UCLA almost needed a hoax of its own to avoid a third big upset in the Southwest. Undermanned Rice ignored the press clippings of Gary Beban and Mel Fair and built a 24-16 lead over the Bruins with just four minutes left. But then sophomore Quarterback Robby Shelton, a Rice hero all night who ran for 164 yards and passed for 110, fumbled twice. After the first one, Beban passed 33 yards to Hal Busby for a touchdown, and after the second, Kurt Zimmerman kicked a 17-yard field goal with just seven seconds left for a 27-24 victory.
Field goals were also the difference in Fort Worth where TCU'S Bruce Alford Jr. kicked a couple, from 39 and 23 yards, enabling the Frogs to defeat Texas Tech 6-3. The Red Raiders' Ken Vinyard kicked a 55-yarder, the longest in conference history, TEXAS WESTERN beat West Texas State 9-3.