Miami, struggling with its quarterback problems, got upset again, this time by Penn State 17-8. Miami Coach Charlie Tate had to be envious when State's Tom Sherman efficiently completed 15 of 24 passes for 188 yards. "Too bad I can't trade for a quarterback or buy one," Tate said later.
North Carolina State's defensive unit, which has been wearing white shoes this year because it wants "identity," earned it against Florida Slate. The Wolfpack held FSU to 36 yards rushing in a 20-10 victory. Georgia Tech struggled for a while with TCU before winning 24-7, and Tulane looked sound against North Carolina 36-11
1. HOUSTON (3-0)
2. TEXAS TECH (2-0)
3. TEXAS AT EL PASO (1-0)
Texas and Arkansas are supposed to be the two strongest teams in the Southwest Conference, and perhaps someday this season they may win a game. But not yet. It was Texas Tech that beat the Longhorns on Saturday after eight years of trying. Tech Coach J. T. King instructed his defensive secondary to charge in fast to stop the runs of Texas' Bill Bradley and Chris Gilbert, with all the risks of long gains that such a defense implies. But only once was Tech caught; Gilbert got away for an 80-yard touchdown run. Tech Quarterback John Scovell more than made up for it. He carried 25 times for 175 yards, ran for one touchdown and passed for another. Ken Vinyard kicked 37-and 54-yard field goals, and the Raiders had a 19-13 win. "We were sick of hearing about this Longhorn supremacy," said King. "We had the best material and we won."
Arkansas also lost its second straight, this time to Tulsa 14-12. In 1966 Coach Glenn Dobbs had predicted, " Arkansas won't beat me next year. I'll have my team, and theirs will be gone." How right he was. He got his big boys flatbellied and went after the Hogs hard with a surprising running game instead of Tulsa's usual throw, throw, throw. Quarterback Mike Stripling scored on eight-and two-yard runs, Doug Wyatt kicked two extra points, and that was enough.
Houston, meanwhile, rolled on. Quarterback Dick Woodall threw four touchdown passes, three of them to Split End Ken Hebert, who also kicked six extra points and ran for two to score 26 in all, as the Cougars ripped off 695 yards on offense and beat Wake Forest 50-6. Houston's first team played only a half and Wondrous Warren McVea a little more than a quarter, scoring once on a 70-yard pass play. Rice was the only SWC team to win. The Owls, overcoming a slow start with a 33-yard pass and a 60-yard run, beat Navy 21-7.
1. PURDUE (2-0)
2. COLORADO (2-0)
3. NOTRE DAME (1-1)
USC Coach John McKay was talking about his team the night before the Michigan State game. "I wish I knew how good we really are." he said. "What will we do tomorrow? Well, we'll pass against them if we can, and I think we'll just let O.J. [Simpson] see how strong their defense is." O.J. found out, and it wasn't strong enough. Quarterback Steve Sogge spread out the Spartan defense with his quick, short passes—he completed 14 of 16—and Simpson darted into the running room that the passing made available. Feinting, faking and bulling when he had to, he carried 36 times for 190 yards and scored two touchdowns. Even with that the Trojans were behind 17-14 at half time, thanks to a comedy of second-period errors that let Michigan State take advantage of a fumbled punt, an all-too-obvious long-passing situation and a misguided intentional safety for all of its points. Then Simpson showed another one of his talents. He threw a seven-yard pass actually it floated like a paper airplane—to Jim Lawrence for the touchdown that gave the Trojans a 21-17 win.