Purdue, which led the Big Ten until losing to Michigan in mid-November, sacked Indiana 20-7 before a home crowd of 69,918, largest in Boilermaker history. The unlikely hero in this battle for the Old Oaken Bucket was Fullback Mike Augustyniak, who had carried only 23 times all year (for 147 yards). Last Saturday he was given the ball another 23 times for 135 yards, which was 20 yards more than the entire Indiana team was able to register rushing.
Wisconsin crushed Minnesota 48-10, led by the running of Ira Matthews. In Cincinnati's 34-14 win over Memphis State, Tailback Allen Harvin had his seventh 100-yard-plus game of the season—153 yards this time. His season total of 1,283 yards makes him the third-best freshman rusher in NCAA history. With a 33-31 win over West Texas State, New Mexico State won its first Missouri Valley championship.
1. OKLAHOMA (10-1)
2. MICHIGAN (10-1)
3. NEBRASKA (9-2)
"I'm not sure I could describe exactly what happened out there today," said the stunned Texas coach, Fred Akers. Not that he wanted to. His Longhorns had been intercepted six times and had lost three fumbles in a 38-14 loss to Baylor. Baylor? Right, the same 2-8 Baylor that had lost the week before to Rice. It's been that kind of year in the Southwest Conference.
It even seems fitting that Baylor's success was engineered by Quarterback Mickey Elam—who had never taken a single snap before for the Bears. Unhappy with the team's quarterback play all season, Coach Grant Teaff explained why Elam was unexpectedly tucked in behind the center: "He's a good running back, a strong-legged rascal." Thanks to Elam's efforts, Baylor led 28-0 at half.
In Lubbock, Cotton Bowl-bound—make that virtually Cotton Bowl-bound—Houston also developed kinks in its usually smooth offense. Quarterback Danny Davis had been intercepted three times all year; against Texas Tech he suffered four thefts, which paved the way for Tech's 22-21 triumph. The winning edge came when Red Raider Fullback James Hadnot passed 21 yards to Michael Morris with 3:40 to play. Morris caught the ball on his knees at the one. Quarterback Ron Reeves sneaked over, then Reeves passed to Hadnot for the two-point conversion—a play in which Hadnot performed brilliantly. Said Hadnot of the run, "I just tried to keep my legs going." Yet, if Houston beats Rice this week, the Cougars still will be in Dallas on New Year's Day.
Arkansas had to come from behind to beat SMU 27-14. SMU had scored touchdowns on its first two possessions and converted five third-down situations. But the Hogs soon got organized, and Mustang Quarterback Mike Ford couldn't get any more points out of the country's leading pass offense. Arkansas' Ron Calcagni had been replaced as signal-caller by Kevin Scanlon, but when Scanlon was hurt Calcagni returned and scored the first Razorback TD himself. After that, Calcagni guided the Hogs to 352 yards of their 461 yards total offense.
Texas A&M narrowly escaped the day of upsets, getting past TCU 15-7 in College Station. The Frogs had lost 12 straight conference games. But the Aggies seemed anxious to keep things even by losing five fumbles—three dropped by their star, Curtis Dickey. Thus, with 18 seconds to play and trailing by eight, TCU was on A&M's 19 with visions of ' a tie. But Leandrew Brown got an interception, and Aggie fans took a breath. A&M was saved by two Tony Franklin field goals, a safety and a 55-yard run by Dickey, who despite his fumbleitis rushed for 230 yards.
1. HOUSTON (8-2)
2. ARKANSAS (8-2)
3. TEXAS (7-3)