Michigan State's John Leister passed for 233 yards and two touchdowns, and Morten Andersen kicked four field goals as the Spartans defeated Indiana 26-3. "Somewhere, sometime we're going to spring on somebody," said Northwestern Coach Dennis Green before facing Wisconsin. The Wildcats didn't spring anything on the Badgers, who led 21-0 after 9½ minutes and went on to win 52-0. That was the 28th straight loss for Northwestern, tying the NCAA Division I-A mark held by Virginia and Kansas State.
"I think our goalposts have magnets for the opposing team," Nebraska Defensive Tackle Henry Waechter said after Bruce Kallmeyer of Kansas booted five field goals in Lincoln. That made opposing kickers 11 for 11 at Nebraska. Those field goals left the Jay-hawks trailing only 17-15 in the third period. But from then on the game belonged to the Cornhuskers, I-Back Mike Rozier climaxing a 31-15 victory and his 179-yard day with a 49-yard touchdown run. By allowing nothing more than field goals, Nebraska—for the first time in 71 years—has played five games in a row without giving up a touchdown.
Oklahoma kept up its pursuit of Nebraska in the Big Eight by flooring Colorado 49-0. The Buffaloes crossed midfield only twice during the rain-splattered contest, but the Sooners weren't hampered by the inclement weather, rushing for 348 yards. Quarterback Darrell Shepard, who played less than three quarters, led the Oklahoma assault with 132 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Oklahoma State, second nationally in total defense (216.1 yards a game), gave up 341 yards to Missouri but pulled off a 16-12 upset. Three field goals by Larry Roach and a 40-yard TD run by Defensive End Rodney Harding with a fumble recovery in the third quarter settled the outcome.
Iowa State was also shocked, 10-7, at Kansas State. The Wildcats, who had lost six games in a row, limited Dwayne Crutchfield to 46 yards rushing—98 below his average. Mark Hundley scored the decisive points when he bulled his way two yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
For the state of Iowa it was a Halloween filled with tricks and no treats. Not only did Iowa and Iowa State lose, but Drake was also toppled from the list of unbeaten and untied teams. The Bulldogs were upended at Tulsa 59-6, leaving those two teams tied with Southern Illinois for the Missouri Valley lead.
"I showed up at practice Monday and they said I was a split end," said Notre Dame freshman Joe Howard, a former wingback, after the Irish had trounced Navy 38-0. Howard, who hadn't caught a pass all season, latched on to five for 115 yards and two touchdowns as the Irish beat the Middies for the 18th straight time.
When Pitt built its lead to 29-10 late in the third quarter at Boston College, it looked as if the undefeated Panthers would yawn their way to another win. Instead, the Eagles woke up everyone in Alumni Stadium. Wide Receiver Rob Rikard and freshman Quarterback Doug Flutie came up with the eye-openers by collaborating on a pair of touchdown passes. Rikard, who made acrobatic grabs on both plays, scored first on a 30-yarder in the third period when he caught a ball that had been deflected by a Pit! defender. Then, after the Eagles pounced on a Panther fumble at the Pitt 22, Rikard made a one-handed reception of a 17-yard scoring throw to whittle the deficit to 29-24 with only 1:12 gone in the fourth quarter. That, however, was the way the game ended up.
B.C. narrowly missed scoring again, but Panther Quarterback Dan Marino came through on defense to avert a possible upset. That happened when Cornerback Todd Russell picked off a Marino pass at the Pitt 42 and headed for the end zone. It all came down to Russell against Marino, the last Panther who had a shot at bringing him down. Marino made the tackle at the eight, and on the very next play Pitt recovered a fumbled pitchout.