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Also displaying fast feet and a hot hand was Quarterback Mike Mosley of Texas A&M, which blasted Southern Methodist 47-14, the biggest scoring spree the Aggies have had against the Mustangs since 1916. Mosley, a 9.4 sprinter, scored on runs of one and 16 yards and passed for 165 yards.
Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler finds clouds on the sunniest days. "I don't think we had great consistency offensively," Bo said after facing Wisconsin. All his Wolverines did was pile up 590 yards while scoring 54 points. Butch Woolfolk, who gained 190 yards in 19 carries, had touchdown runs of one, 30 and 92 yards, the last a Michigan record. "They moved the ball on us much more than I like to see," Bo said of the Badgers, who did not score a single point.
"I kept praying to the Lord that I would get a chance to show what I could do," said Purdue's Ben McCall, a junior who had gained only 80 yards as a Boilermaker. McCall got the call against Iowa. He showed what he could do by playing at both tailback and fullback, rushing for 96 yards, catching eight passes for 95 yards and scoring twice as Purdue won 20-14. There were plenty of passes, Mark Herrmann of Purdue hitting on 21 of 38 for 236 yards, Phil Suess of the Hawkeyes on 21 of 34 for 248 yards.
Indiana assured itself of its first winning season since 1968 by flooring Minnesota 42-24. The Hoosiers set a team mark for yardage against a Big Ten foe (548) as Tim Clifford passed for 187 yards and Mike Harkrader rushed for 132.
Coach George Welsh was brooding about his Navy squad: "I've been in major-college football 18 years and I've never been around a team hurt as much as this one." Dan Devine of Notre Dame, the Middies' opponent, could empathize, having lost 19 players for the season. Vagas Ferguson, one of the Irish walking wounded, carried 34 times for 155 yards as Notre Dame limped to a 14-0 win.
For the third straight week Oklahoma scored 38 points. And for the third time in a row that was plenty, the Sooners allowing Oklahoma State only seven points. Billy Sims' chances for a second consecutive Heisman Trophy were dimmed even though he scored four times, because he gained only 71 yards.
Kansas outlasted Kansas State 36-28 in another Big Eight contest. Altogether, 929 yards of offense were churned out in the game, with Mike Higgins of the Jayhawks rushing for 165 yards and three touchdowns and Darrell Dickey of the Wildcats hitting on 19 of 29 passes for 306 yards.