In addition to the Texas-Oklahoma snoozer, there was a Texas Trilogy of sorts in the Southwest Conference. Understudy Rodney Allison got a chance to step to center stage when Texas Tech Quarterback Tommy Duniven was injured. Critics doubted Allison's throwing ability, and although he made good on just six of 15 tries, he brought down the curtain and Texas A&M with 22- and 56-yard scoring strikes to Sammy Williams. Allison also scored on a one-yard run as Tech won 27-16. Another player who came from the wings was Baylor's Gary Blair, who took over for injured Tailback Cleve Franklin and ran for 125 yards and three touchdowns to beat SMU 27-20. For the Bears, who trailed 20-19 before an 80-yard, game-winning drive on which they converted four fourth-down plays, it was their fourth straight come-from-behind win. Tommy Kramer of Rice, the nation's leading passer, continued on cue, hitting 27 of 46 tosses for 342 yards and two touchdowns. Ten of those passes went to Doug Cunningham for 175 yards, and freshman walk-on Wes Hansen kicked 42- and 34-yard field goals as the Owls knocked off TCU 26-23.
In a nonconference tussle, Houston spurted for 40 points in the second half to drub West Texas State 50-7. Second-stringer Alois Blackwell rushed for 200 yards and third-stringer Dyral Thomas for 82 more as the Cougars accumulated 616 yards.
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"I didn't like three things. We fumbled twice, gave them 10 points and didn't score when we were on the one-yard line. I was very, very distraught with that." Many losing coaches have expressed similar complaints. Those words, though, came from a winner, Michigan's Bo Schembechler, who each week manages to find woeful happenings in the unbeaten Wolverines' performance. Michigan did lose the ball twice on downs to Michigan State less than a yard from paydirt. And Michigan did fumble the ball away three times (Schembechler had overlooked one). Nevertheless the Wolverines destroyed State 42-10. Rob Lytle broke loose for 180 yards, Harlan Huckleby for 126 and Russell Davis for 91; the Wolverines ran for 442 yards in all. The Spartans resorted to an air game, Ed Smith and Marshall Lawson combining for a Michigan State record by passing 46 times. They completed 24 of their attempts for 251 yards.
Woody Hayes of Ohio State was in a jolly mood after a 34-14 win at Iowa, where two years ago he and his team were pelted with apples, some of which Woody threw back into the stands. "The fans were lovely," Hayes said of the welcome the Hawk-eyes gave him last Saturday. "Of course, our jumping off to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter kept them quiet." Buckeye Fullback Pete Johnson set a Big Ten record for career touchdowns, scoring three on short bursts to raise his total to 48.
Another back at his best from in close was Jim Perkins, whom Minnesota Coach Cal Stoll refers to as his Designated Scorer. Perkins, who has not started a game, scored on runs of seven and six yards and on a one-yard plunge as the Gophers whipped Illinois 29-14. Sixteen of Perkins' 26 carries have resulted either in first downs (nine) or in touchdowns (seven).
John Skibinski ran for 133 yards and Rock Supan booted a pair of field goals, the second with 2:13 to play, as Purdue beat Wisconsin 18-16 in another Big Ten game. And Indiana came up with its first shutout since 1969, blanking Northwestern 7-0 with the help of two end-zone interceptions by Harold Waterhouse.
Colorado's Mark Zetterberg, a senior who has sung bit parts at the Metropolitan Opera, put on a virtuoso performance against Nebraska—with his foot. His field goals of 50, 46, 37 and 29 yards kept the Buffaloes in front until late in the third period. With Richard Berns grinding out 127 yards in 22 carries, the Cornhuskers pulled out a 24-12 Big Eight victory.