All week long Illinois practiced its goal-line offense. What the Illini should have worked on was getting across the 50. They couldn't make it beyond their own 41 in the first half and eventually lost to Minnesota 10-7. Wisconsin, however, suffered the unkindest Big Ten loss of all. The Badgers were beaten 13-11 by longtime patsy Pitt.
For a half Tulsa played like any normal team against Tampa. The Hurricanes led 14-0 on two running plays. Then substitute Quarterback Mike Stripling put the Tulsa aerial circus in motion. He threw five touchdown passes—three to Flanker Rick Eber—in a 49-point third quarter, and the Hurricanes breezed 77-0. Western Michigan held the lead in the Mid-American by beating Kent State 16-7. However, only a game behind are Toledo, which beat Bowling Green 33-0, Miami of Ohio, a 48-6 winner over Marshall, and Ohio U., which lost 25-22 to William and Mary in a nonleague game.
1. HOUSTON (3-1)
2. RICE (2-1)
3. TEXAS (2-2)
With SMU-Army and Texas-Oklahoma as the attraction, more than 100,000 students and fans swarmed into downtown Dallas last weekend. Extra police were called out, but when the joyousness was over there were only two major casualties: SMU and Oklahoma. On Friday night Army Quarterback Steve Lindell hit SMU with 12 completions in 15 attempts, Fullback Chuck Jarvis jammed through the soft Mustang middle for two touchdowns and the Cadets won 24-6. "We're all embarrassed," said SMU's Hayden Fry.
Saturday saw a typical Texas-Oklahoma game, vicious, bruising and close. The Sooners took a 7-0 lead on Ron Shotts's two-yard run, and then the Longhorns began struggling back. Rob Layne, son of the Texas immortal Bobby Layne, kicked a 35-yard field goal, and Quarterback Bill Bradley's six-yard keeper in the last period gave Texas a 9-7 victory.
Texas A&M, beaten four straight times in close games, was about to lose its fifth when Texas Tech went ahead 24-21 with 53 seconds to play. But Quarterback Edd Hargett, who had already brought the Aggies from behind twice, made one last effort. With only three seconds left and the ball on the Tech 15, Hargett faded to pass, saw running room and made it into the end zone to win for A&M 28-24. Arkansas, down 10-7 to Baylor with 37 seconds to go, survived a multitude of errors to get a 10-10 tie. The Hogs lined up incorrectly on Bob White's field-goal try from the 20, Holder Terry Stewart fumbled the snap and then hurriedly put the ball down sideways—like a pumpkin. But White kicked it anyway, and it curled over the crossbar. "That was the worst looking field goal I ever saw," complained Baylor's John Bridgers.
Rice left nothing to chance. The Owls rolled past Northwestern 50-6 as Quarterback Bob Hailey passed for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth.
1. USC (5-0)
2. UCLA (5-0)
3. WYOMING (5-0)