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Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler, a "10" when it comes to frankness, sounded off after thrashing Northwestern 38-0. "It's lousy," he snarled, when asked if the Big Ten race wasn't, indeed, a dandy. Lawrence Ricks of the Wolverines ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns, one on a 60-yard dash, and Butch Woolfolk became Michigan's alltime rushing leader with a 106-yard performance that raised his total to 3,368 yards.
Bob Atha's school-record five field goals helped Ohio State defeat Indiana 29-10. So did 186 yards rushing by Tailback Jimmy Gayle. The Hoosiers haven't beaten the Buckeyes since 1951.
Nebraska clung to its Big Eight lead by edging Missouri 6-0 on Phil Bates's three-yard scoring plunge with 23 seconds remaining. A pair of passes from Turner Gill to Todd Brown kept the Cornhuskers' decisive drive alive. Two plays after hitting Brown with a 24-yard strike on third-and-10, Gill fired a 21-yarder to him at the Missouri four.
Iowa State also had to struggle before beating injury-and error-prone Colorado 17-10 in near-freezing weather in Ames. Dwayne Crutchfield powered his way for 168 yards and two Cyclone touchdowns while carrying the ball a team-record 47 times. Two fumbles in the final 5:20 dashed the Buffaloes' hopes for an upset.
Fullback Stanley Wilson ran for 124 yards and Quarterback Darrell Shepard for 105 as Oklahoma raced to a 35-0 halftime advantage over Oregon State. Wilson, Shepard and almost all of the other Sooner first-stringers sat out the final two periods of what turned out to be a 42-3 romp over the Beavers.
In another non-conference matchup, Oklahoma State knocked off Louisville 19-11. A 28-yard field goal by Bruce Kallmeyer with 1:33 to go was the difference as Kansas defeated Kansas State 17-14.
"We told the team that this was going to be like a heavyweight championship fight and it might go into the 12th or 13th round before being decided," said Southern Cal Coach John Robinson after coming out on top 14-7 at Notre Dame. "And that's just about how it happened."
The Irish outgained the Trojans 312 yards to 264. Notre Dame Tailback Phil Carter carried 32 times for 161 yards, while USC's Marcus Allen picked up a season-low 147 yards on 33 tries. Both scored, Allen on a 14-yard gallop in the third quarter for the game's first points, Carter on a five-yard run in the third to tie the score at 7-7. In light of Robinson's pregame allusion to fisticuffs, it was appropriate that Trojan Fullback Todd Spencer, whose father, Thad, is a former heavyweight boxer, scored the knockout blow, a 26-yard touchdown run with 4:52 remaining to be played. Spencer wound up gaining 74 yards on only seven carries.
Notre Dame had a chance to tie or win after Spencer's TD, but Quarterback Blair Kiel fumbled the ball away at the Southern Cal 25-yard line with 11 seconds left. The Trojans, who have won 16 consecutive road games over the last four seasons, now have taken four straight from the Irish.