The Terp-Lion clash was a weird one. Penn State's Gary Hayman returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and Greg Buttle recovered a fumble on the next kickoff to set up a second score within 84 seconds of the start. But Maryland fought back to lead 16-12, and it held a 22-22 tie at the half, thanks to Bob Smith's 87-yard punt return. The third quarter began much as the first, however, with a pass interception and a fumble leading to short Lion TD drives that finally broke the game open.
Atlantic Coast Conference leader North Carolina State won a wild 56-35 victory over South Carolina and Duke fell 12-10 to Georgia Tech when a late field-goal try of 34 yards was ruled no good. League games saw Virginia outscore North Carolina 44-40 and Clemson bomb Wake Forest 35-8. East Carolina won a meeting of Southern Conference unbeatens, 34-3 over William & Mary, but Richmond kept pace with the Spiders by downing The Citadel 27-0.
1. HOUSTON (7-1)
2. TEXAS (5-2)
3. TEXAS TECH (7-1)
The struggle to overcome a 14-0 halftime deficit had long been accomplished, and Texas was well on its way to victory over SMU when Darrell Royal called Roosevelt Leaks to his side. After 281 yards and a touchdown Leaks' work might have been finished, but no one in the 59-year history of the Southwest Conference had ever run for more than 300 yards. The record of 297 had been set in 1950 by A&M's Bob Smith.
"They tell me you're 16 yards short of the record," Royal said to his fullback. "Do you want it?"
"Well get in there."
Leaks failed in his first couple of tries, and with less than a minute left told his teammates, "Go ahead and call the right play and don't worry about the record. I don't care if I get it."
The Texas huddle shouted "No!" in unison and Leaks' number was called again. Roosevelt took the hand-off, hit into the middle, and suddenly there were 53 yards of daylight. Touchdown. Record. Euphoria. "When I crossed the goal I knew I had it all," said Leaks of his 37th carry that ended the scoring 42-14. "I was happy. It is a feeling you can't describe."