1. ARIZONA STATE (7-0)
2. USC (5-1-1)
3. UCLA (6-1)
The slaughter that followed the opening kickoff of Saturday's UCLA-California game was rather predictable. The Bruins have the Pacific Eight's most dangerous offense, the Bears the least effective defense. The final score was 61-21 and UCLA Quarterback Mark Harmon did much to make it so. Harmon gained 123 yards in 13 carries and completed a touchdown pass to Norm Andersen. Eight different Bruins scored, three of them crossing the goal within 3:12 of each other in the first quarter.
There were plenty of points tallied by the league's second worst offensive team as Mike Boryla's five touchdown passes led Stanford past Washington State 45-14. Oregon, meanwhile, was embarrassing Washington 58-0. The Huskies tried 29 passes in the game, completing four for 20 yards. Duck defenders picked oil six.
With Fullback Ben Malone scoring five touchdowns on runs of 18, 68, 17, 17 and two yards, Arizona State shelled Oregon State 44-14. The nation's No. 1 offensive team gained 605 yards, 250 of them by Malone in only 24 carries. "It was the best game I have ever seen played by an Arizona State fullback," said Coach Frank Kush, who has seen 162 of them. "And it was by far our best game this year." Woody Green did not fare so well, gaining 83 yards in 19 tries, and there was some dispute why. Kush said the defense was keying on him, although the Beavers' Dee Andros denied it.
While Arizona State was extending the nation's longest winning streak to 12 games, Arizona was taking over the Western Athletic Conference lead with a 42-21 win against Utah. The Wildcats gained 443 yards rushing and 110 passing and the Utes contributed nine turnovers. Other league games saw Wyoming blast Brigham Young 41 21 and Colorado State destroy Texas-El Paso 76-24. The UTEP defenders have allowed 392 points in their eight losses, with Arizona State and Arizona still to be met. New Mexico lost a nonleague game to San Jose State 15-0.
San Diego State, the PCAA leader, advanced its record to 5-1 by bombing winless Florida State 38-17. Air Force clobbered Davidson 41-19 to end a three-game losing streak as Quarterback Rich Haynie became the school's alltime total offense and passing leader. Haynie completed 10 of 13 for 150 yards and gained 80 yards on eight carries to give him 3,918 yards overall.