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Al Conover, the flamboyant coach of the Rice Owls, said his two quarterbacks were so even in ability that he would wait until game time and have them cut cards to see who would start against Houston. Tommy Kramer got the job when his queen of clubs beat Claude Reed's seven of diamonds. Conover's ace in the hole, however, was Gary Cox, whose 70-yard punt return gave the Owls their first touchdown in a 24-7 upset. Rice also got an 86-yard interception return for another touchdown from Larry Brune en refute to a 24-0 half-time lead.
Texas scored the first three times it had the ball and led 19-0 after little more than nine minutes, but the Longhorns' 46-0 rout of Colorado State came too easy to answer Darrell Royal's questions. The most pleasing aspect of the game for Longhorn fans was the running of sophomore Fullback Earl Campbell, who gained 103 yards in 13 carries and had a 75-yard touchdown run nullified by a clipping penalty.
It was a familiar story for Texas A&M—great defense, no offense—in a 7-0 defeat of Mississippi. The Aggies limited the Rebels to two first downs until late in the fourth quarter, when Ole Miss marched to the A&M 11-yard line before being stopped.
Reserve Tailback Billy Taylor carried six times for 51 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown run to cap a fourth-quarter drive as Texas Tech beat Florida State 31-20. The Red Raiders also got fine defensive work from Nose Guard Ecomet Burley, who blocked a conversion attempt and made a key sack of quarterback Larry Key.
Arkansas shot down Air Force 35-0.
While Ohio State was spanking Michigan State in East Lansing (page 12) Michigan indicated in its 23-6 licking of Wisconsin that the Big Ten again will be the Big Two this season. The Wolverines gave up three interceptions, a fumble and a 56-yard punt return but 'still held the Badgers to two field goals.