Nebraska beat Colorado 22-6, even though Buffalo Quarterback Bob Anderson set a league season record for total offense. Nebraska's Guy Ingles proved the difference, giving the Cornhuskers excellent field position with four punt returns and taking another back for 62 yards and a score.
Ohio State and Michigan meet for the Big Ten championship this week, and both were obviously already looking forward to it last Saturday. The Buckeyes ran up a 26-6 lead on Iowa at the end of three periods, but then Hawkeye Quarterback Mike Cilek triggered a 21-point comeback that had OSU gasping at the finish with a 33-27 win. Meanwhile, Michigan had its troubles early with Wisconsin (a loser in 18 of its last 19 games). Trailing at halftime by 9-7, Wolverine Halfback Ron Johnson had some choice words for his teammates. They got the message and won going away 34-9 as Johnson scored all five touchdowns. Fullback Perry-Williams scored on a five-yard run to give Purdue a 9-0 victory over fumbling Michigan State, and Illinois likewise shut out Northwestern 14-0. Fullback Jim Carter scored three touchdowns to lead Minnesota past Indiana, 20-6, in a game accented by a near free-for-all at the end that featured one intrepid Hoosier who limped onto the field from off the Indiana bench and broke his crutch over the helmet of a Minnesota player. Notre Dame Quarterback Terry Han-ratty sat and watched from a wheelchair in the press box as the Irish smothered Georgia Tech 34-6. Quarterback Cleve Bryant had a hand in five touchdowns as Ohio U. (page 32) remained unbeaten by outscoring Cincinnati 60-48.
1. TEXAS (7-1-1)
2. ARKANSAS (8-1)
3. HOUSTON (5-1-2)
The Southwest Conference race was down to two leaders—Arkansas and Texas—and chances are they will tie for the title. If that happens, Texas will go to the Cotton Bowl because the Longhorns beat Arkansas when they met. With such a lush prize in view, Texas wasn't taking any chances against TCU, and the Longhorns trampled the poor Frogs 47-21. In the process Texas ran up 26 first downs and 490 yards in total offense, 183 of them by Steve Worster.
Texas Tech, which had been in a four-way tie for the SWC lead, was sitting pretty—it thought—with a 28-13 spread over Baylor late in the third quarter. The Raiders, however, had perhaps forgotten that they have never beaten Baylor in Waco. If so, they were promptly reminded and, with Baylor Halfback Gene Rogers slashing the Tech defenses (he scored three times), the Bears made 29 points in 21 minutes and won 42-28. Baylor fans were so happy that they poured onto the field before the game ended and wouldn't leave until the band finished playing That Good Old Baylor Line.
Rice-Texas A&M was a battle of also-rans, but it was important to the Aggies' Edd Hargett, who completed 24 of 41 passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns to tie Sammy Baugh's SWC career record of 38 scoring passes. And the Aggies won 24-14.
Houston and Idaho were caught up in a tidy 7-3 battle, when suddenly the Vandals were vandalized. Houston touchdowns came so fast that the only Idaho players who got any offensive exercise were the members of the kickoff-return team. When the carnage finally ended Houston had piled up 793 yards and gone five over par to win 77-3. Wyoming, the Western AC leader, rolled to a 26-0 lead over Texas-El Paso in the third quarter and then had to hang on for dear life to win 26-19.
1. USC (8-0)
2. OREGON STATE (6-3)
3. CALIFORNIA (6-2-1)