There was no salvation, however, for TCU. Just more trouble. The Frogs, who have not won since last November, never had a chance against Nebraska. In the first eight minutes they gave the Huskers two scoring opportunities on a pass interception and a fumble. Nebraska Quarterback Frank Patrick cashed them in on passes to Dennis Richnafsky and Dick Davis, and Nebraska went on to win 29-0.
1. USC (7-0)
2. UCLA (6-0)
3. WYOMING (7-0)
Top-ranked USC was in front of Oregon in the third period 14-6 when O. J. Simpson—the country's leading rusher—started around left end. He disappeared beneath the horde of tacklers he usually attracts, but this time he did not bounce quickly to his feet for he suffered a sprained right arch, an injury that unnerved the whole West Coast. The one man who was not upset, however, was Steve Grady, Simpson's replacement. By the time USC had put the game away 28-6, Grady had run up 108 yards of his own. Still, it had not been a good day for Coach John McKay. "You've got to be thankful if you win when you're bad," he sighed. "Today we were terrible, but we won."
For the third week in a row, California won the toss, elected to receive and then fumbled away the opening kickoff. Washington, no team to pass up such an opportunity, promptly scored and was on its way to a 23-6 win. Quarterback Tom Manke passed sparingly, but made them count. Two of his five throws went for touchdowns. Afterward, California Coach Ray Willsey just shook his head. "Invariably," he said, "the loser digs his own grave."
Oregon State, which had upset Purdue the week before, warmed up for next week's game against unbeaten UCLA with a 35-7 win over Washington State. Arizona's Darrell Mudra made one mistake in his preparation for unbeaten Indiana: he told a reporter that "the WAC is tougher than the Big Ten." The word got back to Bloomington, and Coach Johnny Pont made sure it was heard by his players. With sophomores Harry Gonso and John Isenbarger leading the way, the Hoosiers scored three of the first four times they had the ball and coasted to a 42-7 win. "We're not a grind-it-out team," said Pont, "so we must rely on explosiveness." Getting explosively mad seemed to help.
Unbeaten Wyoming was in a difficult spot when Arizona State's Max Anderson ran 99 yards to put ASU ahead 13-12. But the game was saved in typical Wyoming fashion when Jerry DePoyster kicked a 26-yard field goal—his third of the game—for an NCAA career record of 30 and a 15-13 Cowboy win. Driving wind and rain in Provo forced Brigham Young to abandon its slick passing game against Utah, but the Cougars were able to grind their way to a 17-13 win. Air Force sophomore Dennis Leuthauser, who had kicked two field goals in the final minutes to beat Tulane the week before, could only salvage a tie for the Falcons against Colorado State. He hit a 45-yarder with 1:33 left to make the score 17-17, but after his Air Force teammates got the ball he missed one from the 31-yard-line with 28 seconds to go. "I looked up a little," he said. "It drifted away with the wind."
It does not seem to matter which quarterback Texas at El Paso uses. Last week Billy Stevens was down with a virus, so his substitute, Brooks Dawson, pitched six scoring passes of his own to defeat New Mexico 75-12.