The good news for the Big Ten was Ohio State's 32-7 defeat of North Carolina, Michigan State's 37-15 romp over North Carolina State, Indiana's 31-7 trouncing of Utah and Minnesota's 10-7 defeat of Oregon.
Pete Johnson scored a school-record five touchdowns for Ohio State, and Archie Griffin's 157 yards in 22 carries rushing made him the Buckeyes' career total offense leader. Three of North Carolina State's seven turnovers enabled Michigan State's Levi Jackson to score three TDs in the first 6:38 of the game. Terry Jones led Indiana with three touchdown passes to Trent Smock and 291 yards overall, while Minnesota's Brian Kocourek brought about Oregon's 11th straight loss by kicking a 37-yard field goal with 32 seconds left.
Missouri beat Wisconsin despite two touchdowns by Billy Marek that made him the Big Ten's alltime TD leader with 38. Notre Dame's win over Northwestern marked the home debut of Coach Dan Devine. Joe Montana showed the way by running and passing for two touchdowns after starting Quarterback Rick Slager was injured. Penn State scored twice in the fourth quarter to pull away from Iowa.
Terry Luck threw three touchdown passes, one during a two-TD burst within 21 seconds of the second quarter, as Nebraska destroyed TCU 56-14. Oklahoma State pummeled North Texas State 61-7 but lost Quarterback Charlie Weatherbie, who suffered a broken collarbone. Light players scored as Colorado annihilated Wichita State 52-0 and Quarterback Nolan Cromwell's 294 yards rushing helped Kansas beat Oregon State 20-0.
1. Ohio State (3-0)
2. Oklahoma (3-0)
3. Nebraska (3-0)
Darrell Royal got his 100th Southwest Conference victory as Texas defeated Texas Tech 42-18. The offensive punch of Fullback Earl Campbell and Quarterback Marty Akins more than compensated for the Longhorns' defensive raggedness, a school-record 169 yards in penalties and three blocked extra points. Campbell scored touchdowns on runs of 20 and 30 yards and maintained his 1975 150-yards-a-game rushing average, while Akins ran and passed for 187 yards and two more TDs.
Texas A&M Linebacker Ed Simonini, who has occasionally criticized his offensive teammates, is changing his tune. Following the Aggies' 43-13 defeat of Illinois, in which the offense amassed 493 yards, Simonini said, "They did a job. They're finally putting it together and we're making a team."
A three-touchdown explosion in the third quarter broke the game open, Bubba Bean dashing 74 yards for one touchdown, David Shipman 59 yards for another and Skip Walker 28 yards for the third. Bean, who also scored from the five, finished with 158 yards in 12 carries.
Getting his chance because two other quarterbacks were injured, former Defensive End Chuck Benefield directed Southern Methodist to a 26-16 upset of Houston. Although the Cougars had 429 offensive yards to the Mustangs' 350, they committed all of the game's five turnovers. Arthur Whittington scored twice for SMU.