Clark Kemble, a Colorado State walkon, set an NCAA record with a 63-yard field goal. He also made good on kicks of 54 and 47 yards for all his team's scoring in a 31-9 loss to Arizona. Another kicking mark was set by Chuck Diedrick, who booted 12 PATs as Washington State squashed Idaho 84-27. The Cougars racked up their biggest score since 1907 when they stomped Blair Business College 86-0.
1. Arizona State (10-0)
2. UCLA (7-2-1)
3. California (7-3)
It was Pork Day at Illinois. The singer of the national anthem messed up the lyrics and sausage salesman-entertainer Jimmy Dean was booed at halftime. Dean tried to cheer Illini fans—their team trailed Michigan 14-0—by saying, "I always like to see a good football game. I can't wait to get back to my hotel to see one on TV. That's a joke, folks." The Fighting Illini did not think so. They scored 15 points in the fourth quarter but still lost 21-15. Michigan, which faces Ohio State this week at home, kept its offense pretty much under wraps. What the Wolverines could not hide, however, was six fumbles, four of which they lost. The winner of the Buckeye-Wolverine game will earn the Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl trip. The loser, Big Ten Commissioner Wayne Duke announced, will go to the Orange Bowl.
After playing Ohio State, Minnesota's Tony Dungy said he had chatted with Archie Griffin before the game and with Cornelius Greene after. "I had a nice time before and a nice time after, but during the game it wasn't so nice," Dungy said in summation. Dungy, the Big Ten's top passer, had three passes intercepted, did not complete one until the third period and the Gophers wound up a 38-6 loser. Ohio State's 44th consecutive sellout crowd saw Griffin run for 124 yards and Greene account for four touchdowns, two on passes he threw and two on runs he made.
Michigan State scored six second-half TDs in a 47-14 rout of Northwestern. Purdue nipped Iowa 19-18 when Scott Dierking scored his third touchdown with five seconds to go.
Oklahoma and Colorado, which are used to cooling opponents, had to sweat to come out ahead in Big Eight skirmishes. Trailing Oklahoma 20-0 at the half, Missouri ran through the Sooners to take a 27-20 lead in the fourth quarter. Curtis Brown, a substitute tailback, gained 153 yards for the Tigers and Split End Henry Marshall caught six of Steve Pisarkiewicz' passes for 199 yards. But Joe Washington bolted 71 yards for a touchdown with 4:20 left and put the Sooners in front for keeps 28-27 when he barely made it into the end zone for the two-point conversion.
The Lawrence, Kans. city council was not as euphoric as the rest of the community about the Jayhawks' upset of Oklahoma the week before. It had asked three taverns near the campus, where fans the week before had created havoc with their celebrating, to close on the afternoon of the Colorado game. No dice. No matter. Colorado took the partying out of Kansas 24-21 and signed up to play in the Astro Bluebonnet Bowl. Colorado's Dave Williams hit on 12 of 15 passes for 189 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown throw that put the Buffaloes ahead to stay. The Jayhawks' offensive star was Nolan Cromwell, who rushed for 130 yards to become the third quarterback in NCAA history to go over the 1,000-yard mark in one year.
Nebraska had it easy, crushing Iowa State 52-0. With the Huskers leading 31-0, Quarterback Vince Farragamo sat out the second half. He earned the rest, having completed seven of nine passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Nebraska played near-perfect ball, gaining 567 yards, not committing a turnover and registering its third league shutout. All of which means that a trip to the Orange Bowl will go to the winner of this week's Nebraska-at-Oklahoma confrontation.
Oklahoma State won 56-3 over Kansas State, which has not scored a touchdown in 22 quarters.