Riddled by injuries, fumbles and Mike Cordova's passing, Michigan lost its No. 2 national ranking in a 19-19 tie with Stanford. The Cardinals deadlocked the game on Mike Langford's 33-yard field goal with nine seconds left. Only 1:27 earlier Bob Wood had put Michigan ahead for the third time with his fourth field goal.
Quarterback Cordova destroyed the Wolverines' young zone defense with 24 completions in 44 attempts for 285 yards and two touchdowns. His scoring tosses of 25 yards to Tony Hill in the first quarter and a deflected four-yarder that Center Todd Anderson caught early in the fourth completed drives of 62 and 98 yards.
Michigan's only touchdown came on a 48-yard pass from Rick Leach to Jim Smith at the end of the first half. Despite the loss of two offensive linemen during practice on Wednesday, the Wolverines gained 322 of their 467 yards on the ground. Fumbles by Gordon Bell at the Stanford 29- and seven-yard lines thwarted scoring opportunities, however, and another drive ended on downs at the 22.
Michigan's most dependable weapon was Wood, who now has seven field goals in two games. "When we don't move the football and have to kick a field goal, I'm not satisfied," said Coach Bo Schembechler. "That's the crux of our problem. We move the ball between the 20-yard lines and not inside the 20."
Stanford Coach Jack Christiansen, who drilled his team in Berea, Ohio all week after an opening game loss at Penn State, was happy to have a tie. "When they have you put down [to lose] by 27 points, and you are playing at Michigan's home field, which is worth seven to 10 points, a lie is fine," he said. "I feel like a winner."
In four previous meetings all played in Columbus and three during Woody Hayes' tenure, Ohio State had never beaten Penn State. But when the teams met again last week, the Buckeyes' superior manpower was the difference in a 17-9 victory.
"It was a squeaker," Hayes sighed afterward, but it certainly did not start out that way. Ohio State drove 80 yards in eight plays following the opening kickoff to lead 7-0 and added a field goal on its second possession. Then the Lions got serious on defense and drew to within one point on three field goals by Chris Bahr.
The Buckeyes put the game out of reach with another 80-yard scoring drive, this one in the fourth quarter. Fullback Pete Johnson went the final 11 yards to tally his second TD, but it was passing that made the march successful. On third and 15 at his own 20, Quarterback Cornelius Greene had overthrown Len Willis when Penn State's John Bush committed pass interference. The Buckeyes got a second first down on a third and long when Archie Griffin made a diving catch for a 23-yard gain at the Lion 45.
Griffin the runner finished with 128 yards on 24 carries and the 237-pound Johnson had 112 on 23. " Griffin's catch was one of the big plays of the game," said Joe Paterno, "but we didn't realize Johnson was quite so strong."
Michigan State ended Miami of Ohio's 24-game unbeaten streak with a 14-13 victory. Neither team really seemed interested in winning, the Spartans fumbling on three straight possessions in the second half while the Redskins' Norm Trowbridge was missing four field goals and an extra point. Miami Coach Dick Crum said he did not "give a damn" about the streak ending, but he was bothered by " Miami's worst football game in seven years." Redskin Quarterback Sherman Smith, who ran and passed for 148 yards, agreed. "I didn't think the loss would be a game we gave away, but that's just the way I feel. We gave it to them."