But other bowl-bound teams reacted more favorably. TENNESSEE, in the Gator Bowl with Syracuse, pounded Vanderbilt 28-0, while MISSISSIPPI, headed for the Bluebonnet, whipped Mississippi State 24-0, and FLORIDA STATE, named to play Wyoming in the Sun Bowl, outscored Maryland 45-21. VIRGINIA TECH, anxious to impress any bowl promoter anywhere, poured it on VMI 70-12 as Tailback Tommy Francisco scored six touchdowns. The Liberty Bowl responded, picking Tech to play Miami.
Clemson's Frank Howard was in a crowing mood after Quarterback Jimmy Addison had led his team to a 35-10 victory over South Carolina to give the Tigers the ACC championship. "You don't feel this good every day," he observed. "I been coaching here for 37 years and got 151 victories. That other fellow [ Paul Dietzel] got one win, so how come he makes more than I do?"
Virginia sent North Carolina Coach Jim Hickey packing. Soon after Halfback Frank Quayle had run over the Tar Heels for three touchdowns in a 21-14 victory, Hickey revealed the worst-kept secret in Carolina. He is quitting to become athletic director at Connecticut.
1. SMU (8-2)
2. ARKANSAS (8-2)
3. HOUSTON (7-2)
For the first time in eight years Arkansas or Texas will not represent the Southwest Conference in the Cotton Bowl. SMU, chosen by almost no one in the preseason, won that right by battering poor TCU 21-0. On four occasions during the season the Mustangs had pulled out victories in the last 30 seconds, but TCU was easy. Jerry Levias came up with his usual "clutch play" early, finger-tipping a 68-yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Mac White in the first quarter, and the Frogs were out of it. White threw another scoring pass to Harold Richardson, Linebacker Jerry Griffin ran back an interception 28 yards and SMU had its first win over TCU at Fort Worth in 21 years, and its first SWC title since 1948.
But there was some consolation for TEXAS. Despite some tricks by Texas A&M—an on-side kick on the opening kickoff, a cross-field lateral on another kickoff—the Longhorns won 22-14 and will play Mississippi in the Bluebonnet Bowl. Chris Gilbert ran through the Aggies for 137 yards, Bill Bradley passed for a touchdown and David Conway kicked two field goals. About all retiring Rice Coach Jess Neely salvaged from his last year were a few might-have-beens. His Owls tried hard, but BAYLOR'S Terry Southall beat them 21-14 with two touchdown passes.
After nine straight victories in the Astrodome, Houston lost its magic touch. Behind MEMPHIS STATE 14-13, the Cougars missed a two-point conversion with 8:21 to go ("We don't play for a tie," said Coach Bill Yeoman), and then Ken Herbert's 31-yard field-goal try, with 1:14 left, failed. TEXAS WESTERN scored twice in the last five minutes to overtake Utah 27-20.
1. SYRACUSE (8-2)
2. ARMY (8-2)
3. HARVARD (8-1)