Well, it could have been worse. Nobody in the stands or in Hog Heaven, the special glass-enclosed section beneath the press box, panicked. Then Arkansas punted and still another Cowpoke running threat, freshman Wes Hankins, a 9.7 sprinter from Bristow, Okla., returned it 83 yards for a touchdown. Panic. The visitors had enough points right there.
Arkansas' Wishbone attack looked pitifully weak most of the game, especially the passing. Against USC the Hogs had tried two passes; one was intercepted and one was completed—for an 11-yard loss. Against Oklahoma State, Quarterbacks Mark Miller and Scott Bull completed three passes in 14 attempts, resulting in minus three yards and two interceptions. It was hard to believe this was the same team that was ranked among the nation's top ten. Arkansas finally put together a 73-yard drive in the fourth quarter, but it was too late.
"We've got nine games left," said Coach Frank Broyles later, "and we're just gonna have to circle our wagons and get tougher the rest of the season."
"I think this will be a determining factor in our season," said Weatherbie, but Stanley, whose face is as unexpressive as it is handsome, seemed no more pleased than he had been after beating Wichita State.
Broyles, no Winston Churchill phrase-maker, at least had some wagons circling. Stanley unsmilingly told the press, "One game doesn't make a season. We've got to play 'em one at a time." Which means right up till they meet the Oklahoma Tea Sippers in late November.