1. ARKANSAS (1-0)
2. BAYLOR (1-0)
3. SMU (1-0)
The big game was in Austin, where USC and Texas performed on national television (page 20), but the big upset almost happened in Little Rock. It sounded like pure bravado when Oklahoma State's Phil Cutchin said, before his team played 18-point favorite ARKANSAS, "We may not be the smartest or quickest team in America, but I'll say this: if we can catch them, there's going to be some contact." There was. The aggressive Cowboys, stunting out of a raging 6-1-4 defense, actually outquicked the shocked Hogs and, with 14:21 to play, OSU had a 10-7 lead and needed only inches for a first down on the Arkansas six. But the Hogs stopped State's Bruce Scott cold. Then Quarterback Jon Brittenum began springing Wingback Harry Jones around one flank on quick pitchouts and passing down the sidelines to Fullback Eddie Woodlee. Pretty soon Brittenum rolled out from the 11 for the touchdown that bailed out Arkansas 14-10.
SMU'S Hayden Fry figured he had to find a way to keep Illinois' fast backs from going outside. So he prayed for rain (and got it), spread his defense to shut off pitch and option plays and hoped that Middle Guard John Lagrone and Linebacker Billy Bob Stewart would be able to protect the middle. They did—with 27 tackles between them—and the Illini backs rarely had anyplace to go. Quarterback Mac White ran for two touchdowns, sophomore Split End Jerry Levitas, the first Negro ever to play for the Mustangs, caught two scoring passes and SMU won easily 26-7.
1. UCLA (1-0)
2. USC (1-0)
3. STANFORD (1-0)
Take it from Pitt Coach Dave Hart, UCLA is better than last year, Quarterback Gary Beban is "the best" and Halfback Mel Farr, well, he is merely sensational. Hart reached these conclusions at first hand. The Bruins clawed his biteless Panthers almost to death, 57-14. Beban and Farr accounted for six touchdowns before they turned the action over to the scrubs. What does UCLA's Tommy Prothro think? He just grins and says, "It's pretty hard to evaluate things when they're so lopsided."
Washington's Jim Owens, whose offense has always been about as far out as schmaltz, surprised Idaho with passes, counters, options, draws and pitchouts as the Huskies won 19-7. CALIFORNIA, almost as resourceful, relied on long runs to whip Washington State 21-6. Wayne Stewart started WSU's downfall with a 71-yard pass interception, Don Guest ran back a WSU field-goal attempt 108 yards and Jerry Bradley sprinted 73. STANFORD, however, had to rally in the last quarter to overtake stubborn San Jose State. Sophomore Quarterback Gene Washington ran for a touchdown, then passed 31 to Bob Conrad for another, and the Indians won 25-21.
Wyoming's Rick Egloff caught Air Force with its pass defenses down and threw over it twice to give the Cowboys a 13-0 victory. NEW MEXICO's Rick Beitler did the same to Utah State, and the Lobos won 17-8.