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With its offense churning out 534 yards and its defense limiting Mississippi to 186 and tackling runners 16 times for losses, Missouri waltzed to a 45-14 victory. Phil Bradley of the Tigers completed 14 of 19 passes for two touchdowns and 178 yards. The most dazzling play, however, was a 77-yard up-the-middle scoring jaunt by Missouri's Gerry Ellis.
Despite a school-record 27 tackles by San Jose State Linebacker Frank Manumaleuna, Colorado came out ahead 22-7. Twenty-eight pass completions by Ed Luther tied another Spartan record, as he threw for 261 yards in 50 attempts. One hundred and seventy-six yards in penalties, plus the relentless running of James Mayberry of the Buffaloes, who had 168 yards in 34 carries, led to the Spartans' downfall.
Oklahoma and Iowa State were easy winners. The Sooners routed Rice 66-7 while resting their first units during the second half. Oklahoma scored eight of the first nine times it had the ball and rolled up 607 yards, 560 of them on the ground.
Junior-college transfer Walter Grant came off the Iowa State bench to throw three touchdown passes during a 31-0 rout of Iowa. The Cyclones, who had passed for only 11 yards the week before against San Diego State, gained 178 through the air as Grant hit on seven of 10 throws and Terry Rubley on three of five. With the Hawkeyes keying on Dexter Green, the Cyclone speedster, State receivers found they had ample running room. Green, who played only half the game and ran for 56 yards, snapped his string of five straight outings in which he picked up 100 or more yards.
Arkansas ground out a 19-7 win at Oklahoma State. The Razorbacks, who led 3-0 at halftime, opened the second half with a four-play, 80-yard drive that Ben Cowins capped with a 25-yard scoring run. State promptly trimmed its deficit to 10-7 when Scott Burk combined with freshman Ron Ingram on an 80-yard touchdown pass. Minutes later, the Cowboys had a fourth down and one foot to go on the Arkansas 13-yard line. The Cowboys went for it. They did not make it. A 24-yard field goal by Ish Ordonez and a one-yard plunge by Ron Calcagni finished off the scoring for the Razorbacks in the decisive fourth quarter.
Big Ten teams took three of four decisions against non-conference opponents, with Indiana coming through with the most notable victory, a 14-7 upset of Washington. The Huskies outgained the Hoosiers 402 yards to 238, but Indiana recovered a Washington fumble and picked off three passes, Dave Abrams coming up from his strong safety position to snare two of them. Short touchdown runs—a one-yarder in the second period by Mike Harkrader and a two-yarder by Derrick Burnett in the fourth—put the Hoosiers ahead 14-0. Washington's Joe Steele gained 155 yards in 28 carries, but that was not enough for the Huskies, who have dropped two of their three outings.
Michigan State and Purdue breezed, the Spartans walloping winless Syracuse 49-21 and the Boilermakers blanking Ohio 24-0. Flanker Kirk Gibson of the Spartans ran 16 yards for one touchdown and collaborated with Bert Vaughn on a 36-yard scoring pass. The Boilermakers also had an easy time of it as sophomore Mark Herrmann returned to form by passing for 223 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Steve Dils of Stanford picked apart Illinois and keyed a 35-10 win by completing 24 of 30 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown. Darrin Nelson also had impressive statistics for the Cardinals, latching on to six passes and rushing a total of 20 times for 123 yards.
In a pair of Big Ten games, Ohio State knocked off Minnesota 27-10 and Wisconsin toppled Northwestern 28-7. Buckeye freshman Art Schlichter, who had been intercepted five times by Penn State the week before, completed only three of seven passes, but ran for 56 yards and two touchdowns. The Badgers had little trouble with the Wildcats as Tom Stauss rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns and Ira Matthews carried for 125. Matthews also returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown.
Ball State won its 11th in a row, downing Toledo 20-0 in a Mid-American Conference tussle. Western Michigan's Jerome Persell ran for 226 yards, but Miami of Ohio hung on for a 7-3 MAC victory. Cincinnati was a 28-14 loser to Louisville in a non-conference game.