1. TEXAS (0-0)
2. ARKANSAS (0-0)
3. HOUSTON (1-0)
It did not seem likely, but there was defending champion SMU, considered a first-class threat for last place in the Southwest Conference this season, audaciously trading touchdowns and field goals with Texas A&M, which was regarded as the most likely team to challenge Texas and Arkansas for the championship. In fact, the Mustangs led A&M 13-10 with less than a minute to play. Then Aggie Quarterback Edd Hargett threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Halfback Bill Long, Charlie Riggs kicked the extra point, A&M went ahead 17-13 and all was right again in the Southwestern world. Right for about 39 seconds, for that was all it took SMU, led by Halfback Jerry Levias, who had tormented the Aggies all afternoon, and Ines Perez, a 5'4" quarterback who had replaced injured Mike Livingston late in the first half, to do exactly what it did all last year, find a last-gasp way to win. Levias started it by running the kickoff back 24 yards to the SMU 42. Perez, dodging his way under the charging Aggie linemen, passed to Levias for 29 yards, to Halfback Mike Richardson for 11 and End Sam Holden for 12. Now the ball was on the A&M six. Two plays later, with only four seconds to go, Perez threw to Levias in the end zone, and SMU had its win 20-17. In all Perez completed 10 of 12 passes for 107 yards. "Perez and Levias," said Coach Hayden Fry happily, "are my two little giants."
It was a big weekend for second-string quarterbacks in Texas. The night before, in Houston's Astrodome, Sophomore Ken Bailey was standing on the sidelines chatting idly with his cousin, Bo Burris, who quarter-backed Houston last year. Suddenly Dickie Woodall limped off the field with a bruised thigh, and Bailey was the quarterback for the Cougars against Florida State. He had help from Halfbacks Warren McVea and Paul Gipson, who ran for three touchdowns between them, but Bailey did well enough on his own. He completed seven of 13 passes for 129 yards and ran for a score, as Houston won 33-13. "He acted like he'd been out there all his life," said Guard Rich Stotter.
Saturday night it was the turn of the University of Texas at El Paso (they ought to change the name; Texas Western would be nice) to come up with a good substitute quarterback. When Billy Stevens, one of the nation's top passers, had trouble moving the Miners against the University of California at Santa Barbara, understudy Brooks Dawson took over. He completed 17 of 26 passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns, and the Texans won walking 50-14, which was hardly a kind way to treat Santa Barbara's Jack Curtice, who used to coach the Miners back in the late 1940s. But not even that score satisfied UTEP Coach Bobby Dobbs, who talked of "mental errors" and "ironing out the kinks."
Touchdowns came fast when West Texas State and Montana State got together in Canyon, and West Texas finished one up, beating the visitors 35-26.
1. USC (1-0)
2. UCLA (1-0)
3. WYOMING (1-0)
UCLA or USC, take your pick; that is the West Coast story. Although UCLA's 20-16 victory over Tennessee (page 14) was not overwhelming, it was impressive. USC, on the other hand, convinced Washington State's Bert Clark that it was something special after the Trojans dismembered his Cougars 49-0. "The quickest team I've ever seen," said Clark admiringly. "They have the potential to be as good as anybody." What hit Clark hardest was USC's speed. Tailback O. J. Simpson, the 9.4 sprinter, ran for 94 yards and scored once. Flanker Jim Lawrence, a 9.6 man in the 100, dashed 26 yards for a touchdown, while Split End Earl McCullouch, who has tied the world record for the 110-meter high hurdles, caught five passes for 145 yards. The Trojans' depth was also evident when substitute Fullback Dan Scott came in and scored three touchdowns. Nor was there any letdown when starting Quarterback Toby Page went out with badly bruised ribs late in the first quarter. Steve Sogge, a baseball catcher, took over and guided the Trojans to three touchdowns. True to the trade, USC Coach Johnny McKay could find a gloomy note. "We didn't block very well in the second half," he said. "We can't be that inconsistent and beat Texas next week."
Washington Coach Jim Owens' new swing offense looked more like a lazy merry-go-round against Nebraska in Seattle's 105 heat. While the drab Huskies bumbled, Nebraska made the most of Coach Bob Devaney's ball-control game to pound out a 17-7 win. With Quarterback Frank Patrick, a 6'7" sophomore, deftly directing the show, the Huskers scored all of their points in the second quarter. The only time Washington's offense moved was when Quarterback Tom Sparlin ran 48 yards for a touchdown on a broken-pass play.
Oregon Quarterback Eric Olson threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter, but Oregon went to its favorite weapon twice too often against California. With the Ducks ahead 13-7, Bobby Smith picked off a pass in the third quarter, and a little later Fullback John McGaffie plunged over from the one to score as the Bears took the lead 14-13. Then, Defensive End Irby Augustine clinched a 21-13 California victory when he stole an Olson pass and ran it back 14 yards for a touchdown.