1. Pittsburgh (2-0)
2. Penn State (1-1)
3. Navy (2-0)
Say what you will about the pro set in this era of the triple option, but when a team is trailing late in the game there is no quicker route to the scoreboard than an old-fashioned down and out. New Mexico was a Wishbone team last year, but under new Coach Bill Mondt it came out throwing this season.
The Lobos' passing attack salvaged a 21-21 tie with heavily favored Texas Tech when Quarterback Steve Myer followed a four-yard scoring toss with a two-point conversion pass. All of this excitement capped a 55-yard drive that ended with just over a minute to play. "It was a great tie," said Mondt, which doesn't necessarily mean he enjoys kissing his sister.
Arizona State had little trouble disposing of its visitor from the Southwest Conference. The Sun Devils thumped Texas Christian 37-7 as a couple of sophomore ball carriers, Freddie Williams and Mark Lovett, gained 104 and 99 yards respectively. The game also marked the debut of freshman Quarterback Dennis Sproul, who came off the bench to complete 10 of 14 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a score. TCU Coach Jim Shofner begged off when he was asked to compare Sproul with starter Ray Alexander. "I couldn't tell any difference," he said. "They both put points on the board and that's all I understand."
Texas-El Paso has seen a lot of scoring in recent years, usually by the other team. But on Saturday the Miners ended their 13-game losing streak with a 34-7 victory over Utah. Bob McKinley threw three touchdown passes and Mike Belew gained 168 yards. Utah won last year's game 82-6.
Brigham Young's defense has not allowed a touchdown in two games but the Cougars are still winless. Hawaii beat them with five Held goals two weeks ago and last Saturday Al Knapp kicked three in a 9-6 victory by Utah State.
Washington is in the unusual position of being the only unbeaten team in the Pacific Eight. The Huskies Veered to 504 offensive yards in a 31-28 victory over Iowa State. Fullback Willie Hendricks rushed for 148 and Quarterback Denny Fitzpatrick came into the game in the second quarter to run and pass for 261 yards and three touchdowns.
Washington State, California and Oregon each posted first victories while Stanford remained winless in an upset loss to Illinois.
Washington State beat Idaho 17-10. California scored twice in the fourth quarter, the second time on Howard Strickland's two-yard run with 2:45 remaining, to nip San Jose State 17-16. Oregon's triumph was another clock beater, 27-23 over Air Force. The Ducks scored the winner with 1:27 left when Rick Kane bolted over from the one. The touchdown, his second of the period, came two minutes after Oregon had lost the lead on a fumble and an 18-yard scoring pass by the Falcons' Mike Worden to Bob Farr. Worden threatened to pull the game out in the last half minute, only to suffer an interception at the Oregon three.