A record crowd of 39,500 fans filled Missouri's Memorial Stadium to watch Oklahoma get its lumps, saw nothing of the kind as the Sooners clinched an Orange Bowl berth by thudding past Missouri 39-14.
Iowa, looking as virulent us ever, gave Minnesota a staggering exhibition of passing and running, slaughtered the Golden Gophers 44-20. Hawkeye End Jim Gibbons caught nine of Quarterback Randy Duncan's passes, set a school record of 164 yards gained by a pass receiver. The Big Ten title match now seems set for Saturday when Iowa travels to Columbus, Ohio...
Where Ohio state stayed in the act by running up a 20-0 first-half lead over Purdue and repeatedly slammed the door in the face of deep Boilermaker drives to win 20-7. With Halfback Don Clark out with an early-game injury, Ohio State's excellent ground game was gravely crippled. State gained only 12 yards in the second half (see page 43).
The Mid-America Conference title went to Miami of Ohio as the Redskins ran Marshall ragged, 25-13. Miami now has won its fifth championship since the league started in 1947.
It was John Crow again, running wit h shocking power and plucking off a timely pass interception, this time as Texas A&M dusted off Southern Methodist 19-6. Crow and the Aggies could sew up a Southwest Conference crown and a trip to the Cotton Bowl with a victory over Rice this Saturday.
Baylor surged back for a last-period touchdown, throwing a damper over Texas' bowl hopes by holding the Longhorns to a 7-7 tie. The brilliant work of Texas passer Walt Fondren was marred by his losing two fumbles at the Baylor goal line (see page 42).
Arizona State spotted Texas Western a touchdown, then ticked off 43 straight points to crush the Miners 43-7, and clinch at least a first-place tie in the Border Conference.
THE FAR WEST
Like each of the other two Coast teams which drew a good whiff, Oregon swooned at the sweet smell of roses, dropped one to Washington 13-6. The Huskies outplayed the supposedly fine Oregon line, busting up the Webfoots' important running game and intercepting a pass in the second period. That interception set up a touchdown and the deciding extra point. Oregon, however, need win only one of its remaining games with Southern California and Oregon State.