Those once proud Porkers from Fayetteville, who have not finished in the Top Ten since 1969, are hamming it up again. After Arkansas stunned USC 22-7, Coach Frank Broyles called it "as big a thrill as we've had in a long, long time."
For John McKay it was a bitter disappointment. Before Saturday he felt his Trojans were serious contenders for the national championship. "We threw poorly, caught poorly, tackled poorly, blocked poorly and coached poorly," McKay grumbled afterward. "Otherwise, it was a perfect day."
Defense won it for the Razorbacks, who intercepted four passes and recovered two fumbles. Turnovers set up both Arkansas touchdowns and one of its field goals. The defense also forced a safety and did not allow a point, USC's score coming on a 100-yard kickoff return by Anthony Davis.
The biggest surprise was the performance (or lack of it) by Trojan Quarterback Pat Haden, who did not complete his first pass until the last play of the third quarter. Overall he was 6 for 18. "The secondary did the best job that I've seen here at Arkansas," Broyles said. "Most of Haden's passes were on target but he just couldn't find anyone who was open to throw to."
Ike Forte and Quarterback Mark Miller scored the Hog touchdowns in the first and third quarters and Steve Little kicked a pair of short-range field goals. "I thought it was possible to beat Southern Cal," Broyles concluded, "but I never thought we could look good doing it."
It was a banner day for the Southwest Conference all around. Texas Tech thumped Iowa State 24-3, Texas A&M blanked Clemson 24-0, Southern Methodist nipped North Texas State 7-6 and Texas Christian dropped Texas- Arlington 12-3.
In an SWC game not counted in league standings, Houston defeated Rice 21-0. The Cougar touchdowns came on a school-record 91-yard run by Donnie McGraw, a 24-yard jaunt by Marshall Johnson and a seven-yard pass from David Husmann to Eddie Foster. The defense allowed only four first downs.
1. Texas (1-0)
2. Arkansas (1-0)
3. Texas Tech (1-0)
Everyone felt a Pacific-8 team probably would win a non-conference game some time during the 1974 season and, sure enough, into Seattle wandered little old Cincinnati. Thus, in the second week of play, after seven losses and a tie, on a day when the league had been beaten on national television and had seen its glamour team stunned in faraway Arkansas, the mighty Washington Huskies prevailed. Barely. The score was 21-17.