Texas protected its own interests in its annual Thanksgiving Day game with luckless
. Halfback Jim Sax-ton, scooting and dodging over and around the Aggies, helped the Longhorns convert an intercepted pass and two fumbles into a 21-0 half-time lead. But A&M, giving up grudgingly, came back with two second-half touchdowns, finally succumbed 21-14. Plodding TCU found an opponent that bumbled more, beat
13-0 to complete the Mustangs' first win-less (0-9-1) season in 45 years.
Texas Western, audaciously taking a 7-0 lead over unbeaten
New Mexico State
, paid dearly for its arrogance. Halfback Pervis Atkins began to smash away at the Miners' line; Halfback Bob Gaiters, the nation's leading scorer and rusher, ran for two touchdowns; Quarterback Charlie Johnson passed for another, and soon the Aggies were out in front 27-15 for their 14th straight victory, the Border Conference championship and a bid to play Utah State (9-1) in the Sun Bowl at El Paso.
Second-place Arizona surprised
State with its best defense of the season, ran over the smothered Sun Devils 35-7.
Quarterback Jerry Keeling passed for three touchdowns, led the Golden Hurricanes past
26-16. The top three:
1. ARKANSAS (8-2)
2. TEXAS (7-3)
3. BAYLOR (7-3)
There were three empty seats for every one occupied in the Los Angeles Coliseum as USC and Notre Dame, two old rivals who have fallen on bad days, slopped dispiritedly through a driving rain. The result: a pedestrian 17-0 victory for the Irish, their first after eight straight losses. Quarterback Daryle Lamonica, one of the sophomores who may yet return Notre Dame to "excellence," skillfully preyed on USC's persistent four-four defense, sent his halfbacks slithering around the mirebound Trojans for good yardage, kept the ball himself often enough to pick up 65 yards rushing and one touchdown. A 31-yard field goal and two extra points by Joe Perkowski and a nine-yard run by Halfback Bob Scarpitto accounted for the other scoring.
In Salt Lake City,
Coach Bill Barnes's strategy was simple: "We felt we could run on
. We decided to use a tight single wing and go to war." The Bruins—or rather, Tailback Bill Kilmer—did. Utah gave UCLA a battle for a while, even fought back to a 9-9 tie, but the Redskins had no one to match Kilmer, eventually lost 16-9. The elusive tailback ran for 180 yards, passed for 60 more and supplied the winning touchdown on a 10-yard sprint in the final quarter. With the Duke game left, Kilmer should overtake
Washington State's Mel Melin for the NCAA total offense title (see box).
Air Force skimped along in a scoreless tie with
for a half, got its pickup from Halfback Mike Quinlan, who returned a third-quarter punt 92 yards for a touchdown. Quinlan scored again, Mike Rawlins kicked a 29-yard field goal, and the Falcons upset Colorado 16-6.
, looking for companionship in the Skyline cellar, beat
U. 21-12, pulled the Rams into a tie for last place. The top three:
1. WASHINGTON (9-1)
2. OREGON (7-2-1)
3. UCLA (6-2-1)
THE SMALL COLLEGES