1. TEXAS (4-0)
2. ARKANSAS (4-1)
3. TEXAS TECH (4-1)
For all you fans who liked last year's Texas-Arkansas game, here is some good news: it looks as if this year's game on Dec. 5 in Austin might be just as exciting. The Longhorns (page 18) appear to be as mean as ever, and if you haven't checked out Arkansas since its opening loss to Stanford, you had better take another look. Last week, for instance, it took the Razorbacks almost a half to get revved up, but then they zapped Baylor 41-7 to register the widest margin of victory in their long series.
With time running out in the first half Arkansas had only two field goals and a 6-0 lead. But the Razorbacks' monster man, Bobby Field, intercepted a pass to set up Bill Burnett's scoring plunge, and Quarterback Bill Montgomery ran over a two-point conversion to send the Razorbacks on their way. When Burnett (109 yards on 27 carries, two TDs) was not making big gains through the Baylor line Montgomery was making them aloft. And then there was Archie. No, not the one from Ole Miss. "Archie Bennett is the Arkansas center who heads up the second offensive unit known as Archie's Heroes. They got two TDs late in the game.
In College Station, Texas A&M's sophomore quarterback, Lex James, received a smothering welcome into the Southwest Conference. He was unable to avoid the attentions of Texas Tech's defense as the Red Raiders won 21-7. James threw four interceptions (to Bruce Bushong, Jerry Watson, Dale Rebold and Mike Watkins) and afterward he said: "I personally stopped us." The Aggies failed to get a first down until only five minutes were left in the first half, thanks mainly to Tech Linebacker Larry Molinare and Tackle Bob Mooney, who combined for 19 tackles. Offensively, Coach Jim Carlen's winners were led by Quarterback Charles Napper (12 of 14 passes for 116 yards) and Fullback Miles Langehennig (88 yards on 21 carries). Said Carlen, "We are not a great team now, but we are working toward that."
1. STANFORD (4-1)
2. USC (3-1-1)
3. AIR FORCE (5-0)
The Stanford-USC game was a thriller—for Indian fans, anyway—but the one between UCLA and Oregon was wilder. With only 4:38 remaining UCLA was sitting on a 19-point lead (40-21), and even Bruin Coach Tommy Prothro was feeling good about the situation. "I didn't think we could lose it," he admitted later. What came next was a finish that none of the 44,722 fans in the Los Angeles Coliseum will soon forget. Oregon scored three quick touchdowns and made off with a 41-40 victory. What happened to the Bruins'? "I don't know," said Prothro. "I've never been involved in a game like that."
Well, Tommy, your trouble began when Tom Blanchard came in at quarterback for Oregon. He was supposed to do little more than run out the clock, but instead threw for two quick TDs. Suddenly Oregon was in the game. Then UCLA's reserve quarterback, Jim Nader, fumbled a pitchout, and Oregon's Delton Lewis recovered on the Bruin 40. In came Oregon's sophomore quarterback, Dan Fouts. With only 30 seconds left he threw a 15-yard pass to Greg Specht for the winning TD. "I had all day to throw," said Fouts, "and he had all day to catch." In the UCLA dressing room Prothro was understandably depressed ("I thought all week it would be a wild one, but never did I expect such a wild one"), but perhaps the most dejected man was UCLA's quarterback, Dennis Dummit, whose fine passing game—227 yards and three TDs—went for naught.
The chilly, snowy weather in Colorado Springs forced fans to begin leaving in the second quarter, and it also put a damper on both Air Force and Tulane. The Falcons won 24-3, but their passing game, tops in the nation, was virtually grounded, and Quarterback Bob Parker threw four interceptions. Many of the Tulane players, meanwhile, were seeing snow for the first time. But what hurt Tulane more than the snow was Air Force's blitzing defense, which caught the Green Wave quarterbacks for losses 13 times. The most ferocious Falcon was Middle Guard Billy (The Guesser) Mayfield, who guessed right more often than not. He made 14 unassisted tackles.