SMU now is favored to represent the SWC at Dallas come Dec. 31, but the way things have been going, don't bet on it. The Mustangs, despite a 100-yard kickoff return by Jerry Levias and a 21-0 lead, almost went down the drain against Baylor, when Terry Southall, who completed 29 passes for 350 yards, got his team going. It took a Dennis Partee field goal from 20 yards out with 15 seconds left to win for SMU 24-22. The Mustangs now have to beat TCU, losers to RICE 21-10, to take the championship.
Texas Western beat New Mexico State 28-14 on Billy Stevens' three touchdown passes; Hank Washington completed 15 of 20 for 164 yards and a score and ran for 64 more to lead WEST TEXAS STATE past Western Michigan 30-7; NORTH TEXAS STATE'S Corkey Boland threw to John Love for three touchdowns, as the Eagles crushed Chattanooga 42-7.