1. TEXAS (3-0)
2. ARKANSAS (3-1)
3. TEXAS TECH (3-1)
Lunching on steak four hours before his Texas Longhorns were to meet UCLA, Darrell Royal considered the possibilities. "We've had a variety of defenses thrown at us," he said, "and we've tried to anticipate them all. I was wondering what we might have missed, so I got to thinking that UCLA might try to send their end after our wide man in the triple option on every play. It would be a bold move, and I wondered what it would do to us." Royal discussed the question with his assistants but decided not to bother Eddie Phillips, the Longhorns' new quarterback. It was too late to go back to the blackboard. By late in the afternoon the Bruins had successfully shadowed both Phillips and his wide man with a bearish brand of man-for-man defense and held the Texans to one touchdown and two long field goals.
Meanwhile, Quarterback Dennis Dummit of UCLA had passed for 340 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 completions, and the surprising Bruins were ahead 17-13 with 20 seconds left. The Longhorns' 23-game winning streak, the longest in college football, not to mention the defense of their national championship, depended on a third-and-19 play with the ball on the UCLA 45-yard line. All-America receiver Cotton Speyrer ran downfield and cut to his left past two defenders. Phillips threw. Speyrer caught the ball at the 25 and raced into the end zone. "You don't have to apologize for beating a fine team like UCLA, no matter how you beat them," Royal said later. "Sure, luck is involved—but you have to be in a position for luck to happen. Luck doesn't go around looking for a stumblebum."
Early last week it appeared that Bill Burnett's shoulder separation would keep the most-traveled ballcarrier in Arkansas history on the sideline against TCU. But when game time arrived Burnett said, "I can't see missing a game when I can stand the pain." Thereupon he scored four touchdowns as the Razorbacks routed the Frogs 49-14, the widest margin in their 50-year series. The Arkansas defense held Steve Judy, TCU's sprint-out quarterback, to minus seven yards rushing. "I've got another year to try," said Judy, "but it seems like that's what I say every year."
Rice Coach Bo Hagan is nothing if not optimistic. After his Owls were beaten 24-0 by LSU two weeks ago, Hagan said his defense had jelled. "It's hard for people to believe a coach when he says something like that," Hagan admitted. But as of Saturday Hagan could afford to look owlish, for Rice shut out California 28-0.
Texas Tech was slicker against Santa Barbara after its frantic loss to Texas the previous week. The Red Raiders oiled in 63-21.
1. MISSISSIPPI (3-0)
2. AUBURN (3-0)
3. GEORGIA TECH (4-0)
Army ventured into Knoxville, Tenn. to try its Southern strategy, but it was an ill-conceived campaign. Tennessee scored 28 points during the first half, and in the final quarter the reserves added three more touchdowns. The margin of defeat, 48-3, was Army's second alltime worst, but the day could have been even more embarrassing. Only a missed extra point prevented the Cadets from yielding the highest enemy score in the Academy's 80-year football history.