Temple won its 12th straight by pounding Southern Illinois 59-16. The Owls set a school record for total offense with 622 yards, 460 of them on the ground. Quarterback Steve Joachim, who entered the game as the national leader in total offense, was held to 17 yards rushing and 159 passing but he scored three touchdowns on short runs, threw for another and directed his team to six touchdowns in their first 10 possessions.
Navy lost its third straight, to Syracuse 17-9. Penn and Cornell tied 28-all when Cornell Middle Guard Steve Horrigan stopped Penn's Adolph (Beep-Beep) Bellizeare for a loss on a fourth-and-one play at the Cornell four-yard line with less than two minutes to play. Harvard, Yale and Princeton won. The Crimson pounded hapless Columbia 34-6, the Elis shut out Brown 24-0, and the Tigers edged Dartmouth 14-7. Rutgers remained undefeated, dropping Lehigh 37-16.
1. Penn State (4-1)
2. Temple (4-0)
3. Pittsburgh (3-2)
Notre Dame needed a 20-play, 80-yard drive to pull out a 10-3 victory over stubborn but winless Rice. It was not a grand old day for the Irish, who suffered through 85 yards of penalties in the first half. Ara Parseghian had successive 15-yard penalties called against him while trying to discover why one official was calling his offensive linemen for not "having their helmets breaking the plane of an imaginary line running through the bottoms of the numbers on the center's back." In the end it was Quarterback Tom Clements who saved the day. He engineered the winning drive, coming up with five consecutive third-down successes, four of them on passes. Wayne Bullock pounded over from the two for the winning score with just 3:08 left.
Missouri scored three touchdowns in the final seven minutes to upset Nebraska 21-10. The heroes for the Tigers were a sophomore quarterback, Steve Pisarkiewicz, and Tony Galbreath, a nonlettered junior who had been converted from fullback to tailback just four days before the game. Pisarkiewicz passes and Galbreath runs ate up most of the yards in a 71-yard, 12-play drive that got Missouri on the scoreboard with 6:56 to go. A fumble recovery at the Nebraska 25 then led to a six-play scoring drive culminating in a nine-yard Pisarkiewicz-to-Mark Miller touchdown pass. Missouri got one last score following a late interception returned to the Cornhusker five. The Tigers' defense, in fact, played a big role all day. The Nebraska ground attack, which had been averaging 346 yards a game, managed just 101 yards in 54 carries.
Kansas downed Kansas State 20-13 in a thriller that ended when Wildcat Quarterback Steve Grogan was tackled at the Jayhawks' two-yard line on the last play of the game. Kansas had led 12-0, fallen behind 13-12, and did not gain the winning margin until late in the fourth quarter when Laverne Smith, who had 139 yards on 17 carries, raced 51 yards for the score.
While Big Ten powers Ohio State and Michigan did their thing (page 26), Illinois spoiled Purdue's homecoming with a 27-23 win, and Indiana won its first game of the season by crushing Minnesota 34-3.
1. Ohio State (5-0)
2. Michigan (5-0)
3. Oklahoma (4-0)