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Louisville's Benny Russell had the kind of game that Louisville quarterbacks ever since Johnny Unitas have dreamed about. In fact he broke Unitas' passing record, throwing for 330 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for two more as the Cards trounced Drake 66-26. TULANE was 4-1 after holding off Cincinnati 28-21 on the good running of Bobby Duhon and Pete Johns.
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Call it nonbrilliance, call it a fiasco, maybe, but don't call it unexciting. Both Texas and ARKANSAS lost three key men on injuries, lost the ball three times on fumbles and twice on pass interceptions and, perhaps, lost a few football purists as the Hogs won 12-7. Martin Bercher's 49-yard punt return set up Jon Brittenum's winning touchdown pass to Tommy Burnett.
At Dallas, heroic doings by End Jerry Levias in the final minutes kept strong SMU rolling 28-24 over Rice. The winning score came with nine seconds left, giving the Owls, who lost to UCLA last week in the final seven seconds, this year's Dick Nixon award. TEXAS A&M, the SWC surprise of the year, led the league after a 35-7 victory over TCU. Sophomore Edd Hargett missed freshman ball because of a knee operation, but had 15 completions for 309 yards and two touchdowns. Texas Tech was thrashed by the four-touchdown performance of Jim Mankins and lost to FLORIDA STATE 42-33.
Houston's 11 previous scores had come on 10 passes and a punt return. However, against Mississippi State on the artificial grass of the Astrodome, the Cougars went with four yards and a cloud of Chemstrand, scored thrice on the ground to win 28-0. Billy Stevens passed for five touchdowns in TEXAS WESTERN'S 68-21 rout of Arlington State, and WEST TEXAS STATE beat Richmond 41-7.
For an entire year Stanford had pointed for use, but in the end the waiting was pointless. The first two times the Trojans got the ball they scored. Troy Winslow passed seven yards to Rod Sherman for one touchdown, and Don McCall crashed over from the one for the other. Before half time Winslow had thrown to Ron Drake for a third score, and Stanford was down 21-0. The Indian defense stiffened in the second half but too late, as USC won 21-7. "Better than last year," was losing coach John Ralston's estimation of the Trojans.
Penn State Coach Joe Paterno, said the same thing, but of UCLA, after the talented Bruins had taken his young Lions apart 49-11 in a gross mismatch. UCLA paraded for 31 first downs and 533 yards running and passing, Gary Beban and Mel Farr each scored twice and the game was over almost before it began. "It's as good as any team I've seen," said Paterno—and he has been clobbered by No. 1-ranked Michigan State.