Rice edged Tulane 14-11, then presented the game ball to newly inaugurated university President Dr. Norman Hackerman. "I hope you can play as well for the next eight," said the pleased prez. With LSU, Texas and Arkansas left on the schedule, that may be difficult.
1. ARIZONA STATE (2-0)
2. WASHINGTON (3-0)
3. STANFORD (3-0)
USC Coach John McKay always finds something to fear in an upcoming opponent, and with Illinois—twice-beaten, scoreless Illinois, which could not find the end zone with a seeing-eye dog—it was the defense, which he described as "vastly improved." Nobody noticed his cigar trembling in his hand when he said it. Well, the Trojans won 28-0 and rolled up 502 yards running and passing, 234 of the yards being earned by Quarterback Jimmy Jones, who moved past O.J. Simpson into first place on the all-time USC total-offense list. But that Illini defense was noticeable in one category, hard tackling. Seven times USC fumbled, twice within scoring range.
For Illinois Coach Bob Blackman, formerly the head man at Dartmouth, it was a disheartening California homecoming. He was co-captain of the USC freshmen in 1937, but polio ended his playing days and he served as a student assistant for three years. "I had the feeling they were 10 touchdowns better than us," he said. "If you were a boxing promoter, you'd lose your license for a mismatch like that." The Illini's balance-of-points deficit for three games this season: 0-65.
With Quarterback Dan Fouts sitting out the second half because of strained knee ligaments, Oregon had no choice but to try to run, and there happily waiting were Stanford's Jeff Siemon, Pete Lazetich and others. Still, the Ducks' Bobby Moore carried 14 times for 100 yards, demonstrating once again why Coach Jerry Frei calls him "the finest athlete we have ever recruited." Otherwise, Stanford dominated when necessary and won its Pacific Eight opener 38-17. For the second straight week Quarterback Don Bunce threw two touchdown passes to Miles Moore. "He was fantastic," said Stanford Coach John Ralston of Bunce.
Utah trailed Arizona State by only 24-21 with 6:34 remaining, but the Sun Devils recovered a fumble to stop a Ute drive and it was all over. Don Ekstrand kicked his second field goal, a 31-yarder, sophomore Woody Green zipped up and down the field the way ASU backs usually do and host Utah fell 41-21. Sonny Sixkiller (page 34) led Washington to a 44-26 victory over TCU, but the Frogs' Steve Judy got some attention, too. He broke Sammy Baugh's 35-year-old school pass-completion record.