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Herman Weiskopf
October 02, 1978
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October 02, 1978

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1. OKLAHOMA (3-0)
2. MICHIGAN (2-0)
3. COLORADO (3-0)


With 1:24 left in the first half and Texas Tech trailing visiting Arizona 16-7, freshman Ron Reeves of the Red Raiders got the chance he had longed for. It was at that juncture that Reeves, who grew up in Lubbock, stepped in for the Red Raiders at quarterback. He dropped back to pass. Incomplete. Again he passed. Again incomplete. Reeves is nothing if not persistent, and on the next play it paid off, a 16-yard completion to the Wildcat 28-yard line and a first down. Zeroed in, Reeves then hit on a 12-yard screen pass and, with 14 seconds remaining in the half, teamed up with Godfrey Turner on a 10-yard scoring play to cut Tech's deficit to 16-14.

Reeves kept the attack going in the third period, climaxing an 80-yard drive by scoring on a three-yard rollout and then passing 10 yards for another touchdown. Thus, after six minutes of playing time, Reeves had put Tech in front 28-16. Altogether, he completed 11 of 14 for 159 yards and ran 12 times for 38 yards as Tech smothered favored Arizona 41-26.

It was giveaway time when Wyoming and Texas clashed in Austin, each team losing three fumbles and being intercepted twice. Fumbles led to all the scoring, the Cowboys cashing in first after a recovery on the Texas 13, which resulted in a 22-yard field goal that put them on top, 3-0, at the end of the first quarter. Texas defenders then pounced on three loose balls deep in Wyoming territory to set up all the Longhorns' points in a lackluster 17-3 decision.

A third Southwest Conference team that knocked off an outsider was Houston, which throttled Utah 42-25. Emmett King of the Cougars rambled 74 yards for one score and finished with 141 yards rushing.

1. ARKANSAS (2-0)
2. TEXAS (2-0)
3. TEXAS A&M (2-0)


Only Alabama's loss to Southern Cal (page 22) and Tennessee's tie with Oregon State kept Southeastern Conference teams from a clean sweep against non-league opponents. The Vols, who trailed 13-0, salvaged a deadlock when Quarterback Jimmy Streater accounted for two touchdowns in the last three minutes, first on a two-yard dive and then on a 44-yard pass to Jeff Moore.

The most convincing of the SEC's six winners was Mississippi State, which defeated Memphis State 44-14. Tailback James Jones picked up 114 yards in 10 carries and equaled a Bulldog record with four touchdowns. Dave Marler added variety to the Bulldog offense by completing 15 of 23 passes for 274 yards.

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