John Sciarra of UCLA devastated hopeful California with two intercontinental missiles to Split End Norm Anderson, for 69 and 40 yards, then scored himself. Later, he went to the hospital with a broken ankle and returned to watch the rest of the game from the bench. UCLA won 28-3.
Since the last game of 1972, when Washington began a 10-game Pacific Eight losing streak, Husky fans have waited for the team to do something besides stutter, stumble, fumble and fall. Saturday the Huskies did. To the astonishment of 52,500 faithful dreading the sequel to last year's 58-0 loss to Oregon, they plucked the Ducks featherless 66-0. The defense held Oregon to 55 total yards and two first downs, while the offense rolled up 508 yards. It was the most decisive win in Jim Owens' 18 years at Washington.
In the remaining Pac 8 game, Stanford edged Washington State 20-18.
1. USC (5-1)
2. Arizona State (5-1)
3. UCLA (4-1-2)
Penn State continued its domination of archrival West Virginia, defeating the Mountaineers 21-12 despite trailing in first downs (20 to 18) and yardage (374 to 367). The highly ranked Nittany Lions have not lost to West Virginia since way back in 1955, when Sam Huff was around. Joe Paterno called the present Morgantown defensive line the best since that era, but his Lions capitalized on two West Virginia breakdowns for touchdowns. Early, the Mountaineers fumbled a center snap and were trapped at their 35. Later, West Virginia deflected a Penn State field goal attempt, but the ball was batted into the end zone by a Mountaineer, allowing Ron Coder—a Lion walk-on who played his high school ball in Japan—to fall on it for a TD. In between, State marched 89 yards, Duane Taylor scoring from the eight.
"This is the closest Temple will ever get to a bowl—the Poultry Bowl," scoffed Delaware captain Ed Clark after his Blue Hens had ruffled the Owls and come within a hoot of winning, 21-17. "They ain't exactly the champions of the universe. You don't get the kind of bell ringers we gave them from somebody like Holy Cross." Temple picked on 5'8" Delaware Cornerback Steve Schwartz for its decisive touchdown, Steve Joachim hitting 6'3" Jeff Stempel, and even that, Delaware felt, should have been ruled offensive interference.
Boots made the news as Pittsburgh squeaked by Navy 13-11. The first three scores were all field goals: Pitt 6, Navy 3. Then Tony Dorsett atoned for three fumbles by scoring a critical touchdown on fourth down.
Undefeated Yale rattled past Cornell 27-3, and Ivy League co-leader Harvard sneaked out of Hanover with a 17-15 decision over Dartmouth. The Crimson had to bat down a desperate pass as the gun sounded to get past the northerners for the first time since 1968. Penn's Quakers also edged Princeton 20-18, and Columbia ended an 11-game losing streak by slipping through hapless Bucknell 38-33.
Army beat Holy Cross 13-10.