The other Big Eight teams played out the string. Kansas, aware of Missouri's well-known reluctance to throw the ball, bottled up the Tiger runners with a nine-man front and squeezed out a 3-3 tie on Gary Duff's 26-yard field goal with 2:30 to go. Oklahoma State added to winless Kansas State's misery with a 30-6 victory and Dave Hoppman led Iowa State past Sun Bowl-bound Ohio 31-22. There was even some solace for Colorado. After Coach Bud Davis submitted his resignation, the Buffs tore into Air Force and shocked the unsuspecting Falcons 34-10.
The most turbulent Big Ten race in years was over. Wisconsin had the championship after beating Minnesota 14-9 (see page 24), but Purdue and Michigan State got their lumps again. Indiana upset the Boilermakers 12-7 on Marv Woodson's 92-yard run with an intercepted pass while Illinois scored in the second quarter, then held on grimly to outlast Michigan State 7-6. Ohio State, the biggest disappointment of all, finished strong. Fullbacks Dave Francis, Bob Butts and Dave Katterhenrich chewed up the Michigan line with their blasts inside the tackles and the Buckeyes won 28-0.
Notre Dame finally made up for the indignities heaped upon it by Big Ten rivals. Daryle Lamonica passed and ran brilliantly, little Frank Minik scooted around the bigger Iowa defenders, and the Irish whipped the Hawkeyes 35-12 for their fourth straight.
THE TOP THREE:
1. TEXAS (9-0-1)
2. ARKANSAS (9-1)
3. TCU (5-4)
For a while it seemed that Texas was in for its annual frustration. Texas A&M confused the usually sharp Longhorn defense with an unbalanced line and the Aggie backs zipped merrily through the gaps. Mike Clark kicked a 20-yard field goal, his seventh of the year, and A&M led 3-0 at the half. Then Texas adjusted its defenses, Quarterback Johnny Genung came off the bench to get the ball moving and pretty soon the Longhorns were in a position to count their spoils: a 13-3 victory, their first unbeaten season in 39 years, their first outright SWC title since 1952, and the host spot in the Cotton Bowl.
Second-place Arkansas was happy with its consolation prize—an invitation to the Sugar Bowl—and showed its gratitude by hammering Texas Tech 34-0 as Quarterback Billy Moore ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more. TCU's Sonny Gibbs scored twice, passed for two touchdowns and a two-point conversion and Rice fell 30-7. Baylor's Don Trull missed a new SWC passing record, but the Bears still beat SMU 17-13.
Arizona State, the nation's leading offensive team, looked like it for only 10 minutes in the second quarter, when it scored all its points. Arizona put across two touchdowns in the final period and upset the Sun Devils 20-17.