The hurly-burly Southwest Conference, no place for the overconfident or the fainthearted, lived up to its reputation right down to the final play. This time it was Cotton Bowl-bound TCU's turn to bite the dust. Spurred on by what it considered a chance for the Sugar Bowl, SMU's charging line contained the TCU running attack when it counted and left it up to Quarterback Don Meredith to pass to Halfbacks Tirey Wilemon and Glynn Gregory for two touchdowns and score a third himself in the Mustangs' 20-13 victory. But all to no avail since the New Orleans plum went to Clemson.
Baylor's Buddy Humphrey (see page 7), a limber-armed young man who would rather throw the ball than eat, gave Rice fits, but the Owls judiciously mixed running with passing to beat the Bears 33-21.
Texas' blockbusting linemen were up to their old tricks again. The Longhorns smothered Texas A&M's Charlie Milstead, held the Aggies to 39 yards along the ground and opened up gaping holes for Halfback Rene Ramirez, who scored three times, and Fullback Mike Dowdle, who plunged for one score, as Texas won 27-0.
In other games, Hardin-Simmons out-scored New Mexico A&M 26-20 to win the Border Conference title and a spot in the Sun Bowl; Houston roared from behind in the last quarter to beat Texas Tech 22-17; Arizona State at Tempe romped over Marquette 42-18. Prairie View overcame Southwestern 20-14 to capture the Negro national championship, Southwestern Athletic Conference title and an Orange Blossom date with Florida A&M in Miami, Dec. 13. The top three:
1. TCU (8-2-0)
2. SMU (6-4-0)
3. RICE (5-5)
A crashing Oklahoma State defense had Oklahoma rocking and reeling for better than three quarters until Quarterback Bobby Boyd found a gap in the line and shot through for 31 yards to give the Sooners a squeaky 7-0 triumph.
Tulsa ground down Wichita 25-6 to hand idle North Texas State the Missouri Valley crown; Cincinnati downed Miami of Ohio 18-7. The top three:
1. IOWA (7-1-1)
2. WISCONSIN (7-1-1)
3. OKLAHOMA (9-1-0)
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