Missouri Coach Dan Devine, a noted pessimist, worried that his untested secondary would not be able to handle SMU's 5'4" quarterback, Ines Perez, and his game-winning receiver, Jerry Levias. So Halfback Johnny Davis intercepted one SMU pass and ran it back 53 yards for a touchdown, and Safely John Neyer picked off two. Roger Wehrli, another defensive back, returned a punt 64 yards for a score and, in between, Quarterback Gary Kombrink stampeded the Mustangs with 128 yards in runs as Missouri won 21-0. Oklahoma had it just as easy against Washington State. Quarterback Bob Warmack ran 15 yards for one touchdown, threw to Wing-back Eddie Hinton for another and the Sooners took the game 21-0.
Although the season was only two weeks old, Ohio U. had a solid hold on the MidAmerican Conference. The Bobcats trimmed Marshall 48-14 on the passing of Cleve Bryant and the 129-yard running of Dick Conley for their second conference win. In non-league games, Toledo rolled over Xavier 24-7, Kent State swamped Northern Illinois 35-0 and Bowling Green opened with a 29-0 victory over the Quantico Marines. Independent Dayton outscored Cincinnati 27-13, while Louisville shut out Southern Illinois 26-0.
1. USC (2-0)
2. UCLA (2-0)
3. WYOMING (2-0)
Before USC applied the icing late Saturday night against Texas (page 22) most of the Pacific Fight had baked a fine victory cake. Washington's defenders hounded Wisconsin into minus 26 yards on the ground in a 17-0 victory, though Coach Jim Owens still had problems with his new attack, one that all too often looked new to the Huskies themselves. "We were ragged, still too sloppy," he complained, referring to about everybody on the offensive unit except Quarterback Tom Manke. Manke, subbing for the injured Tom Sparlin, carried 20 times for 88 yards and one touchdown and passed 44 yards to Harrison Wood for another touchdown. Stanford lost a 14-0 lead against Kansas, fought back to go ahead 21-17 on Fullback Jack Root's third touchdown and managed to survive for a 21-20 victory. Oregon State Quarterback Steve Preece ran for 107 yards, mostly on roll-outs, and scored three times to lead the Beavers past Arizona State 27-21.
In Eugene, 27,000 turned out in Oregon's new Autzen Stadium to watch the Webfoots torment highly rated Colorado, doing everything to the Buffaloes except beat them. Oregon gave the ball away nine times on six pass interceptions and three lost fumbles, but Coach Jerry Frei still only had praise for his team. "Our kids just decided in that second half that we weren't going to get beat," he said. And the kids were almost right. Behind 17-0 on Quarterback Bob Anderson's 18-yard run, a 58-yard touchdown pass and John Farler's field goal, Oregon came back with 13 points of its own in the second half and ended up with 347 yards total offense to the Buffs' 261.
Wyoming, behind Quarterback Paul Toscano, who threw four scoring passes, smothered Air Force 37-10. "They turned the game into a track meet, and we just don't have track stars," sighed Falcon Captain Neal Starkey. Brigham Young, using three potent quarterbacks, swamped New Mexico, 44-14.
It was a longtime coming. After 21 straight games without a victory, Kansas State finally got one, a 17-7 triumph over Colorado State. A 29-yard field goal by Mike Bruhin, Cornelius Davis' one-yard plunge and Bill Nossek's 49-yard pass to Ossie Cain won it for the Wildcats. "A fantastic effort by a group of kids who have had their rumps kicked too often," said new Coach Vince Gibson. "Some of the doubting Thomases who were just hopefully with us can now come out of the woodwork."
1. HOUSTON (2-0)
2. TEXAS (0-1)
3. ARKANSAS (0-1)