It had not been a very happy season for ARKANSAS Coach Frank Broylcs. But he was pleased when his quick young backs took out after Texas Tech. Bobby Nix scored on a one-yard plunge after a 33-yard drive, sophomore Jack Brasuell slipped off tackle for 34 yards and a touchdown, and Kenny Hatfield, a junior, quick-shifted through the bewildered Raiders for 80 yards on a punt return for another score and a 20-0 lead. Just about then Tech Quarterback Ben Elledge decided that Arkansas had had enough fun. In the next 24 minutes he passed to Tommy Doyle and David Parks for touchdowns, sneaked over from the two for another, and the score was tied. The shocked Razorbacks turned smartly to Quarterback Billy Gray. He obliged by taking them 85 yards in eight plays, the last one a churning 24-yard run that won the game for the Hogs, 27-20.
THE TOP THREE:
1. USC (6-3)
2. OREGON (6-3)
3. WASHINGTON (5-4)
UTAH, ferociously threatening all season to upset one big team, finally did. The Redskins beat Utah State 25-23. Behind 20-7 at half time, Utah hardly looked the part of a potential winner until Quarterback Gary Hertz-feldt began pitching like Y. A. Tittle. He passed 18 yards to Roy Jefferson for a touchdown, paused briefly while Utah State's Chris Pella kicked a 22-yard field goal, then set up Fullback Allen Jacobs for a seven-yard run and threw 35 yards to Mike Davis for the winning score. But, in the end, it was the Utah line that saved the day. It stopped the Aggies one yard from the goal as time ran out.
Brigham Young Coach Hal Mitchell, who had started the year with the single wing, came full circle for Colorado State. He put his Cougars into something that vaguely resembled a straight T and they ran for 321 yards. Wingback Doran Merkeley broke away for 42 yards, Halfback Alan Robinson sprinted 38 and 73 yards, and BYU won 24-20 without half its regulars (SI, Nov. 25).