1. ARIZONA STATE (9-0)
2. AIR FORCE (9-2)
3. STANFORD (8-3)
"Maybe we got our Rose Bowl bid too soon," said Stanford Coach John Ralston. "We were outplayed, outfought and out-coached. We lost our momentum these last two games and we don't know why." California's Ray Willsey, savoring his 22-14 upset of the Indians, said, "We tried to remove eight plays from Jim Plunkett's arsenal, mainly his short passes to running backs, by dropping our defensive backs off the line. We also had Linebacker Phil Croyle make contact with their best receiver, Randy Vataha, at the line. Our defense won the game." Plunkett would agree. He was dumped five times—four times by Tackle Sherm White—and Cal Quarterback Dave Penhall outplayed him in the first half, completing 11 of 14 passes. Two of Cal's important passes were not thrown by Penhall, however, and both led to Bear touchdowns. First Halfback Isaac Curtis threw 35 yards to Steve Sweeney, who, while falling, caught a deflected ball. Then Stan Murphy doubled back 10 yards to gobble in an under-thrown pass from Geoff De Lapp, an end.
Another bowl team in trouble was Air Force. En route to the Sugar the flyfolk were squashed by Colorado, 49-19, the Buffaloes scoring 28 points in the second quarter and rushing 357 yards in the first half. In that 30 minutes Colorado made drives of 75, 69, 60, 35 and 83 yards and put the ball in play 62 times. Air Force Quarterback Bob Parker was intercepted four times, twice in the end zone. It was this kind of day: as the team trudged back into the locker room, the Falcon mascot pecked Middle Guard Tom Keckeisen on the arm.
"If we play a perfect game, if we get a few breaks, if USC makes a few mistakes, we can beat them," UCLA's Tommy Prothro said before the game. He could have added Kipling's ifs; against Washington the previous week UCLA had run up a deficit even the Penn Central Railroad might not have managed. UCLA thereupon flabbergasted Southern Cal 45-20, the worst defeat ever inflicted on the Trojans by the Bruins. UCLA's first play from scrimmage, an apparent sweep that ended as a 35-yard reverse, came within a flicker of going all the way and set up a TD after only 3:07. UCLA's kickoff then bounced off the chest of a demoralized USC receiver, and a Bruin field goal soon ensued. USC had had it. During the rout Dennis Dummit, the UCLA quarterback, broke Gary Beban's career and season marks.
The nation's best-known Cherokee, Sonny Sixkiller, ran one touchdown in himself and completed 17 of 34 passes for two other touchdowns and 256 yards as Washington downed Washington State 43-25. Unbeaten Arizona State outoffensed New Mexico 33-21 before Arizona's largest sports crowd ever, 51,283, which saw Sun Devil Quarterback Joe Spagnola gain 313 yards passing.
1. TEXAS (8-0)
2. ARKANSAS (9-1)
3. TEXAS TECH (8-3)
Eat More Pork Day in Lubbock, Texas—officially proclaimed by Mayor James Granberry—was a huge success for the bicarbonate barons. Although Texas Tech never did get the Arkansas Razorbacks barbecued, they were on the grill part of the day and everybody was sauced in the evening. After Arkansas scored a field goal on its first drive, Tech fumbled a punt, which Arkansas' Jim Hodge recovered on the Red Raider 12. Tech held on its two, then bit back with a 48-yard field goal to make it 3-3. Arkansas pounded 80 yards with the kickoff for a touchdown, and two plays later its Mike Boschetti intercepted a Raider pass, returning to the Raider seven. One penalty moved the ball to the three-yard line, another to the two. But again Tech held. It wasn't until the fourth quarter that the Porkers put Tech away 24-10.
Peculiar things were happening at Rice, too, and not just Macon Hughes' 99-yard runback of Texas Christian's second-half kickoff. Or the Owls' second straight victory since Coach Bo Hagan announced his retirement. No, the night after the game famed oldtimer Froggy Williams was inducted into the Rice Hall of Fame. Williams was most renowned for having kicked a last-second field goal to beat Texas in a big game 17-15. On Saturday young Mark Williams kicked a field goal in the last 31 seconds to beat TCU 17-15.
Houston defeated ACC champion Wake Forest 26-2, and Elmo Wright moved within one touchdown-pass reception of the NCAA record (32) with a scoring catch.