1. TEXAS (8-1-1)
2. ARKANSAS (9-1)
3. HOUSTON (6-2-2)
Although the scoreboard indicated that Texas began winning its game against Texas A&M when it blasted for three touchdowns in the first period, the initial stride toward the victory was taken 12 months earlier. It was a year ago that Longhorn Defensive Halfback Ronnie Ehrig put a picture on the wall of his room showing how the Aggies' Bob Long had outmaneuvered him to score the touchdown that beat Texas 10-7 and cost the Longhorns a conference championship. "I've been thinking about it ever since," Ehrig explained. Tackle Loyd Wainscott summed up the feelings of the rest of the team by saying, "We were out-of-our-minds ready for them." Thus prepared, the Longhorns took a 35-0 halftime lead before throttling down to a 35-14 win that moved them into a tie for the Southwest Conference championship with Arkansas and into the Cotton Bowl against Tennessee. ( Arkansas will face Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.) Bill Bradley, the used-to-be quarterback, was, like Ehrig, a man with a score to settle with the Aggies. He did it by playing as a defensive back and intercepting four passes. In spite of such troubles, Aggie Quarterback Edd Hargett broke Sammy Baugh's conference mark for career touchdown passes by throwing for two more and raising his total to 40.
Only 4,000 people came to see Baylor Coach John Bridgers' final game—he had gotten a Dear John letter from his boss the day before after 10 years on the job—and some of them left in the first period with Rice leading 7-0. As a result, they missed a comeback by the Bears, who gave Bridgers a 16-7 win as a bon voyage present.
1. PENN STATE (9-0)
2. ARMY (7-3)
3. YALE (8-0-1)
All week the word coming out of Annapolis was about the new formations that Coach Bill Elias had been working on "ever since last year's Army-Navy game," that epic occasion when David beat Goliath with a handful of pebbles. West Point was singularly silent, but Coach Tom Cahill did make a slight change in his offensive alignment, and Fullback Charlie Jarvis was reported to be still brooding over his fumble which cost Army a chance to beat Navy last year. When the teams finally got together before the usual 102,000 in Philadelphia's John F. Kennedy Stadium, Elias' new quirk turned out to be a slot T with the slotback inside the tackle, while Ca-hill's gambit was to move his split end in tight in his wing T.
Neither change was very startling but for a while both defenses were thrown off balance by the maneuvers. Then Army, adjusting more quickly, took a 14-0 lead on two smashing plunges by the vengeful Jarvis. But Navy refused to stay sunk. Halfback Dan Pike scored from the one-foot line after a fumbled punt gave the Middies the ball on the Cadet 33, and Tackle Tom LaForce intercepted one of Quarterback Steve Lindell's passes and ran 36 yards for a touchdown to tie the score. Out went Lindell and in came Jim O'Toole, the second-string quarterback who had almost bailed out Army last year. On his second play O'Toole threw a short pass to Split End Joe Albano, who lost his shoe but gained 64 yards to the Navy 14. A minute later Jarvis hustled over from the 10-yard line for his third touchdown and Army had its win, 21-14.
Boston College had no such trouble bringing down Holy Cross, thanks to Frank Harris, a smooth sophomore passer, and Dave Bennett, a fast senior halfback with dipsy-doodle moves. Harris completed 17 of 24 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns, and Bennett scored twice on 22-and 71-yard runs as BC rolled up 609 yards and a 40-20 victory.