"If I were a back," he says, "I'd like to be called 'Punch' when my number came up. Take 'Punch 19.' Now doesn't that make you want to punch that line? Our 'Rip' back, he's the fella who has to go with the ball—rip it through. And 'Spike,' he does a lot of blocking at the corners—he spikes 'em, see? Those are good aggressive names to call out, and it's a helluva lot better than yelling, 'Hey, you.' "
It is extremely difficult, now that the Cougars have proved they can win one the easy way, to find a man in Pullman willing to discuss anything but the Rose Bowl. One who manages to resist the temptation is Bert Clark. Holding fast to coaching tradition, he won't talk about the future, but if you want to discuss the Cougars—that's different. "What gets me is the excitement of this team," he says. "All I have to do is yell, 'Hey, who's excited?' And they yell right back. They're excited about every game we play—and every play we run."
1. USC (5-1-1)
2. UCLA (5-1-1)
3. WASHINGTON STATE (7-1)
One other wonder of West Coast football this year has been UCLA. For a while last Saturday, however, Washington threatened to pass the Bruins straight into obscurity. Quarterback Tod Hullin, a sharp thrower, and End Dave Williams, a superb catcher, got the Huskies three touchdowns for a 24-14 lead at half time. But Gary Beban, UCLA's flashy sophomore who had passed and run for both Bruin scores, put his team back in the game with a brilliant 60-yard run. Then imaginative Coach Tommy Prothro came up with his weekly surprise: a Z streak, he called it. With UCLA on its own 40, Tight End Dick Witcher unobtrusively lined up as a flanker outside his split end while Washington was still in its defensive huddle. Witcher broke down the sideline, Beban found him with a perfect pass and away he went. The Bruins won 28-24. "We were lucky," said Prothro, but he must have had his tongue in his cheek.
USC, which has to whip the amazing Uclans November 20 if it is to keep Washington State out of the Rose Bowl, enjoyed a 35-0 rout of California. The Trojans battered Cal for 379 yards, and shifty Mike Garrett got away on two long punt returns—for 74 and 87 yards, respectively.
Everybody, including New Mexico, expected WYOMING to come out throwing against the Lobos' weak secondary, which had yielded 13 touchdown passes. But the Cowboys, once they found their pitch-sweeps going well, rarely bothered to pass. Sophomore Tailback Jim Kiick ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns, and Wyoming beat New Mexico 27-9 for the first time in four years to move within a game of the Western AC title. "It sure feels good," said Wyoming Coach Lloyd Eaton. "We haven't had Lobo hide in a long, long time."
Brigham Young also indulged in a rare treat, beating Utah 25-20 for the first time in seven years as Quarterback Virgil Carter threw four touchdown passes.
Lots of teams have soccer-style field-goal kickers, but who ever heard of a Norwegian ski-kicker? Well, MONTANA STATE's Jan Stenerud, who is both, sidebooted one for 59 yards, then was short with a 67-yarder as the Bobcats defeated Montana 24-7.