The 41 points Texas scored turned out to be the Longhorns' alltime high against Oklahoma, and the total grew because Texas got some cheap ones, the way a good team does when it has the other whipped physically. Fumbles and interceptions inside the Oklahoma 25 put the game away in the third quarter.
Along with the cheap points came an expensive injury. Speyrer, a star of far more games than just the UCLA win, was carted off with a broken arm in the third quarter. He had sailed up for a deep pass from Phillips, got hit and broke it coming down—without the ball.
Royal confided before the game that he thought Texas had a chance to be as good as last year, particularly on offense, even without Street. But losing Speyrer gave him second thoughts. If names mean anything, there was hope in his replacement, however. That individual, Dean Campbell, is only 5'5" and 150 pounds. But he is a neighbor of Royal's in Austin—"he lives close to greatness," said a fan—and Campbell's late father used to be "Captain Superior" on Austin television.
"He's just a little monkey who likes to play," Royal said. "He'll have to do some playing now."
If Texas is going to have a superior victory streak, he sure will. No. 24 for the Longhorns moved them into a rather elite category and put them within striking distance of some even more glorified postwar strings. First, the victory over Oklahoma moved Texas ahead of the 23 in a row recently abandoned by Penn State. It tied the Longhorns with the 24 straight Princeton ran up in the Dick Kazmaier days. Should Texas capture a 25th straight in its next game with Rice, after an off week, that would tie the number of games won in succession by the Davis-Blanchard Army teams in the mid-1940s and by Michigan in the late '40s (the Bob Chappuis-Chuck Ortmann years).
Not entirely out of reach for Royal's crew is the 28 straight that Michigan State gobbled up under Biggie Munn in the early 1950s. Those were the Spartan teams of the "pony backfield"—LeRoy Bolden, Billy Wells, et al. But then you begin dreaming. The only remaining modern streaks to assault are those of Bud Wilkinson's Oklahoma. Royal himself quarterbacked, defended and punted on Sooner teams that won 31 in a row from 1948 through 1950. And then there was the streak of streaks—the 47-gamer in the 1950s.
To reach 31 straight, Texas—a Speyrerless Texas now—would have to defeat the rest of its 1970 foes, including Arkansas and a Cotton Bowl team that perhaps would be as rugged as Notre Dame was a year ago. Finally, it is possible that not even Royal has enough luck left to approach 47 straight.
But 24 is still the most that any college team has taken since that big long stretch of Oklahoma's. And the Texas fans are convinced there will be other miracles—that something good is following Eddie Phillips around just as it followed James Street.
More important, Texas has athletes and a head start with that offense the others are copying. The offensive line might be the best Royal has ever had, and in Steve Worster and Jim Bertelsen, a halfback, he has men who are not only brilliant runners but brutal blockers.
Worster, a strong-legged 210-pounder, is surely the best fullback in the nation. Were he fed the ball more his yardage would excite more people, but Worster spends half his time blocking and faking and otherwise helping the Wishbone average about 350 yards on the ground.