Michigan State's defeat was only part of one of the blackest Saturdays in Big Ten history. Except for Purdue's 28-21 upset of Notre Dame (page 20), Illinois' 34-6 whomping of Pitt and Indiana's narrow 18-15 win over Kansas, everybody lost. Wisconsin was shocked by Arizona State 42-16, Iowa lost to Oregon State 38-18 and Minnesota, Northwestern and Ohio State kept the scores presentable but went down, too. Minnesota managed to stay even until half time, when Nebraska Coach Bob Devaney told his players: "Run faster and block harder." They did, just enough to score one touchdown and win 7-0. Northwestern gave Missouri trouble until Gary Kombrink, a quarterback who is supposed to be too untalented to pass and too wobbly to run, jolted the Tiger offense. He passed and ran for 233 yards and set up two field goals by Jay Wallace, as Missouri won 13-7. Ohio State got the biggest surprise of all. Perhaps the Buckeyes believed it when Arizona Coach Darrell Mudra said, "If I were Woody Hayes, I wouldn't be too excited about playing us." OSU got an early touchdown and that was all, as junior Quarterback Bruce Lee led the Wildcats to two scores and a 14-7 victory.
Oklahoma showed some Big Eight muscle by walloping Maryland 35-0, but Kansas State tumbled back to reality when it lost to Virginia Tech 15-3. In the Mid-American, Kent State surprised Ohio U. 21-14 as Don Fitzgerald ran for 139 yards.
1. USC (3-0)
2. UCLA (3-0)
3. WYOMING (3-0)
UCLA Coach Tommy Prothro was offended. Washington State, which had not scored all season, marched through the Bruins for 80 yards and a touchdown the first time it got the ball. The brash Cougars were punished immediately for their fling. Quarterback Gary Beban and Halfback Greg Jones passed and ran for four touchdowns and, when they sat down, substitute Quarterback Bill Bolden scored two more, one on a 55-yard run. Soccer-style-Kicker Zenon Andrusyshyn booted two field goals and five extra points, and UCLA had its rout 51-23.
Most Pacific Eight coaches had equally pleasant days. Washington finally got its new swing offense going behind sophomore Quarterback Tom Manke. Don Martin kicked three field goals, including a 56-yarder, and the Huskies trounced Air Force 30-7. California pulled off a mild upset by stopping favored Michigan 10-9 and Stanford outscored San Jose State 28-14. Only Oregon faltered, losing to Utah 21-0.
Just in case any Wyoming player had forgotten last year's lone defeat—a 12-10 loss to Colorado State—Coach Lloyd Eaton had a handy reminder ready for him Saturday. When the Cowboys took the field they ran through a paper hoop that was inscribed: "Remember '66." After that bit of whimsy Quarterback Paul Toscano proceeded to tear at Colorado State with his passing, completing 14 of 29 for 250 yards and one touchdown. But even with that, Wyoming needed Jerry DePoyster's two field goals—the last one from 55 yards out—to win 13-10. Meanwhile, Brigham Young showed it will be a strong Western AC contender by rolling over Western Michigan 44-19.