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FOOTBALL'S WEEK
Sandy Treadwell
December 01, 1969
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December 01, 1969

Football's Week

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The tempo for a wild passing show in Boulder was established when Kansas State and Colorado each had touchdown passes in the opening 28 seconds. State's Lynn Dickey set conference records with 61 attempts and 439 yards gained through the air. Colorado's Jimmy Bratten threw for just 251 yards, but his arm was responsible for five touchdowns. Colorado's 45-32 win sends the Buffaloes into the Liberty Bowl against Alabama.

The state of Ohio can still claim two undefeated, untied teams, Toledo and little Wittenberg University. Toledo scored 21 points in the third quarter and went on to beat Xavier 35-0 for its 10th victory. The Mid-American champions are expected to defeat Davidson in the Tangerine Bowl. Wittenberg concluded a 9-0 year with a 56-0 victory over Wagner and a bowl trip of its own. The trip consists of a short walk across campus. The Tigers will face William Jewell College in Springfield's 7,000-seat Wittenberg Stadium. The teams will play in the first annual Alonzo Stagg Bowl.

SOUTHWEST

1. TEXAS (8-0)
2. ARKANSAS (8-0)
3. HOUSTON (7-2)

When the news of Ohio State's death was announced to the crowds in stadiums around the country, the response was overwhelming, it came to Baylor Stadium in Waco, Texas at halftime of the Baylor-SMU game. Darrell Royal, coach of the second-ranked Texas Longhorns, was in the press box ( Texas was idle), listening to the bands, when he was handed a ticker-tape report of the Ohio State-Michigan final score. One writer described his reaction as "a smile wider than the goalposts" and the coach, in fitting response to good fortune, then kissed the tape. "I'm as pleased as I could be about it," Royal said. "Now we have a shot at finishing No. 1 in the country. I will be surprised if we're not No. 1 in the polls this week." There were only 20,000 assembled to witness the Bears' ninth loss, 12-6, but when the word came in from Ann Arbor they made a tremendous roar that thrilled Royal. "It's nice to know that not everybody in this part of the country is against us," Royal said.

In Houston, fans have a team of their own to be proud of. After his Cougars suffered early-season losses to Florida and Oklahoma State, Coach Bill Yeoman found that a third-stringer named Gary Mullins could fling the ball far enough downfield to reach Split End Elmo Wright. The result has been seven straight wins and a trip to the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl. Elmo caught four touchdown passes from Mullins against Wyoming Saturday night, and the former high school saxophone player now holds every Houston receiving record except one—longest pass play, a 99-yarder from Bo Burns to Warren McVea against Washington State three years ago. After Wright dismantled the Cowboys 41-14, he displayed his gold front tooth in the locker room. "The only difference between tonight and our other games," he grinned, "was that no one tackled me after I got the ball."

There was speculation the week before the game that Houston black athletes might protest in sympathy with the 14 players ousted from the Wyoming squad last month by Coach Lloyd Eaton. One black approached Cornerback Charles Ford and asked what the chances were. Ford replied, "Two, slim and none."

SOUTH

1. LSU (9-1)
2. TENNESSEE (8-1)
3. AUBURN (7-2)

LSU football fans, uncharacteristically perhaps, did not storm Miami, Dallas and New Orleans when they learned that bowl bids went instead to Missouri, Notre Dame and Ole Miss. But, surely, they had to do something. After all, hadn't the Tigers gone 8-1, and didn't they lead the nation in rushing defense? So before the kickoff against Tulane, students paraded before the crowd in Baton Rouge with signs reading WELCOME TO THE BENGAL BOWL and NOTRE DAMN...COTTON WHAT? The game went as expected, considering the loss of incentive, an easy but unimpressive 27-0 victory. "If it had been played on Monday when we heard about the bowl invitations, the score might have been different," said Quarterback Mike Hillman. "Then we really wanted to fight somebody." After the game, Coach Charlie McClendon was presented with a 1969 Oldsmobile, paid for by more than 500 fans throughout Louisiana. After the ceremony one spectator said, forcing a smile, "Now Charlie can drive to the bowl of his choice."

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