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Joe Jares
September 25, 1972
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September 25, 1972

The Week

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USC used all 50 of its players in a 51-6 mauling of Oregon State. Tailback Rod McNeill could not practice all week, and still made 111 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterbacks Mike Rae and Pat Haden were both impressive, Linebacker Richard Wood had seven unassisted tackles and the most tired man in the Coliseum was the scoreboard operator. Asked to compare this USC team with the national champion Trojans of 1967, Oregon State Coach Dec Andros said, "They're much quicker, have much greater overall size and their quickness just stuns you. They are a bunch of great athletes with one overpowering factor: their aggressiveness on both offense and defense."

Quarterback Sonny Sixkiller returned to the Washington lineup after an ankle injury had caused him to miss the opener, yet the Huskies still looked only so-so in a 14-6 win over Duke. Sixkiller completed nine of 19 passes for 140 yards, including a 45-yarder to Split End Tom Scott, but the running attack was again unimpressive and the Huskies crossed mid-field only once in the scoreless first half. Weak tea for Seattle fans.

It sounded like the familiar sad song in Berkeley. Cal was behind 17-0 to Washington State and Quarterback Steve Bartkowski had been injured. Time to pack up the new blue shoes and white shoes (the latter for backs and receivers) and call it a season. But wait. Sub signal-caller Jay Cruze hit Fred Leathers on a 42-yard TD play. A WSU fumble set up a 33-yard Cal touchdown march. Leathers scored on a fake reverse, going 41 yards, and so on. The Bears came back to win 37-23. "It was the most discouraging game I've ever been in," said WSU Linebacker Tom Poe. "We had it, and then all the big plays and breaks went to them."

Stanford got revenge for its upset loss last season, whipping neighbor San Jose State 44-0. Arizona Quarterback Jerry Davis had his team ahead of Oregon 7-0 when he had to leave because of a bruised back and Oregon came back to win 34-7 behind its own passer, Dan Fouts. Air Force waltzed over Wyoming 45-14, the most lopsided victory in the 15-year series between the schools.

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