At Houston, black and white players room together before games, and by far the most popular player on the team is a black, the wonderful receiver, Elmo Wright. Houston has a black offensive backfield coach, Elmer Redd, who is in his first season, but whom Houston had been trying to hire for some time. A couple of years ago there was a flurry of racial trouble on the Houston campus, but when students tried to organize the black players the players said that they wanted no part of it, that they thought conditions at Houston were fine.
So it was a loose and talented Houston against a strained and not very capable Syracuse, and the result was entirely predictable. Syracuse evened the score at 7-7 midway through the first period before the end of the world arrived. Earl Thomas ran 62 yards for one touchdown and then—a crusher—Houston took over on its own one and promptly scored on a 99-yard pass, Terry Peel to Robert Ford. Two Elmo Wright jobs, touchdown receptions of 54 and 60 yards, put the game away before the first half had ended, and they had the harassed Ben Schwartzwalder shaking his head on the sidelines.
Fortunately for Syracuse, there were easier teams than Houston coming up, but unless the situation improved rapidly it might not really matter.