Already Steve Worster of Texas had scored four touchdowns and generally run all over the SMU defense. So now with a Texas first down on the Mustangs' one, all of the 66,500 in Austin's Memorial Stadium knew what was coming up. Texas Quarterback Eddie Phillips would hand off to Worster, who would blow over for yet another TD, right? In anticipation, the Texas fans began giving out with "Woo, Woo, Woo," that special cheer for Worster that sounds like a longhorn in need of an Alka-Seltzer. So then, with all this "wooooing" going on, something remarkable happened. Not once, but twice, SMU stopped Worster for zero, zip, no gain. Finally Phillips had to call on Jim Bertelsen for that last yard and his team's last touchdown.
Had Worster scored, his five TDs would have given him the school record for points in one game. Said Phillips, "I personally didn't know Steve could have broken a record, but I figured it would be nice if he could get five touchdowns. He probably would have clubbed me if I had called him again, because he ran most of the plays to get us down there." Worster confirmed his quarterback's suspicion. "I was so tired I couldn't see," he said.
For the game, the Southwest Conference rushing leader gained 144 yards on 25 carries. For that matter, Bertelsen had fun, too, getting 139 yards—including a 72-yard touchdown run—in 14 carries. Another busy Longhorn was Danny Lester, a crack defensive halfback who took over at split end after Cotton Speyrer broke his arm against Oklahoma. Lester played both ways against SMU, but he was more successful on offense than defense. He caught all five of Phillips' completions (Phillips threw only five times), but couldn't keep SMU's Chuck Hixson from completing 31 of 57 passes for 381 yards and two TDs. Woo.
In College Station there was bad news for Arkansas fans. The Razorbacks routed Texas A&M 45-6, but their answer to Worster, Tailback Bill Burnett, suffered a shoulder separation in the second quarter and is probably out for the year. Before the injury, Burnett, the highest scorer in conference history, had scored three times, giving him 49 TDs and 294 points for his career. The previous leader, Doak Walker, scored 288 points while playing one more varsity season than Burnett. "I'm heartbroken for the boy," said Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles, although a physician said Burnett had an "outside chance" of playing against Texas on Dec. 5.
At Houston, Sam Henry, a 25-year-old Air Force veteran, made his debut as a kicker, and his three field goals (two from the 34, one from the 35) helped Houston past Tulsa 21-9. Dicky Ingram's 43-yard field goal gave Texas Tech a 3-0 win over Rice.
1. OHIO STATE (6-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (6-0)
3. NEBRASKA (7-0-1)
Every time Ohio State plays at home it seems as if an alltime record crowd is in the gray old concrete stadium on the banks of the Olentangy River. For the game against Northwestern the attendance was 86,673 (a record, of course), but by halftime about 86,000 were feeling rather concerned about their beloved Buckeyes. The score was Northwestern 10, Ohio State 3 and all sorts of wild things had been going on. Ohio State's quarterback, Rex Kern, had gained only eight yards and had thrown three interceptions. And Northwestern's Mike Adamle, known to his fans as the "Mighty Mite," was stomping all over Jim Stillwagon, Jack Tatum and the rest of Ohio's defense. Clearly, it was a crisis for the top-ranked Buckeyes, and everyone was wondering how Coach Woody Hayes would turn it around.
Well, what Woody did was to forget passes and triple options and all that other newfangled foolishness and go back to good of hard-hitting, up-the-middle football. His "button-shoe" offense, some call it, and what it requires is simple: Fullback John Brockington runs. And runs. And runs. It is not the most exciting kind of football in the world, but it worked against Northwestern. In the second half the Buckeyes had the ball 57 plays to only 26 for Northwestern. Brockington alone carried 30 times the last half, once for a touchdown. Kern ran for two more TDs, and when the last cloud of dust had cleared Ohio State had a 24-10 victory. Afterward Hayes was smug and happy as he looked at the statistics. "That's the way statistics should look," he said. "We're overdoing that passing. At halftime we drew up about four plays that would go."
"Yeah," said a reporter, remembering Brockington's constant smashes. "What were the other three?"