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A short week after Iowa's crowning victory over Ohio State, the Hawkeyes were upset 33-0 by Illinois. In the Illini's first three games, pass-oriented Coach Mike White had attempted to balance his attack between the air and the ground by keeping two backs in the backfield, with mixed results. Against Iowa, White reverted to his all-pass, one-back offense, and Illinois scored 27 points in the first half. During the afternoon, Illini Quarterback Jack Trudeau completed 23 of 32 passes for 286 yards. The Illinois defense, meanwhile, used a variety of blitzes, and seven different defenders sacked Chuck Long.
Eighty-two Ohio State players took part in the Buckeyes' 69-18 mauling of Minnesota. Twelve Gophers were seriously injured, and at least two of them are out for the season. "It could be an infirmary in there," said Minnesota Coach Joe Salem of the scene in his post-game locker room. "The only ones left healthy are the managers."
In the visitors' dressing room at Michigan, Indiana Coach Sam Wyche's biggest complaint wasn't the 43-18 losing score. His main gripe was about the locker room itself. "It is a crying shame that a place with all the class of Michigan would have facilities like this," he said. "It's ridiculous in there. The offense gets two nails to hang their stuff on, the defense gets one and the coaches don't have anything. We hang ours on the backs of rusty chairs." Wyche was also disturbed at the officiating. "I've heard that Bo [Schembechler] intimidates officials," he said. "And maybe it's true. Once [when the Wolverines had the ball] I watched that clock tick off 28 seconds [three more than is allowed] without the ball being snapped. The ref was looking at his watch, too, but you knew he wasn't going to call the penalty. That guy over there [Schembechler] wasn't going to let him call it."
Although Marcus Dupree hadn't fully recovered from a bruised nerve beneath his left knee, he played in Oklahoma's 29-10 win at Kansas State. Dupree fumbled twice, but he also ran for 151 yards and three touchdowns—one of them the result of an exhausting 48-yard excursion. "The knee was hurting all during the game," said Dupree. "I had to play. I wanted to play. But on that long run, I didn't think I was going to make it."
With six seconds to go against Michigan State, Purdue led 29-26. Spartan Kicker Ralf Mojsiejenko prepared for a 59-yard attempt, and the Boilermakers, naturally, called a timeout. "I was glad they took it," said Mojsiejenko. "I like all the time I can get. I like to line up the kick and take a few practice swings. I was probably the only guy in the stadium who thought I could make it, and I did [for a final score of 29-29]. I could have hit a 60-or 70-yarder today."
The Rice Owls have felt like cannon fodder before, but never quite so much as last Saturday in Austin. Down 21-0 to Texas, they emerged from the locker room after the half in time for the tail end of the University of Texas' centennial extravaganza. On the field were the 320-member Longhorn band and the 550-member alumni band—both shrouded in thick smoke from a climactic fireworks display that was still in progress. As rockets burst over the south end zone, a stationary fireworks display on the scoreboard spelled out HAPPY BIRTHDAY—UT—100TH and formed the outline of a Longhorn head. Picking apart shell-shocked Rice provided a nice pastime for Texas Quarterback Rob Moerschell, who apparently sewed up the starting job against Oklahoma this week with his savvy performance in the 42-6 victory.
Three weeks ago Texas A&M Coach Jackie Sherrill took a time-out with seven seconds to play in the Aggies' 38-0 trouncing of Arkansas State to allow his kicker, Alan Smith, to try an NCAA record-tying sixth field goal in one game. It was good from 57 yards. Last week Smith never got a chance from any distance, and the Aggies lost to Texas Tech 3-0. The winning points came from Ricky Gann, who made a 51-yarder before the half to give Tech its first 2-0 start in Southwest Conference competition since 1976. The Aggies, meanwhile, slipped to 1-3.
Arkansas rebounded from its Sept. 24 upset at Mississippi with a 38-21 defeat of TCU, while SMU shut out Texas-Arlington 34-0 as Reggie Dupard, a sophomore, and Jeff Atkins, a freshman, ran for 168 and 140 yards, respectively. The Mustangs are now 4-0, but they're not dancing in the streets because the victims have been Louisville, Grambling and TCU, in addition to the Mavericks.