Rice's Tommy Kramer ran for three touchdowns and passed for a fourth as the Owls stopped Southern Methodist 28-17. The victory was the 300th in Rice's football history.
1. Texas A&M (6-0)
2. Texas (5-1)
3. Arkansas (4-2)
Though their campuses are 155 miles apart, Ohio State and Michigan played as if they could hear the distant rumblings from Ann Arbor and Columbus and were trying to outdo each other. When their separate slaughters were finished, the Buckeyes had rolled over Wisconsin 56-0 and the Wolverines had annihilated Northwestern 69-0.
Previously winless Purdue rallied to knock off Illinois 26-24; Michigan State beat Minnesota 38-15; and Jim Jensen's 202 yards rushing powered Iowa to a 20-10 victory over Indiana.
Oklahoma Halfback Joe Washington was ineffective against Kansas State, gaining only 49 yards in 18 carries, his worst performance since he became a starter. The Sooners finally scrapped the wishbone and went to the air to win 25-3 with the aid of Tony DiRienzo's field goals of 50, 34 and 49 yards. Nebraska held off Oklahoma State 28-20 as second-string Quarterback Vince Ferragamo accounted for all four touchdowns.
Colorado scored four second-half touchdowns, two a minute apart, to beat Missouri 31-20. Halfback Laverne Smith and Quarterback Nolan Cromwell combined for 303 yards rushing as Kansas knocked off Iowa State 21-10.
Notre Dame scored twice in the last 5� minutes to defeat Air Force 31-30, the win coming when Al Hunter ran 43 yards to the Falcon's 2 to set up Jerome Heavens' TD. Outstanding for the Falcons were Placekicker Dave Lawson (page 24) and Defensive Back Jim Miller, who intercepted three Irish passes, deflected a fourth, recovered a fumble and made seven tackles.
1. Ohio State (6-0)
2. Oklahoma (6-0)
3. Nebraska (6-0)