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By pushing across a first-period touchdown and then grimly clinging to its lead for the rest of the game, underdog Iowa upset Minnesota 7-0, and late Saturday afternoon suddenly found itself running ahead in the frantic, tangled Big Ten race for the Rose Bowl (see page 25). If Iowa can somehow get by rugged Ohio State this Saturday, the road will be straight and clear. Purdue, playing without its ace passer, Lennie Dawson, completely Outplayed Michigan State, but lost 12-9 in a ragged battle. Northwestern dumped feeble Wisconsin 17-7 in a fight to climb out of the Big Ten cellar.
Colorado and Missouri battled to a 14-14 tie to leave Colorado with a 4-1-1 Big Seven record and a golden chance for the Orange Bowl, since Oklahoma is ineligible to appear there in consecutive years. Nebraska edged Kansas 26-20, and Kansas State swamped Marquette 41-14.
Houston clinched the Missouri Valley Conference title with a 14-0 win over offense-minded Tulsa. Houston has a 3-0 conference record while Tulsa and Oklahoma A&M are both 1-1-1, with only one game each to play. Oklahoma A&M went outside the conference to lose to LSU 13-0, with LSU's Jimmy Taylor piling up 104 yards on the ground. In other nonconference battles, Wichita fell before Cincinnati 21-0, and Detroit was pounded by Drake 26-13, to give the Missouri Valley an 0-3 mark in outside competition. Other scores:
Ohio State 35, Ind. 14
Texas A&M broke the tie for the Southwest Conference lead by smashing Southern Methodist 33-7, and thus erased any possible doubts about the team's superiority in the land of oil wells and cactus. SMU and Texas Christian, with 2-1 conference records, now share second place behind the Aggies, who have won all four of their SWC games (see page 26).
In other games Baylor scraped past Texas 10-7, Arkansas topped Rice 27-12, and Texas Christian, apparently weaker than anyone thought, toppled before lackluster Texas Tech 21-7. TCU Coach Abe Martin was hanged in effigy on the TCU campus.
Texas Western all but wrapped up the Border Conference championship, pushing Arizona state from the unbeaten list 28-0. The Westerns have a 5-0 conference record. West Texas state's Bob Ratliff carried the ball for a total of 155 yards as the Buffs blasted Hardin-Simmons 20-6. Other scores: