Layne said if he could not win with this team it would be all his fault. He said he had never seen a better group of high school athletes, and he worked them lightly, '"the way I'd want to work if I were in their place." The players loved him. "But Bobby's having trouble with his coaches," chirped Coffee. "They want to go to bed at night."
It was, as before, Texas speed against Pennsylvania gristle. Pennsylvanians put great stock in their gristle. They considered the point-spread a gift and took all the action they could get. James, however, knew he had troubles. Texas had four backs who could run 100 yards in under 9.8. The fastest he had was a pokey 10.1. To compensate, he put his best men at defensive end and halfback. His fullbacks were as big as most of the Texas linemen, but while there wasn't a soft nose in the bunch neither was there a fast foot.
Probably the only miscalculation Layne made was waiting until the third Texas offensive series to get Bradley in the game at quarterback. ( Bradley said he thought he'd never get in, "I'd been so lousy in practice.") By that time Pennsylvania had driven close enough for Fullback Reid ( Penn State-bound) to kick a 32-yard field goal. It was late in the first quarter when Texas got possession on the Pennsylvania 25 after a bad punt. On third down Bradley rolled left and impetuously ran ahead of his interference to the nine. A straight dive gained a yard, then Bradley executed one of Layne's goal-line specials—he rolled right, waited for a fraction while Flanker Levias cleared back on the defensive halfback and hit him in the stomach with the ball. Levias curled around the halfback into the end zone.
The same combination—Bradley to Levias, for three yards—got the second Texas score after a 72-yard drive in the second quarter and it was 14-3, but here came Ted Kwalick ( Penn State) to make it close again, catching one pass for 14 yards that should have been three feet beyond his reach, and then hand-fighting two Texas defenders in the end zone to complete a 34-yard touchdown pass from Bob Naponic ( Illinois). Altogether, Kwalick caught eight of the 14 passes Pennsylvania completed. Penn State Coach Rip Engle was ecstatic.
At the time of the Kwalick touchdown the game was close, and though the Texas superiority at impact in the line was evident a sudden change in initiative might have affected the outcome. But the third quarter removed all doubts. Pennsylvania ran only eight offensive plays the entire 15 minutes, and midway in the period Bradley put together the clinching 90-yard drive. He did it beautifully: a draw, a pass to Levias for 22 yards off a fake draw, the same play for 32 yards (except this time Levias ran a straight fly pattern), a pass out of the shotgun to Harris for 12, a run to the five from the shotgun and, ultimately, a one-yard touchdown plunge by Harris. In the fourth quarter Halfback Ronnie Scoggins (SMU) ran sweeps at the laboring Pennsylvania flanks to account for 69 yards of an 80-yard touchdown drive. Scoggins, the best running back on the field, got 106 yards in 16 carries. He also hustled Levias onto the bus afterward to avoid any further complications with college recruiters.
"Speed—it'll beat you every time," said Notre Dame's Ray at the finish. "In South Bend we say it doesn't help much to have talent if you can't get it to the right place on time. The race is to the swift."
Or the swuft.