"I was beaten 69-19 while I coached at Louisville and I threw in the towel. Today I couldn't even find a towel to throw in." So said Lee Corso of Indiana after the Hoosiers' 69-17 loss to Nebraska. The 69 points were the most ever scored against an Indiana squad since the school took up the sport of football in 1885. Nebraska ran for 415 yards and passed for 198. Leading the way was I. M. Hipp, who scored four times from inside the 10 while piling up 123 yards.
The Hoosiers were not alone in being manhandled by Big Eight teams. Northwestern was swamped 55-7 at Colorado, Drake lost 35-7 at Iowa State and Air Force was shot down 34-21 by Kansas State. James May-berry set a Colorado record by scoring four touchdowns in a single period. In all, May-berry gained 124 of the Buffaloes' 581 yards.
Iowa State's Dexter Green did not let a sore knee curb his hopes for the Heisman Trophy, carrying 22 times for 102 yards, catching two passes for 12 yards and one TD and passing three times for 28 yards. With Quarterback Terry Rubley throwing for three more TDs, the Cyclones notched their fourth game in a row, their best start in 40 years.
Kansas State snapped an 11-game losing streak when it downed Air Force in Manhattan. Dan Manucci passed for touchdowns of 56 and 63 yards and scored on two one-yard plunges and a 32-yard sprint.
For the fourth straight game Oklahoma scored the first time it had the ball, Billy Sims zipping 42 yards to start off a 45-23 defeat of Missouri. Sims added TD runs of 50 yards and one yard as Oklahoma built a 28-0 lead in the Big Eight matchup. When the final gun sounded, Sims had gained 166 yards and David Overstreet 153. Uwe Von Schamann of the Sooners broke the NCAA mark for consecutive PAT kicks by extending his string to 93.
Kansas, which the week before had shocked UCLA, was, in turn, jolted by Miami 38-6.
Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler, that peerless faultfinder, had difficulty detecting any errors in a 52-0 trouncing of Duke. After saying there "were lots of flaws," Bo backtracked when asked to pinpoint them and said he would have to check the game films.
Woody Hayes of Ohio State had a harder time winning—his Buckeyes held off Baylor 34-28—but was more ecstatic than Bo. "One of the most interesting games I ever saw," Hayes said. Making it interesting was the passing of Steve Smith of the Bears, who hit on half of his 34 aerials for 249 yards and three touchdowns. State's Art Schlichter connected on only three of nine throws and had two intercepted. But one of his passes was good for 51 yards and a touchdown, and Schlichter added a 24-yard scoring run. The Buckeyes gained 373 yards on the ground in this, the 200th OSU win for Hayes. Only one coach has won more often at one school, Amos Alonzo Stagg, who had 243 victories at Chicago. Asked when he would come up with a more balanced offense, Hayes snapped, "There's no such thing in college football. Maybe you can stay in the writing profession talking about balance, but in college ball that's plain unadulterated bovine droppings."
Another Big Ten winner was Wisconsin, which needed a dramatic comeback to remain undefeated. With 2:14 left to play, the Badgers trailed Oregon 19-7. Then Mike Kalasmiki, who passed for 232 yards, tossed a 12-yard scoring strike to Tim Stracka. The Badgers recovered an onside kick, and five plays later Kevin Cohee scored from four yards out for the 22-19 win.