Baylor used Don Trull's passing, which set records for completions (160) and yards gained (2,047), to beat Rice 21-12, and a still-somber Fort Worth gathering saw TCU defeat SMU 22-15.
THE TOP THREE:
1. WASHINGTON (6-4)
2. USC (7-3)
3. OREGON (7-3)
All week long West Coast bettors interested in wagering a bob or two on the STANFORD-California game watched for the medical reports on Stanford Halfback Steve Thurlow, ailing with a deep charley horse. The odds went from pick-'em to three points as Thurlow's ailment improved. On Saturday it was easy to see why. Thurlow rolled up 126 yards and scored twice. Braden Beck added three field goals (from 36, 48 and 46 yards out) and Stanford won 28-17.
USC, out of the Rose Bowl but still anxious to save a piece of glory from the 1963 season, clobbered UCLA 26-6. With Pete Beathard back, the Trojans ran and passed for 530 yards. Beathard threw for one touchdown and ran for another. Mike Garrett slipped through the harried Bruins for 119 yards, and Ron Heller picked up 79 more. "I think we are as good as any team out here," insisted USC's Johnny McKay.
Oregon Coach Len Casanova's pregame oratory was so eloquent that one assistant coach said he had to leave the locker room to keep from breaking down. Quarterback Bob Berry was stirred, too. He completed 18 passes for 249 yards and two scores, and the Ducks routed Oregon State 31-14. ARIZONA STATE did not need any such urging for Arizona. Merely recalling three straight losses to the Wildcats was enough. Indeed, Fullback Tony Lorick was inclined to make it a personal vendetta. He scored three times, and the Sun Devils won easily, 35-6. Now Arizona must beat NEW MEXICO, which trounced Brigham Young 26-0, to win the Western AC title.