Arkansas, playing its usual Jekyll and Hyde game, remained deadlocked with Texas Tech for the Southwest Conference lead. In the first half, the Razorbacks got only four first downs and trailed Rice 7-0. During halftime, Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles busied himself at the locker-room blackboard. "We just drew up two inside runs, one pitch and one pass, and then we went out and got with it," he said. Did they ever. In the first 15:39 of the second half the Hogs tallied 34 points. They even scored on their own kickoff late in the third quarter, Free Safety Muskie Harris grabbing the ball in the Rice end zone for a touchdown when the Owls neglected to down it for a touchback. It all added up to a 41-16 Arkansas victory.
Texas A&M also got off to a slow start in its SWC scrap at SMU, holding a 3-0 half-time lead. Then the Aggies got rolling and finished off the Mustangs 36-0, Fullback George Woodard ripping through SMU for 155 yards. It was the Mustangs' first shutout defeat in conference play in a decade.
Houston, which was leading the conference in rushing, was held to 135 yards by TCU, so the Cougars took to the air. Split End Don Bass caught four touchdown throws—72-, 32-and 64-yarders from Danny Davis, and an 11-yard toss from Bubba McGallion—as Houston established an SWC record by passing for 443 yards. And, despite losing half of their 10 fumbles, the Cougars won 49-21.
1. TEXAS TECH (6-0)
2. ARKANSAS (5-1)
3. HOUSTON (5-2)
The unexpected has come to be expected so often in the Big Eight that now no one knows what to expect. Up-and-down Missouri seemed well on its way to an upbeat performance when it took a 16-0 lead over Oklahoma State early in the third period. What did it matter that the final PAT for the Tigers—after Joe Stewart's 100-yard kickoff return—was botched up because the ball was wet? It mattered plenty when Cowboy Running Back Terry Miller scored on runs of 23, two and 10 yards, and Abby Daigle added two extra points for a remarkable 20-19 comeback win. Miller gained 228 yards and Skip Taylor, filling in for injured Running Back Robert Turner, added 106.
Colorado Coach Bill Mallory said he expected the Buffs' game against Oklahoma to be a defensive struggle. As it turned out, he could not have been more wrong—-or happier. Oklahoma amassed 438 yards, but its defense, which had been yielding 246, gave up 477 to the Buffaloes. Colorado was down 31-20 midway through the third period when Quarterback Jeff Knapple and Wingback Billy Waddy teamed up on a 70-yard TD pass. Then Fullback Jim Kelleher added his second and third short touchdown runs of the day to bring the Buffaloes back for a 42-31 victory. It was the Sooners' first road loss in four years and the most points they had allowed to Colorado in their 31-game series.
Form did hold true in two other league encounters. Nebraska, which had outscored Kansas 112-0 on its last two visits to Lawrence, eased to a 31-3 win, despite the heroics of Jayhawk Linebacker Terry Beeson, who made 15 unaided tackles and assisted on seven others. Iowa State drubbed Kansas State 45-14. First place will be at stake this week when Oklahoma State visits Nebraska.
"We need to be tested," said Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler before taking on Minnesota in a Big Ten game. Alas, the Wolverines hardly had to break a sweat as they won 45-0. Quarterback Rick Leach completed all four of his passes—two for touchdowns—and ran 10 times for 114 yards and another pair of TDs. Rob Lytle went over the 100-yard mark in rushing for the fifth game in a row, this time gaining 129,