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The fitful Big Ten, where championship hopes are about as secure as a $150 overcoat in an all-night cafeteria, was going through its annual metamorphosis. Wisconsin , beefed up by a magnificent performance by Quarterback Dale Hackbart, put the boot to unbeaten Northwestern (see page 23) to share the lead with the disenchanted Wildcats, while Michigan State , rising to a new plateau under impish Coach Duffy Daugherty, ended Purdue 's dream of spending New Year's Day in California.
Quarterback Dean Look, whose baseball skill may net him a $50,000 bonus next summer, was the lad who did in the frustrated Boilermakers 15-0. Twice in the first half he pitched touchdown passes—once to Gary Ballman for 28 yards and again to Jim Corgiat for 48 yards. Then, when the outcharged Purdue line summoned the strength to stop the Spartans, Art Brandstatter kicked a 23-yard field goal.
Illinois , given a chance to sneak up on the leaders, found its way blocked by Gerald Smith, a near-sighted, undersized (187 pounds) Michigan linebacker who picked off three passes to help the Wolverines upset the Illini 20-15. With Michigan trailing 9-6, Smith's first interception set up the go-ahead touchdown. His other two thwarted Illinois scoring drives.
In lesser struggles, Iowa climbed out of the cellar over prostrate Minnesota . Score: 33-0. Indiana , stopped inches away from the goal line on a disputed fourth-down plunge, settled for a 0-0 tie with Ohio State .
Georgia Tech and Notre Dame traded mistakes but, in the end, the Irish paid the greater price and Tech won 14-10. Sub Quarterback Marvin Tibbetts scored both Tech touchdowns after Junior Fullback Taz Anderson's thrusts up the middle pushed the Irish back on their heels. Missouri grounded Air Force's usually reliable defenses as Quarterback Phil Snow-den passed and ran the Tigers to a 13-0 victory.
Oklahoma , back with the mortals in the Big Eight, took Kansas State 36-0 and regained first place when Colorado 's Gale Weidner flipped three touchdown passes to whip Kansas 27-14. Nebraska , victor over Oklahoma last week, came crashing back to earth and lost to Iowa State 18-6, with Tom Watkins scoring twice on long runs to take over as the nation's leading ground gainer. Oklahoma State , ineligible for the conference title, beat Denver 20-12 for its sixth straight. The top three: