For a half, Washington played pretty much to recent Pac-8 form, trailing 17-7. Then the defense got tough and Quarterbacks Chris Rowland and Dennis Fitzpatrick each engineered a touchdown drive. A winner, at last.
In another part of the state, Kansas was defeating Washington State 14-7 as Robert Miller gained 180 yards and scored the first of two second-quarter touchdowns.
In the PCAA, San Jose State parlayed a second-period outburst of its own to score four times in a 28-7 defeat of Fresno State. Craig Kimball threw two TD passes for the Spartans. Elsewhere, Hawaii edged Brigham Young 15-13, Louie Giammona gained 183 yards as Utah State upset Wyoming 17-7 and Air Force pounded Idaho 37-0.
Arizona won its opener 17-10 over San Diego State, but Coach Jim Young saw nothing good about the performance. "Nobody executed and I called a bad game from the sidelines," Young said. The decisive touchdown came following a pair of fourth-down kicking penalties. The losing Aztecs provided two of the game's biggest stars—leading ground-gainer Frank Geary (100 yards)and Linebacker Bobby Henderson (12 tackles, one pass deflection, one interception and one fumble recovery).
1. Arizona State (1-0)
2. Arizona (1-0)
3. UCLA (0-0-1)
LSU fans, accustomed to wide-open football in recent years, wondered what Charlie McClendon was up to when he installed the Veer last spring. "Just be patient," he told them, "and we'll get the big play."
To the satisfaction of 70,274 customers, McClendon was proved correct in the second period of a scoreless game with Colorado. The first time the Tigers used the wide pitch, Brian Zeringue gained 55 yards, setting up the initial touchdown in a 42-14 romp. LSU was 0 for 3 passing, but gained 437 yards on the ground for a Bengal record as Quarterback Carl Otis Trimble totaled 133 yards in only eight carries.
"LSU executed much better than it did on any films we saw from last year," said a buffaloed Coach Bill Mallory. McClendon admitted, "Everybody was a little anxious to see how we would do with our new offense. I was too."
The particular Veer that Georgia introduced against Oregon State had a passing wrinkle—good for three touchdowns in a 48-35 victory. Halfback Horace King threw the first one, a 28-yarder to Butch Box that sent the Bulldogs winging to a 20-0 lead. "Pretty, wasn't it?" asked King, who said he "always wanted to be a quarterback anyway." But his team has three quarterbacks already, all sophomores, and each had a hand in Georgia's 345 yards rushing and 119 passing. The defense, unfortunately, was just as wide open, allowing 396 yards.