California Coach Ray Willsey presumed too much when ho thought he had devised a way to contain UCLA Quarterback Gary Beban on his wide sweeps. Because the Cal defenders were flying wide all night, Beban called quick-count plays, caught the defense off-balance and sent Rick Purdy or himself through the defenseless middle. Purdy gained 109 yards rushing, while Beban gained 51 on the ground and passed for 133 yards in a 37-14 UCLA win.
Oregon Coach Jerry Frei, whose team had behaved as if it were allergic to the football in four straight losses this season, promised some changes against Washington. But that promise made is still a debt unpaid, as Oregon's Claxton Welch fumbled the opening kickoff on his one-yard line. Washington went on to recover four fumbles in the first half and shut out Oregon 26-0.
There was a rumor around Utah University last week that the 90-mm. howitzer on the M-48 tank at Ute Stadium that is fired after every Utah touchdown would be pointed unnervingly at the Wyoming bench as part of the attack Utah planned to unload on the Cowboys. But Wyoming, with Paul Toscano throwing two touchdown passes, proved to have all the guns, as it won a viciously contested game 28-0. At Tucson, Arizona seemed to have defeated Texas of El Paso when Ken Sarnoski kicked a 38-yard field goal with only seconds to play. But a pass interference call gave the UTEPs possession in Arizona territory, and Jerry Waddles made his third field goal—a 48-yarder at the gun—to give UTEP a 9-9 tie. Air Force, saved by a last-quarter goal-line stand, beat North Carolina 10-8.