Both Frank Broyles and Darrell Royal play field-position football. It is not so important who has the ball but rather where he has it. Plays that begin within your own 30-yard line seldom become touchdowns. Plays begun within the opponent's 30 have a 50% better chance. Both coaches have strong kickers, both quick-kick.
wants only fast, alert and agile men. The two heaviest starters barely reach 200 pounds. The backs all weigh less than 180. Once the season begins there are no scrimmages and very little contact in practice. Broyles' teams are always stronger in the second half of a game. They give up short yardage and short passes, letting the fly struggle through yards of fly paper only to thwart him inches from the crumb.
Royal does not believe in making drastic changes in offensive strategy once the season has begun. When the opposition gangs up on a play he develops modifications. In the Oklahoma game two weeks ago (final score: Texas 24, Oklahoma 0), the Sooners ganged up on Left Half Jack Collins as he went to the right on a pitchout. Royal surprised Oklahoma by having Collins take a pitchout on a dead run and then quick-kicking. The ball went 49 yards to the Oklahoma 13. But our story actually begins on Sunday, Oct. 9, with Morton Sharnik reporting on Arkansas and Jimmy Banks on Texas:
Arkansas, Sunday: At 8 a.m. Arkansas players started arriving at the field house. They ran out to the field for limbering up exercises and to run laps. After half an hour, they returned to the locker room and took hot showers and baths to relieve the aches and bruises from the day before. Then it was time for church. All players are expected to attend. The players spent the afternoon with the coaches grading the Baylor game films.
At 7:30 p.m. Broyles returned from his weekly TV show in Little Rock. After a long talk with his coaches, Broyles decided that he was at fault for his team's poorest showing in two years. ( Arkansas lost to Baylor, 28-14.) "I deployed the defense too far across the field trying to contain the Baylor passing. I made it easier for Baylor's running game." The coaches studied movies and discussed tactics until midnight.
Texas, Sunday: Day off for the players. Royal flew to Houston for his weekly TV show. At 2 p.m. assistant coaches gathered in Gregory Gym to go over the Oklahoma game films. Each man had his own projector and watched for his own specialty—line defense, offensive backs, etc.—grading the players' performances. Royal got back at 6. The coaches went out to dinner, returned to view more films and listened to Scout Russell Coffee's comments on Arkansas until 10:30. No decisions were taken.
Arkansas, Monday: A day of movies and meetings. Three projectors whirred intermittently from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. This was the day for setting the defenses for Texas. Two questions faced Broyles: How would the Texas offense be deployed? What changes would Texas make in its offense after seeing Arkansas' Baylor movies? Against Oklahoma, Texas had used the lonesome end for the first time. Arkansas, which had not met a lonely end, would have to modify its defenses to cope with him. Broyles decided the defensive halfback would be responsible for the lonesome end. This would put an added burden on the moving monster man (Defensive Fullback Curtis Cox), a special device developed by Florida's Ray Graves but improved by Broyles. Cox plays a wandering defensive position, sometimes at linebacker, sometimes charging in from what is normally a right end's position, sometimes from left end and at other times standing firm. The monster, while at end, will alternately crash and hold without pattern, attempting to cause an offensive misfire. Broyles decided the monster would have to drop back when the wing-back is on the same side as the lonesome end. However, he must be ready to move in to contain a run.
Texas, Monday: Royal breakfasted with Coaches Ellington and Coffee at 7:30. At 8 all coaches saw Arkansas-TCU films from two weeks back. They watched until noon, interrupting the showing long enough for Royal to go to a blackboard and diagram his suggestions for offense. Royal noted a tendency of Arkansas halfbacks to play wide and move wider as the ball was snapped. This was vital in planning the Texas attack. The end, Royal decided, would start to the outside, then bend in on a counterthrust, gaining a step on the defenders and fooling the safety man who presumably would have moved with the flow.
By 3 p.m. the new wrinkles in the Texas offense had been sufficiently perfected to be shown to the squad. The team ran through the plays after Royal talked to them briefly about what to expect from Arkansas.
Arkansas, Tuesday: "I tell you it's starting early this week," Broyles said. "I just don't have any appetite." There was much to destroy his appetite. Lance Alworth, his best back, was a doubtful starter; Billy Gramlich, offensive center, was definitely out; both tackles had infected legs. End Les Letsinger, who punts when Alworth can't, was out with a sore back and wouldn't be able to suit up until later in the week.