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"We've waited three years for this game," said Texas Tech Coach Jim Carlen at a pep rally Friday night in Lubbock. "We're going to show those Longhorns what it's all about." Standard pep-rally bombast, of course, but the Red Raiders almost made it come true the next night. Before 52,187 fans, including Lyndon Johnson, Texas got a scare before going home a 25-20 winner, thanks mostly to its powerful blocking. "The difference was their offensive line," said Carlen. The defense wasn't bad, either, holding Tech's George Smith to 44 yards in nine carries and stifling just about everything else Tech tried except field goals: Don Grimes tied a conference record by booting four, the longest from 37 yards out. The Raiders' only touchdown came on a pass with seven seconds left.
To avenge last year's one-point upset loss, Arkansas wanted to turn the Tulsa Golden Hurricane into a cool draft, but the Hogs were behind 20-14 after three quarters and had not put on a good drive in nine possessions. Then Quarterback Joe Ferguson led an 80-yard touchdown march and freshman Mike Kirkland kicked the winning extra point. Furious at the officiating, Tulsa Coach Claude Gibson shoved a referee twice after the game and had to be restrained. "As usual, I think the Razorbacks got an outstanding job from the officials," Gibson said. In a battle between Nebraska victims, Army upset Texas A&M 24-14, helped by a rash of penalties, interceptions and fumbles.
The largest home crowd in Penn State history, 58,065 potential cardiac arrests, saw the shaky Lions put on another of their scary finishes. Trailing underdog Iowa 10-7 with 3:01 remaining, Penn State put the ball in play on its own 20 after a Hawkeye kickoff. Nine plays later, with only 36 seconds left, Quarterback John Hufnagel dropped back to pass. Under a heavy rush he lost sight of Receiver Dan Natale, started to sprint outside, then found Natale all alone in a corner of the end zone and hit him with a 10-yard pass for the winning touchdown. "It was well executed," said Iowa Coach Frank Lauterbur. "We had man-to-man coverage and when Hufnagel started to run, we just lost Natale on the outside." The game marked the third straight time Penn State has been scoreless in the first half.
"We didn't even score against the scrubs during the week," joked Navy Coach Rick Forzano, but the Middies did far better than that in Annapolis Saturday, beating Boston College 27-20 before a rain-dampened homecoming crowd. Navy's kicking game was excellent. Roger Lanning had 33- and 39-yard field goals and John Stufflebeem saw three of his punts roll dead inside the BC six-yard line. While BC's Phil Bennett was being held to 64 yards in 20 carries, Navy's Dan Howard rushed for 239 yards and scored two touchdowns.
In the Ivy League, Penn played at home under lights for the first time and made a party of it, smashing Lafayette 55-12. It was the most points scored by the Quakers since 1947. Columbia played a New York City opponent for the first time in 47 years, rolling over Fordham 44-0. Dartmouth beat New Hampshire 24-14, Cornell beat Colgate 37-7 and Princeton edged Rutgers 7-6 in the last minute. Harvard and Brown lost to Yankee Conference teams Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Bates College of Maine earned itself an unwanted place in the record books by losing its 23rd consecutive game, this time to Tufts 20-7. Bates won its first three games in 1969 but dropped the next five that year and has gone winless since. The old New England record was held by the Coast Guard Academy. Maryland drove to the Syracuse three with less than a minute left, but the Terrapins had no Hufnagel and could not score. Syracuse held on to win 16-12.