1. USC (4-0)
2. WASHINGTON (4-0)
3. STANFORD (3-0)
Wyoming had given up 97 points to Air Force and Kansas, so when Woody Green and his Arizona State teammates arrived in Laramie the predictions were for a massacre, or worse. ASU was after its fourth straight Western Athletic Conference championship and it seemed the Cowboys might as well forfeit and save some hospital bills. But they chose to play instead and amazed their fans and themselves by beating the Sun Devils 45-43 in what was probably the biggest upset in the 11-year history of the wacky WAC. The chief engineer was Steve Cockreham, a 169-pound quarterback from Lusk, Wyo., whose passing and running accounted for 280 yards and four TDs. Green was all he was supposed to be for ASU, running for four touchdowns and nearly 200 yards in a game that seemed to ignore defense as well as reason. "Give Wyoming credit, they deserved the win," said irate ASU Coach Frank Kush. "As coaches, we did a lousy job preparing our guys for this game."
"You must remember when one team is hitting another team like we were hitting Michigan State—from all angles and all sides—they are going to cough up the football," said USC Coach John McKay. Cough the Spartans did—five times, plus three interceptions—and USC blitzed Michigan State 51-6. "We beat a good team," McKay insisted. "And we played a great defensive game, maybe the best defense in a long time."
UCLA pounded Oregon 65-20 and riled Duck Coach Dick Enright even more by trying two onside kicks after accumulating more than 50 points. Enright said Bruin Kicker Efren Herrera came up to him on the field afterward and apologized. "He said he was told by the coaches to kick them," said Enright, "but he didn't want to." UCLA Coach Pepper Rodgers insisted one was a flubbed kick and the other a squib that didn't squib. No apologies were needed for the fine play by Defensive End Fred McNeill (seven unassisted tackles and a blocked field-goal attempt).
Sonny Sixkiller had a good game despite three interceptions and quarterbacked Washington to a 31-11 victory over Illinois. The Huskies got ahead 17-0 and used subs regularly in the second half. Stanford set up the first Pacific Eight game of the season by holding off previously unbeaten West Virginia 41-35. This week Stanford hosts USC.