Washington took an uncertain—and perhaps costly—step toward the Rose Bowl. The fanatically dedicated Huskies beat UCLA 10-8 but lost All-America Quarterback Bob Schloredt for the season with a broken left collarbone. A 38-yard field goal by Halfback George Fleming and Don McKeta's one-yard touchdown dive gave the Huskies all the points they needed to win. They then sat back and tormented the Bruins with a defense that was loose and relaxed at mid-fie d and as uncrossable as quicksand at the goal line. UCLA managed to score once on Bill Kilmer's passes, but it wasn't enough.
USC, bent on recouping its early-season losses, devised a tackle-trap play for Sophomore Fullback Hal Tobin, sprung him loose for 63 yards in the third quarter to pull ahead of California, went on to win 27-10. Oregon struck hurriedly for two touchdowns in the last period, overhauled Washington State 21-12. Sophomore Tailback Terry Baker ran and passed Oregon State to a 28-8 victory over Idaho. The top three:
1. WASHINGTON (4-1)
2. OREGON STATE (4-1)
3. UCLA (1-1-1)