A third favorite, Purdue, got by Wisconsin 12-6 on field goals of 30, 48, 19 and 40 yards by Rick Anderson. The Boilermakers were more than satisfied, however, because Quarterback Mark Herrmann, who had missed Purdue's season-opening loss to Notre Dame with a sprained thumb, completed 27 of 43 passes for 347 yards.
Yet another ranked team, No. 17 Missouri, beat New Mexico 47-16 in a game that was much closer than the final score indicates. Having upset BYU the previous week, New Mexico used a 5-3 defense to bottle up Missouri's running game and trailed just 19-10 with a minute left in the third quarter. Then Tiger Quarterback Phil Bradley hit Running Back Terry Hill on a 68-yard scoring play, and then Mizzou scored three more times in only 1:43.
The only heavy favorite to win easily was eighth-ranked Nebraska, a 55-9 victor over Utah. The Cornhuskers gained 672 yards, with I-back Jarvis Redwine getting 179 of them on 17 carries and scoring three times.
Iowa used a razzle-dazzle play to upset Indiana 16-7. With 1:44 left in the first half, 5'10", 156-pound sophomore Jeff Brown took a pitchout, headed into the Indiana line and handed off to Quarterback Phil Suess, who ran to his left. Seeing Wingback Doug Dunham alone in the end zone, Suess pulled up and threw him a 24-yard scoring pass.
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Auburn scored its first touchdown of the 1970s on a pass by Pat Sullivan, and the Tigers got their first TD of the 1980s on a pass by Pat's brother, Joe, a 15-yard completion to Bill Grisham that beat TCU 10-7. The game was a dream come true both for Sullivan, a third-string quarterback given a start when Charles Thomas and Randy Campbell were injured, and Grisham, who had been moved to tight end after a season as an interior lineman.
The SMU-North Texas State game took place despite double tragedy. SMU Linebacker Pete Collins was killed in an auto crash in early August, and the night before the game North Texas State Back Bernard Jackson was shot to death outside a bar. Though Eagles' Coach Jerry Moore denied that the shooting had affected his team, North Texas State was obviously shaky, giving up a touchdown on the first play of the game, turning the ball over nine times and losing 28-9.
To rest Famous Amos Lawrence in the 90° heat at Texas Tech—the thermometer recorded a melting 130° on the AstroTurf—North Carolina Coach Dick Crum used Kelvin Bryant at running back for most of the second half. The move paid off when Bryant caught a 58-yard fourth-quarter pass from Rod Elkins to give the Tar Heels a 9-3 win.