Three other Pacific Eight teams avoided defeat by coming from behind against outside opponents. California took Army 27-14 after trailing 14-0 at halftime. Oregon recovered from a 16-3 deficit to edge Utah 23-16, and Stanford, down at one point by two touchdowns, battled San Jose State to a 21-21 tie.
Arizona won the Kit Carson Rifle Trophy by defeating Western Athletic Conference rival New Mexico 15-10. Though the victory was genuine, the rifle is not. Kit never laid his hands on it. Wyoming defeated Air Force 20-16 as freshman Quarterback Rick Costello completed 10 of 21 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown and kicked two field goals. Colorado State fell to Memphis State 20-18, and PCAA favorite San Diego State got by Texas-El Paso 26-12.
1. Arizona (3-0)
2. USC (1-1)
3. Arizona State (2-1)
Transfers—the tired, the poor and the huddled masses of college football—have turned Temple into a regional power. The Owls avenged their only loss of last year by drubbing Boston College 34-7, but Penn State, Pittsburgh and Florida A&M contributed to the victory.
Quarterback Steve Joachim, a former Nittany Lion, completed 21 of 33 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns. Two of the scores went to Tight End Jeff Stempel, who originally intended to be a Panther. And Bob Harris, who once rattled with the Rattlers, scored another TD on a 22-yard run.
Faced with an eight-man defensive line, Joachim put the ball in the damp Philadelphia air nine times on the first 11 plays. "We just took what they gave us," Temple's Wayne Hardin said. "They sure weren't giving us the run." Joachim's passing softened up the Eagles for Henry Hynoski, who gained 138 yards in 20 carries.
"This probably was the biggest game I've ever been associated with," said Hardin, the former Navy coach. His Owls had dropped three in a row to BC by a cumulative score of 111-30.
Transfers have made the difference, and seven more will become eligible next year. " Coach Hardin reminds you about being able to play close to home," says Stempel. "You know, where your parents and friends can come and watch. Pretty soon it all begins to make sense."
North Carolina State stayed unbeaten with a surprisingly difficult 28-22 victory over Syracuse. Wolfpack Coach Lou Holtz was not one to quibble, however. "We're not like alumni," he said. "A win is a win."