All week long SMU drilled behind closed gates on a play designed especially to beat TEXAS. It almost worked. The play started with a lateral that crossed half the state of Texas, followed by a pass. SMU moved up and down the field with it, but when it came time to score, Texas' do-everything linebacker, Tommy Nobis, made a one-handed interception. Thirteen plays later Ernie Koy scored and that was it; Texas 7, SMU 0.
Rice Coach Jess Neely nearly fell out of bed (where he was stuck with a sore throat) when Owl Halfback Gene Fleming scooted 81 yards on the first play from scrimmage, putting Rice six points up on TEXAS TECH. But that ended Rice's offense, and Tech's Ken Gill booted 33-and 36-yard field goals in the second half to tie the game 6-6.
"Eat Bear" was the way the TCU cheering section put it, and Jim Fauver and Larry Bulaich got the message. The two backs took turns following behind a herd of massed blockers and simply ran over Baylor 17-14.