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Two Oklahoma State players did not seem to know which end was up when they positioned themselves behind Oklahoma's kickoff team in the third period. Perhaps it was an omen. Earlier in the period, the Cowboys had taken a 28-21 lead after scoring a pair of touchdowns in just 15 seconds, but that only spurred the Sooners into scoring the next 40 points and winning 61-28. State's Terry Miller romped for 120 yards and three touchdowns. But Sooner Quarterback Thomas Lott passed 48 yards for one score and broke three tackles as he ran 80 yards for another to keep Oklahoma atop the Big Eight.
A leg injury to I.M. Hipp gave Rick Berns of Nebraska a chance to regain his I-back job against Missouri. Making the most of the opportunity, Berns rushed for 81 yards, caught a 24-yard pass and scored both Corn-husker touchdowns on a pair of one-yard plunges in a 21-10 victory.
Colorado's first-and second-string quarterbacks were hurt against Iowa State, but Fullback James Mayberry and Tailback Mike Kozlowski were healthy enough to provide a 12-7 win. Mayberry ripped off 111 yards and Kozlowski, who had missed six games because of a punctured lung, ran 42 yards for a TD and unfurled a 55-yard pass. Kansas forged a 21-0 lead, and then hung on for a 29-21 verdict over Kansas State.
Notre Dame players, still smarting from last year's loss to Georgia Tech and comments that they were "fat and slow," squashed the Yellow Jackets 69-14. Irish Quarterback Joe Montana hit on 15 of 25 passes for 273 yards and three TDs. Altogether, the Irish gained 667 yards, Vagas Ferguson rushing for 116 of them in 11 carries during a 10-minute span.
At halftime of their Big Ten games, Ohio State and Michigan each led by only seven points. Then the Buckeyes scored 14 points in 13 seconds and cruised past Illinois 35-0. Even more devastating were the Wolverines, who shredded Northwestern with 28 third-quarter points to win 63-20.
Purdue's Mark Herrmann hit on 10 of 20 passes for 174 yards during a 22-0 blanking of Wisconsin. A 23-yard field goal by David Freud with 16 seconds left gave Indiana a come-from-behind 24-21 win over Iowa. Quarterback Ed Smith teamed up with Flanker Kirk Gibson on scoring passes of 51 and 85 yards as Michigan State, down 10-0, overcame Minnesota 29-10.
For the fourth year in a row, St. John's won the Minnesota IAC title. The defending NCAA Division III champions toppled St. Olaf 21-7 behind Tim Schmitz, who ran for 189 yards. Two other Division III squads remained unbeaten, top-ranked Wittenberg downing Heidelberg 31-6 and Central ( Iowa) stopping Upper Iowa 32-0.
An NAIA record was set by Central (Mo.) Methodist's Tom Stine, who passed for 571 yards as he completed 24 of 34 attempts during a 56-43 defeat of Culver-Stockton.
Macalester lost its 33rd game in a row. The Scots, outscored 532-39 this season, dropped their final game of the year to Hamline 71-6.