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California was geared up for the long passes that USC tossed to upset Notre Dame the week before. Unhappily for the Bears, the Trojans threw short and won 28-0. Jimmy Jones accounted for three touchdowns, completing 13 of 17 passes for 144 yards and adding 38 yards rushing in seven carries.
Washington State kept alive its chance of winning the Pacific Eight title and going to the Rose Bowl by defeating Oregon 31-21 on a trick play. Midway through the fourth quarter, with the Cougars trailing 21-17, it was fourth and seven at the Oregon 46. Jim Dodd was in punt formation, but the snap went to Ken Grand berry, who handed the ball to Bernard Jackson, who just stood still while Grandberry faked another handoff. Finally Jackson took off around left end and raced 46 yards for the winning touchdown. "We worked on that one all week," said Coach Jim Sweeney after the game. "It's an old play and we planned to run it earlier, but I'm glad we didn't. We call it the 'momentum changer' and it certainly did that, didn't it?"
Jackson, in a duel with Oregon's Bobby Moore for league rushing honors, gained 261 yards in 21 carries and scored one other touchdown. Moore had 161 yards in 35 tries and also scored twice. All Washington State needs for a Rose Bowl trip is wins over USC, Oregon State and Washington. There is still a long trail awinding.
UCLA was in a blitz, so Split End Tom Scott made a hook instead of a bend and took off to catch a 50-yard TD pass from Sonny Sixkiller that put away a 23-12 victory. Earlier Scott hauled in a 66-yard TD pass from Sixkiller, who threw for 206 yards.
Bruin Coach Pepper Rodgers was not too unhappy with his team's defense, which forced Washington into five turnovers, but the offensive play left him cold. "Offense is no great problem if you're blocking," he said, "but we weren't." All of UCLA's points came from 5'10" Efren Herrera, who kicked field goals from 29, 48, 45 and 43 yards out and missed three other long ones.
Midway through the third quarter in Morgantown, Penn State and West Virginia, the top contenders for Eastern football's Lambert Trophy, were locked in a 7-7 tie. Then the Lions recovered a fumbled punt and the game turned into a rout, State winning 35-7. "God knows what might have happened if we don't get that fumble," said Coach Joe Paterno, "and I'm not sure we got it." Neither was West Virginia Coach Bobby Bowden, whose offense was minus a pair of backs with more than 1,400 yards to their credit. The Mountaineer defense, meanwhile, lost four starters before the game reached the fourth quarter. Despite a slow start, Lion Quarterback John Hufnagel completed 11 of 14 passes for two touchdowns, and Halfback Lydell Mitchell gained 128 yards on 24 carries and scored twice.
Ed Marinaro set an NCAA career rushing record and became the first major-college player to top 4,000 yards as Cornell edged Columbia 24-21. Marinaro, who gained 272 yards and scored two touchdowns, broke Steve Owens' mark of 3,867 on his second carry. The record came on the 750th carry of his 24th game, while Owens did it with 905 attempts in 30 games. It took a 37-yard field goal by John Killian in the final quarter to beat Columbia, however. The Lions' record dropped to 3-3, with all its games decided by three points or less.
A late field goal also kept Dartmouth even with Cornell in the Ivy League race. Ted Perry kicked a 40-yarder with 59 seconds remaining—his second last-minute winning field goal in two weeks—to defeat Yale 17-15. In other Ivy League games, Princeton walloped Brown 49-21 and Penn missed a two-point conversion attempt in the final three minutes to fall short of Harvard 28-27. The Quakers' Don Clune caught eight passes, three of them for touchdowns, and totaled a league-record 284 yards.