftime they did so with 285 yards in 30 offensive plays and a 35-0 lead over Baylor. By the time they finished their 42-14 rout Davis had scored twice and run for 110 yards. Joe Washington also had two touchdowns and both he and Waymon Clark totaled up 113 yards rushing.