The annual Southwest Conference muddle may be unscrambled already, the men being Texas, Arkansas and Baylor, the boys being everyone else.
With Quarterback Marv Kristynik and Linebacker Tommy Nobis leading the charge, TEXAS' Longhorns romped through what was thought to be a strong Texas Tech team 33-7. Texas even abandoned its usual ultraconservatism for its first score—using a pass-lateral play similar to the one Georgia used last week to beat Alabama. Tech Coach J. T. King blamed the lopsided loss on the great Texas defense that, for the third year, stopped All-America Donny Anderson stone-cold.
Tulsa had ARKANSAS on the ropes for three quarters before Ronny South kicked a field goal and John Brittenum engineered a 77-yard touchdown drive for a 20-12 Razorback victory. BAYLOR, meanwhile, stunned Washington in Waco with Terry Southall's passing and a surprising defense. In the last minute of the first half Southall took Baylor 75 yards for a 17-14 lead, then watched as Washington was stopped three times inside the Bears' 30.
Houston, after 11 scoreless periods, finally tallied and finally won 21-6 over Cincinnati. And sophomore Quarterbacks P. D. Shabay of TCU and Billy Stevens of TEXAS WESTERN did not act like sophomores. Shabay threw the pass that upset Florida State 7-3; Stevens, who gained 500 yards with his passes last week, threw for five touchdowns to beat favored New Mexico 35-14.
1. USC (1-0-1)
2. STANFORD (1-0-1)
3. OREGON (2-0)
While use was winning easily at Wisconsin, NEBRASKA and little Frankie Solich invaded the West and it looked like easy pickings for a while. Solich slipped away from Air Force for 80- and 21-yard touchdown runs and Ron Kirkland scored from the six for a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Then Falcon Quarterback Paul Stein began to throw the ball and almost before startled Nebraska knew what had happened the score was 21-17. But Solich, who picked up 205 yards rushing, saved the Huskers. From the Air Force 41, he broke over left tackle, spun away from three grabby Falcons and went in for the score that gave Nebraska a 27-17 victory. Grumped Nebraska Coach Bob Devaney: "We don't deserve to be considered the No. 1 team."
Navy, surprising a favored STANFORD, came out running with Quarterback John Cartwright's quick options and pitchouts. The Middies got a touchdown early, then held on grimly to tie the Indians 7-7.
Oregon State was ready, it thought, for IOWA'S Gary Snook. Coach Dee Andros figures Snook would throw 30 or 40 times, and he rigged his defenses to stop him. Instead, Snook sneaked through the Beavers for two scores, sophomore Fullback Silas McKinnie smashed them for 104 yards, and Flanker Karl Noonan, more renowned for his pass-catching, ran back a punt 64 yards as Iowa won 27-7. OREGON, more convincing, beat Utah 31-14.
Wyoming and Brigham Young continued to look like the best of the Western AC, the Cowboys trouncing Colorado State 33-14, BYU defeating Kansas State 21-3.