Nebraska beat Colorado 31-15 for the seventh straight time. The Buffs last won at home in 1960. Although Buffalo Quarterback Dave Williams outpassed Dave Humm, 171 yards to 165, Humm set up most of the Cornhusker touchdowns. He hit four of four, including two critical third-down completions, in Nebraska's first-quarter touchdown drive. But, said Colorado Fullback Terry Kunz, " Nebraska is a good ball club. Oklahoma is an awesome ball club."
Oklahoma State Free Safety Darnell Meyers recovered two fumbles in the third quarter to preserve a 24-13 win over Kansas. Meyers' first recovery initiated a 74-yard drive that ended in Skip Taylor's end-run TD, and his second halted a 63-yard Jayhawk march.
Missouri Tailback Tony Galbreath, a late starter in the Tiger lineup, rushed 194 yards and accounted for two touchdowns (and caught three passes) to lead Mizzou to a 52-15 roasting of Kansas State.
Miami of Ohio clinched at least a tie for the Mid-American title by walloping Western Michigan 31-0. The 16th-ranked Redskins now have a 20-game unbeaten streak. Quarterback Sherman Smith led the way with two touchdowns, including a 55-yard romp around right end. Toledo kept its title hopes alive by dissipating Northern Illinois in a field-obscuring fog 44-14.
1. Ohio State (8-0)
2. Oklahoma (7-0)
3. Michigan (8-0)
Defensive Back Jeff Hite, who had been benched for two games, came back with two remarkable steals that gave Penn State a 24-17 victory over Maryland. First, Hite went 79 yards on an interception after anticipating a pass to the man in motion. Then he stepped between two Maryland backs to pick off a lateral on a kickoff return and went 21 yards to a touchdown. It was a wild game all around, especially the second quarter. Maryland Quarterback Bob Avellini opened that period by drilling a 34-yard touchdown pass to Walter White to tie the game 7-7. Then with just over four minutes remaining, Penn State opened up a 25-second burst of scoring when Quarterback Thorn Shuman connected with Dick Barvinchak. On the ensuing kickoff, Hite stole the lateral, after which Avellini retorted by locating White again with a 66-yard scoring pass on the first play from scrimmage.
Navy appeared headed for its second huge upset in another dismal service-academy season by leading stupendously favored Notre Dame 6-0 going into the fourth quarter at Philadelphia. Kickers Steve Dykes and John Stufflebeem had put Navy in that position—Dykes with 48- and 37-yard field goals and Stufflebeem with a 48-yard average on 11 punts, including one of 68 yards. Irish Quarterback. Tom Clements hit only five of 22 passes for a mere 59 yards, but he finally clicked to Pete Demmerle, who made a diving grab in the end zone in the fourth quarter, and Randy Harrison put it away with a 41-yard interception. "It's a win," Ara Parseghian said. "That's all that counts."
Temple whoo-oo? Cincinnati beat the 19th-ranked Owls 22-20 in the last 10 seconds to break a 14-game winning streak, second longest in the country. Dan Shepherd's third field goal of the contest, a 25-yarder, overcame a touchdown march that Temple put together in the last couple of minutes for a 20-19 lead. Owl field general Steve Joachim passed for 245 yards, but Cincinnati snared four interceptions and recovered three fumbles. Cincy Fullback Jay Bonds came through with a pair of touchdown dives.
Pitt won a chance for a very late Thanksgiving dinner by holding off Syracuse 21-13. Rumormongers have it that ABC-TV is considering asking Pitt and Penn State to reschedule their Nov. 23 game to Thanksgiving night if fan interest is high enough. But once-staid Syracuse—now willing to gamble on fourth-down fake punts, pitchout reverses and halfback passes—nearly kept the turkey on schedule.