Illinois' Ray Elliot, wending his merry way toward retirement, had another chuckle coming after the Illini picked off five Minnesota passes on the way to a 14-6 triumph. Guard Bill Burrell had a day to remember, making 16 tackles, recovering a fumble and intercepting a pass.
Michigan State Quarterback Dean Look cheered Coach Duffy Daugherty's soul with a real stickout TV performance against Notre Dame, setting up one touchdown with a 41-yard dash and passing 52 yards for another as the Spartans whipped the Irish 19-0. Indiana had an easy time of it with Nebraska, shucking off the Cornhuskers 23-7.
Oklahoma, back in the comfortable confines of the Big Eight, needed time to get untracked against Missouri, but finally got the job done 23-0. Kansas, springing Halfback Curt McClinton for three touchdowns, routed Kansas State 33-14. The top three:
1. NORTHWESTERN (4-0)
2. WISCONSIN (3-1)
3. PURDUE (2-1-1)
Washington fans went wild when Quarterback Bob Schloredt, a talented work horse, blasted through the touted USC line to put the Huskies ahead 15-14 in the last quarter. Bui the Trojans responded with an 80-yard drive that left the home team gasping and beaten 22-15. Quarterback Willie Wood led the late charge, going over from the six-yard line.
The Air Force Falcons finally had their claws dulled and were grounded by speedy Oregon 20-3 (see page 80). Duck Quarterback Dave Grosz caught the Falcons cold with a 50-yard scoring pitch to Cleveland Jones, and sub Fullback Harry Needham did the rest.
UCLA had too many Smiths—Ray and Earl, in particular for California and muzzled the Bears 19-12; Washington State gave Stanford's Dick Norman all the passing time he needed but limited his effectiveness by flooding the secondary as the Cougars won 36-19. The top three:
1. USC (4-0)
2. OREGON (5-0)
3. WASHINGTON (4-1)