1. TEXAS (7-1)
2. TEXAS TECH (7-2)
3. HOUSTON (4-4-1)
A Wishbone offense that does not run outside really isn't a Wishbone. And one that cannot produce inside, either, really isn't an offense. That was pretty much Texas' situation through three quarters against Baylor. Then the Longhorns began to block in earnest with the addition of a new tight end and the return of Tackle Jerry Sisemore after a second-period injury. "The holes finally came, and I was just running where I wanted to," said Fullback Roosevelt Leaks, whose two touchdowns broke a 3-3 deadlock and produced a 17-3 victory. Leaks gained 97 of his 162 yards in the two scoring drives. Afterward Baylor Coach Grant Teaff called the sophomore "the best fullback I've ever seen."
TCU, led into battle by a converted safety, overwhelmed Texas Tech 31-7. The newcomer was Terry Drennan, who went right to work at quarterback by taking the Horned Frogs to a touchdown the first time they had the ball. The defense, meanwhile, dropped Tech's Joe Barnes eight times for 67 yards in losses and a safety. "They're bigger than we are," said Raider Coach Jim Carlen of the upset, "and that's what I was afraid of all week."
Rice defeated Arkansas 23-20 when freshman Roland Boyce ended a penalty-aided drive by plunging in from the one in the last second. It was enough to bring Coach Al Conover onto the field, somersaulting. Boyce, who netted only four yards in five carries, scored earlier in another goal-line appearance. The Owls' other points came from Mark Williams, who kicked three field goals. Arkansas experimented with a Wishbone formation, but Coach Frank Broyles probably wishes he hadn't. The Razorbacks did not move the ball beyond their 20 in the fourth quarter.
Southern Methodist lost to Texas A&M 27-17 after fighting back to a tie with two touchdowns and a field goal. Part of the trouble in the Mustangs' third straight loss was the secondary, which confused signals at an unfortunate moment. On a play when Robert Popelka was calling for "sky" coverage, Kris Silverthorn was thinking "cloud," Both men rushed, and the Aggies completed a long pass that set up the field goal that put them in control again. So much for codes. A&M used nine freshmen in its second consecutive conference victory, and two of them, Skip Walker and Ronnie Hubby, scored the touchdowns.
Most of the excitement in Houston's 48-13 defeat of Colorado State was crammed into the final six minutes of the first half when the teams scored four touchdowns. Three of them were by the Cougars, which is how it's been all year for the winless Rams. First blood in the spree came on a D. C. Nobles pass, one of four touchdowns he accounted for in the game. Moments later Houston Cornerback Robert Giblin headed for the end zone with an intercepted pass. Then the Rams' Johnny Square went the other way with the following kickoff. Before the half ended, D. C. ran another in from the six.
1. MICHIGAN (9-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (7-1)
3. NEBRASKA (7-1-1)
Duffy Daugherty credits his "little Dutch treat" for Michigan State's 19-12 win over Ohio State. Dirk Krijt, a 165-pound transfer student from The Netherlands, kicked four field goals in his varsity debut. "They had a tryout, and they hired me right away," said Dirk, whose first-half footwork gave the Spartans a 12-12 tie. The deciding points came on a determined six-yard run by Mark Niesen following one of five Ohio State turnovers. The Michigan State defense held the Buckeyes to only 107 yards rushing. "We took a real good whipping from them, and we deserved it," said Woody Hayes. Daugherty, meanwhile, told Athletic Director Burt Smith, "I hope you can get a new coach as good as me."
Following Ohio State's loss and its own 31-0 victory over Iowa, Michigan had the Big Ten lead to itself. "This Michigan team is better than the one that beat us 63-7 last year," said the Hawkeyes' Frank Lauterbur. Three scoring bursts by Otis Armstrong—on a kickoff return and two running plays—propelled Purdue past Wisconsin 27-6. Armstrong gained 169 yards in 19 carries. George Uremovich got three touchdowns the same way as Illinois smothered Indiana 37-20, while teammate Lonnie Perrin was even more versatile, totaling 271 yards running, receiving and passing. Minnesota pounded Northwestern with 478 offensive yards, all on the ground, in a 35-29 win. John King gained 188 and Doug Beaudoin 157.