Penn State used fourth-string Tight End Dave Stutts at tailback against Iowa and, though he gained only 15 yards in 12 carries, he did score two touchdowns. In winning 27-0 the Lions kept the Hawkeyes from crossing the 50 until the final minute.
Oklahoma scored six times in the first quarter against Utah State, so at halftime Coach Barry Switzer watched Texas, next week's opponent, on television. The final score was 72-3. Iowa State trounced Brigham Young 34-7 as Mike Strachan surpassed the school's career rushing record with a 119-yard effort. Kansas State went to 3-0 with a 38-7 victory over Pacific. The Wildcats have not opened this strong since 1939. Kansas swamped Florida State 40-9.
After Ohio State beat Southern Methodist 28-9, it was Woody Hayes himself who pointed out, "We didn't work, on this team like we might some others." The Buckeye fullbacks carried only four times for five yards, but Tailback Archie Griffin gained his normal 159 and Wingback Brian Baschnagel got loose for 140 on only seven tries. Griffin and Baschnagel also scored twice. Woody explained that the big reason he did not run his fullbacks more "weighed 275 pounds and was really special. I don't know his name or his number." Name's Louie Kelcher, coach; number's 72. Plays tackle for SMU.
Illinois nipped Washington State 21-19, Minnesota edged Texas Christian 9-7 and Michigan bludgeoned Navy 52-0. The Wolverines treated their second-largest crowd ever, 104,232, to 26 first downs and 459 yards of total offense. Gordon Bell ran for three TDs and Chuck Heater two. "We got inundated," said Navy's George Welsh. Illinois trailed 10-0 at the half, took the lead for a while, but had to pull the game out in the final minute. After a holding penalty erased one scoring toss, Jeff Hollenbach found Jeff Chrystal with another, from 22 yards out with 34 seconds remaining. Minnesota survived when TCU missed a 40-yard field goal with 12 seconds left.
1. Ohio State (3-0)
2. Michigan (3-0)
3. Oklahoma (2-0)