Ohio State stayed undefeated and remained tied with Michigan for the Big Ten lead, winning its sixth straight, 47-6, over Indiana. Art Schlichter, the Big Ten's total offense leader, said he "audibled 60% of the time" in directing the Buckeyes to 503 yards of total offense against the 4-2 Hoosiers.
In other Big Ten games, Purdue beat Illinois 28-14, Mark Herrmann overtaking Mike Phipps as the Boilermakers' alltime passing leader, and Northwestern bowed to Iowa 58-6 despite the urging of a homecoming crowd led by the San Diego Chicken.
Kelly Ellis ran for an NCAA-record 382 yards while leading Northern Iowa to a 38-25 victory over Western Illinois. Ellis, a 5'7", 165-pound junior, carried 40 times, breaking the Division II mark set by Dallas Garber of Marietta College in 1959. Ellis, who collected 210 yards in the first half, scored only once—on a 71-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Central Michigan ran its record to 5-0 overall and 5-0 in the Mid-American Conference with a 31-11 win over Northern Illinois. Toledo stayed undefeated in conference play with a 17-0 victory over Western Michigan, and Ohio University hung close to the leaders by beating Miami of Ohio 9-7. In other games involving MAC teams, Ball State beat Illinois State 42-14, Bowling Green topped Kent State 28-17 and Akron beat Eastern Michigan 24-12.
In the Missouri Valley Conference, West Texas State ended Indiana State's seven-game win streak by upending the Sycamores 33-17 to take the conference lead.
1. NEBRASKA (5-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (4-1)
3. MICHIGAN (5-1)
Referring to the 14-0 first-quarter score by which his team trailed Syracuse, Temple Coach Wayne Hardin said, "When we were down, deep down, a lot of people were saying, 'Same old Temple. Can't win the big one.' " The Owls were down, deep down, but they were far from out. They came back to grab a 28-17 lead and then gambled on a fourth-and-one at the Orange six. Brian Broomell cashed in on that play by passing to Wiley Pitts for a touchdown. When it was all over, Broomell had passed for 113 yards as he hit on seven of 11 passes and the Owls had won 49-17.
In the process, Temple held Syracuse's Joe Morris, who had been leading the nation in rushing with a 145.8-yard average, to 98 yards in 18 carries. The Owls also held the Orangemen far below their 36.6-point scoring average, which had been the sixth best in the country. Temple's offense churned out 377 yards on the ground, including 163 by Running Back Mark Bright. "Our offensive line is big and strong, and blows out other people," Bright said. That line blew enough players out for Running Back Sherman Myers to score five touchdowns, one on a 24-yard pass and the others on short runs, as the Owls proved they could win a big one.
In much the same roughshod manner in which the Pirates floored the Reds in the National League championship series, but unlike the way the Steelers played the Bengals, the University of Pittsburgh stomped the University of Cincinnati 35-0. The Panthers, continuing to use their two-quarterback system, rolled up 502 yards in total offense. When starting signal caller Rick Trocano wasn't completing 11 of 17 passes for 147 yards and one touchdown, his backup, freshman Dan Marino, was hitting on 11 of 16 throws for 121 yards and another score. For variety, Pitt let Fullback Randy McMillan lug the ball 18 times and he picked up 119 yards.