"Ninety-three plays and you get just four touchdowns," grumbled Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler after beating Kansas only 28-7 despite leading in total yardage by a 467-104 margin. "Ridiculous. We're a soft team."
Michigan State, which blew a 17-0 advantage over Miami of Ohio and found itself tied 21-21, had a fourth-and-10 at its own 46 with 1:32 to play. Quarterback Bert Vaughn put matters right for the Spartans with a 26-yard pass to Eugene Byrd on that crucial down and an ensuing six-yarder to Mark Brammer that gave the Spartans a 24-21 triumph. Indiana defeated Kentucky 18-10, making this the finest Hoosier start (3-0) since 1967.
Other Big Ten teams lost to opponents from the East, Syracuse trampling Northwestern 54-21; Midwest, Nebraska holding off Iowa 24-21; and West, UCLA defeating Wisconsin 37-12. The Orangemen left the Wildcats black and blue as Quarterback Bill Hurley ran for 156 yards and two scores and Joe Morris bolted for 116 more and a TD.
More than 9,000 Nebraska fans traveled to Iowa, where the Huskers were three-touchdown favorites and where some Nebraskans were seen wearing red T shirts emblazoned with the slogan: ON THE EIGHTH DAY, GOD CREATED THE BIG RED. The Hawkeyes almost cremated the Big Red. Iowa forced five turnovers, led 21-7 late in the third period and so severely wore down Nebraska Tailbacks I. M. Hipp and Jarvis Redwine that third-stringer Craig Johnson had to be brought in. He gained 39 yards in 15 cracks, went five yards for the tying score and set up a decisive 30-yard field goal by Dean Sukup with 5:32 remaining.
With UCLA's Nos. 1 and 2 tailbacks hurt, Anthony Edgar was summoned. He gained 168 yards on a school-record 39 carries.
The last two times Tulsa and Oklahoma had met, in 1942 and 1943, the Golden Hurricane won 23-0 and 20-6. That fortunes have changed was evidenced by the Sooners' 49-13 wipeout last week. Oklahoma made up for six lost fumbles by getting 122 yards rushing from Quarterback Julius Caesar Watts and 109 yards and two touchdowns from Billy Sims.
Chuck Fairbanks, who left the New England Patriots amid much ado to take the coaching job at Colorado, has left Buffalo fans wondering why they went to all the trouble to get him. Colorado, a 13-9 loser to Drake, is now 0-3 and has been outscored 90-28.
1. NEBRASKA (2-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (2-0)
3. PURDUE (2-1)