In the southwest, while Texas Christian and Baylor were winning after slow starts and acquiring partners for the Cotton and Sugar Bowl games, Texas A&M exorcised a ghost by chasing Texas' stadium jinx 34-21. It was the first time the Aggies had beaten the Longhorns in Austin since Memorial Stadium opened in 1924. In their final regular-season games, Texas Christian beat down Southern Methodist's inspired Mustangs 21-6, and Baylor blitzed Rice 46-13. The conference ended with Texas A&M on top with a 6-0 record, followed by TCU, 5-1, Baylor, 4-2, Arkansas, 3-3, Southern Methodist, 2-4, Rice, 1-5 and Texas 0-6.
In the Border Conference, West Texas state (7-2) exploded for 21 points in the second half to rout Midwestern 41-14 and thus clear their last hurdle before meeting Mississippi Southern in the Tangerine Bowl at Orlando, Fla. Midwestern had shaved the lead to 20-14 before State's first string returned to action and sewed up the contest. Hardin-Simmons closed out the season with a 41-14 win Over Texas Tech, while Houston, champion of the Missouri Valley Conference, rolled over Detroit 39-7. Oklahoma bashed Oklahoma A&M 53-0 for its 40th straight win, a new national record.
Chuck Mehrer, a Missouri tackle, grabbed Bobby Robinson, a Kansas halfback, in the end zone with 39 seconds remaining, to give the Tigers a 15-13 Big Seven victory, while Colorado A&M and New Mexico, a couple of Skyline Conference teams just finishing out the season, had themselves a scoring spree, with Colorado A&M winning 28-27.
THE FAR WEST
West coast football bowed out with the traditional Southern California-Notre Dame game at Los Angeles. The Irish, hampered by inexperience all season, could not contain USC's vicious ground attack, and ended their worst season in history with a 28-20 loss.