Substitute Quarterback Wayne Humphries, who had not completed a pass all year, made good with three touchdown throws as Virginia Tech stomped VMI 55-6, while Memphis State routed Louisville 44-14 to take the Missouri Valley Conference title in its first MVC season.
1. USC (9-0-1)
2. OREGON STATE (7-3)
3. ARIZONA STATE (8-2)
Perhaps the worst psychological ploy of the season came when Arizona put the squeeze on the Sun Bowl selection committee and said, in effect, "Take us now or forget us." The Sun Bowl, running scared, took the Wondercats to play Auburn. But that was before last Saturday's Arizona-Arizona State game. ASU, naturally annoyed at being passed over by the Sun Bowl, took out its pique on Arizona. The first time ASU got the ball Fullback Art Malone ripped up the middle—where Arizona was supposed to be strongest—for 46 yards and a touchdown. Minutes later Malone ran 30 yards—through the same hole—for another score. ASU'S eventual 30-7 win gave idle Wyoming the Western AC title.
Despite the absence of seven black athletes who boycotted the game with Brigham Young because of contention over Mormon Church policies, San Jose State outscored the Cougars 25-21. San Diego State, unbeaten and the nation's No. 1 small-college team, enhanced its prestige against Utah State, a major-college opponent. The Aztecs piled up a 23-7 lead, then survived a brief rally by the Aggies to clinch their ninth win, 30-19, on Dennis Shaw's 24-yard touchdown run with 1:13 to go. The victory avenged San Diego's only loss in its last 37 games.