Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer was happy just to win 12-10 at Iowa State. So what if the Sooners went without a touchdown until Spencer Tillman scored from seven yards out with 3:34 left. So plenty. Folks back in Norman were mighty worried that their Sooners produced only 277 yards of offense against a team that is now 2-5.
There was consternation, too, in Lincoln, even after Nebraska scored three times in the final quarter to overcome a 7-3 deficit and win 24-7 at Colorado. Travis Turner had a hand in all three Husker touchdowns, running for two of them and passing for the other.
The strongest attacks in the Big Eight were generated by Missouri, which clobbered Kansas State 61-21, and by Oklahoma State, which beat Kansas 47-10. Said Cowboy offensive tackle Paul Blair, "People have been saying, 'This is the typical OSU flat offense. All they can do is waste time.' I think we proved they are wrong." Proof was supplied by two runners coming back after injuries. Charles Crawford, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last month, ran for two touchdowns. Ken Zachary (shoulder) turned on the speed he displayed in winning the 100 meters (10.36) at the Kansas Relays last April by streaking 87 yards for a score.
Ohio State led Michigan State 16-0 in the third quarter, but with the help of a 75-yard Dave Yarema-to- Mark Ingram pass-run touchdown and a 93-yard kick-off return by Larry Jackson, the Spartans trailed only 23-20 when they got the ball at the Buckeye 39 with 2:56 to go. State suddenly played so conservatively, however, that it got off only six plays before Ralf Mojsiejenko missed a 43-yard field-goal try with three seconds remaining.
Iowa's 26-0 defeat of Michigan was the first shutout loss since 1977 for the Wolverines, who hadn't failed to score against the Hawkeyes since 1929. The Hawkeye D gave up only 187 yards while extending to 12 its string of periods in which it hasn't yielded a touchdown.
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