About the biggest decision Ohio State's Earle Bruce had to make was when to yank his starters in the Buckeyes' 63-0 wipeout of Northwestern. There was also little for Indiana's Lee Corso to mull over as his Hoosiers shut out Wisconsin for the second straight year, this time 24-0. And Purdue's Jim Young had fewer decisions to make than ever; he stuck with his move of the week before and let Quarterback Mark Herrmann call his own plays. Herrmann rewarded Young's faith by moving the Boilermakers steadily from both the shotgun and pro-set formations and by hitting on 16 of 23 passes for 191 yards in a 21-7 victory over Minnesota. Illinois took a 20-0 lead at Iowa and hung on for a 20-14 triumph.
Iowa State Tailback Dwayne Crutchfield gave Kansas State the shirts off his back—five of his team's new tear-away jerseys—during a 31-7 Big Eight victory. Tatters were often all that Wildcat tacklers got when they went after Crutchfield, who bulled for 165 yards.
Missouri gained only 66 yards in the first half at Oklahoma State and trailed 7-0 in the third period before busting loose. Phil Bradley hit on nine of 12 second-half passes for 162 yards. Many of those on-target throws, including two that went for touchdowns, came during a 23-point fourth period that made the Tigers 30-7 victors.
Craig Johnson of Nebraska continued to excel against Kansas. In 1978 and 1979 Johnson came off the bench to rush for 192 and 138 yards, respectively, against the Jayhawks. This time, Johnson filled in for Jarvis Redwine, who was out with a rib injury, and ran for 109 yards as the Huskers breezed 54-0.
John Gagliardi of St. John's (Minn.) became the ninth NCAA coach and the 14th overall to get 200 victories. A 42-10 thrashing of Bethel earned him that distinction.
Central Michigan's 23-game winning streak was ended 24-9 by Ohio University.
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What is likely to be best remembered about Syracuse's 31-7 drubbing of Temple is not that Dave Warner of the Orangemen ran 12 yards for one score and passed 66 yards to Chris Jilleba for another. Overshadowing that was Owl Coach Wayne Hardin's removal of his team from the field for 12 minutes in the fourth period. Hardin did that to avoid a clash between his players and Syracuse rooters. Before Hardin intervened, fans had taunted some of the Owls and doused them with beer. Said Hardin, "They smelled like a brewery."
Army salvaged a 24-24 tie with Lehigh when Dave Aucoin kicked a 52-yard field goal, the longest ever by a Cadet, as time ran out. Mike Fahnestock set another Army record: 186 yards on seven catches.