Up at Portland another classy back, Oregon's Mel Renfro, paralyzed Stanford with three touchdowns, and the Ducks went on to win 28-14.
Still another superback, Terry Baker of Oregon State, scored all three Beaver touchdowns to disappoint rising Washington State 18-12. Coach Jim Sutherland wailed: "We changed our defense to shoot for him and our offense to keep the ball away from him. Look what happened!"
What happened to California was UCLA's Kermit Alexander. He romped for four scores and, despite a 236-yard passing show by Cal prodigy Craig Morton, the Bruins won 26-16.
Air Force took advantage of Wyoming's bumbling and won 35-14. Utah beat Colorado State 26-8 to extend the Rams' losing streak to 23 games.
THE TOP THREE:
1. TEXAS (6-0-1)
2. ARKANSAS (6-1)
3. TCU (4-2)
At kickoff time against Texas Saturday, SMU led the Southwest Conference. Spectators snickered at the thought. "I have no delusions about what might happen to us," said SMU Coach Hayden Fry. By the final gun Texas was prayerfully thankful to escape with a nail-biting 6-0 victory.
At Fort Worth TCU, led by Sonny Gibbs, twice came from behind to defeat Baylor 28-26. Arkansas overwhelmed Texas A&M and won 17-7 on Billy Moore's quarter-backing, Danny Brabham's plunges and mean defense. Rice beat Texas Tech 14-0.
At Tempe Larry Todd ignited a 20-point second quarter, and Arizona State blazed past huge, fearsome Utah State 34-15. Unbeaten Bowling Green was thrashed by West Texas 23-7, even though it stopped both Jerry Logan, the nation's leading scorer, and Pete Pedro, third in rushing.