1. TEXAS (5-0)
2. ARKANSAS (5-0)
3. HOUSTON (3-2)
Houston's defensive coach, Melvin Robertson, had but one thought last week: stopping Ole Miss Quarterback Archie Manning. The practice on Tuesday was an example. Robertson, the smallest of the Cougar coaches, put someone else's size-12 shoes on his size-9 feet before walking out onto the Astro Turf. It wasn't until that night that he noticed the mistake. "They've been squeaking all night, and I never realized it. Well, I guess that's the price I pay for thinking about Ole Miss." Robertson's concentration paid off. Manning, under severe pressure all night, completed only 11 of 28 passes and ran for 19 yards as Houston upset Ole Miss 25-11. Manning hasn't enjoyed his two games with Houston. He suffered cracked ribs against the Cougars last season. As for this year he said, "It was as rough a game as I've ever been involved in."
Gary Mullins, Houston's nearsighted quarterback, would have agreed. His nose was broken on the final play of the first half as he tried to throw a block for Split End Elmo Wright. "The last thing I remember," said the bloodstained Mullins, "was a knee coming at my face." But Mullins still managed to complete 13 passes—mostly screens—for 172 yards and a touchdown. He also scored Houston's first touchdown on a 12-yard run off the Veer T, the Cougars' triple option.
Texas and Arkansas, the high and the mighty, marked time awaiting their December face-off. James Street, the Texas quarterback who jabbers to his teammates in the huddles, was given brief opportunity for oratory. After running up a 21-0 lead against Rice in the first half, he was benched. "Street is a tough little rascal," Coach Darrell Royal explained, "but he's just bone and flesh. There's no reason to risk an injury." Sophomore Eddie Phillips, Street's quieter replacement, finished up the 31-0 slaughter of the Owls.
Reserves gained experience for Arkansas, also. Bill Montgomery and Chuck Dicus, who are the Southwest's deadliest passing combination, watched the entire Wichita State game from the sideline. Even so, the Razorbacks scored 52 points. But Wichita wasn't humiliated. Its 14 points were one more than Arkansas gave up to all four of its previous opponents combined.
Jerry Don Sanders is an unlikely hero. The Texas Tech field-goal kicker is from Earth, Texas, and his nickname is "Hoof," a reference to his 6� shoe size. But Earth had reason to be proud when his 6�s kicked a 36-yarder with 16 seconds left to defeat floundering SMU 27-24.
1. PENN STATE (6-0)
2. SYRACUSE (3-2)
3. WEST VIRGINIA (5-1)
"We were robbed," Dartmouth Coach Bob Blackmail told the press after the Harvard game—surprising words considering that the Indians had just won their fifth straight of the season, 24-10. "I don't mean on the field. Somebody ransacked our dressing room during the game and stole the players' rings and watches." Even before the players discovered the theft, the dressing room was like a tomb. "The team didn't react as if it had won," Blackman said. "They know they didn't play a good game."