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Syracuse, upset last week, almost returned the favor this Saturday, only to succumb to Michigan State 14-8. Two first-half field goal attempts by the Orange were blocked. They yielded the deciding TD to Tailback Tyrone Wilson with a mere 35 seconds left in the game. Colgate brushed off Lafayette 55-21 as Quarterback Tom Parr took part in seven touchdowns. He hit on 14 of 17 passes for 192 yards, a school-record four scores and added touchdown runs of 19, 52 and 33 yards.
Delaware won its 17th game in succession by stomping Gettysburg 60-18, but the biggest small-college news was the end of the nation's longest winning streak at 22 games when Bridgeport ( Conn.) lost to American International 38-25. Supplying most of the punch for the winners were Jerry Stellmach (137 yards and one TD) and Greg Davis (122 yards and three touchdowns).
"An angry football team is better than a confident one. And we're an angry football team." So said UCLA Coach Pepper Rodgers before taking on Iowa. His Bruins, still seething over their 40-13 televised kicking around by Nebraska two weeks earlier, took out their frustrations on the Hawkeyes 55-18. UCLA rushed for 405 yards, 101 of them picked up by James McAlister, 87 by Kermit Johnson and 59 more—plus two touchdowns—by John Sciarra, who replaced Quarterback Mark Harmon after Harmon completed neither of his two passes.
Aside from victories by UCLA and USC, it was a winless week for Pacific Eight clubs. Oregon, trailing Air Force 17-3 in the fourth quarter, scored twice in 13 seconds to square matters. The Ducks did it with a 67-yard Norval Turner-to-Russ Francis pass and, following the recovery of a line-drive kick that caromed off an Air Force player, with a 46-yard run by Don Reynolds. But the Falcons regrouped for a 24-17 win when Rich Haynie found Bob Fair with a six-yard scoring pass. With Andy Duvall and Clarence Dennard returning interceptions for touchdowns, SMU had little trouble bumping off Oregon State 35-6. California was downed 27-7 by Illinois, which got two touchdowns and 149 yards rushing from George Uremovich. And Washington State fell 20-9 to Arizona State, which had to play without All-America Halfback Woody Green who was injured. Replacing Green, Alonzo Emery ripped off 114 yards and carried a screen pass 87 yards for a TD. Least repressible of the Sun Devil defenders was Linebacker Bob Breunig, who had a hand in 16 tackles and went 21 yards for a score after recovering a Cougar fumble.
Charlie Gorham booted four field goals and T (for Theopolis) Bell caught seven passes from Bruce Hill as Arizona won its third in a row, downing Indiana 26-10. Lonnie Crittenden of Texas-El Paso got off punts of 84 and 59 yards, but for the rest of the game it was UTEP that was booted about as Utah whirled to an 82-6 win. In three losses UTEP has been outscored 178-29.
Hawaii, off an upset of Washington last week, beat Fresno State 13-10 on Reinhold Stuprich's game-ending 29-yard field goal. Casey Ortez set up the kick with a 35-yard pass to Henry Noa with 25 seconds left and earlier threw a 10-yard scoring pass to Aran Ahu.