1. Penn State (6-1)
2. Pittsburgh (5-2)
3. Temple (6-0)
Ohio State overwhelmed Northwestern 55-7, scoring eight of the 10 times it got possession, and one of those touchdowns came on a 93-yard kick-off return by Len Willis. That run occurred in the first quarter, immediately after North-western's lone touchdown, so that the Wildcats had no time to savor their 7-7 tie. Why didn't Ohio State score the other two times? Once, a pass was intercepted. The other time, the clock simply ran out as the Buckeyes were on the Northwestern one-yard line.
Michigan similarly hobnailed Minnesota 49-0. "Now they don't have to write about how everybody almost beats us," Coach Bo Schembechler said. Those narrow wins over Stanford and Wisconsin did not bring out the lamb in Bo. Michigan amassed 620 yards, moved the ball at will and generally made Minnesota's offense look like rejects from Bernie Bierman's 1930s' playbook. The Gophers were limited to 149 yards and seven first downs to Michigan's 33. To compound the insult, Michigan Quarterback Dennis Franklin dared to throw a pass on fourth down. Admittedly, it was his only incompletion of the day, but normally he wouldn't get away with that even in practice.
While Oklahoma was also winning big, Nebraska was winning little, 7-3 over Oklahoma State. "I'm shaking now, I've got the chills," Nebraska Cornerback Ardell Johnson said after making the game-winning fumble recovery at the Cornhusker goal with only 3:22 left. Monsterman Wonderful Monds Jr. hit Oklahoma State's Charlie Weatherbie hard on the Nebraska one-yard line, and Weatherbie dropped the ball. Johnson, who had previously blocked a field-goal attempt, scooped it up.
The bomb and the bobble started Notre Dame toward its best first half in years as the Irish whomped Miami 38-7. Tom Clements hit End Pete Demmerle for a 47-yard touchdown on the game's sixth play. Then, after Miami drove 70 yards only to miss a field goal, a booming 69-yard Notre Dame punt put the Hurricane back deep in its own pond, where Clarence Latimer fumbled. Fullback Wayne Bullock scored on the next play, his 11th touchdown of the season. Notre Dame toyed with Miami after that, passing for an unusual 186 yards (and two scores) in 28 attempts. As for the defense: Miami's leading ground-gainer was Punter Rod Huffman with 37 yards on one surprise run.
In the Big Eight, Missouri beat Colorado 30-24 as Tony Galbreath, a junior college transfer who did not start a game until last week, scored three touchdowns, rushed for 146 yards, and caught four passes for 59 yards. Iowa State surprised Kansas 22-6, to make its conference record 2-1. But this week the Cyclones play Oklahoma.
In the Big Ten, Iowa upset 4-1-1 Illinois, 14-12. To do it, the Hawkeyes' Ed Donovan had to catch an eight-yard screen pass with 17 seconds left in the game after Iowa had been penalized back from the three. Iowa's other touchdown was set up by a fumble recovery on the Illinois 48. Michigan State walked over Purdue 31-7, and Wisconsin got past Indiana 35-25.
Miami of Ohio ground down Toledo 38-22 to gain sole possession of first place in the Mid-American Conference, Sophomore Fullback Rob Carpenter's three touchdowns enabled the Redskins to run their undefeated streak to 19 games.
1. Ohio State (7-0)
2. Oklahoma (6-0)
3. Michigan (7-0)