TCU had lost 15 straight games to Arkansas but last week the Frogs' new coach, Jim Shofner, thought he had reason to be optimistic. "We're just an inch away from being a good football team," Shofner confided shortly before the opening kickoff with Arkansas. "Right now I think our defense can play with anybody." With anybody, maybe. With Arkansas, no. The Razorbacks jumped all over the Frogs 49-0, the largest margin in the teams' series. Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles used 12 runners in all and they responded with 377 yards rushing. The Razorbacks also threw the ball. They had gained just 19 yards passing in three previous games but covered 167 against TCU.
Texas still can't seem to get anywhere through the air although the Longhorns did manage to beat Washington 35-21. Darrell Royal alternated Quarterbacks Marty Akins and Mike Presley with each series and Akins reinforced his first-team status by engineering four of the five Texas touchdown drives. But there was nothing reassuring about the Longhorns' passing attack. Akins completed one of five passes for 10 yards and Presley two of five for 26.
The running game was a different matter. Roosevelt Leaks, back at fullback after a trial run at halfback, could gain only 34 yards on 12 carries but freshman Earl Campbell picked up the slack with 125 on 16 attempts. Still, Texas had to struggle. Its pass defense seemed worse than its passing attack. Washington Quarterback Chris Rowland, a 38% passer prior to this game, hit on 24 of 37 for 328 yards and two touchdowns. Rowland threatened an upset through most of the fourth quarter but Texas was able to stop a 76-yard drive on downs at the four-yard line and later clinched the game when Sammie Mason intercepted a Rowland pass in the end zone.
Texas Tech squeaked by Oklahoma State 14-13. Tech led 14-7 at the half on the strength of a 16-yard pass from Tommy Duniven to Lawrence Williams. State scored the only touchdown of the second half after a five-play, 84-yard drive highlighted by Fullback George Palmer's 69-yard dash, but then decided not to gamble and failed to get the single point when there was a bad snap from center. Sam Lisle picked up the ball and almost made it into the end zone but Tech's Randy Olson and Curtis Jordan stopped him.
SMU, with more than 400 yards of rushing, handed Oregon State its fourth loss of the season, 37-30.
1. Texas Tech (3-0-1)
2. Texas (3-1)
3. Arkansas (3-1)