1. USC (6-1-1)
2. UCLA (6-1-1)
3. WASHINGTON STATE (7-2)
It is not only the Rose Bowl, or who is best on the Pacific Coast that will be decided this weekend, but which Los Angeles team is better. While UCLA's remarkable Gary Be-ban was running and passing Stanford silly, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA methodically and willfully took apart suffering Pitt 28-0. With UCLA scouts looking on hopefully, Coach Johnny McKay was not about to show them anything new. What they saw was the same old Trojan firepower—slithery Mike Garrett rummaging through the defenseless Panthers 26 times for 156 yards and three touchdowns, running back four punts for 49 yards and catching one bitty swing pass for a mere three. "That Garrett," said Pitt's admiring John Michelosen, "is incredible. He's quick, picks a hole, darts to daylight and is so difficult to hem up."
Washington State's gutsy Cougars finally ran out of miracles. Down 7-0 to ARIZONA STATE, they scored with two minutes to go after recovering a fumble on the five. Quarterback Tom Roth, naturally, went for two points, with a pass to Ammon McWashington, and made it. But the officials ruled State had taken too long to get the play off, and Roth had to try again. This time the charging Sun Devils dropped him on the 10-yard line. The score: 7-6.
Oregon State seemingly had WASHINGTON in a bind. The Beavers had wrecked the Huskies' passing game by double-teaming their star receiver, Dave Williams, and they led 21-14 at half time. Then Washington went back to its old-style tough, grinding game. Ron Medved and Don Moore crunched over for touchdowns, and the Huskies pulled the game out 28-21. CALIFORNIA, wallowing in the mud with Oregon at Portland, smothered the Ducks 24-0.
Records fell like wounded Falcons when AIR FORCE Quarterback Paul Stein went to work on Arizona. Stein completed 11 passes for four touchdowns and set an Air Force season's mark of 1,291 yards while Halfback Bill Manning became the first Cadet to catch three touchdown throws in a game. More to the point, the Falcons won 34-7.
It was a hard weekend all over for Western AC teams. COLORADO STATE picked off five Brigham Young passes and whipped the Cougars 36-22, NEW MEXICO STATE overpowered New Mexico 20-6 and TEXAS WESTERN caught Utah 20-19 on Billy Stevens' 92-yard touchdown pass to End Bob Wallace with 16 seconds to go.