Leaks has now gained 744 yards in his last three games for a 164-yard average through seven contests. "I haven't been doing as well as I should," he told a team meeting a month ago. "I've been thinking too much about the pro scouts. I'll start putting the team first."
Other conference games saw Texas Tech lumber to a 19-6 win over Rice, Arkansas trip Texas A&M 14-10 and Texas Christian outscored Baylor 34-28. Razorback Coach Frank Broyles was spewing joy after his young team's fifth victory in its last six games. "I feel pretty darn good. In fact I'm elated," he said. "It was the first time this year we put together a good offense, defense and kicking game. It's very encouraging." Dickey Morton led the Hogs with 147 yards in 27 carries. Baylor's three-touchdown rally in the fourth quarter nearly overcame a 34-7 TCU lead built on two touchdowns each by Mike Luttrell and Kent Marshall.
Houston, shut out by Auburn one week ago, flexed its muscles again against winless Florida State. The Cougars romped 34-3 and rolled up 606 yards, their best effort in two years. Fullback Leonard Parker ran for 151 yards, his fifth game over 100.
1. USC (6-1-1)
2. UCLA (7-1)
3. ARIZONA STATE (7-1)
They may be devils in the sun, but they are angels in the snow. Arizona State slept through a snowfall the night before its game with Utah in Salt Lake City and awoke to near-freezing temperatures. Coach Frank Kush did not blame the unfamiliar climate for his team's first loss of the year, but something obviously was amiss in the 36-31 setback. Utah took advantage of five fumbles and two interceptions to jump to a 30-10 half-time lead. Warmed by the fire of Kush's locker-room oratory, the Sun Devils closed to 30-24 and, with first and goal at the Ute four in the fourth quarter, were in a position to go ahead. But Utah held and then generated a 95-yard scoring drive that clinched the big upset.
The Utah ground defense, led by Tackle Ron Rydalch, held Woody Green to 48 yards in 16 carries and dropped Quarterback Danny White for 31 yards in losses. White passed for 361 yards and two TDs, but he was intercepted four times. Ute Quarterback Don Van Galder ran and passed for four scores. The Western Athletic Conference lead is now in the firm grip of Arizona, which dumped Texas-El Paso 35-18.
Southern California and UCLA continued warmup drills for their Pacific Eight showdown Nov. 24, drubbing California 50-14 and Washington 62-13. Anthony Davis, a disappointment much of the year, exploded for five touchdowns, three in the fourth quarter and the last on an 80-yard return of a free kick as the gun sounded. "We needed this kind of win," said A.D. "We've been struggling all season." The Trojans' shuttle system produced 355 yards by Tailbacks Davis (106), Rod McNeill (164) and Allen Carter (85). "I didn't think Cal was that great on defense," said John McKay.
Neither, apparently, was Washington, which has allowed 120 points in its last two games. UCLA went over half a hundred for the fifth time this year and its 671 yards of offense broke the school record. Kermit Johnson scored twice and gained 141 of the team's 566 rushing yards. Quarterback John Sciarra ran for 130 yards and passed for 54. "I go back to Red Sanders [the 1950s]," said Husky Coach Jim Owens, "and I don't know that this isn't the best Bruin team I've seen." Then he reversed his field. "Certainly it's the best for the last five or six years."
Stanford edged Oregon State 24-23 on Rod Garcia's second field goal with 4:19 remaining after trailing 20-9. The Cardinals kept the three-pointer rather than accept a Beaver offside penalty that would have given them a first down at the 14. "They were smart," said OSU's Dee Andros. "They showed great judgment in not being greedy." Washington State trudged from midfield through heavy snow in the last five minutes to score the winning touchdown against Oregon. Andrew Jones' two-yard smash made it 21-14.