Only nine minutes earlier Cutburth had tried a sneak from Oklahoma's six-inch line, but was stopped short of scoring. Or was he?
"I'd rather not comment on that," fumed Cowboy Coach Floyd Gass, "but when you move the length of your body and only have inches to go, well, it will show in the films."
"I thought I was in," said Cutburth, "but I guess it wasn't my decision."
"I'm 80 years older," sighed the winning coach, Oklahoma's Chuck Fairbanks.
Cutburth hit 17 of 32 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns, both to Eben, besides running for two more TDs himself. He set all sorts of Oklahoma State records, but nobody tops Owens when it comes to records. This time he set two national marks by carrying 55 times in one game and 358 times for the season. His 261 yards and two TDs against the Cowboys assured him of the national rushing and scoring championships.
At Tulsa, Louisville used three long runs to beat limping Tulsa 35-29 for a 5-4-1 record in Lee Corso's first year as head coach. Tulsa scored first when John Dobbs, son of the school's athletic director, Glenn Dobbs, threw 23 yards to Josh Ashton. But Louisville's Lee Bougess and Bill Gatti scored on runs of 44 and 58 yards from scrimmage, respectively, and Cleo Walker ran back an intercepted pass 74 yards to put the Cardinals ahead for keeps.
Shrine Bowl: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M beat Arizona Western 20-6 for the National Junior College Athletic Association championship.
Sterling Bowl: Nassau Community College of Long Island, N.Y. threw a 9-0 record against Hutchinson ( Kans.) Junior College, but the Kansans won 32-7 at Sterling, Kans.
Alonzo Stagg Bowl: Wittenberg's Denny Yontz intercepted a fumble at the William Jewell nine-yard line, and Gary Sherman scored two plays later to give Wittenberg a 27-21 win.