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All four of Texas' starting backs ( Jim Bertelsen, Ted Koy, Steve Worster, James Street) gained more than 100 yards as the Longhorns gained 611 yards rushing, a school record, while flattening SMU 45-14. " Texas has got the greatest college team I have ever seen and probably ever will see," gushed the losing coach, Hayden Fry, but the Longhorn players were not all that impressed with themselves. "Actually, we aren't a real good club yet," said Tackle Bobby Wuensch, who opened a lot of holes in the SMU line. "We still have a lot of work to do." Texas' fine defensive tackle, Leo Brooks, tore some ligaments in his right knee and probably will be out for good.
A journalism class at the University of Houston was assigned to write up the Houston- Miami football game, and it was a cinch that no boy got more wrapped up in his homework than Earl Thomas. Besides being a member of the football team, Thomas also ended up as the game's hero, catching a seven-yard TD pass with only 11 seconds left as the Cougars beat Miami 38-36.
The last two times Dartmouth traveled to the Yale Bowl, Yale had run up a total of 103 points, and after the first quarter last week unbeaten Dartmouth must have thought it was going to happen again. Yale led 14-7, but then the Indians scored three touchdowns in a row, and it was all downhill from there on. Halfback Tom Quinn registered his second touchdown punt return in as many weeks (for 54 yards) and threw a touchdown pass as well, as Dartmouth came out with a 42-21 rout.
Yale did supply the leading rusher, Don Martin, a converted defensive back, who gained 137 yards and caused the NFL's leading rusher, Calvin Hill, to say that Martin should have been switched to offensive halfback last year. Reminded that he himself was the Yale halfback last year, Hill amended: "You're right. He should have been on defense."
Penn State's defense fooled Boston College for the first half and allowed BC a surprising 13 points. Or was it BC's offense that fooled Penn State? Midway into the third period, with the Nittany Lions trailing 16-10, the game fell into place and ended with Penn State on top 38-16. Mike Reid and the rest of the defense set up two touchdowns as Safety Neal Smith stole his 17th career pass and eighth this season and End Gary Hull blocked a punt at the Eagles' 15. That ups State's total points accountable for by the defense to 58 for the season, based on 25 turnovers. Dennis Onkotz, a 6'2", 212-pound linebacker who runs back punts, scored his first touchdown this season when he dashed 48 yards with one.
Syracuse, the near-upset victor over Penn State two weeks ago, turned victim this week, falling to Pittsburgh. The 21-20 game was almost more upsetting for its errors than for its outcome, but the winning play was no mistake. Pitt Coach Carl DePasqua called a fake placement after the Panthers' second touchdown, and the Orangemen fell for it, allowing Quarterback Frank Gustine to hit George Medich in the end zone, gaining a 15-14 lead. Said DePasqua, "Our kids gutted it out all the way—the greatest win of my life."
Speaking of errors, most of the Army-Air Force game seemed to be one big one. Neither team appeared to want the win, but Air Force finally succumbed to it, 13-6, on a 96-yard kickoff return late in the game.