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Just about everybody who lives within sight of Mount Rainier is depressed about Seattle's economy, yet more season tickets for University of Washington football games have been sold than ever before. The reason is the remarkable Cherokee quarterback with the rapid release, Sonny Sixkiller, who led the nation in passing in 1970. Last Saturday he was in rare form. In a table-tennis match with Purdue, the Huskies trailed 14-7, 21-17, 28-24 and 35-31, but Sixkiller kept bringing them back, the last time with less than four minutes left on a five-play, 71-yard drive that finally beat the Boilermakers 38-35. Somebody will have to write a new stanza for that Seattle disc jockey hit, Ballad of Sonny Sixkiller.
In all, Sixkiller hit 24 of 48 throws for 387 yards, 27 more than the school record he set last season against Oregon State. The Huskies' aerial attack is considerably improved because not only do they have Jim Krieg catching passes, but they have added a talented split end, Tom Scott, from a California junior college. Scott nabbed six for 160 yards and two touchdowns and ran 60 yards for another score on an end-around. When Purdue had the ball Otis Armstrong and Gary Danielson were seemingly running and passing at will. "It was a great game for the fans," said Purdue's Bob DeMoss, "but not so good for coaching."
Another quarterback was having fun in Los Angeles, this time on the ground. Eddie Phillips of Texas, ignoring a pulled hamstring that had bothered him for two weeks, was masterful in running the Wish-bone-T as he led the Longhorns to a 28-10 win over UCLA. In the fourth quarter Texas kept the ball more than six minutes on an 87-yard, 15-play drive—the longest march since Mao's. UCLA Coach Pepper Rodgers put a "supergreat" label on Phillips. But it is a good thing Texas does not pass. Phillips threw nine times, had only one completion and three interceptions, all by the Bruins' mite-sized safety, Ron Carver.
Last year it was Phillips who threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to beat the Bruins in the final 12 seconds at Austin. "Eddie hasn't run in a week and a half until today," Coach Darrell Royal disclosed. "For a full week he didn't do a lick. Since then he hasn't gone full speed. Although he's executed our offense, it was all dummy." It certainly wasn't dummy in the Coliseum.
Oregon State fumbled and lost the ball six times and suffered four interceptions but still managed to whip hapless Iowa 33-19. Beaver Coach Dee Andros clutched the game ball in one of his chubby hands and said, "There's one. We're gonna get 10 more just like it." With all those fumbles, he should have held it with both hands.
West Virginia Fullback Pete Wood was stymied by California's line, and the Mountaineer passing attack could not take up the slack as the Golden Bears won 20-10 behind first-year Quarterback Jay Cruze. Oregon Tailback Bobby Moore rushed for 249 net yards and caught three passes for 89 more as the Ducks edged Utah 36-29. Aptly named Golden Richards scored his third punt-return touchdown in two games against Colorado State as BYU waltzed to a 54-14 win in Provo. Utah State beat New Mexico State 34-0, mainly because its alert secondary made five interceptions.