A 57-21 romp over Tulsa moved West Texas State into a tie for first place in the Missouri Valley Conference as Fullback Bo Robinson ran for 204 yards and three touchdowns.
Central Michigan took second place in the Mid-American Conference by holding off Western Michigan 28-23. Dave Wilson's four touchdown passes helped third-place Ball State roll over Eastern Michigan 45-21.
1. OKLAHOMA (9-1)
2. MICHIGAN (10-1)
3. OHIO STATE (9-2)
The idea was viable, but the results were disastrous. What TCU wanted to do was stop Texas A&M's massive fullback, George Woodard. Concentrating its energies on that formidable task, though, gave fleet Halfback Curtis Dickey running room, and he made the most of it by speeding 13 and 80 yards for scores and gaining 175 yards in 20 carries. For his part, Woodard blasted through the keying defenders for 163 yards in 20 carries and scored on runs of six and 28 yards. Freshman Quarterback Mike Mosley rushed for another 98 yards on 15 carries as the Aggies, who won 52-23, rolled up 605 yards on the ground, five short of the SWC record, and gained 687 all told, the most ever in a conference game. Another SWC mark was established by TCU's Mike Renfro, who hauled in nine passes to give him a career total of 159. The former record of 155 was held by Jerry Levias of SMU.
It seemed someone's game plan for the Texas-Baylor matchup should have included putting glue on the ball: the Longhorns lost five of seven fumbles, the Bears five of eight. Earl Campbell hung on to the ball long enough to ensure Texas' 29-7 victory, rushing for 181 yards and the 37th touchdown of his career.
One game remains for the Longhorns, this week's showdown with Texas A&M, the winner going to the Cotton Bowl. Arkansas, which will take on the Big Eight titlist in the Orange Bowl, drubbed SMU 47-7. Ben Cowins scored twice and amassed 115 yards rushing, and Steve Little's two field goals gave him an NCAA Division I career-record 52.
Houston piled up 485 yards while dismantling Texas Tech 45-7. Alois Blackwell of the Cougars rushed for 136 yards on 17 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns.
1. TEXAS (10-0)
2. ARKANSAS (9-1)
3. TEXAS A&M (7-2)