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Rice Quarterback Tommy Kramer entered the Texas Tech game as the nation's leading passer and finished it much the worse for the experience. The Red Raiders, now the only unbeaten team in the Southwest Conference, intercepted Kramer three times en route to a 37-13 victory, a record 473 yards total offense and their best start since 1941.
SMU Coach Ron Meyer told his team beforehand that the only chance of beating Houston was to perform without error. The Mustangs apparently didn't listen. They went into the Cotton Bowl and suffered five pass interceptions, eight penalties and a lost fumble before losing 29-6. Nor did the Mustangs profit from using the shotgun formation, borrowed from the neighboring Dallas Cowboys. The first time they tried it, SMU Center Harris Brownlee snapped the ball into the end zone for a Houston safety.
The Houston victory was its third in three Southwest Conference games but an occasion of tragedy for Cougar Split End Art Briles. Briles' parents were killed en route to the game when their car ran head-on into a truck.
Both Texas and Arkansas had the week off.
Pittsburgh fans who swear Tony Dorsett can do everything and then some had cause for even louder raves in the wake of Pitt's 36-19 victory over Miami of Florida. Dorsett, the Heisman Trophy candidate who became the second major-college player to carry for more than 5,000 career yards, scored three touchdowns, rushed for 227 yards and took the pressure off Tom Yewcic's first start at quarterback in what Coach Johnny Majors called. "The greatest day for any back I've ever seen."
Yewcic, a walk-on senior and former ninth-stringer promoted to starter when injuries sidelined Bob Haygood and Matt Cavanaugh, had participated in only one college game—against Louisville last week when he played one half—before meeting Miami. In leading the unbeaten Panthers to their sixth victory, however, he completed two of seven passes, including a 40-yard screen to Dorsett for his first touchdown toss.
In addition to the screen pass, which gave Pitt a 22-0 lead seven seconds before half-time, Dorsett scored on a 53-yard sweep and a three-yard smash over tackle.
With five games remaining in his career, Dorsett has accumulated 5,026 yards rushing in four varsity seasons. The total is only 151 yards short of Archie Griffin's record of 5,177 set at Ohio State from 1972 to 1975. Dorsett should shatter the record this week when Pitt meets Navy.