In a game that might have frustrated Brigham Young himself, the Cougars lost to Iowa State 26-24. BYU outgained the Cyclones 511 yards to 318 but in the closing seconds had a touchdown nullified by a penalty and missed a 30-yard field-goal attempt. If nothing else, the Cougars found a quarterback. Gary Sheide, starting his first college game, completed 29 of 41 passes for 439 yards and three TDs. Doing much of the work for the Cyclones were freshman Buddy Hardeman, who came off the bench to complete nine of 18 passes and rush for 88 yards, and Tom Goedjen, who kicked four field goals in as many attempts.
In its two previous games California had romped for 105 points and more than 1,200 yards, its most explosive performances since the Wonder Team of 1920. But last Saturday the Golden Bears turned out to be wonders of a different sort, losing 41-10 to Oregon, which had lost its first four contests. Helping the Ducks win this Pacific Eight battle was Don Reynolds, a 5'8" tailback who gamboled for 178 yards and three TDs.
On its first play from scrimmage, UCLA sent Kermit Johnson over right guard for 51 yards and then the Bruins went on to decimate Stanford's supposedly rugged defense in a 59-13 onslaught. In all, UCLA rushed for a school record of 621 yards, with Johnson accounting for 168 yards in 11 carries and James McAlister for 117 more.
Another, fast starter was Washington, which recovered an Oregon State fumble on the opening kickoff and quickly took a 7-0 lead. But the Huskies sank swiftly in the West as they were forced into nine turnovers en route to a 31-7 loss to the Beavers.
"I don't think we'll be able to score a lot of points this year," said USC Coach John McKay before taking on Washington State. His Trojans then went out and scored 46, fortunately for McKay, since the Cougars picked up 35 of their own. Trojan Quarterback Pat Haden found his receivers with 15 of 24 passes for 245 yards and four touchdowns. And Lynn Swann latched on to 10 passes for 148 yards.
Arizona remained unbeaten, winning its fifth straight by bouncing New Mexico 22-14 after trailing 14-10 at the half.