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While Oklahoma rested for Texas, its Big Eight neighbors went about their head-knocking with hopeful vigor. NEBRASKA walloped Iowa State 21-7; MISSOURI'S flashy sophomores routed Idaho 24-0; COLORADO'S Bill Harris bludgeoned his way to three scores as the Buffaloes beat Kansas State 21-7.
Tulsa thought it had MEMPHIS STATE on the run when it cracked the Tigers' defense for a 9-7 half-time lead. State, however, snapped back to win 28-15. BOSTON COLLEGE'S Jack Concannon failed to complete a touchdown pass for almost the first time within memory, but he ran for two as the Eagles beat Detroit 20-12.
Air Force, which might better have stayed home in its hollowed-out mountain headquarters, lost 10-0 at SMU. Worse than falling out of the ranks of the unbeaten against a loser of seven straight games were the number of balls that fell out of Air Force hands. A punt blocked by the hard-pressing SMU line set up Mustang John Richey's 26-yard field goal, and a fumble recovery led to Methodist's touchdown drive. Appropriately, the game ball was presented to Glenn Gossett—the defensive coach.
Hungry-eyed Bud Wilkinson, whose Oklahoma Sooners meet TEXAS this week, was a customer at the Oklahoma State game. He was served a large dish of plain vanilla as Texas blandly hammered out a 34-7 win. But not all was sweetness. Punter Ernie Koy was injured and is out for the season.
There was nothing plain about ARKANSAS'S 18-3 defeat of TCU. It took End Jerry Lamb's spectacular 56-yard scoring reception of a Fred Marshall pass to keep the Razorbacks narrowly ahead for most of the game, TEXAS TECH'S 10-0 victory over Texas A&M was a little special too. It was the first Southwest Conference win in two years for Tech. H.L. Daniels kicked a 37-yard field goal to tie the conference career record of 10, and End David Parks made a diving end-zone catch of a Ben Elledge pass.
If Mississippi was thankful to escape Houston with a 20-6 win, Quarterback Jim Weatherly was happy to escape his own coach. Nursing a 7-6 lead, Ole Miss had fourth and four on Houston's 42. Coach Johnny Vaught hinted by sending in a punter, but Weatherly grandly waved him off and essayed a pass—incomplete. Houston was stopped on the Miss 28 but Weatherly played the rest of the game on defense as Mike Dennis scored 23-and 30-yard Reb touchdowns on passes from Perry Lee Dunn