Arkansas had lost to Oklahoma State three years in a row—38-6, 26-7 and 20-13. When the Razorbacks finally beat OSU 16-10 last Saturday before a record Little Rock crowd of 55,103, Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles was so emotionally drained that he was, uncharacteristically, speechless. He postponed answering all questions until a Sunday press conference.
Arkansas beat the Cowboys with a student—as opposed to what the NCAA calls "a student athlete"—at quarterback. Sophomore Mike Scott is a walk-on who was rejected as a player by his own fraternity after he was intercepted four times in an intramural game. With Scott at the controls, the Razorbacks did not throw a pass—or even threaten to. Arkansas won its eighth game in a row with a strong defense, a 163-yard rushing performance by Ben Cowins and superb kicking by Steve Little. Little had field goals of 57, 53 and 20 yards, averaged 46 yards on four punts with no returns and kicked off six times with only one runback.
Texas A&M Fullback George Woodard's rushing figure matched Kansas State's total offence as the Aggies defeated the Wildcats 34-14. Woodard had one-game career highs of 39 carries and 177 yards. The 248-pounder also scored twice on one-yard plunges. "I wasn't worried about overworking Woodard," said Aggie Coach Emory Bellard afterward. "He averaged about 38 to 40 carries per game in high school." Reserve Quarterback David Walker directed all five Aggie scoring marches. He entered the game after starter David Shipman fumbled on each of his team's first three possessions.
Rice Quarterback Tommy Kramer passed for four touchdowns as the Owls routed Utah 43-22.
1. TEXAS A&M (2-0)
2. ARKANSAS (2-0)
3. TEXAS (1-1)
Under a revised schedule, Ivy League opponents paired off against each other in the first week of their season rather than open with nonleague opponents, who are usually better prepared, having held spring practice, which is forbidden in the Ivies. The new format set up a crucial opening-day contest between Yale and Brown, the latter expected to battle Harvard for the league title. Certainly Yale and Brown demonstrated the need for more practice time. The game was a comedy of errors; Brown, which made fewer, won 14-6.
The outcome was supposed to hinge on how well Yale's inexperienced defense handled Brown's relatively new offensive unit, but the Bulldogs' downfall was their offense, which lost four of seven fumbles. Brown scored its first touchdown after a fumble recovery on the Yale 15. It earned its second with a 74-yard march that ended with a sparkling 33-yard broken field run on a reverse by Flanker Charley Watkins.
Harvard showed its strength by downing Columbia 34-10. Dartmouth won its first opening-day game in four years, shutting out Pennsylvania 20-0 as its defense held the Quakers to 58 yards rushing. Princeton and Cornell almost shut out each other, but the Tigers finally prevailed 3-0 on Chris Howe's 23-yard fourth-quarter field goal.
With a weak schedule, Maryland is primed for an undefeated season and a bowl berth. "They may not play Pittsburgh or Penn State but they belong in their class," said West Virginia Coach Frank Cignetti after the Terrapins outrushed the Mountaineers 303 to 25 yards in a 24-3 drubbing. Maryland's sophomore Tailback Steve Atkins ran for 133 yards, while West Virginia's leading ballcarrier, Dwayne Woods, was limited to minus-one in nine attempts.