Oddly, Donahue had proved himself a successful gambler a little while earlier. Then, with Ohio State leading 7-3, UCLA faced a fourth and one at its own 26. It was late in the third quarter. For this one Donahue ordered a fake punt, and sophomore Fullback Theotis Brown, who finished with 102 yards, made it pay with a 25-yard gallop to the Buckeye 49. Spurred by the successful ploy the Bruins drove to the one-foot line, and senior Quarterback Jeff Dankworth dove in to score. Trailing 10-7, Ohio State bulled to the UCLA eight, stalled and settled for a Skladany field goal. And a tie. Then later there was the brave soul who asked Hayes if a tie really was like kissing your sister? "It's been so long since I kissed my sister I wouldn't know," responded the 64-year-old coach.
A somewhat subdued Michigan, widely criticized for racing up the score against Navy the week before (70-14), held it down against Wake Forest, winning only 31-0. Rob Lytle scored two touchdowns, gained 110 yards and moved past Tom Harmon to fifth place on the Wolverines' alltime rushing list.
It was not one of those classic Notre Dame-Michigan State meetings. This is hardly a vintage Irish team, but its defense is strong, and against the weak Spartans it had a 17-0 advantage after 21� minutes. Then Notre Dame tried to make it a contest by fumbling. Little chance. Its offense inept, Michigan State tried six field goals, made two. Notre Dame won 24-6.
Staving off a fourth-quarter Western Michigan rally to win 31-28, Bowling Green established itself as a top contender for the Mid-American Conference championship. It took a 31-yard field goal by Robin Yocum to overcome an amazing one-man offensive show by Western Michigan's Jerome Per-sell. Totaling 186 yards for the day, the 5'9" Persell scored on runs of five, six, five and 26 yards. In another Mid-American skirmish, powerful Ohio University sacked win-less Toledo University 34-8 behind the running of Tailback Arnold Welcher. For the day Welcher carried 19 times for 143 yards and one touchdown.
Trailing 9-7 with only 12:08 to play, Nebraska found strength in back-to-back 15-yard penalties to kick a go-ahead field goal and went on to overcome a hard-nosed Miami ( Fla.) team. After the field goal, a 32-yarder by Al Eveland, Nebraska drove 67 yards for the clinching touchdown in the closing minutes, winning 17-9.
Third-ranked Oklahoma sent Horace Ivory 62 yards to score off a draw play and then saw Jerry Anderson return an interception for another touchdown, both in the last four minutes, to defeat fired-up Iowa State 24-10. Rolling up more than 500 yards, Missouri dominated North Carolina 24-3 in 94� weather, while Texas A&M, tough on defense but fumbling on offense, had enough to down Illinois 14-7.
Kansas defeated Wisconsin 34-24; Southern Illinois downed Lamar 19-7; North Carolina State rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat Indiana 24-21; freshman Quarterback Jim Krohn threw three touchdown passes as Arizona rolled over winless Northwestern 27-15; and Purdue made a mess of Miami of Ohio's defenses in a 42-20 game. It was, alas, Miami's fifth straight defeat. Northern Michigan defeated Eastern Michigan 28-6.
1. MICHIGAN (4-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (4-0)
3. NEBRASKA (3-0-1)
Even with such and extraordinary weapon as Ricky Bell, USC figured it would have its hands full trying to move, much less score, against Iowa. After all, the Hawkeyes, fresh from a stunning upset of Penn State the week before, were coming in with a defense ranked first in the Big Ten, and, some reported, second only to the Alamo. The situation seemed even more perilous when Vince Evans, the starting USC quarterback, spent the week scrimmaging against the flu.