While the roof was tumbling in on most of the Southwest, spunky Arkansas held firm, used Quarterback George McKinney's 42-yard touchdown pass to Halfback Lance Alworth and a safety to turn back Oklahoma State 9-0.
Kept surprisingly impotent for most of the first half, Mississippi's Jake Gibbs eventually broke open a tough Houston defense with three touchdown passes, and the Rebels went on to win 42-0.
Shocked by Oregon State's upset of USC, Angelenos recovered swiftly when UCLA brought Pitt up short with a durable defense, beat the Panthers 8-7 in the last 33 seconds. Helped along by two questionable decisions on pass plays, the Bruins moved half the length of the field, and sub Tailback Ezell Singleton, a small man with quick feet, squirmed the last four yards through the weak side. Coach Bill Barnes, unwilling to settle for a tie, rushed in No. 1 Tailback Bill Kilmer, who rammed through the same hole for the winning points. But things were different up in Berkeley, where New Coach Marv Levy's debut was marred when Tulane trapped his California Bears 7-3.
Washington's Bob Schloredt, taking up where he left off in the Rose Bowl game, rolled out for two scores as the Huskies battered helpless College of the Pacific 55-6. Coach Jim Owens turned up a surprise star in fleet-footed sophomore Halfback Charlie Mitchell, who made 100 yards in eight carries.
Washington State rallied in the last quarter to catch Stanford when Tackle Garner Ekstran lumbered 40 yards to a touchdown after intercepting one of Dick Norman's passes. Mel Melin kicked the placement for a 15-14 win. Oregon kept step with its northern neighbors, whipping Idaho 33-6 on the passing of Dave Grosz and the scampering of scant (5 feet 3�) Cleveland Jones.