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Seldom in the 63-year-old Texas-Oklahoma rivalry have so many lungs had so much to shout about for so long as they did last Saturday in the Cotton Bowl. In the end the Most Happy Fellas among the 71,938 fans were those yelling for Texas. They could lay claim to their new collective monicker, thanks to the footwork of sophomore Happy Feller, who kicked field goals of 29, 40 and 53 yards—the last one hitting the crossbar on the way over—as the Longhorns won 26-20.
There was, though, much more to the show than just Feller. Sooner Tailback Steve Owens churned out 127 yards in 28 rushes and Quarterback Bob Warmack threw two touchdown passes and scored on a 15-yard run that gave Oklahoma a 20-19 lead with 2:37 left. Texas countered throughout with Fullback Steve Worster, a powerful and original runner who lists to starboard and seems to be trying to scratch his right knee as he plods on. He gained 121 yards in 14 carries. The Longhorns also had an instep to go with Feller's toe. Bill Bradley, the erstwhile quarterback, put enough backspin on his punts to have two of them bounce back out of the Sooner end zone and roll dead on the one-and two-yard lines.
Still, it was Bradley's replacement, Quarterback Jim Street, who led the Longhorns on their 85-yard game-winning drive. Street hit on five passes as he brought the ball to the Sooner 21. Then Worster took over once again, barging ahead for 14 yards on a draw play and, on the very next play, slamming over right guard, breaking a tackle and scoring.
Texas Tech, which had upset Texas earlier, surprised the other Southwest Conference co-favorite—Texas A&M—as the Red Raiders scored twice in the final period to win 21-16. All of the Tech scoring drives were set up by the passing of Joe Matulich. Arkansas moved into a tie for the conference lead with the Raiders by holding off Baylor 35-19. The Razorbacks nearly blew a 21-0 lead as Pinky Palmer of the Bears gained 120 yards on the ground and Steve Stuart completed 16 of 23 passes to cut the score to 21-19 with 8:26 remaining. Bill Montgomery then guided the Razor-backs to a pair of quick touchdowns to wrap up the game.
TCU double-teamed Jerry Levias of SMU most of the day and, although he still caught nine passes, the Horned Frogs kept him from any long gainers. But with the score tied in the fourth quarter, Levias gathered in a punt on his own 11, dodged a covey of would be tacklers and went all the way for a touchdown and a 21-14 victory.
Houston fumbled (dropping the ball 10 times and losing it four) and bumbled (throwing four interceptions) its way out of the unbeaten ranks. Taking advantage of it all was previously winless Oklahoma State, which won 21-17 when Wayne Hallmark scored with just 56 seconds to go.
Slightly less than three minutes before the final gun, Army Quarterback Steve Lindell threw a pass over the head of Tight End Gary Steele at the California 29-yard line. The pass looked long, and the Cadets seemed one play closer to losing to the Golden Bears—who were leading 7-3 and who had given up only one touchdown all year. But Steele, who is also a high jumper on the track team, sprang up, up, up after the ball, latched onto it high in the air, fought off a defender and raced into the end zone. In all, the play covered 62 yards and meant a 10-7 defeat for previously unbeaten California.
Keeping track of all the points was almost as difficult as pronouncing the names of those who scored them for Syracuse as the Orangemen made poor Pittsburgh a helpless 50-17 victim. Among those scoring for Syracuse were Belgian-born Kicker George Jakowenko, Mike Chlebeck and Quarterbacks Paul Paolisso and Rich Panczyszyn. Syracuse scored in every possible way except one—a two-point conversion, but at least the Panthers managed one of those.