When top-rated Texas arrived in Houston, a crowd of 72,124, the Cougars' largest ever, was on hand. In the opening period, while Texas rooters taunted Houston with cries of "probation," Alois Blackwell answered back by zipping 44 yards for a Cougar touchdown, the first scored on a run against the Longhorns' starting defensive unit this season. Field goals of 43 and 26 yards by Kenny Hatfield gave Houston six more points in the second period.
But Texas Halfback Earl Campbell, who had been bedded down on Friday night with a sore throat and a fever, crunched out touchdown runs of six and two yards, which gave the Longhorns a 14-13 edge at halftime. Campbell, despite "feeling weak," scored again on a 40-yard run, ending up with 173 yards on 24 carries in the Longhorns' 35-21 win. The victory put Texas half a game ahead of idle Texas A&M in the Southwest Conference.
With a week off to prepare for Arkansas, Baylor had concentrated on refining a 4-3 defense to contain the Razorbacks' running, which was averaging 283.9 yards a game. And the work paid off as Arkansas was limited to 97 yards on the ground. Still, the Hogs won 35-9 with three TD passes and two Steve Little field goals.
Fullback Billy Taylor set a Texas Tech record by scoring five touchdowns during a 49-17 romp over TCU. The passing of Mike Ford (17 of 21 for 205 yards and three touchdowns) carried SMU past Rice 41-24.
Independent North Texas State (8-2) beat New Mexico State 45-17. Texas A&I, last season's Lone Star Conference champion, was upended by East Texas State 7-6.
1. TEXAS (8-0)
2. ARKANSAS (7-1)
3. TEXAS A&M (7-1)