A long weekend of bowl games proved more thrilling than anyone expected as from coast to coast—or channel to channel—the underdogs turned up as heroes. Indiana did not bring off what would have been the gigantic upset at Pasadena, but the Hoosiers did hold O.J. Simpson to a mild roar as USC won by only 14-3. Texas A&M's 20-16 win over Alabama ranked as the big shocker by a couple of pass catches over Oklahoma's 26-24 edging of Tennessee. There were three exciting comebacks, with LSU wearing down Wyoming 20-13, Florida State catching Penn State 17-17 and Texas, El Paso overtaking Mississippi 14-7. Below, college football expert Dan Jenkins reviews the highlights
This is an article from the Jan. 8, 1968 issue
With Quarterback Edd Hargett calling a near-errorless game, Texas A&M jolted Alabama with unexpected inside running.
Alabama deliberately tried to lure A&M offside twice with a fourth-down long count and succeeded once during a TD drive.
A&M's Gene Stallings boiled over and halted the Cotton Bowl momentarily after Alabama got away with an illegal substitution.
No bowl fans suffered more than LSU's when in the last seconds Wyoming's George Anderson caught a tipped pass in the open.
THE EMMY AWARD
NBC's coverage of the Rose Bowl, from its pregame introductions to slow-motion replays, far surpassed all other telecasts.
Oklahoma's option plays and sideline passes in the first half built a 19-0 lead that Tennessee could never quite overcome.
USC allowed Indiana only one good scoring opportunity when the game was in balance and held Hoosier runners to 79 yards.
After miserable first half in which they made only one first down, LSU's Tigers came from 0-13 to defeat tiring Wyoming.
LSU's Charlie McClendon used a new offensive line in the third quarter, got his ground game going and won the Sugar Bowl.
On fourth and one at your own 15, do you go for it? No! Penn State's Joe Paterno did, and a Gator Bowl debacle followed.
Bear Bryant met his former pupil, Gene Stallings, on field and lifted him with a hug after the Aggies had upset the Bear.
Florida State Coach Bill Peterson, who had said he would not play for a tie, decided to settle for field goal to tie Gator Bowl.
Oklahoma's Bob Stephenson intercepted a deflected pass and scored just when OU was blowing the wildest bowl game of all.
THE ALL-BOWL TEAM AND ITS STARS
BEST BACK: O.J. Simpson, USC
BEST BACK: Bob Stephenson, Oklahoma
BEST LINEMAN: Ron Sellers, Fla. State
BEST LINEMAN: Billy Hobbs, Texas A&M