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THE WEEK
Gwilym S. Brown
October 02, 1972
SOUTHWEST
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October 02, 1972

The Week

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SOUTHWEST

1. TEXAS (1-0)
2. ARKANSAS (1-1)
3. RICE (2-0)

It was a good week for the Southwest Conference with all but one of the league's eight teams coming out on top. Most of them roamed elsewhere in the country, but Arkansas and Texas stayed at home. At Little Rock the Razorbacks barely nipped Oklahoma State 24-23 when the OSU placekicker, Eddie Garrett, missed an extra-point kick with 6:23 to play. The Cowboys moved out in front 10-0 on a 40-yard field goal by Garrett and a 40-yard fake-punt touchdown run by Halfback Alfred Nelms. Quarterback Joe Ferguson finally got Arkansas in front 17-10 by directing drives of 72, 70 and 65 yards. Later the Razorbacks led 24-17 when OSU scored on a 36-yard Brent Blackman to Reuben Gant pass. But Garrett's attempt to tie the game hit the goalpost.

Texas had trouble with a slippery ball, but still vanquished Miami 23-10 in its season opener on a rainy night in Austin. Alan Lowry, the defensive back who has been shifted this year to quarterback, had a good statistical game for the Longhorns, hitting eight of 13 passes for 182 yards, but under his control the offense looked sloppy and uneven. Sophomore Billy (Sure) Schott kicked three Longhorn field goals and Lonnie Bennett scored one touchdown for Texas on a 40-yard run in the first quarter. But Coach Darrell Royal was not impressed. "I'm really concerned with what kind of football team we're going to have," he said. "We did not play a poised game." At Houston, Rice won its second straight, beating Clemson 29-10.

SOUTH

1. LSU (2-0)
2. ALABAMA (2-0)
3. TENNESSEE (3-0)

The LSU Tigers have begun to snarl. After an unimpressive opening against Pacific and a stumbling first half against Texas A&M, they suddenly sprang to life during the second half of the Aggie game and went on to win handsomely, 42-17. A&M dominated the first half, though trailing 14-10, with a Wishbone attack that LSU could not solve and rolled up 195 yards. In the second half, however, the Wishbone snapped. End Binks Miciotto, with 11 tackles and a recovered fumble during the game, led a defense that sent the Aggie ground game spinning off in the wrong direction and bottled up the passing attack of Quarterback Lex James as well. Aggie runners lost a total of 26 yards after intermission, and their team's passing barely made up that ground. Meanwhile, LSU received the second-half kickoff and marched 80 yards to a score, and then notched another quick score when Corner-back Norm Hodgins picked off a James pass and ran it into the end zone from 45 yards out. LSU's brace of quarterbacks shared offensive honors. Bert Jones completed 10 of 17 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns. Paul Lyons, who specializes in a running game, had three completions in five attempts and scored a touchdown himself on a four-yard keeper.

Tennessee won its 10th straight game by overwhelming Wake Forest at Knoxville 45-6. Condredge Holloway and Gary Valbuena alternated effectively at quarterback, with Valbuena, a junior-college transfer, throwing three touchdown passes and Holloway clicking on one scoring pass and running in for another touchdown from 29 yards out.

Early in the week Alabama Coach Bear Bryant tried to stir up interest in his team's game with Kentucky at Birmingham by casting forth warnings that the Wildcats were "a sleeping giant." Bryant was right on only one count. The Tide poured 65 players into the game, but even the noise of all those trampling cleats did not arouse Kentucky, which lost 35-0. Alabama Fullback Steve Bisceglia scored on a nine-yard run and again on a short pass from Quarterback Terry Davis. Davis passed for one more touchdown and ran for one himself, but two sophomore reserves, Quarterback Gary Rutledge and Halfback Ralph Stokes, produced the game's most exciting play, a 48-yard touchdown pass. "We're coming," said Bisceglia of his team's solid show of strength. "We're getting better."

Tulane continued in its role of spoiler. In its opener it had defeated favored Boston College. Last week Georgia sunk beneath the Green Wave, losing 24-13. Tulane's specialty teams were the most effective agent in dragging the Bulldogs under. Punter Randy Lee averaged 45.3 yards on seven tries and the coverage held Georgia's elusive return specialist, Buzy Rosenberg, to 16 yards on four catches. Tulane came up with a neat punt return of its own when George Ewing gathered one in on his own 43-yard line in the third quarter, ran left until bumping into one of his blockers, spun back to the right and straight down the sideline to score. For Rosenberg, a cornerback on defense, it was a frustrating 60 minutes. He was victimized on a 17-yard scoring play by freshman Receiver Jaime Garza, who spun him off balance with a dazzling head fake, caught a pass from Mike Walker and put Tulane ahead 17-7 in the second quarter. "Was that guy a freshman?" asked Rosenberg later. "You got to be kidding."

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