1. OHIO STATE (3-0)
2. NEBRASKA (4-0)
3. MICHIGAN (4-0)
Utilizing everything from a "swinging gate" play to a tailback-pass to a slippery turf, Colorado slithered past Iowa State 23-16. The swinging gate maneuver began with the Buffaloes casually strolling to one side of the field while the quarterback stooped over the ball and appeared to tie his shoelaces. It was a decoy and Quarterback Clyde Crutchmer was to toss the ball to a back, who was to follow the massive blocking. Everyone acted out his role, but when Crutchmer looked for the ball he saw an official holding a towel over it to protect it from the rain. "Sir, would you put the ball down," Crutchmer pleaded. By then the Cyclones had caught on and, worse yet, they caught the runner for a five-yard loss.
The tailback-pass play came later, with Billy Waddy taking a pitchout from Dave Williams and then getting off an inelegant heave. A Cyclone was all set to pluck it off and possibly go for a TD, but he fell and there to catch the ball was none other than Quarterback Williams, who sped 63 more yards for a touchdown. Colorado's two other scores came when would-be defenders slipped. Such mishaps negated a fine performance by Cyclone Tailback Mike Strachan, who carried 40 times for 198 yards and caught four passes.
At Norman, Oklahoma had a whopping edge in halftime statistics, yet trailed Miami 20-7. But the Sooners did not alter their tactics. "We knew we just had to stick to our knitting," said Coach Barry Switzer. It was more hitting than knitting that brought Switzer's team a 24-20 win. Texas Tech scooped up four Oklahoma State bobbles, stole a pass and stunned the Cowboys, who had looked impressive in earlier outings, by a score of 20-7.
When former basketball coach Forddy Anderson was at Michigan State his young son Frosty was called The Pest by Cal Stoll, then an assistant football coach for the Spartans. Last week. Frosty was just one of many pests who nettled Stoll, now the coach at Minnesota, as Nebraska administered a 48-7 thrashing. Frosty caught three touchdown passes from Dave Humm while Rich Sanger set an NCAA record by kicking six PATs, running his career total to 133.
Woody Hayes, who has taken out his fury on more than a few game officials, actually stopped his Ohio State players from upbraiding one of them. But then, it was a pleasant day all around for Hayes and the Buckeyes, who defeated Washington State 27-3. For one thing, they came up with a capable replacement for the injured Champ Henson as Bruce Elia took over at fullback, did some hefty blocking and scored twice. Archie Griffin ripped off 128 yards and two TDs and Quarterback Cornelius Greene ran for 88 yards and passed for 62 in just 16 minutes.
Michigan also put down a West Coast team, squelching Oregon 24-0, but it was a lackluster effort. Wisconsin sophomore Bill Marek gained almost as many yards as some teams, racing for 226 yards and three touchdowns as the Badgers beat Wyoming 37-28. Ken Starch added another 184 yards, averaging 14.2 a carry. Split End Archie Gray of the Cowboys grabbed six passes from Steve Cockreham for 198 yards, scoring on plays of 76, 45 and 21 yards. Perhaps the secret to the Badgers' win and their school-record 630 yards gained was in their new high-carbohydrate diet, one that includes lots of lasagna, spaghetti and pancakes. In other words, Starch. Dietary changes may also be helping Arizona players, who are fed hot chocolate and cookies for bedtime snacks and continental breakfast in their rooms. Whatever it is. the Wildcats are now 4-0 after beating Iowa 23-20.
Notre Dame led Michigan State 14-0 at the half, then had to hang on to come out ahead 14-10. Mike Townsend, who has 13 interceptions in his 13 starts for the Irish, thwarted the final Spartan drive by picking off a pass and returning it 47 yards.
1. PENN STATE (4-0)
2. BOSTON COLLEGE (3-1)
3. DELAWARE (5-0)