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Also surprising—and alive in the Big Ten race—is Iowa, which has gone without a winning season since 1961. The Hawkeyes raised their season record to 3-1 by drubbing Northwestern 64-0. Glenn Buggs returned the opening kickoff 77 yards to the Northwestern 18; three plays later Eddie Phillips scored on a 12-yard run and the rout was on. By midway through the third period, Iowa Coach Hayden Fry had used all of his bench. For Northwestern, the loss was its 24th in a row.
Michigan fumbled away the ball on its first possession against Indiana, but during the rest of the first half the Wolverines scored each time they got the ball en route to a 38-17 victory. In all, Michigan made good on 14 of 16 third-down plays, including the first 11, and ran 84 plays to Indiana's 54. Poor Indiana. After being stung by USC's Marcus Allen and Syracuse's Joe Morris in its two previous games, the Hoosiers had to contend with another outstanding back, Butch Woolfolk, who finished with 176 yards on 26 carries. "I hope this game is an example of what the rest of the season will be like," said Woolfolk.
Notre Dame and Nebraska, both with disappointing 1-2 season records, played lights-out defense to get back on a winning track. After Notre Dame defeated Michigan State 20-7, Coach Jerry Faust quipped, "I had a ticket ready for China."
With Phil Carter out of the game in the first quarter because of an ankle sprain, Faust called on sophomore Tailback Greg Bell, and Bell rang up 165 yards and two touchdowns in 20 carries. Even more impressive, the Irish held Michigan State to 21 yards rushing—the lone Spartan score coming on a 63-yard bomb from Bryan Clark to Daryl Turner. Nebraska gave up only 55 yards on the ground while beating Auburn 17-3. Led by defensive ends Jimmy Williams and Tony Felici, the Cornhuskers also forced 10 Auburn fumbles, recovering five of them. Between them, Williams and Felici had 18 unassisted tackles, four quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery. "I'm just pleased we won," sighed Coach Tom Osborne.
Oklahoma, which had five turnovers in its loss to USC two weeks ago, had seven against Iowa State—but the Sooners escaped with a 7-7 tie. The workhorse for Iowa State was Dwayne Crutchfield, who ran for 171 yards and the Cyclone touchdown in 43 carries. The rest of the Iowa State backfield had 13 carries. With 1:08 to play, Iowa State's Alex Giffords attempted a 23-yard field goal, but the kick was wide to the right. "We didn't even deserve the tie," seethed Sooner Coach Barry Switzer.
Drake beat Long Beach State 18-7, its fifth win without a loss and best start in 24 seasons. And Kansas, which must do without star Running Back Kerwin Bell (torn ligaments in his left knee) for the rest of the season, nevertheless got its fourth victory, 17-16 over Arkansas State. The Jayhawks already have as many wins as they had all of last season. Tulsa, a loser of four previous games by a total of 12 points, beat Kansas State 35-21.
Before facing Navy, Yale Coach Carmen Cozza said, "This game is more important than just another non-league game. It's Navy against the whole Ivy League and we really want to do well." His reasoning was that Yale might save some face for all the Ivies that had collectively embarrassed the league a week earlier by losing seven of eight games against non-conference opponents. Yale, a perennial Ivy power, hadn't defeated a non-Ivy foe of national prominence since it beat Army, 14-12, in 1955. Cozza's Bulldogs did well, indeed, upsetting Navy 23-19.
With Rich Diana, the nation's fourth-leading rusher, held to just 69 yards in 23 carries, Yale went to the air. Quarterback John Rogan completing 16 of 30 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-clincher, a 24-yard strike to Curtis Grieve with 3:19 to go. "Years from now," Rogan said, "this may be remembered as one of the alltime great Yale victories."
Elsewhere, however, the Ivy League lost all three games with non-conference foes. Harvard led Army 13-10 in the third quarter and had the Cadets pinned at their 21, third-and-14. But Army Quarterback Bryan Allem connected with Al Wynder on a 73-yard pass play. Three plays later Allem scored, giving the Cadets the lead, and they cruised to a 27-13 win. Cornell opened a 10-7 lead against Rutgers, but the Scarlet Knights scored two straight touchdowns—a one-yard plunge by Ted Bethune and a 17-yard pass play from Ralph Leek to Andrew Baker—en route to a 31-17 victory. Hopes never got a chance to soar in Hanover as Holy Cross's bruising running game overwhelmed Dartmouth 28-0. In intraleague play, Princeton upset Brown 20-17 behind the passing of Bob Holly, who threw for 319 yards and three touchdowns, and Columbia beat Penn 20-9, ending a 10-game losing streak.