1. USC (7-1)
2. UCLA (7-1)
3. WYOMING (7-1)
It was a typically gray and wet November Saturday in Seattle and, typically, UCLA's Bruins, who had not won there since 1958, came away again with only mud on their abashed faces after WASHINGTON upset them 16-3. The Huskies' determined defense, led by Tackle Steve Thompson and Linebacker George Jugum, climbed all over the soppy Bruins. Gary Beban had his worst day, seven completions in 24 tries; Mel Farr was held to 32 yards rushing. But what really did UCLA in was an 80-yard kickoff return by Jim Sartoris, setting up Washington's first touchdown on a one-yard smash by Jeff Jordan. Frank Smith's 29-yard run with an intercepted pass finished the Uclans. "They just plain beat us," said Beban sadly. "We played for the hitting championship of the Coast and they put it to us."
Down in dry Los Angeles, use Quarterbacks Troy Winslow and Toby Page methodically picked sluggish California apart with short passes while sub Jim Lawrence and Mike Hull ripped the Bears' porous line for big yardage. USC won the game 35-9 but not necessarily the right to play in the Rose Bowl. If the Trojans should lose to UCLA when they meet Nov. 19 they will still be ahead in the AAWU 4-1 to 3-1 (presuming the Uclans get by Stanford this week). The conference, however, must vote on who goes to Pasadena.
The other AAWU teams were playing strictly for the record. WASHINGTON STATE, with Halfback Rick Reed intercepting three passes and Tom Gerela kicking two extra points, edged Oregon 14-13. STANFORD hammered Air Force 21-6 while OREGON STATE beat Arizona 31-12 as Fullback Pete Pifer slashed the Wildcats for 228 yards and three touchdowns.
Salt Lake City had never seen anything quite like it when BRIGHAM YOUNG and Texas Western got together. BYU's Virgil Carter and TW's Billy Stevens threw with the persistence of Iron Mikes, but Carter, with Phil Odle catching 14 passes for 242 yards and Casey Boyett grabbing nine for three scores, had the best of it. BYU won 53-33.
After beating Arizona State 21-6 UTAH, along with BYU, still had hopes of tying Wyoming for the Western AC title. But COLORADO STATE, an independent with WAC pretensions, may be better than either of them. The precocious Rams murdered New Mexico 45-6. UTAH STATE, a surprising 0-6, finally won, over Pacific 47-9.
1. NOTRE DAME (7-0)
2. MICHIGAN STATE (8-0)
3. NEBRASKA (8-0)
There was weak Pitt, completely out of character, stunting and blitzing so furiously that NOTRE DAME actually had a game on its hands. Pitt intercepted three of Quarterback Terry Hanratty's passes and the Irish led by only 7-0 at half time. Then Nick Eddy, shaking off would-be tacklers, ran the second-half kickoff back 85 yards and Tom Schoen returned a punt 63 yards. The proud Notre Dame defense stiffened and pretty soon it was all over for the plucky Panthers. The Irish won 40-0.
Iowa gave MICHIGAN STATE'S Duffy Daugherty a twitch, too, when it took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. But Halfback Clint Jones, jiggling in his herky-jerky way, broke loose for 79- and 70-yard touchdowns, added a third on a two-yard plunge and hammered the Hawkeyes for 268 yards (a Big Ten record). Jimmy Raye threw a couple of scoring passes to Gene Washington, and Michigan State coasted to a 56-7 win.
Since Michigan State cannot follow itself to the Rose Bowl, PURDUE and MINNESOTA will fight it out Saturday in Minneapolis for that honor. Purdue, 4-1, whipped Wisconsin 23-0 as Bob Griese sneaked over for two touchdowns, kicked two extra points and a 29-yard field goal. Quarterback Curt Wilson led Minnesota, now 3-1-1, past Northwestern 28-13. He passed to Ken Last for two scores and ran 17 yards for another.
It looked like ILLINOIS' Pete Elliott was in for another licking from brother Bump when Michigan led the Illini 21-20 and was on the six with only 7:15 to play. But Bruce (Silky) Sullivan took a Dick Vidmer pass, ran it back 98 yards and Pete had his first win over Bump in seven tries 28-21. The bear hug Pete gave his tearful 11-year-old niece Betsy was small consolation for the Ann Arbor Elliotts. There was some for OHIO STATE, though, which beat Indiana 7-0.
Nebraska, seemingly over its frustrations, lit into Kansas for three second-quarter touchdowns. Then the Huskers went flat. Jayhawk Quarterback Bill Fenton, a skinny, 5-foot-9 passer who had not played a single down all year, threw for one score and Nebraska had to fight to win 24-13. "Last year they were awesome," said Kansas Fullback Dick Bacon. "This year they are human."
There was a chance, too, that Nebraska was hearing footsteps—OKLAHOMA'S. The Sooners smashed Kansas State 37-6. Missouri, which used to live off opponents' mistakes, made too many of its own as COLORADO recovered three Mizzou fumbles and intercepted four passes, one of which Ike Howard ran back 99 yards, to win 26-0.
Miami of Ohio beat Toledo 24-12 but the Redskins will have to share the MidAmerican title again, this time with WESTERN MICHIGAN, 20-13 winner over Ohio U. on the running of Tim Majerle.
It was hard to tell which humiliated Wichita State more, being held to minus-85 yards rushing or being subjected to WYOMING Quarterback Rick Egloff's talented running and throwing. Either way, the Shockers lost 55-0. DAYTON, in its best season since 1942, beat Xavier 9-2.
1. SYRACUSE (6-2)
2. ARMY (6-2) 3.
PENN STATE (4-4)
It was just like any other SYRACUSE-Penn State game. Syracuse's Ben Schwartzwalder was miffed because he was denied permission to bring along his video playback equipment, Penn State's Joe Paterno had a few new twists—like a shift from a T into an I—and the two teams had at each other. Surprisingly, the young Lions led 10-6 at the half on Quarterback Tom Sherman's 26-yard pass to Ted Kwalick and his 29-yard field goal. Then the Orange, except for one bit of unlikely trickery when Punter Don Bullard faked a fourth-down kick and threw a pass, decided to do what it does best. Larry Csonka bulled up the middle, Floyd Little slipped off the tackles and eventually Csonka scored from the one to put Syracuse ahead 12-10. When it was over, Csonka had 132 yards, Little 110 and the Orange were beginning to think about a bowl. "Anytime you beat these babies," said Schwartzwalder, "it makes you feel good."
Princeton's Dick Colman was feeling mighty good, too, after his Tigers stopped Harvard's march to an undefeated season 18-14. Princeton, behind 14-3, battled back valiantly in the second half. Fullback Dave Martin scored twice, and then an aroused defense stopped Harvard on the 16, inches short of a first down. That threw the Ivy lead into a four-way tie as DARTMOUTH drubbed Columbia 56-14 and CORNELL out-scored Brown 23-14 to join Princeton and Harvard at the top. YALE, only a game behind, beat Perm 17-14 on Dan Begel's 29-yard field goal with 21 seconds to go.
Army has not had it so good in years. Coach Tom Cahill put his two fullbacks, Mark Hamilton and Chuck Jarvis, in the same backfield and the Cadets ran over George Washington 20-7 for their sixth win as Quarterback Steve Lindell passed for two touchdowns. Navy, however, was caught by DUKE 9-7 on Bob Matheson's 21-yard field goal in the last quarter.
Boston College, with Fullback Brendan McCarthy hammering for two scores, beat William &Mary 15-13. COLGATE took Bucknell 20-0, while RUTGERS got caught up in another thriller—this one with Lafayette. The Knights pulled it out 32-28 on sub Tailback Mel Brown's 18-yard sweep in the last quarter, HOLY CROSS held off Massachusetts 16-14 when the Redmen missed a two-point conversion at the end.
1. ALABAMA (7-0)
2. GEORGIA TECH (8-0)
3. GEORGIA (7-1)
While GEORGIA was spoiling Florida's unbeaten season 27-10 (page 30), ALABAMA rolled on in the SEC. Coach Bear Bryant was tickled crimson when his quick, sleek defenders almost ran LSU clear out of Birmingham's Legion Field. Linebacker Mike Hall blocked a punt for a safety, Bobby Johns returned an interception 33 yards and another pickoff by Stan Moss set up a second score. Two field goals by Steve Davis made the score 21-0. "Frankly, I'd prefer to win with defense," said Bryant. "That's the sure way."
Georgia tech's Bobby Dodd likes defense, too, the more so after the liberties Virginia's Bob Davis took with his. Davis ran through the Yellow Jackets for two touchdowns and had the Cavaliers two yards away from victory when a fumble saved the game for Tech, which squeezed out a 14-13 win on Lenny Snow's one-yard dive and Bunky Henry's second placement.
Tulane, which has not had so much fun in 10 years, led MIAMI 10-7 when the Hurricanes, stopped on the five with less than two minutes to play, decided to settle for a tie. Ray Harris' 24-yard field goal made it 10-10. VIRGINIA TECH, 6-1-1 now, beat stubborn Wake Forest 11-0 while FLORIDA STATE clobbered South Carolina 32-10 as Bill Moreman scored three times.
Back in the SEC, AUBURN and KENTUCKY made their moves to stay out of the cellar. Auburn beat Mississippi State 13-0 and Kentucky sneaked past Vanderbilt 14-10. TENNESSEE, perhaps taking little Chattanooga too lightly, was down 10-7 at the half. Then Quarterback Dewey Warren ran for a touchdown, pitched for two more and Tennessee won 28-10.
Clemson was all alone at the top of the ACC after beating North Carolina 27-3 but Coach Frank Howard was busy looking over his shoulder at Maryland and NORTH CAROLINA STATE, his next two opponents. The Wolfpack, coasting along serenely with a 24-0 lead, suddenly was brought up short by Maryland's Alan Pastrana. In less than two minutes, he threw three touchdown passes—41 and 36 yards to Billy Van Heusen and 56 to Bobby Collins—and N.C. State barely survived 24-21.
1. ARKANSAS (7-1)
2. SMU (6-1)
3. HOUSTON (6-1)
Determined to stop ARKANSAS' ground game, Rice threw an 11-man line against the Razorbacks and did manage to drag Quarterback Jon Brittenum down for 40 yards in losses. Meanwhile, however, Brittenum passed over the Owls enough to enable Arkansas to win 31-20 and start thinking about this week's big showdown against SMU in Fayetteville.
SMU did it again, coming from 14 points behind in Dallas to nip Texas A&M 21-14 in the fourth quarter. Little Jerry Levias made another big play when he raced 83 yards with a punt for the winning touchdown, pulling off a couple of nifty maneuvers Coach Hayden Fry said he had never seen before, "not even in the pros." The neatest runner of the day in the Southwest, however, was TEXAS Halfback Chris Gilbert, who gained 235 yards as the Longhorns stunned Baylor 26-14.
Under the Houston Astrodome, speedy Warren McVea finally broke loose as a rusher with 158 yards, and might have got more had he not been evicted in the fourth quarter against Tulsa, along with one other Cougar, for arguing with an official. Expulsion didn't matter. HOUSTON bombed its visitor by a record 73-14.
BEST OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Brigham Young Quarterback Virgil Carter completed 29 of 47 passes for 513 yards, a new NCAA record, and ran for 86 for a total of 599 to rout Texas Western, previously ranked second in total defense, 53-33.
THE LINEMAN: Southern California Linebacker Adrian Young made seven unaided tackles, was credited with six more aided tackles and two assists, deflected one pass and intercepted another as his team rocked California 35-9.