Using a potpourri offense that included almost everything from the single wing to the tight I and a voracious defense that limited TEXAS CHRISTIAN to only 12 yards in the first half, Southern Methodist seemed on its way to an easy win. Suddenly, though, the Mustangs gave up large chunks of yardage, first to the officials, then to the Frogs, and their 7-0 lead was in jeopardy. Worst for SMU were five successive, quick and staggering penalties totaling 47 yards. "The way that official was moving that ball, I thought he was going to score," said one miffed SMU player. As it turned out TCU scored without official help, moving 87 yards in 10 plays. Then TCU's Bruce Alford kicked a 40-yard field goal for a 10-7 win and a bid to play Texas Western in the Sun Bowl.
Early in the second quarter of a scoreless battle against TEXAS, the Texas A&M Aggies had the ball on their own nine—the perfect time to use the surprise play they had practiced for two weeks. Quarterback Harry Ledbetter lateraled overhand, bouncing the ball according to plan off the ground before it reached his halfback, Jim Kauffmann. Ledbetter threw his hands up in disgust. Kauffmann stomped his foot in anger. But then came the surprise. Kauffmann stopped playing possum and passed to Ken McLean, all alone at midfield, and the big end ran the rest of the way to a 91-yard touchdown. It was the season's best and most bizarre play but, alas, to no avail. Texas, falling back on the more conventional passing of Marv Kristynik and the running of Jim Helms, rallied to score three times in 12 minutes for a 21-17 victory.
Coach Jess Neely of Rice could sympathize with the Aggies, for he, too, had a pet play that worked to perfection—in a 17-13 loss to BAYLOR. He sent in sub Quarterback Bob Hailey for just two plays and Hailey threw two scoring passes to Glen Hine. Baylor, however, pounced on two Rice fumbles, and Dick Defee made them pay off on touchdown runs of 17 and 11 yards.
The TEXAS WESTERN-West Texas State game was, literally, up in the air: 101 passes were thrown. Billy Stevens of Western completed 29 of 56 for 355 yards, Spencer Washington of State hit on 18 of 45 for 315 yards. The most significant pass was a five-yarder from Stevens to Chuck Hughes. It broke a tie and led the Miners to a 38-21 win.
Linfield of Oregon ended Sul Ross's 16-game winning streak, defeating the Texans 30-27 in an NAIA semifinal playoff.
1. UCLA (7-1-1)
2. USC (7-2-1)
3. WASHINGTON (5-5)
The news that Halfback Mike Garrett had won the Heisman Trophy reached SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA just when the Trojans badly needed a lift after losing to UCLA. Obviously, it called for a celebration, so USC smashed Wyoming 56-6. Garrett had another one of his routinely spectacular days, scoring three touchdowns and passing for a fourth. Along the way he set four rushing records: NCAA three-year, 3,221 yards; AAWU and USC single-season, 1,440 yards and 612 carries; USC career total offense, 3,269 yards. Alone he was enough to do in the overmatched Cowboys, but Quarterback Troy Winslow made some contributions too. He threw four touchdown passes, two to End Dave Moton (who also caught one from Garrett), and one each to End John Thomas and Flanker Rod Sherman. Coach Johnny McKay, of course, had already said it all about Garrett. But he was enchanted by Winslow, too. "He doesn't have a long arm," said McKay. "In fact, I could have autographed one of the passes he threw—but he's good, isn't he?"
They used to tell funny stories about BRIGHAM YOUNG football. Like how every time BYU got a decent player the Mormons would send him off on a one-year mission. One former coach said that he even tried recruiting some mean old Catholic boys but the good Mormons on the squad converted them. The fact is that in 43 seasons the Cougars had never won any kind of a football championship—until last Saturday when Quarterback Virgil Carter came out throwing against New Mexico's shoddy pass defense (it had given up 15 scores). With the placid Lobos scattering frantically and futilely, Carter completed 23 of 32 passes for 309 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 14 more to break the Western AC career total offense record with 2,263 yards, and BYU routed New Mexico 42-8 for a 6-4 record and the WAC title. "We didn't make more than two defensive mistakes," bragged Coach Tom Hudspeth.
BYU's win ended whatever chance fast-finishing ARIZONA STATE had for the championship, but the cocky Sun Devils finished with a show of strength, taking their fifth straight, 14-6 over Arizona.