After threatening Oklahoma and scaring Missouri, Baylor finally upset a nationally ranked Big Eight team with a 31-14 victory over Oklahoma State. The Bears ended their nine-game losing streak in a big way, holding the Cowboys to 85 offensive yards and a couple of cheap touchdowns. Both were the result of fumble recoveries by Phillip Dokes; the first gave State the ball on the 33 and the second was corralled in the end zone. "I waited until the ball rolled in," said Dokes of the TD. "I guess it was one of the few correct plays we made all night."
His coach, Jim Stanley, would agree. "We came into this game thinking we were supermen," he said. "I guess everybody found out we weren't."
The Cowboy errors began when they fumbled the opening kickoff, setting up a field goal. That three-point margin held until the fourth quarter when Neal Jeffrey's third touchdown pass and Tailback Steve Beaird's third TD made it 31-14. "Baylor," said one fallen Cowboy, "is the most determined team we played this season."
The Southwest Conference is giving Louisiana State more trouble than it can stand. Two weeks ago the Tigers lost to Texas A&M and last week they had to struggle to tie Rice 10-10. LSU overcame seven fumbles to avoid defeat on Rusty Jackson's 27-yard field goal with three seconds left. The greater disappointment was felt by the Owl players, who squandered a 10-0 halftime lead. "It did not feel good losing—I mean tying," said Running Back Gary Ferguson.
Arkansas would have beaten Tulsa without any help, but the Golden Hurricane seemed anxious to contribute everything it could. The Razorbacks won 60-0, turning six turnovers into touchdown drives of 21, 10, 19, 18, 12 and 29 yards. Alternating Quarterbacks Mark Miller and Scott Bull accounted for five scores, one of them a 62-yard run by Miller.
1. Texas A&M (3-0)
2. Texas Tech (2-0-1)
3. Texas (2-1)
Before Tampa played Miami the question was not what could Freddy do, but rather, could Freddy do enough. As it turned out, Freddy did it all, but Tampa still lost 28-26. Freddy is Freddy Solomon, the finest running quarterback in the nation, of whom Miami Coach Pete Elliott once said, "I'd rather see him complete a pass than start carrying the ball." Of whom his own teammate, Tackle Darryl Carlton, says, "You never know where he's at or where he's going." And finally, of whom Miami Tailback Woody Thompson says, "I wish I had his feet."
Solomon gained 182 yards in 19 carries against the Hurricanes, scoring touchdowns of 75 and five yards and enjoying assorted other romps of 32, 27 and 25 yards. Though not a particularly good thrower, he also completed one pass for a touchdown. Tampa lost because Miami Defensive Back Paul Horshel blocked two short-range field-goal attempts by Kinney Jordan, who earlier had made good from 47 and 51 yards.