1. USC (2-0-1)
2. STANFORD (3-0)
3. UCLA (3-0)
UCLA Coach Tommy Prothro is not, by nature, an impromptu playmaker. But with just 2:47 showing on the clock in Los Angeles Coliseum and his Bruins trailing Northwestern 7-6, Prothro called time and invented a pass pattern. It involved two wide receivers and something called "a pattern eight streak." Quarterback Dennis Dummit returned to the huddle with the play. At the snap End Terry Vernoy shot downfield and angled toward the goalpost. Vernoy caught Dummit's pass between two Wildcat defenders, and UCLA had a 53-yard touchdown and a 12-7 victory. In the dressing room after the game, Prothro understandably was pleased. "That's the first time in my coaching career that I've done a thing like that," he said.
Strategy was more predictable in Eugene, Ore. After a shaky first half in which he completed just nine passes and was unable to get Stanford a touchdown, Jim Plunkett ran 15 yards for a score and threw for three TDs. His third, a 26-yard bullet to Flanker Randy Vataha, ended the scoring at 33-10. That pass increased Plunkett's career total to 39 touchdown throws, establishing a new Pacific Eight record.
Washington's defensive unit is known as the Gnat Patrol, which is a way of indicating that it averages less than 200 pounds per man. For a while at least, it swarmed down upon Michigan, holding the Wolverines to only three first downs in the first half. Meanwhile the marvelously named Husky quarterback, Sonny Sixkiller, marched Washington downfield to, well, a field goal. Then Michigan's Bo Schembechler called Preston Henry, a third-string tailback, from the bench and Henry rattled off 113 yards in 13 carries, scored two touchdowns and brought the Wolverines in 17-3.
With Lynn Dickey nursing bruised ribs on the sidelines, Kansas State was no match for Arizona State, which won 35-13. Sun Devil Quarterback Joe Spagnola accounted for 563 yards in total offense, enough to break the school career mark (3,285—held for 20 years by Whizzer White) by 10 yards. Arizona State's defense, led by Hawaiian Defensive End Junior Ah You, dropped reserve Quarterback Max Arreguin five times and intercepted him three times. The only Sun Devil disappointed by the day was Tackle Bob Davenport. "I'm sorry Dickey didn't play," he said. "I had been waiting all week to get a piece of him." Ah so.
California recovered from a drubbing by Texas and had its biggest offensive day in 23 years, crushing Indiana 56-14.
1. OHIO STATE (1-0)
2. NEBRASKA (2-0-1)
3. NOTRE DAME (2-0)
Last year the Texas Longhorns ran up the highest score against Texas A&M in Aggie history, 49-12, and remember how the Horns finished the season? This year Ohio State, ranked No. 1 before even playing a game, started off by upping the Aggie numbers to 56-13. The Buckeyes scored the first three times they had the ball, gaining 57 yards on the first three plays alone. Said A&M's impressed depressed coach, Gene Stallings, "They simply had too much manpower for us—on the first, second or third teams." He should be thankful the season is young. Said Wayne Woodrow Hayes: "Our defense isn't as sharp as it was last year—yet. We've got a lot of improvement to make, but we can be a good football team still." While you arc wiping away that tear, consider Wingback Larry Zelina's performance for an indication of how frightening the Buckeyes can be. He carried the ball only twice—for 43 yards and a touchdown—and managed another 37 yards on three pass receptions. Aggie Quarterback Lex James did pretty well himself. He completed 18 of 30 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns, but had trouble with handoffs. He lost four of them to the enemy, three to End Kenny Luttner.