Texas Tech, too, was still alive and very much available for a bowl. Donny Anderson slashed Washington State for 119 yards as Tech won 28-10. RICE, merely playing out the season, battered Texas A&M 19-8.
Houston came out passing against PENN STATE and found it was a mistake. The alert Lions picked off four passes, and the Cougars never had a chance. Fullback Tom Urbanik smashed for 122 yards and a touchdown, and Safetyman Joe Vargo ran a punt back 78 yards for another as Penn State took its fourth straight, 24-7. ARIZONA shut out Texas Western 14-0.
THE TOP THREE:
1. OREGON (7-1-1)
2. OREGON STATE (7-2)
3. USC (5-3)
It was taking some doing for the West Coast to get a Rose Bowl team. Oregon State, the front runner last week, was upset by STANFORD 16-7, and now Oregon, USC and UCLA have a chance again. Happily, it will all be decided Saturday when Oregon State and Oregon meet and USC faces UCLA.
Spoiler Stanford, the only team to beat Oregon, gave Oregon State the same business. With sophomore Dave Lewis at quarterback and Coach Johnny Ralston calling the I formation plays from the bench, the Indians played impeccably—no fumbles, no interceptions and only five yards in penalties.
Washington, straightened out after some early problems, still had its hands full with UCLA. The Huskies, ahead 22-14 on Fullback Jeff Jordan's heavy pounding, had to turn back a two-point play after UCLA pulled up to 22-20 in the last quarter. California, even though it threatened half a dozen times, could not pierce UTAH'S strict defense and lost, 14-0. The tough Utes gave Cal's Craig Morton the short pass (he completed 22) but latched on to his receivers when it counted. Little Ron Coleman's two touchdowns gave the game to Utah.
Wyoming and Air Force battled to a 7-7 tie, but the other Western AC teams had better luck, NEW MEXICO routed Colorado State 42-0, BRIGHAM YOUNG trounced Western Michigan 43-8 and ARIZONA STATE out-scored San Jose State 28-16. Utah State got a real shock, a 27-22 beating from IDAHO.