The other AAWU teams were plodders by comparison. Washington, sitting pretty with a 14-0 half-time lead over CALIFORNIA, suddenly had the chair pulled out from under it. Cal's Barry Bronk passed to Jerry Bradley for two touchdowns, Dan Sinclair kicked a 33-yard field goal, Frank Lynch scored from the one and the Bears won 24-20. OREGON shocked Air Force 17-6 as Ken Klein ran back an intercepted pass 99 yards, while OREGON STATE beat Idaho 14-7. But Washington State lost to UTAH 26-15.
The season is only half over, but already unbeaten WYOMING has clinched a share of the Western AC title. The Cowboys broke Quarterback Randy Egloff loose for 71 yards on the first play against New Mexico, Jerry DePoyster kicked three more field goals and Wyoming coasted to a 37-7 win. Brigham Young, Wyoming's closest rival, was upset by ARIZONA STATE 10-7.
New Mexico State, with Jim Pohl piling up 76 yards and four touchdowns, trounced Wichita State 45-17, while COLORADO STATE added one more insult to Utah State's win-less season, a 10-7 defeat.