THE TOP THREE:
1. USC (9-0)
2. WASHINGTON (7-1-2)
3. OREGON STATE (8-2)
Despite persistent rumors, college football hadn't died in Los Angeles. It was merely hibernating. Some 86,700 crowded into the Coliseum to watch USC defend itself against UCLA and they weren't disappointed. Harassed and harried by the Bruins' sticky defense (a 5-2-1-3, with Halfback Kermit Alexander playing End Hal Bedsole man-to-man and the rover keyed on the man-in-motion), the Trojans almost stumbled on the way to the Rose Bowl. But Willie Brown pulled USC through. His leaping catch of Bill Nelsen's pass gave the Trojans the ball on the two in the fourth quarter and Ben Wilson bucked over for the score. After that, as Coach Johnny McKay put it, "a little tension went out of the game." Moments later, Pete Beathard plunged over from the one and USC had a scary 14-3 victory.
At Berkeley, 72,700 saw Stanford and California in the West Coast version of The Game. Cal's Craig Morton passed the Bears to a 13-3 lead, but Stanford's Clark Weaver was better in the second half. He completed nine of 11 passes, threw for three touchdowns, and Stanford won 30-13. The win was small comfort for Stanford Coach Jack Curtice, who was reported on his way out.
Up north, Washington State, with Dale Mathiesen pitching and record-breaker Hugh Campbell catching (10 passes for 178 yards), had Washington pinned in a 21-21 tie with about a minute to play. Then Husky Linebacker Norm Dicks intercepted a pass on the WSU seven. In the last 20 seconds Dom Stafford kicked a 20-yard field goal, Mathiesen was nailed in his end zone for a safety and Washington eked it out, 26-21.
Oregon State's Terry Baker was the most helpful man in Corvallis last Saturday. He helped End Vern Burke to new college records for passes caught (69) and yardage gained (1,007) in one season and then helped the Beavers overtake Oregon 20-17.
Colorado State lost its 26th straight game—a heartbreaker for Coach Mike Lude. Montana beat his Rams 16-15.