Tulsa, which had been second in the country in passing and sixth in total defense, did little of either while losing to North Texas State 54-12.
1. USC (9-1)
2. UCLA (7-1-1)
3. WYOMING (10-0)
Perhaps Oregon State had its thoughts on the USC- UCLA extravaganza in Los Angeles (page 16). After all, the frustrated Beavers had beaten one of those teams and tied the other, but still they could not get to the Rose Bowl. Or maybe it felt there were no more champions to conquer.
Whatever the reason, OSU was trailing weak Oregon 10-0 in the last quarter before Fullback Bill Enyart led an 80-yard OSU march to a touchdown. Quarterback Steve Preece's five-yard run with 2:30 to play won it, 14-10, for the Beavers.
There were no bowl bids at stake in Palo Alto, either, just the Stanford Ax, which traditionally goes to the winner of the California-Stanford game, and that had been returned to Stanford only five hours before the game by enterprising Cal students who had stolen it earlier in the year. There was not much sharp play until the fourth quarter, when suddenly Cal's football team gave Stanford another ax. Within 22 seconds, Randy Humphries passed 10 yards to End Wayne Stewart for a touchdown, Stanford fumbled the kickoff, California recovered on the Indian 21 and Humphries threw to Jim Calkins for another score. Cal went on to win, 26-3, its first victory over Stanford since 1960.
One would almost think that Arizona State and Brigham Young were playing for the Western AC championship, the way they went at each other. But Wyoming already had the title, and the best the winner could gel was second place. ASU won that, beating the Cougars 33-21. New Mexico State, with Quarterback Sal Olivas passing for five touchdowns, buried New Mexico 54-7. Utah went at Utah State with an unexpected air attack, but all it got was a 19-18 defeat.