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In what is billed as "the oldest continuous rivalry west of the Alleghenies," Wabash knocked off DePauw 31-6. Quarterback Dave Broecker of the Little Giants hit on 24 of 29 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns and carried 16 times for another 75 yards and a third score. In another game between Indiana schools, Franklin defeated Valparaiso 55-20 as Steve Wray connected on 29 of 57 throws for 425 yards and seven touchdowns. Missouri Valley leader Tulsa ran its overall record to 9-1 by drubbing Indiana State 48-14.
"It was a real miracle. I believe in God." That's what Blane Smith of Southern Methodist said after his chicanery helped keep the Mustangs' perfect record intact. Smith did not gain a yard on his big play—ploy, actually—which came on the kickoff after a 28-yard field goal by Ricky Gann that had given Texas Tech a 27-27 tie with 17 seconds to go. After fielding the kick-off at the SMU 10, Smith began his well-rehearsed routine by deliberately bobbling the ball. Lured on, Tech players zeroed in to smear Smith. Before they could nail him, though, he faked a hand-off and then passed the ball crossfield and slightly behind him to Bobby Leach, who was all alone near the opposite sideline. Leach then gamboled 91 yards for a touchdown with four seconds left to give the Ponies a dramatic 34-27 Southwest Conference victory that kept them in first place.
Eric Dickerson, who gained 115 yards on 21 carries, put the Mustangs in front 7-0 with a 28-yard scamper in the first period and gave them a 17-7 halftime lead by scooping up his own fumble and running nine yards for a TD in the second quarter. A 16-yard dash by Craig James in the third period widened SMU's advantage to a seemingly safe 24-10. But the Red Raiders, who outgained the Mustangs 421 yards to 349 in total offense, knotted the score at 24-all as Jim Hart passed 16 yards to Buzz Tatom in the third quarter and Anthony Hutchison dashed 71 yards in the fourth. Altogether, Hutchison carried the ball 39 times for 206 yards, more than twice what any runner had gained against SMU in almost two years. Jeff Harrell's second field goal of the day, a 25-yarder, put the Mustangs ahead 27-24 with 4:05 to play. Though Tech punished SMU's defense, the Red Raiders had trouble harnessing Mustang Linebacker Gary Moten, who made 14 unassisted tackles, gave his considerable support on two others and intercepted a pass.
Arkansas had no such problems with its defense during a 35-0 rout of Texas A&M. By the time the score was 28-0 early in the third period, the Aggies had netted a scant 36 yards on 26 plays. On the way to their third shutout of the season, the Razorbacks intercepted three passes and recovered two A&M fumbles. Fifth-year Quarterback Tom Jones, who had played only one series of downs during the previous week's loss to Baylor, was back in the groove as he engineered all five Razorback scoring drives.
It looked like another one of those old-fashioned romps, what with Texas ahead 17-3 early in the second period at Texas Christian. The Longhorns, who had won their last two games by a combined score of 77-0, were then jolted by the Horned Frogs during the last 10 minutes of the first half. Sandwiched between field goals of 37 yards and 52 yards by TCU's Ken Ozee were two Eddie Clark touchdown passes. Clark, making his first start at quarterback this season, teamed up with James Maness on a 70-yard scoring play and then hit Dwayne May with a 12-yard touchdown toss. That display gave the Horned Frogs 18 quick points—they failed on a pair of two-point pass attempts—and a 21-17 halftime advantage. Another Clark—Tailback Darryl of Texas—scored on short runs in each of the final two periods. And John Walker wrapped up a 38-21 Longhorn triumph with a 61-yard sprint. Baylor was a 35-13 winner at Rice.
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