Quite a kidder, that Dee Andros. Just a few days before his Oregon State team was to play Washington, the Great Pumpkin issued a public warning: "If Washington tries to stack against our fullback, Bill Enyart, the Huskies are going to find out we can pass." Good try, coach, but everybody, and especially Washington's Jim Owens, knows Enyart carried the ball 50 times against Utah and they saw your passing attack: five tries, four incomplete, one intercepted and your top quarterback, Steve Preece, out for weeks because of a shoulder separation. So, Washington devised a defense to stop Enyart, only to discover that here came Preece, in to start for OSU. Washington got off to a 14-7 halftime lead, but Preece loosened up the Huskies with eight completions in 13 attempts, one of them for a touchdown. The shaken Washington defense eventually got its eyes off the ground, but then Enyart got away for two touchdowns as Oregon State won 35-21. Andros even found an extra-point kicker when Larry Rich made five for five. "That shows what a great coach I am," Andros said. "For two seasons Larry has been holding for extra points."
While USC was rolling over Miami 28-3 (page 44), Oregon State was not the only Pacific Eight team entertaining thoughts of contesting the Trojans for a Rose Bowl berth. California, off to its best start in 16 years, rolled over San Jose State 46-0 for its third straight, while Stanford, also unbeaten, got another good game from Quarterback Jim Plunkett. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for one as the Indians beat Air Force 24-13. Stanford has USC coming up next, but Coach John Ralston is not conceding. "I feel strongly we can win it," he said. "Nobody is going to outhit us."
Texas-El Paso's hopes in the Western AC race ended with unexpected suddenness when Arizona stunned UTEP with seven pass interceptions and four field goals by Steve Hurley in a 25-0 victory. West Texas State's Eugene (Mercury) Morris ran for 340 yards and scored four times as the Buffaloes beat Montana State 35-20.