The Southwest Conference, where form is so lightly regarded that a victory by a favorite is considered an upset, began to wonder what was in store for league-leading Texas. Struggling to stay alive after Arkansas had taken 12-7 lead into the last quarter, the Longhorns got the break they needed when Razorback Lance Alworth fumbled a fair catch on his own 31-yard line. Quickly moving to the attack, Texas pulled it out 13-12 on Bart Shirley's short pass to Jack Collins.
TCU's slumbering giants, prodded by Jackie Sledge, an obscure senior quarterback, finally came alive to blister Texas A&M 39-6. SMU's Don Meredith could not do it alone and Rice caught the Mustangs for a 13-13 tie. Baylor turned Texas Tech miscues into a 14-7 triumph.
North Texas State, the nation's most prolific ground-gainer, added to its statistics while swamping Pensacola Naval Air Station 43-0. The top three:
1. TEXAS (5-0)
2. ARKANSAS (4-1)
3. SMU (2-1-1)
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