In a pair of intersectional clashes Michigan beat Duke 31-10 and Texas A&M disposed of Tulane 35-3. Two fine runners set up both wins: Ron Johnson of the Wolverines rushing for 205 yards and two touchdowns and Larry Stegent of the Aggies scoring on bursts of eight, 15 and 55 yards.
"The greatest comeback of any team I've ever been associated with," said Coach Paul Dietzel after South Carolina had lived up to his slogan ("The fourth quarter is ours") by stunning North Carolina 32-27. At the start of the fourth quarter the Gamecocks trailed 27-3. Then, with Tommy Suggs and Randy Yoakum setting up four touchdowns with their passes, they went on to ruin the day for the crowd at Chapel Hill.
A defensive battle between Virginia Tech and William & Mary was won by Tech's defensive line, which blocked two kicks to give the Gobblers a 12-0 victory.
1. USC (2-0)
2. ARIZONA STATE(2-0)
3. UCLA (2-0)
The Western AC race was over almost before it began, primarily because Arizona State Coach Frank Kush had Texas-El Paso figured correctly. He felt his team had to get to Brooks Dawson, the good UTEP passer, so he decided upon several shifty maneuvers of his linemen, including one tricky little number called "X-stunt with dog" that opened up a clear path for End Dennis Farrell. X-stunt with dog worked beautifully, as Farrell dropped Dawson for losses five times. When Farrell wasn't getting to Dawson, other ASU linemen took turns leveling the poor UTEP quarterback. All together they smeared him 13 times.
While all this was going on, ASU's fast backs were running well out of an offense Coach Kush calls "a complicated Mickey Mouse thing." They scored three touchdowns within five minutes in the first quarter, one on a 70-yard punt return by Larry Walton. Fullback Art Malone rammed the weary UTEP line for 161 yards and two touchdowns, and ASU coasted home 31-19. How good is ASU? A Wyoming scout ranks ASU with Nebraska, but Kush is having none of that. "Talk of us being that good is just silly," he says.
In Los Angeles it was time for UCLA's improbable sophomore, Jim Nader, to step out for Act Two of his drama. A week earlier he had filled in superbly for injured Quarterback Bill Bolden, but this time Nader blew his role as a leading man. He connected on only three of 12 passes, and his ball handling bore an unfortunate resemblance to a juggling act. But the Bruins beat Washington State 31-21 as another sophomore, Mickey Cureton, gained 106 yards in the first half.
Those rumbling sounds out of Salt Lake City were set in motion by Oregon State Fullback Bill (Earthquake) Enyart, who ran for 299 yards and three touchdowns in 50 tries. Left in his wake was Utah, a 24-21 victim. California Quarterback Randy Humphries was on target with 17 of 29 passes, 12 of them to 6'7" Wayne Stewart, as the Bears beat Colorado 10-0. Stanford, with Jim Plunkett throwing three touchdown passes, looked effective, too, as it beat Oregon 28-12 in a Pacific Eight game. Air Force surprised Wyoming 10-3 with the help of a 57-yard field goal by Dennis Leuthauser.