For the 10th straight year, Arkansas beat TCU, as Coach Frank Broyles' offense—one he describes as "two split people and two running backs"—accelerated for a 17-7 win in the last quarter with the help of a 31-yard interference call and a juggled interception. Before that, TCU had stopped two Razorback drives and held a 7-3 lead. "I think we had 'em beat till the interference," said TCU Coach Fred Taylor afterward. "We stopped battlin' then and let'em have it." Sophomore Bill Montgomery quarter-backed the two split people and ensemble into a share of the Southwest Conference lead with Texas Tech, which breezed to a 43-13 win over Colorado State.
It was hail and farewell in Austin. Texas, once beaten, once tied and once again proving that preseason ratings can be deceptive, found midweek booster support after Coach Darrell Royal made an appeal for a little more school spirit. Royal even got the band to come out and play at a secret practice. The secret turned out to be that Royal was at last giving up on senior Quarterback Bill Bradley, who never quite turned in performances that equaled his fame. Bradley was switched to split end, where he debuted by catching a four-yard touchdown pass from his replacement, junior James Street, as the Longhorns whipped Oklahoma State 31-3.
There seems to be a bona fide quarterback loose in Texas, however, in SMU sophomore Chuck Hixson. He went 22 for 34 for 323 yards—with three touchdown passes to Jerry Levias—as SMU outscored North Carolina State 35-14. Still, this was merely three yards and a cloud of dust compared to the high jinks in Houston, where Tennessee came in and busted Rice 52-0, and Houston, with Fullback Paul Gipson carrying for 131 yards and scoring two times, used a fast break and a full-court press to crush Cincinnati 71-33.
1. PENN STATE (3-0)
2. SYRACUSE (2-1)
3. YALE (2-0)
With UCLA coming to town, one would think Syracuse Coach Ben Schwartzwalder might understandably have been nervous. After all, everybody knows that UCLA's Tommy Prothro is a crafty coach who has tricked more than one unsuspecting rival out of a game. But Schwartzwalder knew Prothro didn't have a quarterback. Starter Bill Bolden was still recovering from a shoulder separation, and Jim Nader, his sophomore replacement, had withered in the glare of the limelight. Schwartzwalder also figured his defense could handle Greg Jones and Mickey Cureton, the Bruins' good runners, especially on a field that had been drenched by an all-night and early morning downpour. He was right. Nader's passes were mostly either too long or too short, and the Syracuse line, led by Tackles Art Thorns and Ray White, held Jones and Cure-ton to 48 yards between them. Meanwhile, sophomore Fullback Al Newton and Halfbacks John Godbolt and John Bulicz slipped through UCLA's specially rigged 5-3 defense for 270 yards and Syracuse led 13-0 before the Bruins scored with 6:54 to go. Everybody, including Schwartzwalder, knew what Prothro's next move would be—an onside kick—but nobody could have imagined the result. The kickoff squirted toward the sideline, where Bill Maddox, normally a tight end on offense, scooped it up on the UCLA 49 and ran down the sideline almost unpursued for a shocker of a touchdown to complete a 20-7 upset. "I never saw that before," said Prothro, who is (or was) a devotee of the onside kick.
In a contest of independents, Boston College Halfback Dave Bennett scored four touchdowns as BC hammered Buffalo 31-12. After two weeks of horrendous beatings, Pitt finally found a team it could face. With Tailback Denny Ferris running for 137 yards, the Panthers defeated William and Mary 14-3.
Yale's Brian Dowling was the busiest man in the Yale Bowl. He threw two touchdown passes, scored once and contributed a touchdown to Colgate with an errant lateral which the Red Raiders recovered in the end zone as the Elis won 49-14 for their 10th straight. Harvard also won easily over Bucknell, 59-0, but three other Ivy League contenders had their hands full. Cornell barely squeezed by Rutgers 17-16, Princeton needed 30 points in the last quarter to beat Columbia 44-16 and Dartmouth was upset by Holy Cross 29-17. Penn, a noncontender, got by Brown 17-13.
1. USC (3-0)
2. CALIFORNIA (3-0)
3. OREGON STATE (2-1)