It was too late for Ohio State to do anything about Northwestern, which was busy trampling all over Notre Dame 35-6 anyway (see page 29), but the aroused Buckeyes could and did do something about unbeaten Wisconsin. Getting back to what Coach Woody Hayes unblushingly calls "our kind of football," Ohio State whipped the Badgers 14-7. The Buckeyes threw the ball sparingly but well enough to get a first-period touchdown, then sent their three alternating fullbacks, Dave Francis, Bo Butts and Dave Katterhenrich, jolting inside the tackles to set up the winning plunge by Quarterback John Mummey. Meanwhile, a belligerent OSU defense, led by crashing Ends Matt Snell and Bill Spahr and Halfback Paul Warfield, smashed Wisconsin's passing game. Quarterback Ron Vander Kelen completed only seven passes and War-field dogged End Pat Richter so faithfully that he caught only two.
Purdue, Michigan State and Minnesota, like OSU, were still hot on Northwestern's trail in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers floundered some in the first half but recovered to beat Iowa 26-3. Michigan State's George Saimes ripped through Indiana's weak defenses for three touchdowns as the Spartans won 26-8. Michigan revamped its offense, switching Quarterback Bob Timberlake to flanker back, but Minnesota's big linemen threw the Wolverine backs for 49 yards in losses, Duane Blaska passed to John Campbell and Jim Cairns for touchdowns, and Minnesota ran off with the game and the battered Little Brown Jug, 17-0. Illinois, on one of its rare good days, had the misfortune to run into USC and lost 28-16 when the Trojans' Pete Beathard and Hal Bedsole teamed up on a 73-yard pass play and Willie (The Wisp) Brown wriggled and danced 73 yards for a score.
Nebraska and Missouri, neither anxious to display all its tricks before Saturday's Big Eight showdown, won easily. The Cornhuskers ran over Colorado 31-6, while Mizzou beat Iowa State 21-6. But perhaps both ought to begin worrying about Oklahoma. The Sooners, led by Joe Don Looney and Jim Grisham, bashed Kansas State for 488 yards on the ground, swallowed up the Wildcats 47-0. Kansas, too, was still a threat after beating Oklahoma State 36-17.
The Miami (Ohio) firm of Kellerman and Jencks was back in business, this time against Bowling Green. With 1:40 left, Keller-man threw eight yards to Jencks (who had earlier kicked a 52-yard field goal) for a touchdown, then ran for the two points that tied the Falcons 24-24.
THE TOP THREE:
1. ARMY (5-1)
2. PENN STATE (5-1)
3. NAVY (4-2)
It isn't often that a coach can indulge in the luxury of benching one of the nation's top 10 passers. But when Navy couldn't win with Ron Klemick at quarterback, Coach Wayne Hardin went with Roger Staubach, a not-so-callow sophomore (he was a junior college All-America in 1960). In Norfolk's Oyster Bowl, Staubach completed all eight of his passes for 192 yards and a touchdown, ran 22 yards for another and Navy clobbered Pitt 32-9.
Army, meanwhile, was struggling for a second straight week. It wasn't that George Washington was so good; the Cadets ran for 351 yards but were able to win only by 14-0. Syracuse's Ben Schwartzwalder, another man with quarterback problems a few weeks ago, was feeling better about almost everything. Sophomore Walley Mahle had a third straight good game, so did Mike Koski and Jim Nance, other backfield neophytes, and the Orangemen beat Holy Cross 30-20.
Boston College wrapped Houston in a tight defense that never let the Cougars get past midfield and then hit the visitors with Quarterback Jack Concannon's passes to win 14-0. Villanova, striking for two quick scores in the second quarter, held firm the rest of the way to beat Xavier 16-8. Rutgers squeezed past Penn 12-7 on Bill Thompson's 94-yard kickoff return, while Boston U., after five straight losses, downed Massachusetts 20-6. Unbeaten Ohio manhandled Buffalo 41-6.