THE TOP THREE: 1. WASHINGTON (2-0-1) 2. USC (3-0) 3. UCLA (1-0)
Three unforgettable goal-line stands, each repulsing first-ranked Ohio State at the one-yard line, earned UCLA a 9—7 victory and one of the biggest upsets in West Coast football history. The Bruin offense operated only in the first 30 seconds, when Halfback Kermit Alexander broke 45 yards to a touchdown, and in the last seven minutes, when sophomore Quarterback Larry Zeno came off the bench to lead UCLA's only other venture into Buckeye territory. Zeno kicked the winning field goal from the 14 and the UCLA defense was magnificent beyond the telling of it. A fumble set up Alexander's run. A second fumble, recovered by Tackles Dave Gibbs and Phil Oram, stopped OSU on the one-yard line. "We thought our team was pretty good until this afternoon," said Woody Hayes. Then, slowly, he added, "A team of mine has never been stopped that many times before."
Pitt Quarterback Jim Traficant passed for three touchdowns and scored a fourth against California, and the Panthers needed all the points to beat Cal 26-24. Behind 19-7 in the third period of a seemingly hopeless game, California produced a new face, Quarterback Larry Balliett, who completed 13 of 25 passes. Stanford, perhaps a bit self-satisfied over last week's upset of Michigan State, was given a bad case of indigestion by Oregon State, 27-0. Beaver Quarterback Terry Baker kept for two touchdowns and completed 11 passes.
While San Jose was playing Oregon, Oregon may have been playing its next seven opponents mentally. Oregon won by only 14—0 and fumbled seven times. By dint of considerable effort, Washington kept its score down to 41-0 over embarrassed Kansas State.
Between Wyoming's "jitterbug" line and its own jittery backfield, Utah was lucky to lose by only 16-7. The final score of the BYU-Colorado State game was Eldon Fortie 28, CSU 7 as BYU's national rushing leader romped to three fourth-quarter touchdowns. Utah State mistreated Montana State College 41-13.
THE TOP THREE: 1. PURDUE (1-0-1) 2. OHIO STATE (1-1) 3. NEBRASKA (3-0)
The Big Ten came away from its two games with Pacific Coast teams empty-handed and badly bruised. UCLA's victory over Ohio State was the upset of the week and Southern California's 7—0 defeat of Iowa marked the first time the Hawkeyes had been shut out at home in 10 years. Iowa outrushed and outpassed the Trojans, but improvidently handed the ball away seven times. USC, following an Iowa fumble, produced the only score of the game as swift sophomore Halfback Ron Heller skipped 19 yards for a first-quarter touchdown.
Elsewhere the Western Conference was its good old formidable self. Purdue whacked Notre Dame 24—6, Minnesota shut out weak Navy 21-Oat Minneapolis, Michigan, at home, beat favored Army 17—7, and Michigan State routed North Carolina 38-6 at East Lansing.