1. TEXAS (2-0)
2. ARKANSAS (2-0)
3. TEXAS TECH (1-1)
"Everybody in Austin was a punter after our first game," said Scooter Monzingo of the Texas Longhorns. "Nearly everyone I saw last week had some suggestions for me." Monzingo, a senior from Del Rio, averaged just 31.8 yards on six punts against California. But against Texas Tech he increased his average by 11 yards and gave the ball to the Red Raiders on their nine-(twice), 13- and 12-yard lines. The tip that made the difference came from Assistant Coach Willie Zapalac. "I had been holding the front end of the ball up a little too high," Monzingo said. "This week I held it down more and got under it."
Of course, the further education of the punter's toe was not the sole reason for Texas' 49-7 win, its first against Tech in three years. There was the consistent ground power of Fullback Steve Worster and Tailback Ted Koy, plus a brilliant 53-yard punt return by Cotton Speyrer, the split end. James Street completed only three passes for 29 yards, "because I was throwing behind the receivers," but the defense more than compensated for the absence of a passing attack. The Longhorns converted three pass interceptions and a fumble recovery into touchdowns.
Arkansas won a yawner over Tulsa, 55-0, but one of the 77 passes thrown during the afternoon had the fans wide awake and cheering. After Placekicker Bill McClard's conversion—one of a bunch—a young boy caught the ball on the cinder track surrounding the field. Without hesitation, he turned and hurled it over the scoreboard to an accomplice, who caught the ball on the run, did a nifty zig-in between some parked cars and was gone.
Coach Frank Broyles of Arkansas was naturally pleased with his team's effort. "Our defense again made it easy for the offense," he said. Indeed, the Razorback defense hasn't been scored on in 14 quarters. Arkansas concludes its season against Texas on Dec. 6 and that's the big game that the fans and the coach are pointing to. When ABC rescheduled the game last March, Barbara Broyles told her husband it was a mistake. "You'll never be able to stand the wait," she said.
After LSU inflicted a 42-0 loss on Rice in Houston, the LSU cheering section began a "We're No. 1" chant. Coach Charlie McClendon toned down that analysis, saying, "Our fans get carried away sometimes. Is this the best LSU club I've ever had? Lordy no, I wouldn't say that. We've just won two games. When you label a team good, I want it to be good. I mean real good."
Everyone knew that the Tigers would be able to throw this year, but LSU also proved it was able to run with the ball. A total of 13 Tigers carried the ball 66 times for 272 yards. McClendon has solved another old problem, injury to his top quarterback. "I've had my starter injured in five of the last seven years. When you've got just one, what do you do? That's why we're bringing three along. We don't want to get hurt there again."
1. USC (2-0)
2. STANFORD (2-0)
3. UCLA (3-0)