At 6 a.m. on Thursday, the Arkansas coaches met for their weekly Bible study. They smiled inwardly as Rev. H. D. McCarty spoke about how David had slain Goliath by using his best weapon. Although Razorback Coach Lou Holtz did not have a slingshot, he planned to take on Texas with his best weapon, albeit a disguised one. To beat the Longhorns in this SWC shootout, Holtz felt he had to decoy Safety Johnnie Johnson so he could not mess up the plays Lou was banking on—straight-ahead runs.
In an effort to keep Johnson out of the way, Arkansas unleashed several long passes on which he had to cover. The Hogs gained only 54 yards passing and 135 running, but got vital yardage when needed, including a 28-yard run by Gary Anderson for a touchdown that made the score 7-7. After the Hogs recovered a fumble at the Longhom 29, they hammered their way down to the seven. From there, Kevin Scanlon passed to Darryl Mason, who made a diving, rolling catch in the end zone. A 31-yard field goal by Ish Ordonez, an NCAA-record 15th without a miss, put the Hogs ahead 17-7 and they held on to win 17-14.
Houston clung to its tie with Arkansas for the SWC lead by pummeling SMU 37-10. The Mustangs, who had lost only five fumbles in five games, coughed up five to the Cougars and also had two of their passes stolen.
1. ARKANSAS (6-0)
2. TEXAS (4-1)
3. HOUSTON (6-0)
Brian Broomell of Temple and Dayle Tate of Penn State took to the air to bring Cincinnati and Syracuse down to earth. It required only 18 seconds for the Owls to start winging their way to a 35-14 rout of the Bearcats. Broomell teaming up with Wiley Pitts on a 64-yard scoring pass. Broomell, who according to the NCAA's complex formula is the most efficient passer in the nation, hit on 14 of 22 throws for 313 yards and all five Temple TDs in three quarters. Grabbing eight of those passes for 181 yards was Gerald (Sweetfeet) Lucear, who scored on pass-run plays covering 41, 16 and 44 yards.
Tate, whose passing had been erratic early in the season, was on the mark with 14 of 18 attempts during a 35-7 scuttling of Syracuse. Those tosses resulted in 199 yards and three touchdowns, two by Brad Scovill.
Navy used a sub to torpedo Virginia 17-10 for its sixth win without a loss. With their No. 1 and No. 2 tailbacks hurt, the Middies resorted to Duane Flowers, who blossomed. Flowers ran for 136 yards and scored on a 28-yard burst.
War may be hell, but losing 55-0 is no piece of cake, either. That was the score inflicted upon Army by Baylor. The Bears forced an all-out Cadet retreat, rushing for 331 yards, passing for 281, intercepting five passes and pouncing on three Army fumbles.