West Texas State had a problem against MEMPHIS STATE: what to cover, a run or a pass, when Quarterback Terry Padgett rolled out. He did a lot of both—for 134 yards—and the Buffaloes went down 26-14.
1. UCLA (7-0)
2. USC (6-1)
3. WYOMING (6-1)
There may have been some nervous Uclans in Los Angeles' Memorial Coliseum when Air Force led UCLA 10-7 in the second quarter, but Gary Beban and Mel Farr were not among them. Poised as always, Beban brought the hibernating Bruins awake with a couple of short touchdown runs and, in the last quarter, Farr broke loose from the Air Force 33, smashed through three Cadet tacklers and went on to score. UCLA won 38-13, but not proudly. Coach Tommy Prothro, however, was satisfied. "I don't know if I wanted our team to play good football," he said. "I didn't want us emotionally keyed up. I just wanted to be good enough to win." What Prothro meant was that Washington, Stanford and USC were coming up. The Uclans must beat all three to make it back to the Rose Bowl.
But last week none of the three looked particularly scary. After USC's loss in Miami, WASHINGTON and Stanford battled to a bizarre end that had just about everybody in Stanford Stadium questioning WU Coach Jim Owens' judgment. With 55 seconds to go, fourth and one on the Stanford 11 and the Indians leading 20-19, he called for a run. Luckily for Washington, Fullback Jeff Jordan made it. Then Don Martin, who had kicked two earlier field goals, booted another from the 12 to give the Huskies a 22-20 victory. OREGON STATE, looking better but going nowhere, trounced Washington State 41-13 as Fullback Pete Pifer scored four touchdowns. OREGON, in the same predicament, beat Idaho 28-7.
Some observers thought it was strictly coaches' talk when Wyoming's Lloyd Eaton worried out loud about COLORADO STATE. After all, the unbeaten Cowboys were No. 10 in the wire-service polls and, besides, the Rams had not beaten them in 10 years. But State Coach Mike Lude had invented an eerie play that made a seer out of Eaton. With the ball on the Wyoming 36, Quarterback Bob Wolfe deliberately bounced a lateral to Wingback Larry Jackson. It looked so much like an incompleted pass that the Cowboys relaxed. Jackson then passed to End Tom Pack for a touchdown. State won the game 12-10 when Al Lavan kicked a 26-yard field goal, his second of the game.
There may be more trouble ahead for Wyoming, BRIGHAM YOUNG, its final opponent, beat Arizona 16-14, and UTAH won over New Mexico 27-0. Both can tie the Cowboys in the Western AC race.
The passes flew like wild birds when San Jose's Danny Holman and PACIFIC'S Bob Lee got together at Stockton. Holman, although ailing, completed 21 for 285 yards and two touchdowns. But Lee hit 13 for three scores, kicked a field goal and five conversions, and Pacific won 38-35.