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Players whizzed and whirred every which way as if taking part in one of those magnetized table football games while Arizona State and New Mexico piled up 1,113 yards and 91 points. The Sun Devils had the better magnets, picking up 708 yards and 32 fourth-quarter points to stop the Lobos 67-24. Most devilish of all was Quarterback Danny White: 18 completions in 28 tries for 343 yards and four TDs. It was the second week in a row White lead State to 67 points and the third straight season he guided his team to 60 or more against the Lobos.
UCLA and Utah were not exactly offensive slouches either, amassing 906 yards. The Bruins, who rolled for 556 yards, scored their third-highest point total ever in winning 66-16. For Utah, which had been averaging 46.3 points, it was its worst rout ever. "We're not that good and Utah's not that bad," said Bruin Coach Pepper Rodgers.
John McKay of USC was less tactful. Early in the week he said of his next opponent, "I don't think Oregon State is a very good football team." Replied State Coach Dee Andros: "They're mad because they got knocked off the top of the polls and they're going to try to humiliate us." To which McKay said, "How are we going to humiliate anyone? This is the worst offensive team I've had at USC since 1960." McKay's last quote turned out to be the most accurate of all, for his Trojans had to labor for a 21-7 win and were outgained in the second half 143 yards to 90.
When Air Force Coach Ben Martin asked his scouts if Penn State had a weakness he was given just one hope. "They tell me Linebacker Ed O'Neil has a sore wrist," Martin said. "Maybe if we aim our power wedge at his wrist we'll pick up a first down." The Falcons managed 13 first downs and 294 yards, but the Nittany Lions picked up 494 yards and a 19-9 win. Tailback John Cappelletti ground out 187 yards in 33 tries and State's defense was at its best in the fourth period, with just two plays taking place outside of Air Force territory.
Leonard Parker powered his way for 152 yards and two scores, Marshall Johnson added 126 yards and Reggie Cherry 103 as Houston ran for 442 yards against San Diego State. But five times the Cougars lost fumbles and the best they could come away with was a 14-9 win.
For sheer statistical frenzy, it was hard to surpass the 103-point, we-never-heard-of-de-fense scrap between California and Washington. In all, the offenses churned out 1,096 yards, 625 by the Golden Bears, who seemed safely in front 37-14 at the half. But then sophomore Chris Rowland of the Huskies zeroed in with some long passes. When Rowland was done he had hit on 17 of 43 attempts for 311 yards and five touchdowns, four in the last quarter. Washington won the second half 35-17, but lost the game 54-49 to Cal, which was socked with some of the most dazzling of all statistics: 18 of the day's 20 penalties for 194 yards.