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THE WEEK
Herman Weiskopf
October 08, 1973
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October 08, 1973

The Week

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1. OHIO STATE (2-0)
2. NEBRASKA (3-0)
3. MICHIGAN (3-0)

Twice in the last eight minutes Dave Humm directed Nebraska to touchdowns and ultimately to a nerve-racking 20-16 win over stubborn Wisconsin. With the Badgers clogging up the Huskers' running game and out-gaining them 175-148 on the ground, Humm was forced to the air. His 25 completions for 297 yards were team records and when he hit Frosty Anderson with a 23-yard touchdown pass in the fourth period Nebraska had a 14-10 lead. That advantage lasted just as long as it took Selvie Washington to bring back the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a 16-14 Badger lead. Then, with five minutes left, the Huskers got the ball on their own 17 and seven plays later Tony Davis rammed through the middle for 14 yards and the touchdown that finished off the Badgers.

Baylor, too, concentrated on its defense against the run, realizing Colorado had only seven pass completions in 31 tries during its first two games. But the Buffaloes came out throwing and riddled the Bears 52-28, as Quarterbacks Clyde Crutchmer and Dave Williams both tossed two TD passes.

Oklahoma State led Southern Illinois only 14-7 at the half, then exploded for five third-period touchdowns and a 70-7 victory. Kansas also started slowly. But with Delvin Williams scoring three times and the defense tightening up, the Jayhawks trounced Minnesota 34-19. Spreading themselves almost from coast to coast, Big Eight teams had a fruitful 6-1-1 week.

There was little joy in the Big Ten though, not with three wins in 10 contests. Even Ohio State's 37-3 crunching of TCU was not all that enjoyable, for Champ Henson, who led the nation with 20 touchdowns a year ago, was injured. He underwent surgery for torn knee ligaments and was lost for the season. The rain poured down at Ohio Stadium, but the wettest-ever crowd there at least got to see Archie Griffin scamper for 119 yards in 14 tries. Quarterback Cornelius Greene ran for 113 yards in 15 carries.

Michigan was even more depressed after a 14-0 win against Navy. "I hope that's a humbling victory, if there is such a thing," said Coach Bo Schembechler of the Wolverines, who had been favored by as much as five touchdowns. Navy got 20 first downs, held Michigan to 15 and was kept from scoring largely because of its own errors.

Indiana picked up the only other win for the Big Ten, putting down Kentucky 17-3. But other invaders won, Pitt halting Northwestern 21-14, West Virginia stopping Illinois 17-10 on a 55-yard pass from Ade Dillon to Danny Buggs and UCLA shredding Michigan State 34-21.

In a Mid-American Conference tussle, Paul Miles scored four times as Bowling Green bopped Western Michigan 31-20. And Toledo's Gene Swick ran for 85 yards and completed 20 of 24 passes for 267 yards in a 35-8 funfest against Ohio U.

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