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THE WEEK
Joe Jares
October 18, 1971
SOUTHWEST
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October 18, 1971

The Week

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SOUTHWEST

1. TEXAS (3-1)
2. ARKANSAS (4-1)
3. HOUSTON (3-1)

Arkansas Quarterback Joe Ferguson played slightly more than a half, but that was time enough for him to throw 39-and 40-yard touchdown passes to Mike Reppond as the Razorbacks warmed up for Texas with a 35-7 win over Baylor. The Bears used the Wishbone T for the first time this season but did not operate it well, fumbling once and getting five passes intercepted. Soph Dicky Morton played well for Arkansas but finished the game on the sideline with bruised ribs. "We're out of tailbacks," said Coach Frank Broyles, "and with Texas coming up, that's not good."

Texas Tech Cornerback Marc Dove was more like a hawk against Texas A&M, running back punts, spoiling A&M's passing attack and recovering a fumble in the Red Raiders' 28-7 victory. Oklahoma State and Texas Christian tied 14-14 in Fort Worth.

WEST

1. ARIZONA STATE (4-0)
2. STANFORD (4-1)
3. WASHINGTON (4-1)

Maybe the entire Pacific Northwest peaked too soon. There was a lot of Rose Bowl talk in Seattle and many a citizen already had made his reservations in Pasadena. Sonny Sixkiller and the Washington Huskies had the fans more excited than at any time since the days of Hugh McElhenny. By last Friday night tickets for the Washington-Stanford game were being scalped for $40 apiece. For the first time in eight years Washington students held a Friday-night pep rally, at which Coach Jim Owens threw away all caution and predicted victory. He was wrong. A record Husky Stadium crowd of 60,777 saw Stanford's defensive line, nicknamed the "Thunder Chickens," harass Sixkiller unmercifully and help the Indians win 17-6.

By halftime Sixkiller had completed only five of 15 passes and Washington's running game had produced minus-26 yards. At game's end, Sixkiller had connected on only 12 of 46, with four interceptions—three by Indian Safety Benny Barnes, who also had fun running the safety blitz.

With three seconds to play, Cal was on Oregon State's seven-yard line. A field goal would give the Bears a 27-27 tie. But instead they gambled. Quarterback Jay Cruze tossed to 6'4" Flanker Steve Sweeney, who made a beautiful diving catch for a 30-27 victory. It was the pair's third TD-pass play of the afternoon. "We didn't play well again and we got beat," said disgusted USC Coach John McKay. Oregon Quarterback Harvey Winn, only 5'8" tall, did play well in L.A. and the Ducks upset heavily favored Troy for the second straight year, 28-23. "We came here to win and win we did," said Winn. Utah State beat Brigham Young 29-7 after Bob Wicks' 61-yard TD punt return lit the spark. Woody Green, Arizona State's fine sophomore runner, left campus for personal reasons, but it hardly mattered to the Sun Devils. They stomped Colorado State 42-0 as two substitute backs each averaged more than 13 yards a carry.

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