"We were like a cat against the wall. We came out scratching and fighting." So said Nebraska Tight End Junior Miller after a 42-17 rout of Penn State. What had put the Huskers against the wall were two quick scores that got them behind 14-0: a 14-yard pass from Dayle Tate to Brad Scovill and a 30-yard run with an interception by Tom Wise. That was about it for the Nittany Lions, however. A four-touchdown Nebraska onslaught in the second period was triggered by a pair of Tim Hager-to-Miller pass-run plays, the first good for 11 yards, the second for 70. Moving with surprising ease, the Huskers ran for 298 yards—124 of them by I-Back Jarvis Red-wine—and passed for 232. Hager, a senior starting his first game, riddled Penn State by completing 14 of 22 throws for 215 yards.
In another major intersectional clash, Missouri was blanked 21-0 by Texas as barefoot Kicker John Goodson tied a Longhorn mark with four field goals ranging from 23 to 50 yards. A. J. (Jam) Jones, who had the game's only touchdown, ran for 142 yards, 49 more than the entire Tiger backfield.
Big Ten squads lost three of five out-of-conference tussles in the Midwest. In addition to Indiana's loss to Colorado, Illinois suffered a 13-12 setback to Navy, and Michigan State absorbed its first defeat, 27-3, at Notre Dame. The Middies' third straight victory was ensured when they picked off an Illini pass on a two-point conversion try with 3:51 to go. Spartan Linebacker Dan Bass took part in 24 tackles against the Irish and Ray Stachowicz averaged 46.8 yards on nine punts, but that wasn't enough. Notre Dame tacklers knocked State's top two quarterbacks out of commission and limited the Spartans to nine yards in passing. Meanwhile, Vagas Ferguson of the Irish had 24- and 48-yard scoring gallops among his 169 yards rushing.
Iowa State Nose Guard Chris Boskey aptly called it "a street fight" after a pow-whackzap battle at Iowa. "Last year [when the Cyclones won 31-0] we hit them in the mouth and they gave up. This year we hit them in the mouth and they hit back." The Hawkeyes hit back often enough to win 30-14.
Also taking a few lumps was Purdue's Mark Herrmann, who was sacked three times and lost a fumble to Oregon. Even though he had a mediocre day—he hit on 10 of 17 passes for 106 yards—Herrmann, a junior, became the Boilermakers' alltime leader in completions with 385. Taking up the slack were Tailback Wally Jones, who rushed for 156 yards, and Fullback John Macon, who ran for 105 yards. Score: Purdue 13, Oregon 7.
Michigan played an away game, but 61,143 fans showed up at Michigan Stadium anyway. They were there to see a Pennsylvania Conference tussle between Shippensburg State and Slippery Rock State. The contest was booked to bring in additional revenue and to treat fans to a look at Slippery Rock, whose name they, like others all over the country, have become enamored of. So last week Ann Arbor saw The Rock perform. It was the Red Raiders, though, who put on the show, freshman Fullback Steve Moskowitz rumbling 75 and 63 yards for touchdowns the first two times he got the ball. When it was all over. The Rock had been stoned 45-14.
Indiana State preserved a 28-27 win at Akron by deflecting a try for a two-point pass conversion with 2:17 left. That made the Sycamores 5-0, their best start ever.
1. NEBRASKA (3-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (3-0)
3. PURDUE (3-1)