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In other Big Ten games Bill Marek scored four touchdowns and rushed for 206 yards as Wisconsin mauled Iowa 28-15, Purdue committed six turnovers in a 24-20 loss to Minnesota, and Northwestern edged Indiana 24-22.
Miami of Ohio stayed unbeaten and clinched its second straight Mid-American title by nipping Kent State 19-17. Dave Draudt's 39-yard field goal with six seconds left pulled it out. The kick came less than a minute after the Golden Flashes had gone ahead on a two-yard run by Larry Poole.
The Southwest Conference race became a mad scramble of old and new contenders following upset victories by Southern Methodist and Baylor. The Mustangs handed Texas A&M its first league loss 18-14 and the Bears stunned Texas 34-24.
Baylor's victory was the more startling, because the Bears had not defeated the Long-horns since the pre-Darrell Royal days of 1956. By running up their biggest point total ever against Texas they are in contention for their first conference title in 50 years and their first Cotton Bowl trip ever.
After the victory it was Royal himself who spoke to the Bears and encouraged them to keep on winning. "I want to congratulate you sincerely on a great victory," he told them. "You deserved to win. You had a chance to quit and you never did. You carried the fight to us. Don't look back now—go all the way."
Baylor scored on the game's fourth play, a 69-yard connection from Neal Jeffrey to Alcy Jackson, but the Longhorns held a commanding 24-7 lead at halftime. In the dressing room Bear Coach Grant Teaff reminded his players they had come from 17 points down earlier in the season to beat Florida State. " Texas is not Florida State," he admitted afterward, "but we didn't make any mistakes and we got after them."
The Baylor defense stiffened in the second half, allowing only 84 yards of offense and one Texas thrust beyond midfield. "We couldn't move them out," said Longhorn Tackle Bob Simmons. "They just stopped everything we ran."
It was the defense that got the Bears going offensively, since a blocked punt had set up a short scoring run by Jeffrey early in the third quarter. Two more touchdowns soon followed on Jeffrey's 54-yard pass to Ricky Thompson and a six-yard run by Phillip Kent. Baylor found an appropriate way of celebrating the victory. It left the scoreboard lights on all night.