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Texas A&M all dressed up with no place to go, bagged a cinch tie for the Southwest Conference championship with a 21-7 win over Rice, but it was Texas Christian , an A&M victim, which may have picked up the Cotton Bowl marbles with a 46-0 triumph over Texas . The undefeated Aggies are ineligible to represent the conference in the Cotton—or any other—Bowl now that the NCAA has refused to lift its probation for violation of recruiting rules. So the Cotton Bowl scent brought TCU back to life, and, paced by Halfback Jim Swink, the Horned Frogs pulverized Texas. Swink put the spurs to the TCU offense, scoring four times. The victory was the largest TCU has ever managed against a conference team, and it was also the worst defeat in conference history for Texas. Baylor campaigned outside the conference and subdued Nebraska 26-7, while Arkansas whomped Southern Methodist 27-13.
Texas Western won the Border Conference championship in the last two seconds of its game with second place West Texas state. Freshman Halfback Truman Hobbs booted a 38-yard field goal on the final play from scrimmage for the 16-13 victory. The Buffs had been leading 13-0 before the champs rallied. Other scores:
THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Wyoming put Coach Phil Dickens into a state of acute anxiety Saturday before finally tipping Brigham Young 7-6 to conclude a perfect, 10-game undefeated season. The Cowboys scored in the first quarter when Jim Crawford, the nation's leading ground-gainer, intercepted a BYU pass and raced 55 yards for the team's lone touchdown. Wyoming then held on precariously. The narrow one-point victory did nothing to enhance the Cowpokes desirability in the eyes of the bowl game scouts, particularly those holding invitations to the Gator classic in Jacksonville.
The New Mexico-Montana game, rated a tough one to pick, proved that the experts had reason to be puzzled. The New Mexico Lobos eked out a 14-13 win at Albuquerque in a game marked by raw tempers and, finally, a free-for-all.
Utah took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter against Colorado's Orange Bowl-bound Buffaloes, opening with a 60-yard touchdown drive. But then a second-period announcement of Oklahoma's devastating victory over Missouri woke up the Buffs, who rallied for three touchdowns and a 21-7 win.