Texas and SMU came out with their guns blazing, but Arkansas, Houston and Rice were slow on the draw. Still, all five won to uphold the reputation of the Southwestern Conference against outsiders. The Longhorns piled up 466 yards in total offense—A.J. (Jam) Jones led the way with 127 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries—and scored in every period while blasting Oregon State 35-0. SMU riddled Texas- Arlington 52-16.
Tulsa's Kenny Jackson ran for 98 yards, passed for 117 and almost hog-tied the Razorbacks. But Arkansas won 13-10 when Ish Ordonez kicked a late 41-yard field goal.
Houston overcame the loss of Quarterback Terry Elston, who injured his left wrist in the second quarter, and fought back from a 17-14 halftime deficit to defeat North Texas State 24-20. Rice also trailed—7-3 in the final period—but beat Louisiana State 17-7. Two TDs in the last 3:40 put an end to the Owls' 11-game losing streak. And Baylor won at Texas Tech for the first time since 1966, using a pair of safeties and a touchdown to come out on top 11-3.
"It was like watermelon with sugar on it," Oregon Quarterback Reggie Ogburn said after his team's 34-10 upset at Washington. Ogburn sweetened things by passing for 121 yards, running for 72 and accounting for three touchdowns. The Huskies, 10-6 leaders at halftime, turned sour in the second half, during which they were outgained 226 yards to 59.
With Rich Campbell on his way to a 30-for-43, 350-yard passing day against Arizona, California seemed to have a sure Pac-10 win, with a 24-10 fourth-quarter lead. But the Wildcats then scored three touchdowns, one when freshman Bill Redman blocked a punt for the second time in the game, and pulled out a 31-24 triumph.
Past performances went out the window as Army went down the drain 31-18 at Washington State. The Cadets, who had allowed only 199 yards rushing while winning their first two games, were trampled as the Cougars ran for 363 yards out of the veer. State, which had given up 66 points while losing its first two outings, clamped down and picked off three passes thrown by Jerryl Bennett, who heretofore had not been intercepted.
Former Army Coach Homer Smith is now an assistant at UCLA, where he has become the leading designer of a multifaceted I-formation attack. Using their new-look offense, the Bruins gained 230 yards on the ground and 183 through the air during a 35-0 victory over Wisconsin. With the regular UCLA tailback, Freeman McNeil, out with a hyper-extended right knee, freshman Kevin Nelson stepped in and ran for 123 yards.