Northwestern beat Oregon State 7-3, no thanks to its receivers. Tom Myers put 21 of his 23 passes on target, but only 11 were caught. Myers, however, completed six of eight for 60 yards and picked up 10 more in penalties by calling quick snaps while Oregon State was wildcarding as Northwestern went 95 yards for a touchdown. The Wildcats' defense was better. In the second half, rushes led by End Pat Riley nailed Oregon quarterbacks for 96 yards in losses and left the Beavers with a net loss of 12 yards for the game.
Wisconsin needed the insurance touchdown it scored when it fumbled into the end zone in order to fight off Kansas State 17-7. IOWA STATE beat Drake 25-0 and NEBRASKA crushed South Dakota 56-0.
Mid-American power BOWLING GREEN ran Coach Doyt Perry's nonconference record to 28-1 by downing Southern Illinois 35-12, and WESTERN MICHIGAN upset Louisville 10-7, but other league mates suffered ignominy, MIAMI was tied 7-7 by XAVIER, Marshall lost to MOREHEAD 6-0 and Toledo got a 22-6 whacking from VILLANOVA.
THE TOP THREE:
1. TEXAS (1-0)
2. RICE (0-0)
3. TEXAS TECH (1-0)
"Before you leave, take a close, hard look. Otherwise you're likely to be embarrassed." That was the warning TEXAS TECH Coach J T King issued to sportswriters when they came to Lubbock on their annual tour of the Southwest Conference. Last Saturday night it was favored Mississippi State who was embarrassed. State expected Tech Halfback Donny Anderson to slash at the tackles and Fullback Jim Zanios to hammer the middle—and they did, for 140 yards. But King had a couple of rare surprises for the visitors. Tom Wilson, a shiny new quarterback, completed seven passes for 127 yards, Place-Kicker Ken Gill booted a 51-yard field goal and Tech upset State, 21-7.
Texas was up to its old tricks against Tulane. The very first time the single-minded Longhorns got the ball, they pushed back the green Green Wave 72 yards in 17 plays, Halfback Ernie Koy scoring from the one. Koy did it again in the third quarter and Texas went on to win, 31-0, its 12th straight.
Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles long ago gave up the idea that his Razorbacks could overpower anyone. He just wants them "to sting people." Quarterback Billy Gray, who was supposed to be "demoted" to defense, had a sharp needle ready for tough Oklahoma State. His slick running and passing led Arkansas to victory, 14-10.
Ohio U. barely made it past West Texas State 16-14, and NORTH TEXAS STATE and TEXAS WESTERN played to a scoreless tie.