Lafayette twice stopped fourth-quarter drives inside the one-yard line to beat Columbia 3-0.
1. TEXAS (2-0)
2. HOUSTON (2-1)
3. ARKANSAS (2-1)
When Arkansas left the field at halftime leading Tulsa 20-0, nobody in Razorback Stadium was the least bit surprised. After all, the seventh-ranked Hogs were the Southwest Conference total-offense leaders and had routed both Cal and Oklahoma State. No doubt they would prance out in the second half and continue to reduce the Golden Hurricane to a light breeze. Instead, Quarterback Todd Starks passed for three touchdowns within a space of 9:22 in the last quarter to give Tulsa a 21-20 victory and embarrass Arkansas with perhaps the most shocking upset in its 78-year football history.
The climax came with 3:46 left and Tulsa at the Arkansas 21. The Hogs had been dropping off their linebackers to defend in various zones, but this time all three blitzed. Starks calmly watched them bear down on him, then lobbed the ball out to Tailback Larry Frey who galloped through a convoy of blockers to the goal line. Sam Henry kicked his third extra point, and an interception in the last minute and a half clinched Tulsa's first win of 1971.
"This is the greatest victory of my career," said Tulsa Coach Claude Gibson. Gibson is 32. It may still be when he is 92.
"I'm brokenhearted," said Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles. " Tulsa deserves all the credit. We didn't underestimate them, but they outexecuted us in the second half."
The largest crowd ever to watch a college game in the Southwest, 76,639, turned out to see Texas beat Texas Tech 28-0 in Austin. Quarterback Eddie Phillips was on the sidelines because of a pulled hamstring muscle and a bruised toe, but 5'8", 167-pound sub Donnie Wigginton, who had been dreaming about starting for five years, filled in ably. "It was even better than I thought it was going to be," he said happily.
It was not an altogether sparkling performance for the Longhorns, who operated much of the time in a manner befitting the half-finished upper deck at Memorial Stadium. They cashed in on a fumble recovery and two pass interceptions for their three second-half TDs. To further curb Coach Darrell Royal's optimism, Running Back Jim Bertelsen suffered a bruised shoulder, although it does look as if he and Phillips will play this week against Oregon. Still, Texas is now unbeaten in 30 straight regular-season games.
Junior college transfer Godfrey White was going to let the second-half kickoff roll out of bounds, but he changed his mind, picked it up and raced 94 yards for a touchdown, giving Baylor the spark it needed to defeat Indiana 10-0. Mike Conradt added a 25-yard field goal and the Bears had more points than they needed to end their losing streak at six. "We were just determined we were going to get a shutout," said Baylor Defensive Coach Pat Culpepper. "It's like when there is a sickness in the family. If the father is sick, then the mother goes to work. Our offense has been having trouble, so we went to work...."