Despite last week's thrashing by Texas, the disciplinary firing of star Halfback Joe Don Looney and Kansas' 269 yards rushing, OKLAHOMA bounced back 21-18. NEBRASKA and MISSOURI whomped Kansas State and Oklahoma State by identical 28-6 scores, and IOWA STATE jarred Colorado 19-7. Unbeaten little DELAWARE whipped Ohio 29-12, and unbeaten BOWLING GREEN edged Toledo 22-20.
Statistically football's all-time greatest quarterback, NORTHERN ILLINOIS' George Bork set still more records, completing 38 of 53 for 445 yards and five touchdowns in a 43-0 rout of Illinois State U.
THE TOP THREE:
1. TEXAS (5-0)
2. RICE (3-1)
3. BAYLOR (3-1)
Strategy burned like a runaway prairie fire when TEXAS and Arkansas met before a record 42,000 at Little Rock. Expecting Texas to exploit the split T option it used so gloriously against Oklahoma, Arkansas' Frank Broyles moved his corner linebacker wide off the weak side. So the Longhorns ignored the option. Quarterback Duke Carlisle faked one way and sent Fullback Harold Philipp charging up the middle (for 135 yards). Before the put-upon Porkers could adjust, Texas had a 17-0 lead. But then two 19-year-old sophomores suddenly came of age for Arkansas and, all at once, it was a game. Tailback Jackie Brasuell took a kick-off back 89 yards; Quarterback Jon Brittenum cashed it in with a 12-yard pass to Wingback Stan Sparks, later ran and passed most of 90 yards to a second touchdown to make the final score a respectable 17-13. Said Texas' Darrell Royal whimsically: "Both sides had occasion to show a lot of character."
Larry Rice and John Sylvester, too delicate to work out with the RICE team, scored all the points as the Owls beat SMU 13-7. Rice, who has a knee injury, booted 27-and 41-yard field goals and an extra point; Sylvester, who suffers from an eye infection, grabbed a nine-yard pass from Benny Hollingsworth in the last minute.
Texas A&M shocked TCU by going ahead 14-7 in the first half, then shut off the plodding Frogs late in the game to earn a 14-14 tie. BAYLOR'S Don Trull completed 19 of 32 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns, the last one to Jim Ingram with 1:51 to play, to overhaul Texas Tech 21-17.
THE TOP THREE: