1. TEXAS (3-0)
2. ARKANSAS (3-0)
3. HOUSTON (1-2)
He went unnoticed through the entire first half, jammed up in Austin's Memorial Stadium with 63,500 of his fellow Americans, but then the Texas band gave him away—first by playing Ruffles and Flourishes, then The Star-Spangled Banner. Soon the nearest aisle was so crowded that Lyndon B. Johnson retreated to a vacant seat among some high-rank Navy officers in a neighboring section. But, alas, the admirals' defense was no better than the Naval Academy's football team out there on the field. So, midway through the third quarter, L.B.J. formed up his interference into a rough facsimile of the old flying wedge, left the stadium and thereby was spared the boredom of sitting through the final moments of Texas' 56-17 victory over Navy.
Even at that, Johnson stayed around longer than the Longhorns' first team, which left the field for good with 10 minutes left in the second quarter. By that time Texas' offense already had scored four touchdowns—Halfback Ted Koy scoring two and Quarterback James Street and Halfback Jim Bertelsen accounting for one each—while the Longhorns' defense had yielded Navy a paltry 23 yards. When it was finally over Texas had gained 523 yards on the ground alone, while scoring the school's most points since 1949 and the most ever against the Middies. "This is the worst thing that has happened to Navy since Pearl Harbor," said Oklahoma Line Coach Pat James, one of six Sooner coaches who were in the press box looking for ways to beat Texas in next week's big game. The victory was Darrell Royal's 100th at Texas, and his team gave him the game ball.
Every other college team in the country may be swept up in the current scoring rage, but not Arkansas, stubborn old Arkansas. The Razorbacks still win games by playing defense. You all do remember defense, right? Against poor Texas Christian, for instance, Arkansas won 24-6 by not letting the Horned Frogs score a touchdown, something Arkansas has not given up in its last 18 quarters. Oh, TCU tried all right. Quarterback Steve Judy directed drives of 73, 93, 73 and 60 yards—all without crossing the goal. Three times TCU got inside the Arkansas five, but a couple of Wayne Merritt field goals were the best the Frogs could manage. Meanwhile, Arkansas Quarterback Bill Montgomery pulled the tape off his injured ribs in the first quarter, then passed for two touchdowns before leaving the game with eight minutes left.
After flopping miserably in its first two games, both losses, Houston was up to its old tricks. Faced with the perennial patsy of the SEC—Mississippi State—the Cougars kept the Astrodome scoreboard blinking like a pinball machine, running the score all the way up to 74-0. Sophomore Quarterback Gary Mullins (whose nickname, of course, is Moon) completed five of six passes in the first half.
Oklahoma State overcame a 10-0 deficit to beat Texas Tech 17-10. Tackle John Ward set up the winning touchdown by grabbing a misfired punt, then lumbering 20 yards to the Tech 22. "I'm not coached too much on running," apologized Ward.
1. OHIO STATE (2-0)
2. MISSOURI (3-0)
3. PURDUE (3-0)
The quarterback, No. 15, took the snap from center and sprinted right, along with the entire black-shirted Purdue team. He was supposed to run, he said later, but he looked up and saw all sorts of white Stanford shirts coming at him. So once more he cocked that right arm, and he threw the football. All told, the pass did not go more than five yards, and it did not even count in the official game statistics. But Mike Phipps did not throw a more important pass all day, because when Greg Fenner went among three defenders and gathered it in Purdue had a two-point conversion and a remarkable 36-35 victory over Stanford.