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No, coach—not unless it was the one going on down the road in Lubbock, where Texas Tech achieved one of the season's early upsets by knocking off Kansas 38-22. After the visiting Jayhawks took a 16-0 lead, Tech chipped away at it, going ahead 17-16 in the third quarter. Kansas scored again for a 22-17 lead with time running out, but the Red Raiders blew the game open in the last four minutes. The heroes were Quarterback Joe Matulich and End David May, who combined for a 67-yard pass play, and Cornerback Denton Fox, who intercepted two passes—one for a 55-yard touchdown and the other to set up Tech's final TD with three seconds left. "We weren't in real great shape," said Texas Tech Coach J. T. King, who then added in his best coachly fashion: "But we had the character to come back and win." Kansas' normally effervescent Pepper Rodgers, who had watched Tech score the most points ever against one of his teams, groused: "I've been telling you all along that we're not a great team because we're too inexperienced."
In Little Rock, the Arkansas fans were yelling "Sooey pig," as is their wont, and the Razorbacks proceeded to sooey, or whatever it is that nice pigs do, all over Oklahoma State, to the tune of 39-0. Junior Quarterback Bill Montgomery ran for three touchdowns.
Some people had picked Houston as college football's No. 1 team, but apparently Coach Ray Graves of Florida's Gators hadn't heard about it. So sophomore Quarterback John Reaves turned his first varsity pass into a 70-yard touchdown and the young Gators went on to rout the Cougars 59-34 in a bizarre game that was more or less typical of the way college football has come out swinging this year. "We had that game you dream of as a coach," said Graves. "Everything went like you draw it up. The execution was perfect, and the determination was as fine as I've seen by a Florida team. It was a case of everything we did being right and everything Houston did being wrong—and when this happens, a good football team can be beaten badly"
Reaves threw five touchdown passes and broke three school passing records—a performance that had Gator fans comparing him with Steve Spurrier. None of this could have been accomplished, however, without the grit of Florida's offensive line, which blocked so fiercely that the seat of Reaves' pants was almost as clean after the game as before. The most frustrated player on the field was Houston Quarterback Ken Bailey, only next best with five touchdown passes and 246 yards in aerial yardage.
Georgia manhandled Tulane 35-0, but Coach Vince Dooley was not gloating. "Quite honestly," Dooley said afterward, "we might have been better off playing a stronger opponent." Indeed, Georgia had things so much its own way that Halfback Dennis Hughes said enthusiastically, "Man, every time I looked up today, I saw a hole to run through." Hughes carried six times for 23 yards and caught four passes for 90, but even he didn't scare Tulane nearly as much as Defensive Guard Steve Greer. "That Greer is unreal," said Tulane Quarterback Rusty Lachaussee. "I'd turn around and he'd be hanging on my heels."
Bear Bryant coached his very first college game at Blacksburg, Va. in 1945 and his Maryland team lost to Virginia Tech 21-13. The Bear finally got around to returning to Blacksburg and this time the results were more gratifying: Alabama 17, Virginia Tech 13, before the largest crowd (42,000) in the state's history. "Things have changed a lot," said Bryant as he looked around the Tech campus, where he had brought his team a day early, on Thursday, because "I wanted the boys to feel the atmosphere of how much these people wanted to win." Bama's big break came when Tim Bosiack, flustered after making a hurried change from place-kicking to punting shoes, dropped a perfect snap and Alabama recovered at the Tech 49. Two plays later the Tide's George Ranager scored to make it 17-10.
Red-headed Archie Manning led Ole Miss to a 28-3 victory over Memphis State. Manning ran for two touchdowns and completed 11 of 18 passes. "We're much farther along this year than we were at this time last year," observed Archie. Memphis State Coach Billy Murphy, whose team ran up 410 yards against Ole Miss, said, "They've got more depth than they've ever had."
Before the customary 68,000 howling fans in Tiger Stadium, LSU bashed Texas A&M 35-6 and Coach Charlie McClendon observed: "We played 59 boys and they really had fun...it's nice to see them have fun, too." If fun means slamming Texas A&M players to the ground with great gusto, then that's what LSU had, all right. Led by Linebackers George Bevan and Mike Anderson, the Tiger defense held the Aggies to minus 12 yards rushing for three quarters. From then on it didn't matter.