Practice started with group work, where the interior linemen got their roughest workout of the week. Goal line defense was emphasized for them while the various specialists—the punters, kickoff men, extra-point kickers, safety men, passers and pass receivers worked on their specialties.
Arkansas, Thursday: By now, Frank Broyles's appetite was gone. Broyles and his staff met (8:30 to 12 noon) to discuss the defense. They observed that the lonesome end was primarily a decoy and served as a pass target on but two occasions, neither one completed. They decided not to assign double coverage to the lonesome end but to let the halfback be responsible.
Riding back from lunch, Broyles stuck his head out of the car window to look at the darkening sky and said, "Golly-y-y-y it better not rain. We need a good practice." Broyles met with the squad for 20 minutes before afternoon classes. At 1 p.m. he returned to the field house for an unscheduled look at films.
Practice at 3 was peppier than earlier in the week. The coaches sprinted to their assignments, setting the pace for the players, who responded without being told.
Doug Dickey worked with the defensive backs on interceptions. "A lot of hop. A lot of hop," he chanted. The backs ran back like an outfielder going after a deep fly ball, while the offensive backs kept time to offensive backfield Coach Merrill Green's "Catch, cut, go, catch, cut, go." Over with the offensive linemen Coach Dixie White had the "T (scrub) team" stepping through the Texas defense—particularly the Texas stunts—while he had the offense lined up. "Where do you block on 33-power if they are in a double-A stunt," asked Dixie of every man in the line. This was all done quickly, and Dixie complimented each boy as he gave the correct answer.
Texas, Thursday: Royal got together with his assistants who specialize on offense to plan the attack Texas would use inside the Arkansas 10-yard line. The coaches noted Arkansas uses a gap-8 on goal line stands, with the linemen varying their charge. Royal drew the eight-man-line defense on the blackboard, commented:
"That's a whole mass of folks."
Then the coaches discussed various means of going through, around or over the folks. The discussion prompted them to revive a play the Long-horns have used in previous years but not this season. Most teams try to go wide against an eight-man line. Royal was convinced that the gap-8 provides an excellent opportunity for a quick trap of the defensive left guard, particularly since the goal line defensemen try to penetrate quickly.
"As soon as you get in a gap-8," Royal told his assistants, " Ohio State will run this against you—and there's no way you can lose ground on it."
He then diagramed the trap, in which the Texas left guard will pull out to block the defensive left guard as he comes across the line. The center will take the man on his left shoulder while the Texas right guard goes straight through to hit the middle linebacker. The quarterback will take the snap, pivot to his left and hand the ball quickly to his left halfback going through the hole and heading generally towards the right.