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Rice Coach Al Conover, all 250 pounds of him, staged a mock burial of his team's mistakes against SMU in order to be better prepared for Texas. Alas, his quarterbacks threw four interceptions, his runners lost two fumbles, and the Longhorns rolled 45-9. Texas Fullback Roosevelt Leaks played only the first half but equaled the 154 yards he gained the week before. He did it in only 15 carries and scored from the 39 and 26 as Texas built a 31-9 lead.
The Longhorns' victory gave them sole possession of first place in the Southwest Conference when Texas Tech upset SMU 17-3. Mustang runners Alvin Maxson and Wayne Morris had been combining for an average of 209 yards per game but they were held to 83 by an inspired Red Raider defense that also trapped Quarterback Keith Bobo seven times. Meanwhile, Tech Quarterback Joe Barnes ran for 129 yards and passed for 98 more and one touchdown. The Raiders, who have lost only to Texas, are now 6-1.
Arkansas Quarterback Joe Ferguson took advantage of winless North Texas State by completing nine of his first 10 passes in a 42-16 romp. Ferguson, something of a disappointment this season, had 12 completions in 15 attempts for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Jon Richardson also scored twice from inside the two. Dickey Morton, with 121 yards in 21 carries, surpassed the 100-yard mark for the fifth time this year.
1. USC (8-0)
John McKay, who can find more unhappiness in a win than probably any other coach in America, was fuming again Saturday after Southern California blanked Oregon 18-0. "I'd rather play in the mud than on one of those carpets when it's wet," said McKay of the conditions in Eugene. "What they ought to do with those carpets is take them out and burn them." Oregon's Dick Enright "didn't think the field was that big a deal," but everyone agreed Anthony Davis was. After USC had gone scoreless in the first half, thanks to six fumbles, Davis finally put the Trojans on the board. On two consecutive first-down plays the second-string tailback swept left end for touchdown runs of 48 yards. "The only difference about Davis' runs from our other plays," declared McKay, "was that he didn't fall down."
UCLA remained a serious Pacific Eight contender by downing Washington State 35-20. The Cougars dominated the statistics, but four fumbles and the all-round play of UCLA Quarterback Mark Harmon did them in. "He looked just like Jack Mildren running that Wishbone," said Washington State Coach Jim Sweeney. "He's not going to face much more pressure than we gave him today." Harmon netted 55 yards in seven carries and completed five of eight passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Stanford scored twice within three minutes of the third quarter to come from behind and defeat Oregon State 17-11. The defenses controlled the game, forcing 20 punts.
Washington, down to its fourth-string quarterback after injuries sidelined the top three, stayed on the ground to defeat California 35-21. If you are keeping track, the name to remember now is Mark Backman. Mark Backman?
The ability of Arizona State to move and be moved is unequaled anywhere. The Sun Devils, who play defense only by accident, were outscored by Air Force 39-31. The Falcons played ball control and did a good job of containing Woody Green. "It was one of the worst exhibitions of football I've ever seen," said ASU Coach Frank Kush. "They just literally kicked the hell out of us, mentally and physically." A key performer in the Sun Devils' first home defeat in 3� years was Air Force Receiver Frank Murphy, who caught seven passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns.