"I do think they were a little chapped about the reaction," said Royal.
And now that Texas fans are happy again, will someone play taps over TCU?
Elsewhere in the Southwest Conference, which is Arkansas, the Razorbacks were also dealing in reality as they whipped SMU 36-3 and matched Texas step for step in the race for the conference championship. En route to the victory, Arkansas intercepted nine passes, and Placekicker Bill McClard, well on his way to both the SWC and national kicking records, booted the longest field goal in collegiate history. It went 60 yards and caromed off the peppermint-striped crossbar, winding up in the tuba section of the Razorback band. Oompah!
In Waco, Texas Tech clung to its slight chance for the championship when Charles Napper threw an eight-yard scoring pass to Ronnie Ross to beat Baylor 7-3.
1. AIR FORCE (9-1)
2. ARIZONA STATE (8-0)
3. STANFORD (8-2)
Roses are roses are roses, and sometimes they wilt, and so do people who run bowl games when things happen like Air Force bombing Stanford 31-14. After the previous week's loss to Oregon, for the Air Force it was all or nothing if there were to be any post-season goodies. Up in the Colorado high country the Falcons offered 30-mph winds, a 28° chill and players like Quarterback Bob Parker and Flanker Ernie Jennings.
"We played like there was no tomorrow," said Parker, who passed 13 times to Jennings for 174 yards and three touchdowns. "We were prepared to use everything we had. There was no use saving it."
Defensively, the Falcons poured on the muscle. They switched Eugene Ogilvie from tackle to end and moved 236-pound Buster Allaway to tackle. Cornerman Cyd Maattala moved to rover, with a big sophomore named Duke Mitchell taking his corner. Some moves. Four times Stanford's Jim Plunkett was tagged for losses; Ogilvie was in on three of those plays. And it was Ogilvie who covered a Plunkett fumble when Maattala blitzed and caught him at the Stanford 28. That set up Air Force's last touchdown.
Last year UCLA humbled Washington 57-14, and a score like that can haunt a loser for a long time. "They caught us shorthanded," said Washington Coach Jim Owens, "and when you live through an afternoon like that, you think about it. We were looking to reciprocate."