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Houston Coach Bill Yeoman, who's adamantly opposed to playing freshmen, had to use one against Southern Methodist. With Terry Elston suffering from a dislocated left wrist and Brent Chinn from a deep thigh bruise, 5'11", 166-pound Audrey McMillian was forced into action as the Cougar quarterback. After guiding his team to a 13-11 upset, McMillian said jokingly, "I'm up to six feet and 175 pounds." Wide Receiver Lonell Phea felt 10 feet tall after scoring Houston's lone touchdown on a weird third-quarter play. Terald Clark had run for 17 yards when he fumbled at the Mustang 13. Cougar Wide Receiver Eric Herring tried to pounce on the ball around the seven but knocked it to the three-yard line. And Phea, in his attempt to corral the pigskin, inadvertently shoved it into the end zone before picking it up.
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When the two opposing signal callers—Mark Herrmann of Purdue and Dave Wilson of Illinois—spotted one another as they came off the field following the game, they each spoke the same greeting: "Good game." Understatements, both. When Herrmann left the field he had connected on 24 of 35 passes for a Big Ten-record 371 yards, four touchdowns and a 38-14 lead. Five minutes later Wilson surpassed Herrmann's mark; when he was finished, he had passed for 425 yards and his 35 completions and 58 attempts were also conference records. Altogether, the teams passed for 796 yards, yet another Big Ten record. Purdue's victory knocked Illinois out of first place and moved it into a three-way tie at the top with Ohio State and Michigan.
Senior Tailback Cal Murray rumbled for 224 yards and two touchdowns in Ohio State's 27-17 defeat of Indiana. Other than the fact that the Buckeyes allowed Mike Harkrader of the Hoosiers to run for 117 yards, making him the seventh player in Big Ten history to exceed 3,000 yards in career rushing, Ohio State Coach Earle Bruce was pleased by the results of his frequent use of a five-man defensive line rather than the three-man alignment the Buckeyes had been favoring.
Two touchdown runs by Butch Woolfolk and a pair of scoring strikes from John Wangler to Anthony Carter propelled Michigan to a 37-14 triumph at Minnesota. Wisconsin earned its first conference victory by beating Michigan State 17-7. But Northwestern remained winless, losing 25-3 at Iowa.
Before playing at Kansas, Iowa State Coach Donnie Duncan used zoological metaphors to describe his team. "On defense, we always have two or three guys around the ball like a pack of dogs," Duncan said. Duncan also likened hard-running Dwayne Crutchfield to a bull coming out of the chute. As it turned out, the Jayhawks had some pack dogs and a bull of their own, and they rallied Kansas from a 17-7 deficit to a 28-17 Big Eight victory over the previously undefeated Cyclones. Kansas scored after recovering Iowa State fumbles at the Cyclone eight and 32. A pair of freshmen who used to be California high school teammates, Quarterback Frank Seurer and Tailback Kerwin Bell, clicked on a six-yard scoring pass after the first of those fumble recoveries. Following the next recovery, Bell slammed over from two yards out for the points.
With Jeff Quinn and Craig Johnson taking care of the offense and with the defense shutting down Oklahoma State's attack, Nebraska prevailed 48-7. Quinn completed 10 of 14 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 81 yards. Johnson, filling in for injured Jarvis Redwine, topped off his 105 yards rushing with three TDs. Against the Husker defense the Cowboys wound up with minus 13 yards on 39 carries.
Hapless Colorado was a 45-7 loser at Missouri. The Tigers got 106 yards rushing from James Wilder, 139 yards passing from Phil Bradley and three TDs from Terry Hill.
When Oklahoma freshman Buster Rhymes took the opening kickoff at the goal line, broke loose from two Kansas State defenders at mid-field and went all the way for a school-record 100-yard touchdown run, the anticipated rout seemed to be under way. Indeed, the Sooners led 28-0 before the Wildcats pounced on a Sooner fumble, picked off a pass and scored after both to narrow their deficit to 28-14. Next came a five-play, 84-yard drive by Kansas State that was climaxed by a fourth-down 36-yard pass from Darrell Dickey to John Liebe to make it 28-21. But Oklahoma put the game away, 35-21, when Rhymes scored again, this time from one yard out.