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In Little Rock, Arkansas used a safety in the third quarter as the pivot to a 23-7 win over stubborn Oklahoma State. With the score tied 7-7, the Cowboys' Jim Benien went back into his end zone to punt. The snap from Center Bob Bridges went over Benien's head and into the hands of the fans in the end-zone seats. That gave the Razorbacks an automatic safety and put them ahead 9-7. Arkansas took the ensuing free kick and made it 16-7 when Bill Burnett scored on a pro sweep. Burnett also scored the Hogs' last touchdown for a Southwest Conference career record of 40. Arkansas' Chuck Dicus caught five passes to become the school's alltime top receiver. And Quarterback Bill Montgomery completed 11 of 14, with two clearly dropped, in a fine comeback from his erratic performance in the Razorbacks' opening loss to Stanford.
1. PENN STATE (1-0)
Near the end of Penn State's 55-7 victory over Navy, Coach Joe Paterno was pacing up and down before his bench, shouting: "Who hasn't been in yet?"
"I haven't," said a player.
"Well, get in there at tight end," said Paterno.
"But I'm a tackle."
"Well, that's close enough."
And so the tackle went in at tight end, which gives you a fair idea of how easily the Nittany Lions extended their unbeaten streak to 31 and their winning streak to 23—both the longest in the nation. Behind senior Quarterback Mike Cooper, the Lions' offense looked even more explosive than it had last season. Cooper passed for two touchdowns and scored one himself, and he proved his leadership by driving State across the goal four times in the second period. Said Navy Coach Rick Forzano, "My mother probably could have thrown the football with all the protection he had, but Cooper did thread it very well."
What especially pleased Paterno was his defense. Even with seven new men Penn State held Navy to 122 yards in total offense, and the defense also accounted for three TDs, with a recovered fumble, an interception and Halfback Mike Smith's 50-yard punt return. "It was one of the finest opening games any State team has played since I've been here," said Paterno.