It was early last week and Darrell Royal was talking about Texas' opponent, RICE. "They just don't play us like they play other people," he said. Owl Coach Jess Neely knows this, too, and before Saturday's game in Austin he drawled to old friend Royal, "I hope we entertain you." You would have to say that Royal and Texas were subsequently entertained—right up to the final 48 seconds when Richard Parker kicked a 33-yard field goal to give Rice a shocking 20-17 victory. It was no fluke, either. The Owls punished Quarterback Marv Kristynik with some vicious tackling, outplayed Texas on offense 273 yards to 236, and came from 14 points behind to win. Chuck Latourette was the wisest Owl, hustling 77 yards with a kickoff to set up one touchdown and seven yards to score another in Rice's first win in Austin since 1953. The last time Texas lost two games in a season was in 1960.
Celebrating elevation to the nation's No. 1 spot for the first time ever, ARKANSAS routed North Texas State 55-20. Bob Burnett scored three touchdowns and Jim Lindsey got a pair, but speed-boy Harry Jones—who rushed six times for 123 yards, scored on an 83-yard touchdown run and had two other touchdowns called back—had to leave the game with a pulled abdominal muscle. The Hogs' pass defense was hurt, too, as Vidal Carlin hit 32 of 54 passes for 306 yards.
Linebacker Kenny Gill provided TEXAS TECH with some outstanding defense—his pursuit and blockage of SMU's dangerous option plays were masterful—and he kicked field goals of 36 and 34 yards and two extra points to help the Red Raiders to a 26-24 win. Tech has now won its last four games—by a total of 13 points.
Baylor found a replacement for injured Terry Southall, and all sophomore Kenny Stockdale did in his first start was to complete 20 of 27 passes for 286 yards—better than Don Trull's best day—in a 31-0 romp over Texas A&M. And NEW MEXICO STATE, with a field goal from Al Gonzales and Tommy Feezel's 50-yard score with an intercepted pass, handed West Texas State its first loss 10-2.
1. USC (4-1-1)
2. STANFORD (4-1-1)
3. UCLA (3-1-1)
California's Ray Willsey, sitting forlornly in a corner of the Bear equipment room on a trunk labeled appropriately enough, OXYGEN, quipped: "The game wasn't as close as the score indicated." His team had just been bombed by UCLA 56-3 in Los Angeles' Memorial Coliseum, and not since the good days of Red Sanders had a Bruin squad been so thoroughly devastating. With gifted sophomore Quarterback Gary Beban running and passing like an old pro and Halfback Mel Farr storming through the embattled Cal line, UCLA just romped and romped. "Everything fell into place," said Coach Tommy Prothro.
Army started out like it was going to run over STANFORD when Quarterback Fred Barofsky's 24-yard run gave the Cadets a 7-0 lead. Then the Indians' fun began. Terry DeSylvia punted out of bounds on the one to put Army into a hole, and it never got out. In 92� heat, Quarterback Dave Lewis lashed the weary Cadets with his options and passing, and Stanford won 31-14.
It looked like WASHINGTON was in for another drubbing when it trailed Oregon 14-7 going into the last quarter. Then Quarterback Tod Hullin came off the bench to save the day. He threw two touchdown passes and the Huskies won 24-20. OREGON STATE fared considerably better against Utah. Despite some early fumbling, the Beavers pulled ahead of the Utes 10-6 on Paul Brothers' 34-yard run and Mike Haggard's 27-yard field goal and stayed there.
Colorado State Coach Mike Lude thought he could stop unbeaten UTAH STATE with a ball-control game. He succeeded in one sense, running 74 plays to the Aggies' 53, but he lost in another: the score against him was 41-20. AIR FORCE finally came up a winner, trouncing Pacific 40-0 while IDAHO, with Ray McDonald ripping off 241 yards and four touchdowns, battered Montana 35-7.