Keith Brumley, a fifth-year senior at Kansas State, missed four field-goal tries in an early season game, but he made up for that Saturday in Boulder, kicking a 30-yarder with five seconds left to help beat inept Colorado 17-14. Earlier in the loosely played game his 48-yard try hit the crossbar and bounced back. K-State Coach Vince Gibson called the game "a great win for our seniors. They hadn't had much good happen to them during their careers." Colorado Coach Eddie Crowder was the target of snowballs from Buffalo fans who expected better than a 5-6 record. One good thing for the home team: Charlie Davis rushed for 113 yards, upping his career total to 3,172 and putting him in second place behind Oklahoma's Steve Owens on the all-time Big Eight list.
Purdue-Indiana drew 60,434 fewer fans than Michigan-Ohio State, but the fight was nearly as fierce before Purdue won the Old Oaken Bucket 28-23. Indiana finished with a 0-8 record in the Big Ten. "I tried everything I knew to win this football game—mentally and physically," said Hoosier Coach Lee Corso. "We played our best game of the season. We played this game with heart, soul and body and every ounce of energy we had." Well, at least Indiana Safety Quinn Buckner did not get hurt. He reported to Basketball Coach Bobby Knight the next day.
Wichita State, which had won only one Missouri Valley Conference game, scored three touchdowns in the second half to beat favored Tulsa 28-19. The touchdown putting Wichita ahead 14-13 came on a 25-yard pass play from Tom Owen to Jim Fenwick and Tulsa never could catch up. Tulsa and North Texas State thus tied for the league championship with 5-1 records.
Toledo dropped its fifth straight to Xavier 35-31, and things weren't too great for its old coach, Frank Lauterbur, either. Already fired as Iowa coach, he watched his Hawkeyes fall to Michigan State 15-6 and finish with a 0-11 record. Lauterbur's record after three seasons at Iowa: 4-28-1. The disenchantment in Iowa City was obvious. The crowd was announced at 31,119, but newspapermen estimated that because of no-shows the actual count was no higher than 20,000, the smallest since World War II. In one section of Nile Kinnick Stadium a group of fans chanted, "We're No. 10. We're No. 10." Did Lauterbur have any thoughts after such an emotional week? "Yeah," he said. "I keep wondering where I'll be working next year." Northwestern beat error-plagued Illinois 9-6. Kent State battered Central Michigan 28-7, giving the Chippewas a foul taste of what it's going to be like when they join the Mid-American in 1976. Minnesota took third place in the Big Ten by beating lake-country rival Wisconsin 19-17.
1. TEXAS (8-2)
2. HOUSTON (9-1)
3. TEXAS TECH (10-1)
SMU lost consecutive Southwest Conference games to Texas Tech, Texas and Texas A&M when its fine senior quarterback, Keith Bobo, was injured. With Bobo running things, the Mustangs had a 4-1-1 record for the rest of the schedule, and unfortunately for Baylor last Saturday in Waco, Bobo was bristling with good health. He threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to End Kenny Harrison on SMU's second play of the game and later scored himself on runs of nine and 16 yards. He rushed for 92 yards in 15 carries and directed the Wishbone attack that gashed Baylor's defense for 452 yards, 23 first downs and a 38-22 victory. "It was great to have Keith back in top shape," said SMU Coach Dave Smith. "He worked the plays beautifully."
The most spectacular, and sneakiest, play was the TD pass to Harrison, which tricked poor Baylor badly. Smith, who had used the same play last year at Oklahoma State against Iowa State, said, "We didn't huddle, and when the ref moved away from the line and as Baylor broke its defensive huddle, we snapped the ball. By the time they looked around, Harrison was behind everybody."
Bobo or no Bobo, Texas won its sixth consecutive SWC championship, stomping Texas A&M 42-13 in College Station on Thanksgiving Day. Roosevelt Leaks sprained his left knee in the third quarter and did not return, but he already had set a conference season rushing record of 1,415 yards. He should be back by Cotton Bowl time. Quarterback Marty Akins scored three Longhorn touchdowns.
Texas Tech Quarterback Joe Barnes led the Red Raiders to a 24-17 win over Arkansas in Little Rock. It gave Tech a 10-1 record, the best since it was admitted to the league in 1960. "Barnes made the difference," said Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles. "He has an uncanny knack of making people miss him." Barnes ran for 119 yards, passed for 112 and his 20-, 25- and 30-yard runs in passing situations set up two touchdowns and a field goal, bringing Tech back from a 10-0 deficit.