While Texas was losing to Oklahoma (page 20), SWC rivals Texas A&M and Arkansas were winning impressively within the conference. The Aggies zoomed past Texas Tech 38-9 and the Razorbacks trounced Baylor 41-3.
Bubba Bean put on a dazzling show for A&M, scoring twice and boosting his career total to 2,469 to become the Aggies' alltime leading rusher. As Bean described it, his 94-yard jaunt was a laugher. "When I saw all that open field, for some reason I started laughing. Then I hyperventilated, and when I finally got to the end zone I almost passed out." Bucky Sams also scored twice, both times bursting in from inside the one.
Baylor made life easy for Arkansas by fumbling nine times, twice setting up Razor-back scoring drives of less than 50 yards and twice ending serious threats of its own inside the Arkansas 30. Quarterback Scott Bull tallied on runs of 67 and four yards. A third Southwest Conference game, played in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night, saw Southern Methodist hand Texas Christian its 15th straight loss, 28-13.
A fumble and a pass interception set up two Mississippi State touchdowns in the first 3:52 of action, and the Bulldogs went on to defeat Rice 28-14.
In the final quarter of Houston's 28-0 loss to North Texas State, Coach Bill Yeoman became so frustrated by his team's offensive ineptness that he sent a third-string freshman in to quarterback. But even Delrick Brown could not get the Cougars on the scoreboard.
1. Texas A&M (5-0)
2. Texas (4-1)
3. Arkansas (4-1)
The pitch-and-catch team of Steve Pisarkiewicz and Henry Marshall hounded Oklahoma State out of the unbeaten ranks and gave Missouri a stunning 41-14 victory. "I haven't seen anything like it since I've been here," said Tiger Coach Al Onofrio. "In fact, I've never seen a passing attack like that."
Both Pisarkiewicz and Marshall established school yardage records, with Zark the Shark completing 20 of 27 attempts for 371 yards and Marshall catching seven for 209. The two also combined on scoring strikes of 32 and 75 yards.