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1. OHIO STATE (l-O)
The Big Ten writhed in defeat and humiliation after a weekend of upsets. While Michigan State and Illinois were being downgraded in the West, Nebraska shocked Michigan 25-13 and Missouri held Minnesota to a scoreless tie on home grounds.
At Ann Arbor, Fullback Thunder Thornton hammered his way to two touchdowns, and Quarterback Dennis Claridge, leading Nebraska superbly, ran for another, but most credit for the upset belonged to a huge Cornhusker line that allowed Michigan Halfback Dave Raimey only 59 yards rushing. Twice Minnesota ground close enough to Missouri's goal line to smell the lime, but each time the Gophers were stopped on downs, once at the two, again at the one.
When the Big Ten did win, it won big. A crashing line led by End Cloyd Webb and a pretty new "floater T" offense enabled Iowa to best Terry Baker and Oregon State 28-8. The Hawkeyes scored 21 points in the first 19½ minutes, and Matt Szykowny passed for three touchdowns. Ohio State so far outclassed North Carolina that Woody Hayes permitted the Buckeyes to dabble in double handoffs, unbalanced lines and 13 passes while winning 41-7. Chip-on-shoulder Indiana drew its 320th yard in penalties in two games, Halfback Marv Woodson scored two touchdowns and the Hoosiers beat Cincinnati 26-6. Wisconsin Coach Milt Bruhn used all but two players, including some not on the roster, yet the Badgers still set a school record in dismantling New Mexico State 69-13.
Behind 13-7, Oklahoma had a first and goal on the Notre Dame three with five minutes left. Into the line, twice, went 168-pound Halfback Jackie Cowan. Net gain: one yard. Bucking the line himself, 166-pound Quarterback Monte Deere picked up one more. The Sooners' last try, an errant pitchout, was recovered by Irishman Frank Minik on the 13 and Notre Dame won 13-7.
Colorado, coming down, met Kansas State, coming up, and barely maintained its social position, 6-0, as it stopped K-State four times inside the 10.
THE TOP THREE:
1. WASHINGTON (1-0-1)
Maligned and down-rated these past several years, West Coast football was suddenly virile and important. Not even the heavily muscled Big Ten escaped the new touch of affluence. Stanford, falling behind favored Michigan State 7-0 with its usual bumbling start, slowly began to look like a big-time team. The big, strong Stanford middle line crushed State's inside game, and when Coach Duffy Daugherty began sending his speed backs to the outside the Indians merely widened their six-man front and let the linebackers smash down the quick Spartans. On the attack, Quarterback Steve Thurlow spread the State secondary with his passes, Stan Lindskog kicked a 24-yard field goal, sophomore John Paye sprinted 33 yards down the sidelines and Stanford won 16-13. Afterwards, even witty Coach Jack Curtice was curiously unfunny. With true coachly humility, he said, "We outhustled them."