UCLA came within one tick of the clock of an upset by Stanford, but managed a 13-13 tie on a 38-yard field goal by Brett White in the final second. The Bruins nearly blew it by failing to call timeout with about 12 seconds left. "We were in fast offense," said UCLA Quarterback John Sciarra later, "and I'd called two plays in the huddle, but it took us too long to get the first one off." An incompletion left the lone second, which White needed.
California showed its strength in pounding Oregon 40-10. Cal's speedy Chuck Muncie picked up 126 yards rushing and Quarterback Steve Bartkowski passed for 183 yards and two touchdowns while completing 10 of 17 throws. USC's Anthony Davis galloped for 194 yards and two touchdowns as the Trojans manhandled Washington State 54-7. Oregon State won its first game of the season after four nonconference losses by downing Washington 23-9.
Arizona Quarterback Bruce Hill dizzied Utah with superb ballhandling and completed 18 of 29 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns as the Wildcats tore up the Redskins 41-8. Arizona's balanced attack gained 289 yards rushing and 228 passing.
Tulane won its fourth straight, 10-3, over Air Force in a downpour. Sophomore Martin Mitchell scored the game's only touchdown by disdaining a fair catch on a punt and wading 54 yards for a score. "Our defenders didn't believe anyone would take that ball without a fair catch," moaned Academy Coach Ben Martin. Colorado had a 34-7 field day at Iowa State.
1. Arizona (5-0)
2. USC (3-1)
3. Arizona State (3-1)
Oklahoma had major trouble with Texas before pulling out a 16-13 victory. The Sooners lost three fumbles in the first half and trailed 13-7 in the fourth quarter. A 40-yard end-around by Billy Brooks tied the score at 13-all, but John Carroll missed the extra-point attempt that would have put Oklahoma ahead. With nine minutes left Texas moved to midfield and tried for a first down on a fourth-and-one play at its own 49. Freshman Earl Campbell made the yardage but lost the ball when he was tackled by Leroy Selmon. The Sooners' Rod Shoate recovered, and moments later Tony DiRienzo, an exchange student from Brazil, kicked a game-winning 37-yard field goal.
The Longhorns' traditional spot atop the SWC was held by an unlikely trio—Baylor, SMU and Texas A&M. The Bears held an early 14-0 lead, then fell behind 17-14 in their game with Arkansas. They seemed doomed when the Razorbacks stopped them on fourth-and-one at the Arkansas 31 with just 3:43 remaining, but three plays later Razorback Quarterback Mark Miller fumbled the snap from center and Baylor's Wharton Foster recovered at the Arkansas 36. Tailback Steve Beaird capped a seven-play drive by scoring from one yard out to give the Bears a 21-17 upset win.
Texas A&M Halfback Skip Walker scored three times in a nine-minute span in the second quarter and rushed for 138 yards overall as the Aggies surprised Texas Tech 28-7. SMU Fullback Dave Bostick ran for 105 yards, and 160-pound Quarterback Ricky Wesson added 103 more and three touchdowns as the Mustangs trampled TCU 33-13.