Harvard, helped along by three fumble recoveries and five interceptions, upset Princeton 29-7, and Penn State looked like the Nittany Lions of old in a 34-0 rout of Maryland.
1. STANFORD (8-1)
2. ARIZONA STATE (7-0)
3. AIR FORCE (8-1)
Through the season Oregon Tailback Bobby Moore had provided the Ducks with virtually all their ground power. But when the team reported for practice in Eugene last Monday, Moore was absent. On Tuesday he skipped practice again. That night he was arrested in Portland and charged by police with entering a car with intent to steal. The next day Oregon Coach Jerry Frei suspended Moore for a week, saying this was based on the missed practices, not the police charge. Thus Moore would not be able to play against undefeated Air Force and Oregon's offense would be limited to the forward pass. But it was not Moore's absence that caused the Ducks to attempt 43 passes during the game. "Scouting Air Force," Frei said, "we saw we could throw on them. Even if Bobby had been in there, I think we still would have thrown as much."
Score one for scouting. Oregon Quarterback Dan Fouts, a sophomore, completed 28 passes for 396 yards as the Ducks upset the unbeaten Falcons 46-35. Fouts threw four touchdown passes and a two-point conversion, and Oregon's defense, gradually adjusting to Ernie Jennings, the Falcons' superstar receiver, shut out Air Force in the last quarter. "We tried about five million different defenses against Fouts," Falcon Coach Ben Martin said. "You saw how much luck we had. It wouldn't have mattered if we'd had Herb Adderley out there. We play Stanford next, and when Jim Plunkett hears about this he'll lick his chops."
Plunkett had his chops full this week. It had looked as though he and Washington's Sonny Sixkiller might not face one another. Sixkiller, said to be named after a Cherokee ancestor who killed six bison, came down with the flu and was declared a doubtful starter. Meanwhile, John Hall, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, wrote that Plunkett had a sore arm and that Stanford was keeping this a secret because of his Heisman candidacy. "I'll prove I'm healthy," Plunkett told a teammate. "I'm going to throw a few long ones today."
It's a good thing he did, because the Huskies put up a stiff fight. Washington's Jim Krieg returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, after which Plunkett threw three first-quarter touchdown passes. Then it was Sixkiller's turn. The sophomore, flu and all, entered the game at the end of the first quarter and immediately moved the Huskies 77 yards, completing the drive with a nine yard scoring toss to Tight End John Brady. Following a recovered fumble in the third quarter, Sixkiller confused Stanford by running an option play into the end zone. And when he passed for a two point conversion, the Huskies led again, 22-21. But then Plunkett zipped a 15-yard bullet to Randy Vataha for a touchdown and a 29-22 win that clinched the Rose Bowl berth for Stanford. Plunkett's 268 yards passing increased his career total to 7,082, breaking by six yards the NCAA record held by Steve Ramsey of North Texas State.
Although Arizona State fumbled the ball 11 times, a school frustration record, it didn't really matter as the Sun Devils ran 374 yards and blistered San Jose State 46-10. The Sun Devil defense, which had allowed 94 rushing yards per game previously, held San Jose to one lonely yard on the ground.
Southern California, which managed to score only two touchdowns in its last two games, scored 10 against staggering Washington State in a 70-33 slaughter. After a calm, civilized, fatherly word of advice from Coach Dee Andros—"Take that ball and shove it right down their throats"—Oregon State upset California 16-10.