1. TEXAS AT EL PASO (6-2-1)
2. TEXAS A & M (6-4)
3. HOUSTON (7-3)
As Aggies leaned out of windows and hung from trees (in addition to filling Kyle Field), Edd Hargett faded back and unfurled a picture pass. Texas A&M Flanker Bob Long snaked down the sideline, cut sharp left, caught the ball on the Texas 36 and went all the way for the 80-yard touchdown that beat Texas 10-7. "Our defense was tremendous except for that one play, but that was the whole load of watermelons," said Darrell Royal, who had earlier predicted, "Hargett can either hum it in there or Andy Gump it." Maybe he meant Alley Oop.
Texas Tech knocked Arkansas out of a bowl a second straight year by rushing into a 24-0 lead and then holding on until the final whistle. Quarterback Ronny South rallied Arkansas for 27 points but, meanwhile, Tech Tackle Jimmy Moylan had turned a dumpy South pass into a touchdown and a 31-27 win. TCU defeated Rice 14-10, and SMU beat Baylor 16-10.
1. USC (9-1)
2. WYOMING (10-0)
3. OREGON STATE (7-2-1)
Syracuse had to travel 3,000 miles to strike a blow for eastern football. The Orange, coming at UCLA's ailing Gary Beban in waves, dumped him for big losses and eventually forced him out of the game to nurse his battered rib cage. All Beban had to show for his farewell was 17 yards passing and minus nine yards rushing. Worse yet for the Bruins, Syracuse's Rick Cassata performed as if he were the Heisman Trophy hopeful instead of Beban. Cassata passed for two touchdowns, ran for two, and the Orange upset UCLA 32-14. "Looks like we're No. 4 in the East and No. 3 in the nation," said Assistant Coach Chuck Fogarty.
It hardly took Texas at El Paso Quarterback Billy Stevens any time to get his name into the record books against Utah. He threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter, his 50th and 51st, to break Jerry Rhome's major college mark, as the UTEPs beat the Utes 28-8. Air Force never had a chance against Colorado, losing 33-0.
Undefeated San Diego State (enrollment 18,000), the nation's No. 1 "small-college" team, got its comeuppance from Utah State (enrollment 8,076), a major college. The Aggies won 31-25 on Gerald Watson's one-yard run with 48 seconds to go, breaking the Aztecs' 25-game winning streak.
Washington's season ended the way it began, in defeat, as Washington State upset the Huskies 9-7, while BYU overwhelmed San Jose State 67-8.