Tulsa, which is generally good for about one big upset a year, stunned unbeaten Louisville 28-26 for its second win in eight games. Howard Stevens, whose career rushing mark passed 5,000 yards in the game, could not get one more on a fourth-down play at the Tulsa 11 late in the game.
1. USC (9-0)
2. UCLA (8-1)
3. ARIZONA STATE (6-2)
Washington State Coach Jim Sweeney had only minor objections to Southern California's No. 1 national ranking following his team's 44-3 loss to the Trojans. " USC isn't the top team in the country," he said. "The Miami Dolphins are." Southern California came on strong after a listless first quarter ended at 3-3. When the day was over, the Trojans had 23 first downs to Washington State's 13 and had nearly doubled the Cougars in total offense, 430 yards to 220. Two of USC's touchdowns were the result of State turnovers. Anthony Davis, a 5'9" sophomore, made his first start of the year and turned in his third consecutive outstanding game. He scored three times and gained 195 yards in 31 carries.
When it is going right—and it was for Mark Harmon—it does not matter what you try. The UCLA quarterback rolled the wrong way on a pass play, turned back and threw nine yards to Brad Lyman for a touchdown as the Bruins defeated Stanford 28-23. It was another big-play game for Harmon, who accounted for fewer than 100 yards on offense but scored twice on runs of 17 and 11 yards and passed for two more touchdowns. The winning score, with only 3:52 remaining, offset a two-touchdown fourth-quarter rally that put Stanford briefly into the lead.
Washington overcame a first half that produced three fumbles and two interceptions to defeat Oregon State 23-16. The Huskies led at intermission but were less than impressive against the Pacific Eight's worst team, now winless in six conference games and 1-8 overall.
A freshman quarterback making his first start, Vince Ferragamo threw two touchdown passes to Steve Sweeney as California whipped Oregon 31-12. Sweeney has now equaled the Pacific Eight record for touchdown catches in a season with 10. Oregon got on the board first when Dan Fouts threw a 43-yard scoring pass, but then the Bear defense stiffened.
Utah, trailing Arizona 27-0, awoke from certain defeat to score four times in the final quarter and gain the Western Athletic Conference lead with a 28-27 victory. Quarterback Don Van Galder started the year's most stirring comeback with a 52-yard strike to Steve Odom, and the same combination covered 35 yards for another score on the third play of their next possession. The third touchdown came when Safety Steve Marshall returned an intercepted pass 68 yards—and, yes, it is fair to ask why Arizona, which rushed for 357 yards in the game, was throwing at the time. The Utes were still a touchdown behind with 2:20 left, but Van Galder devoured 66 yards with three completions to Willie Armstead and a three-yard scoring run. Then Fleming Jensen kicked his fourth extra point for the victory.
Arizona State crushed Texas-El Paso 55-14 to maintain its faint WAC hopes. Utah State's Tony Adams had a superlative day, completing 32 of 47 passes for 406 yards and five touchdowns in a 51-7 explosion against Idaho.