THE TOP THREE:
1. USC (2-1)
2. OREGON STATE (3-0)
3. OREGON (2-1)
USC appeared headed for its second straight defeat as it trailed 10-0 against a young Michigan State team. Spartan Halfback Sherm Lewis' 88-yard sprint with a screen pass from sophomore Quarterback Steve Juday had added seven points to Lou Bobich's 38-yard field goal. Then, to begin the last period, USC Halfback Mike Garrett broke 52 yards through guard on a trap. Minutes later, on fourth and eight, Hal Bedsole shoestringed a Pete Beathard pass in the end zone, and USC won 13-10.
Washington fared not so well against its Big Ten opponent, IOWA. For the third straight week the Huskies, who pride themselves on conditioning, appeared drawn and fourth-quartered as they lost 17-7. Neither thunder, lightning, a Northwest deluge nor fading Washington defenses could stop a 93-yard drive powered by Bobby Grier's runs (one for 43 yards) and ending in Quarterback Fred Riddle's one-yard plunge that put the Hawkeyes ahead.
Oregon State is still unbeaten, thanks to a 22-15 win over Baylor that ended like a commercial for tranquilizers. With 27 seconds left, OSU Quarterback Gordon Queen hit Danny Espalin on the Baylor five. Espalin went to the two, was hit, fumbled into the end zone, then recovered for a touchdown. Queen had completed seven of 12 passes on the 66-yard desperation drive and 11 of 22 for the day. Better yet was Baylor's Don Trull, who completed 16 of 28 for 246 yards.
UCLA Quarterback Larry Zeno, who had set up Stanford's touchdown by fumbling a bad pass, and Halfback John White, whose back-pedaling caused the safety that put Stanford ahead 9-3, redeemed themselves as UCLA beat the Indians 10-9. White scored the tying touchdown and Zeno coolly converted the winning point. Similarly, Halfback Clarence Williams did all the scoring as WASHINGTON STATE beat Arizona 7-2. After a reverse 10-yard run for a safety, he dashed 75 yards for the only touchdown.
A more frustrated hero was Wyoming's Tom Wilkinson, who completed 15 of 26 passes for 202 yards and had the Cowboys leading KANSAS 21-7 until big Jay-hawker Guard Greg Roth tore the ball out of his hands and ran 20 yards for a score. Underdog Wyoming was then powerless to prevent a 64-yard Kansas march that* won 25-21.
In the WAC, UTAH Quarterbacks Ernest Allen and Gary Hertzfeldt riddled New Mexico 19-6. ARIZONA STATE demolished Colorado State 50-7 and BRIGHAM YOUNG beat Montana 27-0.