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Missouri fumble-bummed its way out of the unbeatens in a 17-13 loss to Colorado. Three Tiger turnovers ended two drives, one inside the one and the other at the 24, and set up a Buffalo touchdown from the 13. Colorado covered 76 yards to score the winning touchdown late in the game following the last of the Missouri fumbles. The key plays were a 41-yard scramble by Quarterback Clyde Crutchmer and a four-yard scoring burst off tackle by Jim Kelleher. The TD run succeeded because of special blocking assignments designed to take advantage of Missouri's tendencies shown in previous goal line situations. "We put the play in Friday," said Coach Eddie Crowder. "We figured that nobody had beaten Missouri because they were so tough inside the 10. We dissected their defense inside the 10 and came up with that play."
Oklahoma State and Nebraska tied 17-all after the Cornhuskers passed up a short field goal and tried unsuccessfully for a touchdown on fourth and goal inside the one with 2:23 left. Tony Davis was met on his fourth straight carry down close by Linebacker Jesse Hudson, who forced a fumble. In a similar situation just before halftime, Oklahoma State had faked the field goal and successfully gone for the touchdown. The Cowboys appeared to be ready for a kick when specialist Abby Daigle entered the huddle. Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne responded with the appropriate defensive changes. As State broke for the line of scrimmage, however, Daigle, the 12th man in the huddle, broke for the sidelines. Leonard Thompson went in for the score.
Oklahoma, still unbeaten, ripped into Kansas State 56-14, and after the dust settled Wildcat Defensive End David Brown said a few more days of preparation might have been needed. Probably so; Kansas State gave up 590 yards on defense. Kansas pulled out a 22-20 victory over Iowa State when Del Williams ran 32 yards for a touchdown with 1:46 remaining.
The Big Ten remained much the same with Ohio State, Michigan and Illinois all storming to impressive wins to remain unbeaten in the league. The Buckeyes bombed Northwestern 60-0, the Wolverines blasted Minnesota 34-7 and the Illini crushed Iowa 50-0. Archie Griffin and Cornelius Greene had outstanding days for Ohio State. Griffin gained 105 yards in 17 carries (compared to Northwestern's 105 in 43 carries) and Greene netted 88 in nine tries. Each scored a pair of touchdowns.
Other Big Ten action saw Michigan State upset Purdue 10-7 and Wisconsin turn four turnovers into touchdowns in a 31-7 win over Indiana. The Spartans ended a scoring drought of 15 quarters when Quarterback Charlie Baggett sprinted 69 yards in the second period for the winning points.
Mid-American leaders Miami of Ohio and Kent State remained unbeaten in the conference with respective wins of 16-0 over Toledo and 27-16 against Utah State. Bowling Green edged Marshall 24-21 and Ohio University upset Western Michigan 16-0.