It has been a rough season for Missouri Coach Al Onofrio, whose team had dropped five of its first six. Fans now shout "Impeach Onofrio" and "A.O. must go." A HELP WANTED—COACH ad appeared in a local paper. So the Tigers' 28-13 homecoming win over Kansas State was particularly sweet. Quarterback Pete Woods, who had missed four games because of injuries, completed 15 of 20 passes for 205 yards.
Wichita State stayed in contention in the Missouri Valley race by smothering Drake 47-17 as Jim Andrus passed for 301 yards and three touchdowns. Tulsa lost 28-0 to Cincinnati, which got three touchdowns from Fullback Gus Tucker.
Remaining atop the Mid-American Conference was Miami of Ohio, which beat Bowling Green 33-13 as Quarterback Larry Fortner ran for two touchdowns and passed for another pair. Second-place Kent State defeated Eastern Michigan 29-13. Quarterback Jeff Hepinstall raced 37 and 24 yards for fourth-quarter scores as Toledo overcame 192 yards in penalties to down Ohio U. 31-29. Tailback Jerome Persell gained 234 yards to lead Western Michigan past outsider Marshall 53-29.
1. OKLAHOMA (6-1)
2. OHIO STATE (6-1)
3. MICHIGAN (6-1)
Haste may make waste for others, but for Penn State it was a vital factor in a 49-28 win over West Virginia. The first three times the Nittany Lions got the ball they scored—first when Tackle Matt Millen scooped up a blocked punt and carried the ball three yards into the end zone, then on a 41-yard pass from Chuck Fusina to Mickey Shuler and lastly on Steve Geise's seven-yard run. At that point, Penn State had been in possession of the ball for 29 seconds and led 21-0.
For the second week in a row, Syracuse came close to scoring a major upset. This time the Orangemen, who the week before had given Penn State a scare, led Pitt 21-14 going into the final quarter. But Quarterback Matt Cavanaugh rallied the Panthers. Cavanaugh, who connected on 17 of 26 passes for 332 yards, combined with Fred Jacobs on a 58-yard play to tie the score. Then, after a Syracuse field-goal try had been blocked, Cavanaugh passed 45 yards to Gordon Jones and moments later went over from the one as Pitt won 28-21. Syracuse had given Pitt fits by forcing nine fumbles and by gaining 366 yards.
Tailback Joe Gattuso ran for two touchdowns and passed for another as Navy drubbed William & Mary 42-17. Two touchdowns within 11 seconds in the second quarter helped Army defeat Lafayette 42-6. A 66-yard pass from Ken Smith to Mike Godbolt highlighted Boston College's 17-0 conquest of Villanova. Lehigh, which has played teams from seven states, shocked Division I VMI 30-20 as Mike Rieker hit on 14 of 24 passes for 229 yards.
Massachusetts (4-0) took the lead in the Yankee Conference with a 10-0 victory over Connecticut. New Hampshire (3-0) remained unbeaten, stopping outsider Northeastern 28-13.
Tailback Bobby Isom carried a school-record 44 times for 209 yards as Princeton zapped Harvard 20-7. Tying the Crimson for the Ivy League lead were Dartmouth, a 17-13 victor over Cornell, and Yale, which scored 15 points in the final 15 minutes to nose out Penn 27-21. John Pagliaro of the Elis scored twice and set a Yale record as he brought his career touchdown total to 29. There were lots of big numbers at the Colgate-Columbia game: 220 yards passing by Bob Relph of the Red Raiders, who hit on 14 of 19 attempts: 204 yards rushing in just 11 carries by Raider Halfback Henry White, who scored three touchdowns: 667 yards in total offense by Colgate, which outscored the Lions 48-36. Colgate is one of two major-college teams still undefeated and untied, the other being Texas. Holy Cross also kept its streak intact, losing to Brown by a score of 44-13 to lower its record to 0-6.