TCU's Sonny Gibbs finally had one of his really good games as the Frogs rode his two touchdown passes and two scoring plunges to a 35-13 win over Texas Tech. But Rice had a dismal night. Oregon hit the Owls with a claque of eye-blinking backs and all but ran them out of Rice Stadium while winning 31-12. The best, of course, was Mel Renfro, who ripped the Rice linemen for 141 yards, scored one touchdown and generally made a nuisance of himself. Observed Rice's empty-handed Jerry Candler: "You reach out for him, right in front of you, and suddenly he's five yards gone."
No one but the determined Lobos would have given a dead wolf for New Mexico's chances after Utah State powered to a 13-0 lead. They came back smartly, tied the Aggies on Bobby Santiago's 22-yard pass to Larry Jasper with 1:50 to play, then won 14-13 on Ed Meadows' placement kick.
THE TOP THREE:
1. WASHINGTON (3-0-1)
2. USC (3-0)
3. UCLA (2-0)
Just hours after the Oregon National Guard had been called out to prevent looting in wreckage-littered Portland, Washington stole off with a 14-13 victory over Oregon State in plain view of 30,000 storm survivors. Leading 13-7 on Terry Baker's passes, State fumbled on the Husky 40 midway in the final period. Many minutes later Charlie Mitchell barely touched the end zone and Jim Norton kicked the winning point.
Overconfident after last week's upset of Ohio State and scornful of Colorado State's 19 straight losses, UCLA was outgained and nearly outscored in the first half. Superior depth finally overwhelmed the underdog Coloradoans 35-7. A blocked kick, Kenny Graham's 92-yard kickoff return and Clete Baltes' three interceptions upended Stanford 21-6 for Washington State.
Brigham Young's Eldon Fortie scored a touchdown and increased his total yardage to 992 for the season, but Utah won 35-20.