USC, acclimated to the beaches of Santa Monica, froze up solid in South Bend's 22� weather, lost its ninth and last game of a dreadful season, bowing to Notre Dame 40-12. For the Irish it was Sophomore Day: Rookies Monty Stickles, Jim Crotty and Pat Doyle scored touchdowns, Doyle's coming on a 92-yard kickoff return.
Rice, climaxing a brilliant late-season rush toward the Southwest Conference title and a Cotton Bowl bid, erupted for two touchdowns at the outset of the third period, tossed in another about 20 minutes later and bounced poor old Baylor 20-0. The Bears won the statistics battle but unfortunately lost their key quarterback with a back injury. Fragile Doyle Traylor (SI, Oct. 7) came unmendably apart for the first time this season and was carted off in the first period.
Texas, another late surprise, picked up a SWC red ribbon and a shot at the Sugar Bowl by nudging Texas A&M 9-7. John Crow, the Aggies' All-America halfback, played another breathtaking game—sad proof to Aggie fans that one Crow does not a season make. Afterwards, A&M released Coach Bear Bryant from his contract.
Oklahoma won its second straight by manhandling Oklahoma state 53-6. Halfback Clendon Thomas scored twice, finished his career as alltime top Sooner scorer (216 points) and rusher (2,120 yards).
THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Lee Grosscup, accidentally kneed in the face, saw spot service as Utah wrapped up the Skyline Conference title by racing past Utah state 21-6. Only 17,000 fans forsook turkey for football as Quarterback Gross-cup completed eight of 13 passes on his way to a new national completion record of 68.2%.
Wyoming coaches and players dropped a 13-14 decision to Denver U. and $10 suspended fines to a Denver judge for disturbing the peace of a hotel after the game.