Rice soared to 5-4-1 by outscoring Texas Christian 15-0 in the final period for a 25-21 victory. The Owls' third straight win came on a nine-yard pass from Bruce Gadd to Ron Arceneaux with 2:36 remaining. A victory over Baylor this week would give the Owls a second-place tie and their best record in nine years.
Another team with runner-up chances is Southern Methodist, which used some un- conventional plays in a 12-7 victory over Baylor. The first Mustang touchdown was scored by Keith Bobo after Alvin Maxson had been stopped for an apparent loss. But before going down. Maxson shuffled the ball to Bobo, who dropped it, grabbed it on one bounce and circled left end for a one-yard score. The second touchdown came after a pass by freshman End Kenny Harrison to Oscar Roan moved the ball 29 yards to the Baylor 33. Wayne Morris scored from. the four. The outcome was not secured until the Mustang defense snuffed a drive at its own 14 late in the game. "It feels good to win," said Coach Hayden Fry. "We're tired of looking good and losing."
Houston won its fourth straight by blasting Cincinnati 49-0. It was the seventh straight loss for the Bearcats, whose coach, Ray Callahan, is quitting. The Houston defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns and Puddin Jones led the Cougar-offense with 145 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries.