Because the Auburn defense could not do everything and the offense could not do anything, the Tigers had to settle for a 10-10 tie with Baylor. Auburn Quarterback Phil Gargis admitted, "We were lucky to come out with that."
The only positive contribution by the Tigers' offense was Chris Wilson's 20-yard field goal. The defense scored the touchdown when End Jim Pitts blocked a punt and Linebacker Kim Sellers carried it 56 yards into the end zone. Baylor came back to tie the game after Auburn fumbles at the 37- and eight-yard lines set up a 36-yard field goal by Bubba Hicks and a two-yard pass from Charlie Parker to Ronnie Lee.
The Tigers' best chance to win came with 10:51 remaining in the game when they had fourth and two at the Bear 13. But instead of trying a 30-yard field goal, Coach Shug Jordan sent Mitzi Jackson into the middle for a first down. Waiting to meet him was Linebacker Shane Nelson. "I'm still trying to figure out why they went for it," Baylor Coach Grant Teaff said after the game. "Does anybody know why? I sure don't, but I was tickled when they did."
Jordan's explanation was simple enough: "I thought we could make it." But it was his team's two fumbles and two intercepted passes that bothered him most. "Turnovers have hurt us the last two weeks," he said. "Right now our defense is farther along than the offense, and that's our problem. With so many new faces on defense, it should be behind."
After a loss and a tie, Jordan is still looking for his first win in this, his farewell season. Saturday's game in Knoxville against Tennessee may not be the place to find it.
Probably the only man rooting for a tie last week was Jess Neely, who spent the first half of the Vanderbilt-Rice game on the Commodores' side of the field and the second half with the Owls. The nonpartisanship of the Vanderbilt graduate, who spent 27 years as head coach and athletic director at Rice and three years as his alma mater's AD, almost paid off. After 59 minutes and 28 seconds of play the teams were in a 6-6 deadlock. Then Mark Adams' third field goal, from the 15-yard line, enabled the Commodores to win. The Owls' points also came on field goals, by Alvero Arenas.
Texas Tech rallied twice in a wide-open first half to outscore New Mexico three touchdowns to two and held on for a 24-17 victory. The Raider TDs came on short runs by alternating Fullbacks Rufus Myers and Cliff Hoskins while the Lobos struck twice on passes by Steve Myer to Preston Dennard and Gil Stewart. The teams traded field goals and turnovers in the second half.
A 95-yard pass play from Fred Mortensen to John Jefferson helped Arizona State defeat Texas Christian 33-10.
1. Texas (2-0)
2. Texas A&M (2-0)
3. Baylor (1-0-1)