1. ARKANSAS (5-1)
2. TEXAS (3-2)
3. HOUSTON (4-1)
Texas, beaten the week before by the monstrous Oklahoma running game, faired no better against the Arkansas passing attack as it lost its second in a row for the first time since 1967. Hog Quarterback Joe Ferguson passed for three touchdowns in the 31-7 win, twice to Tight End Bobby Nichols on fourth-down plays inside the five. "There is something about football which allows you to use up the bitterness in your craw that comes from losing several years in a row," said Darrell Royal of the Oklahoma and Arkansas losses. "That's what we've seen the last two weeks, and they had the people to do it."
Royal was 3-0 in Little Rock, and Texas had not lost there since 1955. Even though the Longhorns scored first to lead 7-0, they proved again they are not the same team, offensively at least, without Wishbone-master Eddie Phillips at quarterback. The Texas offense was impotent, and Ferguson made Arkansas' overwhelming. He completed 14 of 24 passes for 249 yards, and the 21-7 intermission lead might have been just half the story were it not for a heavy second-half rain. The Razorbacks had 451 yards total offense, a 30-year high against Texas. Arkansas now has the Cotton Bowl trip virtually assured, and the Longhorns have their first Southwest Conference loss in 22 games. "Now," said Coach Frank Broyles, "J don't have to wait until next year."
There has been discord in Lubbock, where the fans prefer Joe Barnes at quarterback and Texas Tech Coach Jim Carlen prefers to make the decisions. His choice is Charles Napper. The Red Raiders led Boston College 7-0 midway through the fourth quarter when Carlen sent Barnes in for the first time. Barres ran a quarterback draw and went 26 yards for the touchdown as Tech posted a 14-6 victory.
Houston Quarterback Gary Mullins became the Cougars" alltime total-offense leader with 3,674 yards in a 42-9 romp past Villanova. He scored twice and threw a touchdown pass. The Houston defense got to the Villanova quarterback 11 times and pulled in five interceptions.
Texas Christian defeated Texas A&M 14-3 as Bill Sadler scored two second-quarter touchdowns. The showing made up for two fumbles, one at his own 30, the other at the A&M seven. SMU beat Rice 16-10.