Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles sees a pattern emerging and he loves it. There are 54,176 partisan Razorback fans in the stadium, and they go wild as Joe Ferguson and his Clean Machine beat the clock to score a touchdown just before halftime and turn a seesaw game into a runaway. Against Cal with 2:20 left in the half, Ferguson passed the Hogs 80 yards down the field to a TD, and they went on to win 51-20. With 2:27 on the clock in the second period against fired-up Oklahoma State Saturday, Ferguson completed five of five passes for 57 yards, was helped by a pass-interference call and sent Tailback Jon Richardson in for the touchdown. Arkansas went on to win 31-10. " Arkansas is a strong team," said OSU Coach Floyd Gass. " Ferguson is a great passer. He's got the best timing and throws better than any quarterback I've ever seen." Well, how would he compare to Razorback star Bill Montgomery, who set all sorts of records in 1968-70? Said Gass, "That wouldn't be fair—to Montgomery."
Playing in a driving rain in Houston, USC used a "five-zone" defense against Rice. Linebackers Charles Anthony and Willie Hall picked up the Owl receivers as they came out of the backfield, and the strategy helped force the Rice quarterbacks into five interceptions. "It was something we didn't expect at all," said Rice's Bruce Gadd, who threw three of the misplaced passes. "They didn't use it last week against Alabama, but, of course, Alabama didn't pass the way we did." The Trojans wisely stuck to short passes and used their big running backs to win 24-0. Tailback Lou Harris, USC's most effective runner in the opening loss to Alabama, gained 93 yards on 20 carries versus the Owls, despite a chest cold. "I thought our defense played a good game," said Rice Coach Bill Peterson. "It's just darn tough to stop those big running backs of theirs." The Trojans now have a six-game winning streak against Southwest Conference teams.
Once again, the SWC looks like a two-team race to be decided Oct. 16 when Arkansas plays Texas. TCU bullied UT Arlington 42-0, but Baylor, Rice and SMU were all soundly beaten, and Texas Tech lost its second game 13-10 when New Mexico's Joe Hartshorne kicked a 33-yard field goal with three seconds left.
1. TENNESSEE (1-0)
2. AUBURN (1-0)
3. ALABAMA (2-0)
South Carolina, apparently preferring to deemphasize academics rather than football, became an ACC dropout last spring so it could lower entrance requirements. Coach Paul Dietzel was tired of having to turn away promising local prospects who "always seem to come back and whip you." Well, last Saturday the Gamecocks paid their first visit back to the ACC ( Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium) since the divorce and were beaten 28-12. What made it worse was that the Duke star was 5'10" senior Cornerback Ernie Jackson from just outside Columbia, S.C., home of the Gamecocks. He had the grades to enter South Carolina but was not wanted. Saturday he returned a punt 74 yards for Duke's first touchdown, intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards for another score and also intercepted in the end zone to stop a South Carolina threat. "Ernie Jackson has to be one of the outstanding backs in Duke history," said new Coach Mike McGee.
One of the most overworked is Steve Jones, who constituted most of the Blue Devils' offense. It was Jones over right tackle, Jones over left tackle and Jones up the middle—three yards and a grass stain. He also punted nine times for a 40.8 average, effectively pinning down Gamecock return specialist Dick Harris. Duke Quarterback Dennis Satyshur, who has replaced the pass-crazy Leo Hart, is content to be a hand-off man. "The only record of Hart's I want to break is games won," he said.
In sweaty Baton Rouge last year, Texas A&M upset LSU with a 79-yard TD pass play 13 seconds before the gun. The goat was native Texan Paul Lyons, who tried for an interception and missed, instead of playing it safe with the clock running out. This season Lyons has been moved from cornerback to his original position, quarterback, and Saturday night he got sweet revenge against A&M. He passed for two touchdowns, ran effectively and faked so well that the befuddled Aggies were trying to tackle the cheerleaders. LSU romped 37-0. Lyons got the game ball and some interesting statistics: two missing teeth, one loosened tooth and 11 stitches in his lip.
Press-box wits dedicated Georgia Tech's 10-0 win over Michigan State to Lewis Clark, a Tech hero from the days before the forward pass was legalized. The Yellow Jackets did not complete one pass in 10 tries (two were intercepted) and managed to win only by playing excellent defense. They intercepted four passes and two times stopped the Spartans with fourth-and-short yardage. "Oh, just for a couple of feet or more here or there," moaned State Coach Duffy Daugherty.
In Athens, Georgia beat Tulane 17-7 as sophomore Andy Johnson ran for 127 yards and directed the Bulldogs' key 80-yard touchdown march in the fourth quarter. "I would hate to make my living playing Tulane every week," said Georgia Coach Vince Dooley.