With 53 seconds left, California trailed Rice 21-17 in Berkeley, but Cal had the ball on the Rice 41. Quarterback Steve Curtis, a junior-college transfer, put the ball in the air, and End Jim Calkins leaped over his defenders to make the catch and give Cal the lead. Exactly 24 seconds later Linebacker Paul Martyr intercepted a Rice pass and returned it 25 yards to finish off the Owls 31-21. Afterward, Coach Ray Willsey blubbered, "I told the team that we had to stop being lucky and start being good. Yet the luckiest people I know are the good people. The good people are the lucky people, not the bad people." Undoubtedly there is a message there somewhere.
Taking his coach's advice to run more, Utah Quarterback Ray Groth got loose for an 80-yard touchdown as the Redskins beat UTEP 24-6. New Mexico ended a 21-game losing streak by beating stumbling Kansas 16-7 in Albuquerque.