Illinois, which cut up Missouri last week, was cut down by Baylor 34-19. The Bears' Cleveland Franklin put on a one-man show, gaining 85 yards in 22 carries and tying his school's single-game scoring record with four touchdowns. Franklin, who broke Baylor's single-season rushing record last year with 1,112 yards, had missed this year's opener with a leg injury and was not at full strength two weeks ago against Auburn. Illinois held him to seven yards in the first period, but he ran for 60 and two touchdowns in the second quarter as Baylor took a commanding 17-7 halftime lead.
Miami set its defense to stop the deep draws of Colorado Tailback Tony Reed, who had gained 201 yards in the Buffaloes' first two games. The Hurricanes succeeded, but in the process left themselves open for two Jeff Austin bombs, which started Colorado on its way to a 33-3 win. In the first period Austin threw 55 yards to Split End Steve Gaunty. That set up a 47-yard Pete Dadiotis field goal. Dadiotis was hit after the kick by Miami Defensive Back Willie Jenkins and underwent knee surgery on Sunday. "That guy hit him way late," said Austin. "It made us mad and helped fire us up." Early in the second period Austin threw 68 yards to Wingback Emery Moorehead, who gathered the ball in and ran on to score for an 81-yard touchdown play. Meanwhile, the Buffalo defense held Miami's O. J. Anderson to 41 yards rushing. "There's only one O.J. and he plays for the Buffalo Bills," said Colorado Middle Guard Charlie Johnson.
Oklahoma had trouble early on with Florida State, which had been embarrassed by Miami 47-0 the week before. In fact, the Seminoles, playing nearly flawless football, led the Sooners at the end of the first quarter, 6-3. But then Halfback Horace Ivory took pitchouts 37 and 23 yards for second-period touchdowns and the Sooners went on to win 24-9.
Nebraska trailed TCU 3-0 and 10-7 but sparked by Dave Butterfield's 87-yard punt return finally took command and rolled to a 64-10 win. Quarterback Vince Ferragamo tied a Cornhusker record with four touchdown passes.
Jimmy Carter's school, Navy, got clobbered by Gerald Ford's, Michigan, 70-14. The Midshipmen led 14-12 late in the second quarter but the Wolverines rallied for 58 straight points. Michigan's 70 points were the most run up by the Wolverines since they beat Chicago 85-0 in 1939. Angry Middie Coach George Welsh said, " Bo Schembechler can do anything he wants. I wouldn't do it. I hate to see scores like that. You beat a team 21-14: that's enough."
Notre Dame routed Northwestern 48-0, Rick Slager getting an Irish passing record by completing 12 of 14 for 231 yards. His 85.7% completion mark topped the previous Irish standard of 81.3% set in 1949 by Bob Williams.
Miami of Ohio's stunning collapse continued. The Redskins lost their fourth straight, this time to archrival Cincinnati 17-0. It was the first shutout of a Miami team since 1971. Penalties were the Redskins' undoing. They accounted for 33 of the 39 yards in the Bearcats' second scoring drive.
Ricky Bell rushed for 177 yards and one touchdown as USC downed Purdue 31-13. The Trojans got two touchdowns from Mosi Tatupu on runs of one and 27 yards and Vince Evans passed for 168 yards.
Iowa State, which entered the game as the nation's highest-scoring team, easily defeated Kent State 47-7. The Cyclones rolled up 329 yards total offense in the first half while holding the Golden Flashes to two first downs.