Florida State, leading 13-0, suddenly found HOUSTON troublesome. Quarterback Bo Burris went over from the one, kicked the extra point and passed Houston into position for Dick Post's 18-yard dash to the tying touchdown. But this time he missed the extra point, and the Cougars had to settle for a 13-13 tie.
THE TOP THREE:
1. OREGON STATE (7-1)
2. OREGON (6-1-1)
3. USC (5-3)
Oregon State, busy with Rose Bowl plans, almost neglected the business at hand: beating Indiana and becoming the first West Coast team to take a Big Ten member this year. Off to a bad start, the Beavers let Indiana's Rich Badar penetrate their usually reliable defenses with two touchdown passes in the first half. Fortunately, sophomore Paul Brothers, despite some very sore ribs, matched those with a pair of his own. Then Oregon State tightened up. Its secondary muscled in on Badar's receivers, Steve Clark kicked a 34-yard field goal. Brothers ran for a score and the Beavers pulled it out 24-14 to make it one in eight for the Coasters against the Midwesterners in 1964.
USC, still not out of the bowl picture, bumbled along with Stanford as each team lost the ball four times on fumbles. But stubby little Mike Garrett, barreling through the Indians for 92 yards, scored twice to save the day for the Trojans 15-10.
Oregon had real problems. With Quarterback Bob Berry on the bench nursing his injured shoulder, Coach Len Casanova decided to abandon his flanker, three-end offense and go back to the T and slot in an effort to arouse his anemic ground game. It failed. The Ducks needed sophomore Mike Brundage's green but good passing (20 of 36 for 239 yards and two touchdowns) to salvage a 21-21 tie with WASHINGTON STATE.
Washington, looking better too late, figured that California's defenses were set just about right for Junior Coffey's off-tackle slashes. So the Huskies ran Halfbacks Char-Icy Browning and Ron Medved and No. 2 Fullback Jeff Jordan around the Bear flanks and they built a 21-3 half-time lead. Just in time, too. Cal's artful Craig Morton, who survived a smothering rush to complete 20 of 30 passes, got the Bears a couple of scores and almost caught Washington before losing 21-16.
Air force put away its passing game and built a running attack around Fullback Steve Amdor for UCLA. It was all too much for the Bruins, who went down 24-15. UTAH STATE had a 20-17 lead over WYOMING with three seconds to go. Then George Squires, a Briton who plays soccer all week and football on Saturdays, kicked a 17-yard field goal to give the Cowboys a 20-20 tie. UTAH, meanwhile, crushed Brigham Young 47-13 to tie Wyoming for the Western AC title. ARIZONA, which can still tie, too, just made it past Idaho 14-7, while ARIZONA STATE beat Kansas State 21-10.