Kansas was luckier than Tulane. It suffered at the hands of Texas Tech for only three quarters. Tom Wilson had passed the Jayhawks silly, Donny Anderson had run them ragged and Tech was leading 26-7 with 14:04 to go in the fourth quarter, when tornado-warning sirens began to wail and the public-address announcer told everyone to take cover. Kansas Coach Jack Mitchell knew when he had had enough and asked the officials to call the game. They did. Happily the tornado missed Lubbock, and the only wreck left was Kansas.
Arkansas, it was said, had a quarterback problem. It does not any longer. Jon Brittenum stepped in against Oklahoma State to relieve Coach Frank Broyles of that little annoyance. He completed nine passes for 100 yards and one score, ran eight and 15 yards for two more and contributed a crushing downfield block to help Wingback Harry Jones get away on a 50-yard touchdown dash. With that kind of help, the Hogs beat State 28-14.
Mississippi State, unawed by Houston's Astrodome, decorated its dressing room wall with a sign that read, "We are the Bulldogs. Let's show them we are the eighth wonder of the world." Then, while the rains splattered down on the bubble top, Marcus Rhoden, a 9.5 sprinter, ran a punt back 89 yards, and State went on to rout Houston 36-0. "I've never had a clearer path to glory," said Rhoden modestly.
For a while Louisiana Tech's Billy Laird had RICE in a tizzy. He completed 16 of 23 passes, and the Owls were finding it hard to get the ball. But they managed to score in the second quarter and again in the last seconds to beat the stubborn Bulldogs 14-0.
1. USC (0-0-1)
2. STANFORD (1-0)
3. WASHINGTON (1-0)
Right from the start it was use's Mike Garrett against MINNESOTA'S John Hankinson—the classic runner against the superb passer—in Los Angeles' Memorial Coliseum. Garrett ran, darted, dodged and squirmed for 146 yards, caught four passes and scored twice. Hankinson completed 17 passes for 203 yards and one touchdown and ran the ball over twice himself. The result: a 20-20 tie. "When you see a better one than Garrett," said Minnesota's Murray Warmath, "you've seen something." USC's Johnny McKay was high on Hankinson, too. "We rushed him with four men, we shot backers, we did everything," he said.
Once NOTRE DAME got going against California, it was like trying to round up a herd of buffalo with Shetland ponies. Senior Quarterback Bill Zloch did not even try to imitate John Huarte, but instead ran for two touchdowns. Nick Eddy and Bill Wolski slashed the embattled Cal line brutally, Nick Rassas intercepted three passes and returned a kick 65 yards, and the big Irish linemen stopped everybody. Notre Dame won 48-6 and looked almost good enough to be national champions. But Cal's Ray Willsey did not see it quite that way. "Notre Dame is not that good," he fumed. "We just played bad."
Stanford had an easy time with San Jose State, drubbing the Spartans 26-6 as Quarterback Dave Lewis threw two touchdown passes. But WASHINGTON, a notoriously slow starter, almost did not make it past Idaho. Quarterback Tod Hullin's 26-yard pass to End Dave Williams with 2:43 to go barely bailed out the somnolent Huskies 14-9.
It is now clear that any other team in the Western AC with title aspirations will have to beat WYOMING. Despite 10 inches of snow on the plains of Laramie and the 30� temperature, the Cowboys were as hot as a prairie fire against Air Force. Passing sparingly, they turned loose Quarterbacks Tom Wilkinson and Rick Egloff and a horde of other spectacular runners against the Falcons and whipped them 31-14.