Notre Dame avoided a third consecutive loss by scoring 10 points in the third period to overcome Purdue 10-6. Jerome Heavens of the Irish ran 26 yards for the only TD.
Wichita State outlasted West Texas State 38-37 in a Missouri Valley battle. Ball State took command of the Mid-American race by zapping Central Michigan 27-0.
1. OKLAHOMA (4-0)
2. MICHIGAN (3-0)
3. COLORADO (4-0)
Texas A&M breezed, but Arkansas wheezed as both bested non-conference opponents. The Aggies trampled Memphis State 58-0, NCAA sprint champion Curtis Dickey starting the assault by dashing 65 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. Before the rout was over, Dickey had carried the ball for 167 yards in 11 rushes, including a second touchdown jaunt of 31 yards. Altogether, the Aggies amassed 615 yards. Meanwhile, led by End Jacob Green's 10 tackles and four sacks, the Aggies limited the Tigers to one yard on the ground and 52 through the air.
Arkansas Coach Lou Holtz was plumb out of one-liners following a harrowing 21-13 come-from-behind victory over Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane, which came to Fayetteville with a 4-0 record, gave the Razorbacks fits for 2� periods. Tulsa led 7-0 at that juncture, then crumbled. More than anyone, it was Tackle Jimmy Walker who wore down Tulsa, downing Quarterback Dave Rader five times for 43 yards in losses. While Walker was sacking, Ben Cowins was rumbling, grinding out 118 yards in 21 carries and putting the Razorbacks in front with third-quarter touchdown runs of 24 and three yards.
An opportunistic defense and the running of Johnny (Ham) Jones enabled Texas to stop Texas Tech 24-7 in a Southwest Conference game at Lubbock. Longhorn defenders pounced on four fumbles and intercepted two passes, one at their goal line. The other set up the first Texas score, a 10-yard run by LeRoy King. Fumble recoveries then preceded touchdown runs of 14 and 16 yards by Jones, who wound up with 128 yards rushing. A 47-yard Ron Reeves-to-Godfrey Turner pass for the Red Raiders resulted in the first touchdown of the season against Texas.
Charles Alexander's scoring runs of 19 and 12 yards and his total of 144 yards propelled Louisiana State to a 37-7 victory at Rice.
Traditionally, the winner of the Lamar-Southwestern Louisiana struggle is awarded a bronzed trophy known as the Sabine Shoe, so named because of the Sabine River that forms the Texas-Louisiana border. Last Saturday night the Ragin' Cajuns bumped off the Cardinals 23-16 in the Southland Conference opener for both teams. Alas, the Cajuns were not awarded possession of the Shoe. No one was; it's vanished.
1. ARKANSAS (3-0)
2. TEXAS (3-0)
3. TEXAS A&M (3-0)