Wisconsin's Mike Carroll passed for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth in leading the Badgers to a 35-26 win over Washington State. Minnesota defeated Western Michigan 21-10. Quarterback Art Yaroch ran for two touchdowns as Ball State downed Toledo 27-14. Wake Forest beat punchless Kansas State 13-0. San Diego State knocked off Bowling Green 27-15.
1. MICHIGAN (3-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (3-0)
3. NEBRASKA (2-0-1)
The University of Houston, a newcomer to Southwest Conference football, took the league lead with a 2-0 record by upsetting Texas A&M 21-10. "I know the kids have more enthusiasm for Southwest Conference games than they used to have as an independent," said Coach Bill Yeoman afterward. Certainly Houston fans are showing more spirit. A record crowd of 70,001 turned out at Rice Stadium to watch the Cougars attack the Aggies through the air. "Little as we are and big as they are, there was no way we were going to run over them," explained Yeoman. Sophomore Quarterback Danny Davis passed for three first-half touchdowns. Houston racked up 294 yards against the nation's No. 1 defense. For its part, the Cougar defense recovered an Aggie fumble, intercepted three passes and held George Woodard, the nation's 10th leading rusher with a 144-yards-a-game average, to 15 yards on nine carries. Yeoman thought his team's familiarity with the wishbone offense A&M uses helped greatly. The week before, Florida, which also uses the wishbone, had run up 615 yards and 49 points against Houston. "This time," said Yeoman, "our defense was definitely more knowledgeable since we had another week to practice against it."
In a battle of defense and kicking Tulsa upset Arkansas 9-3. The Razorbacks' famed Steve Little made a 61-yard field goal, a Southwest Conference record, but he missed four other attempts. Tulsa's Steve Cox, an unheralded freshman kicker from Charleston, Ark., won the game by making all three of his field-goal attempts—from 39, 28 and 40 yards. The loss snapped Arkansas' eight-game winning streak. "Their defense played out of sight," said Razorback Coach Frank Broyles. "It hurts. All we needed was a touchdown. We had our chances and didn't cash in."
Before the season began, the Louisiana Tech-Arkansas State game shaped up as one of the crucial contests on the Southland Conference schedule. Tech had dominated the Southland from 1971 to 1974, and ASU had gone 11-0 in 1975. As it turned out, Louisiana Tech won easily, 27-13. The Bulldogs started their No. 2 quarterback, senior Randy Robertson, and he steered them to three straight touchdowns on drives of 82, 77 and 85 yards. Louisiana Tech outgained the Indians 470 to 200.
In a wild nonconference game, SMU out-scored North Texas State 38-31. Arthur Whittington scored on runs of five, 11 and 68 yards for the Mustangs.
1. TEXAS (1-1)
2. TEXAS TECH (2-0)
3. HOUSTON (2-1)
Many people have been saying that Auburn Quarter back Phil Gargis can't pass, but not his mother, Mrs. Lila Gargis of Ford City, Ala. "I've always known he could pass," she said. "I've seen him throw rocks at his brothers all his life." Last Saturday Gargis threw footballs at Tennessee. He completed 10 of his 13 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns as Auburn won 38-28. Flanker Chris Vacarella caught four of Gargis' passes for 141 yards and one touchdown. Nine touchdowns were scored in the game and every drive covered 73 yards or more. There was not a single turnover as the lead changed hands seven times. The win was Doug Barfield's first as Auburn's head coach. "I don't want to go crazy just because we won a football game," he said, "but I feel like it." Tennessee Coach Bill Battle has now brought six teams to Birmingham, his hometown, and has yet to win.