Let us talk now of the comeback, for that is all there is left that is important about this centennial year of the sport. The season-long battle for No. 1 had shrunk to the last 15 minutes of the last game, and the question of whether Texas, thoroughly bothered and bewildered, could find a way out of its clamps.
Upstairs in the world's most crowded little press box, where the President had moved at halftime to chat with Bud Wilkinson and Chris Schenkel, a very miserable man stood holding hands, for luck, with a pretty girl. He was Jones Ramsey, the Texas publicity man, and she was Barbara Specht, the Centennial Queen.
"I hate to be partial." said the queen, who goes to Texas Tech, "but after all I am a Texan."
And Ramsey said, "I'm a coward and I believe in jinxes, but maybe Street doesn't."
About this time, on second down and nine from the Arkansas 42, Street, who boars the nickname of Slick because of his good looks, his flashy clothes and, more important to Royal, his ball handling, dropped back to pass. Then, seeing his receivers covered, Street darted through the line, flashed into the Arkansas secondary (see cover), slipped past tacklers and sped on an angle across the field, running for either the goal line or the presidential helicopter. No one was about to catch him. It was the first daylight Texas had seen and Street took advantage of it for the touchdown.
Street also went for two points on the conversion, which wasn't so surprising. When you're No. 1 you have to try to stay that way, and a tie would have put Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl against the Irish and probably blown the national title for either. So Slick Street ran an option to his left and barged in. It was 14-8, and suddenly this was the Texas-Arkansas game we all know and love.
"I was gonna throw the hook," Street said later of his touchdown run. "But their linebacker fogged my eyes. I couldn't see any receivers, so I decided I'd better run. Sure glad."
Having displayed what people call his so-so running ability to the utmost. Street would soon get an opportunity to display his so-so passing ability and, in fact, win the game good and proper. That, however, took a decision by Arkansas that the Hogs may ponder long and hard. It quite possibly cost Arkansas the game.
Although Street's run had put Texas back in the game, Arkansas stormed right back and, with Montgomery hitting three passes, the Razorbacks moved 73 yards to the Texas seven-yard line. Here it was, third down with only 10 minutes left to play, and just about everybody in Arkansas and Texas knew that the signal to Montgomery from Arkansas' Offensive Coach Don Breaux would be to run the middle and take the field goal. That would make it 17-8, a margin too great to overcome.
But Arkansas didn't take the three points. Montgomery, under a rush, threw short and badly into the end zone for Dicus, who looked open, and up came Danny Lester to intercept. Texas was alive.