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1. OKLAHOMA (9-1)
2. OHIO STATE (9-1)
3. MICHIGAN (10-1)

That other Big Eight team from Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Cowboys, also turned in an upset last week with a 45-14 defeat of slumping Iowa State. It was the third victory over a bowl-bound conference opponent for the 6-4 Cowboys, who previously had beaten Colorado and Missouri, yet left them one of only three league teams who did not receive a postseason invitation. "We played this for the Liberty Bowl people who invited Iowa State," said Center Bert Jacob-son. "We wanted to prove they picked the wrong team." The Cowboys, who could make their futile point even stronger by defeating Oklahoma this week, equaled the previous Saturday's 45-14 rout of Kansas State. Cyclone errors set up five Oklahoma State touchdowns, but long passes of 64 and 58 yards in only three attempts also figured. Sophomore George Palmer, who gained 155 yards in 31 carries, scored twice.

The sharpshooting of David Jaynes brought Missouri back to earth as Kansas pulled a 28-17 shocker. The Tigers had won five of their last six with three of the wins coming over Notre Dame, Colorado and Iowa State, but against the Jayhawks they fumbled three times and suffered four interceptions. Jaynes, meanwhile, was completing 16 of 36 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns.

The end came easy for Duffy Daugherty, who leaves Michigan State after 19 years, 109 victories, 69 losses and five ties. His last win—and the school's 400th—was 24-14 against Northwestern. "I really haven't had time to reflect on this," said Daugherty. "I suppose the nostalgic feeling hasn't had time to set in, but I'm not sad. I only have a feeling of gratitude toward the team."

The Spartans, who lost only one of their last six games to finish 5-5-1 overall, scored three times in the first quarter, two of the TDs corning on passes 51 seconds apart. Mark Niesen, who started the day as a 10 for 51 thrower, was five for eight for 167 yards and added a third touchdown with a seven-yard run.

Otis Armstrong concluded a fabulous career with his best performance, 276 yards in 32 carries as Purdue bombed Indiana 42-7. With a Hair for the dramatic, he scooted 53 yards for his third touchdown on his final carry. He takes with him the Big Ten career rushing record of 3,315 yards, which surpasses Alan Ameche's mark set in four seasons and places him sixth on the alltime NCAA roll. The list of honors could go on, but even more revealing are Armstrong's thoughts on his Heisman Trophy candidacy. "Aw, I'm nowhere near the best in the country. Not the best by far. I'm happy to settle for the Big Ten honors." Purdue finished at 6-5, the first winning season in Armstrong's three years.

Other Big Ten games saw Minnesota trim Wisconsin 14-6 and Iowa stun Illinois 15-14. Bob Morgan led the Gophers' third straight win by scoring both touchdowns on runs of 12 and one yards and gaining 143 yards in 26 carries. Wisconsin lost four fumbles in Minnesota territory. A 67-yard drive that led to a scoring plunge by Frank Holmes and a two-point conversion by freshman Butch Caldwell with 4:10 left paced Iowa. The other Hawkeye score came on a 92-yard sprint by freshman Royce Mix in the second quarter.

Louisville finished in a tie for Missouri Valley honors by stopping Drake 27-0. It was the second straight shutout for the Cardinal defense, each one coming against a team that had not been blanked in more than 60 games. Cardinal Coach Lee Corso took a look at his team's 9-1 record, and let loose some long held frustration. "If those bleeps don't vote us in the bleeping Top 20, then there's something wrong. We weren't considered by a single bowl, and we can play with anybody on a given Saturday." Given Saturday Nov. 4 the Cardinals were unable to defeat Tulsa, but "that was a freak" says Corso. Howard Stevens, who had already become college football's alltime leading ground gainer, made two touchdowns to top the scoring list as well.


1. ALABAMA (10-0)
2. AUBURN (8-1)
3. LSU (8-1-1)

Louisiana State had more chances to make good than a reincarnationist against Florida, but the Tigers never took full advantage, and had to make do with a 3-3 tie. Rusty Jackson missed three field-goal attempts and teammate Juan Roca four of five, each failing in the final half-minute. Florida's three-pointer was put through by freshman John Williams from the 24 with 2:08 remaining. Tennessee found Kentucky tougher than expected, but won 17-7, and Mississippi routed Mississippi State 51-14. Tampa completed a 9-2 regular season, its first as a major independent, by bombing Vanderbilt 30-7. Ed Carney passed for three touchdowns, two of them to Chuck Foreman, in Miami's 28-8 win over Maryland.

North Carolina had its biggest scoring day of the year in a 42-19 victory over East Carolina. Ike Oglesby scored three times and rushed for 119 yards while Nick Vidnovic completed eight of 12 passes for 169 yards and tallied once himself. Carlester Crumpler gained 135 yards for the Pirates and made two TDs to set the Southern Conference scoring (102 points) and rushing (1,309 yards) records. Clemson edged South Carolina 7-6 when Jimmy Williamson knocked down a two-point conversion pass. Virginia Tech's Don Strock passed for 385 yards and two touchdowns as the Gobblers gobbled up Wake Forest 44-9.


1. PENN STATE (10-1)
2. DELAWARE (10-0)

Philadelphians are not accustomed to winners (page 78), especially if they wear helmets and pads. But more than 42,000 fans wandered into 77-year-old Franklin Field Saturday to see if Pennsylvania could bag its first Ivy League title in 13 seasons. For 20 minutes, as the Quakers took a 14-0 lead over Dartmouth, it seemed likely. Then the Big Green came alive and posted a 31-17 victory that gave them the championship, their fourth straight won or shared.

Dartmouth broke a 17-17 tie with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns 1:36 apart. The first was made possible when Receiver Chuck Thomas intercepted an interception, or so it seemed. Quarterback Steve Stetson let one go from his 30, and it was headed for Penn's Tom Welsh, but as the defensive back stood awaiting the interception Thomas swooped in from nowhere for a 35-yard completion. Six plays later Steve Webster went in from the one to put Dartmouth ahead. The Quakers were still in it until Quarterback Tom Pinto ran into one of his own backs and fumbled a minute later. Dartmouth recovered, and on the next play, Rich Klupchak ran 50 yards to ice the game.

Dartmouth's victory shut the door on Yale, which finished second in the Ivy. The Elis ended their season with a 28-17 win over Harvard after trailing 17-0. Dick Jauron's 74-yard run in the third period sparked the comeback. It was one of two touchdowns in a performance that also produced 183 yards gained on 28 carries. Jauron set two school records with 1,055 yards for the year and 2,947 for his career, both totals erasing standards set by Calvin Hill. Cornell continued its roller coaster pattern of the last seven weeks by beating Princeton 22-15. Junior Quarterback Mark Allen scored twice and passed for another TD. Columbia ended Len Jardine's coaching career at Brown with a 28-12 defeat. The Lions mounted long drives for two of their touchdowns and capitalized on a fumble and an interception for the others as they scored in every quarter. George Georges scored three times and gained 190 yards in 35 attempts.

Pittsburgh overwhelmed the Penn State scrubs 27-14, but in 36 minutes of play against the regulars prior to that the Panthers were bombed 35-0. It added up to a 49-27 defeat, the 10th of the year for Pitt. Coach Carl DePasqua was subsequently fired following the worst season in Panther history. Penn State was actually held scoreless in the first quarter, but three TDs within five minutes of the second period erased any doubt. The first score came on one of John Hufnagel's three touchdown passes, the second on an 11-yard run following a fumble recovery and the third on another pass.

Paul Metallo ran for two touchdowns and gained 146 yards to lead Massachusetts past Boston College 28-7. Peil Pennington passed for a pair of scores as the Yankee Conference champions tallied all their points and gained 333 yards in the first half. Holy Cross defeated Connecticut 20-10. The Crusaders' fifth victory against three losses and a tie assured them of their best season since 1966. They won it by scoring three times in the fourth quarter after trailing 10-0. Rutgers rolled over Colgate 43-13 for its fifth straight victory as Jim Jennings gained 214 yards.


1. USC (10-0)
2. UCLA (8-3)

Arizona State found the going tougher than usual this year, but the Sun Devils still managed to capture their fourth straight Western Athletic Conference championship by crunching Arizona 38-21. They gouged out 555 offensive yards, 363 of them on the ground, where Brent McClanahan did the heavy duty with 153 yards and two touchdowns. Arizona could gain only 35 yards in 32 rushes, but Bill Demory passed for three scores. The victory gave Arizona State a Fiesta Bowl spot opposite Missouri.

Pete Van Valkenburg put on a sensational show as Brigham Young rapped New Mexico 21-7. He rushed for 190 yards and one touchdown and scored another with a 93-yard kickoff return. This overshadowed the performance of Fred Henry, whose 88 yards made him the WAC's alltime rusher with 2,935.

Tony Adams' outstanding career at Utah State had left little room for Mickey Doyle except as a kicking specialist. Then against Weber State, Adams, who had not missed a game in three years, went out with an injury and when his replacement couldn't move the team, it was Doyle do or die. Doyle did. He rushed for one touchdown, passed for another and kicked two field goals and two extra points as Utah State won 20-16 in the closing minutes. Utah had its biggest scoring day in 42 years when it blistered Colorado State 62-36. Quarterback Steve Marshall ran for three touchdowns and passed for four more, the first strike coming from 75 yards out on the second play of the game.

San Diego State tried to pull out of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association last spring, and maybe the league should have let the Aztecs go. They completed an unbeaten conference season and tipped their overall record to 9-1 with a 33-14 victory over Long Beach State. Alternating Quarterbacks Bill Donckers and Jesse Freitas combined to score two TDs, pass for a third and complete 22 of 37 passes. "They're so even it's impossible to pick between the two," says Coach Don Coryell. Although he didn't score, Isaac Curtis had an excellent game with 11 catches for 166 yards.


1. TEXAS (9-1)
2. TEXAS TECH (8-3)
3. HOUSTON (6-4-1)

Sweet September. The Razorback Hogs of Sooey Pig, Ark. had themselves one fine football team, a Heisman Trophy kind of a quarterback and a litter of fans who could not wait to buy Cotton Bowl tickets. Then the season opened. First came a loss to Southern California, followed by uncomfortable one-point wins over Oklahoma State and Tulsa. Refuge was sought in the Southwest Conference—the Porkers lost four straight. To set matters right. Coach Frank Broyles scrapped the passing attack and the passer, Joe Ferguson. A loss to Texas Tech would have left Arkansas in last place for the first time in 20 years. But the Hogs didn't lose. Directed by sophomore Scott Bull they saved what little self-respect remained by winning 24-14. Bull, who had already seen duty at fullback, tight end and safety, directed the attack to 17 fourth-quarter points. Arkansas passed only four times and rushed 70, 33 of them by Dickey Morton, who gained 135 yards.

Texas drubbed Texas A&M 38-3 on Thanksgiving night. Passing played an important role for the Longhorns, who trailed 3-0 before their first score midway through the second quarter. Alan Lowry set up the TD—which he scored himself—with a 39-yard completion, and produced a second on a four-yard toss to Julius Whittier. "I thought I was going to go all year without throwing a touchdown pass," said Lowry, a defensive back his sophomore and junior seasons. Wide Receiver Jimmy Moore caught three passes for 87 yards and returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown.

Rice soared to 5-4-1 by outscoring Texas Christian 15-0 in the final period for a 25-21 victory. The Owls' third straight win came on a nine-yard pass from Bruce Gadd to Ron Arceneaux with 2:36 remaining. A victory over Baylor this week would give the Owls a second-place tie and their best record in nine years.

Another team with runner-up chances is Southern Methodist, which used some un- conventional plays in a 12-7 victory over Baylor. The first Mustang touchdown was scored by Keith Bobo after Alvin Maxson had been stopped for an apparent loss. But before going down. Maxson shuffled the ball to Bobo, who dropped it, grabbed it on one bounce and circled left end for a one-yard score. The second touchdown came after a pass by freshman End Kenny Harrison to Oscar Roan moved the ball 29 yards to the Baylor 33. Wayne Morris scored from. the four. The outcome was not secured until the Mustang defense snuffed a drive at its own 14 late in the game. "It feels good to win," said Coach Hayden Fry. "We're tired of looking good and losing."

Houston won its fourth straight by blasting Cincinnati 49-0. It was the seventh straight loss for the Bearcats, whose coach, Ray Callahan, is quitting. The Houston defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns and Puddin Jones led the Cougar-offense with 145 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries.


THE BACK: Steve Marshall, a defensive bad?-until recently, accounted for seven touchdowns as Utah swamped Colorado State. He scored on runs of 27, 15 and three yards, and his four passes covered 75, six, 33 and 77 yards.

THE LINEMAN: Tinker Owens came in after John Carroll's second-quarter injury to catch five passes for 108 yards and spark Oklahoma's upset over Nebraska. The freshman is the brother of former Sooner Steve Owens.