THE TOP THREE:
1. OREGON STATE (6-1)
2. OREGON (6-1)
3. USC (4-3)
The way things are going on the West Coast, the AAWU may have to draw straws to pick its Rose Bowl representative. Only a week ago people were wondering if Oregon or USC—the most likely candidates then—would have a chance against the Big Ten champion. But both teams lost last Saturday and now Oregon State is the front-runner. Chances are the Beavers will not last very long either.
Oregon got its first defeat from STANFORD. With Quarterback Bob Berry nursing a sore shoulder and banged-up knees, the Ducks were hard pressed to muster an offense. What's more, the Indians pushed the Oregon defense all over the field. Even so, the Ducks led 8-7 until—with just 13 seconds to go—Braden Beck booted a 21-yard field goal to win for Stanford 10-8.
USC went into the fourth quarter with a 13-0 lead over listless WASHINGTON. But Tod Hullin, a third-string quarterback who had dunned Coach Jim Owens for a chance to play, got the Huskies going. He passed eight yards to Charlie Browning for one touchdown, then guided Washington 47 yards for another, Jeff Jordan going over from the two. Ron Medved kicked both the extra points, and the Huskies won 14-13. Said USC's Johnny McKay, "I've never had a bigger disappointment."
For the second week in a row, California had victory snatched away in the final minutes. "It was like watching a rerun of a Frankenstein movie," said Coach Roy Willsey. This time it was UCLA that did in Cal, 26-21. Quarterback Craig Morton did his best, completing 24 of 43 passes for 288 yards and two scores. But UCLA's Larry Zeno beat Cal with a neat 30-yard pass to Kurt Altenberger in the last minutes. OREGON STATE, meanwhile, continued to look good. The Beavers whipped Washington State 24-7 for their sixth straight as sophomore Quarterback Paul Brothers passed for one touchdown and ran for a second.
New Mexico made no special plans for Wyoming. It just wound up two-way Quarterback Stan Quintana and sent him out against the Cowboys. Quintana had his best day—one touchdown passing, a second running and a 90-yard run that set up a field goal. New Mexico won 17-6 to clinch a tie for the Western AC title. Utah State chuckled at the prospect of playing BRIGHAM YOUNG, a beanbag. But sophomore Quarterback Virgil Carter ran and passed the Aggies crazy as BYU had the last laugh, 28-14.
THE TOP THREE: