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Larry Keith
September 29, 1975
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September 29, 1975

The Week

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On the fifth play of the game Tailback Ricky Bell turned 28 Pitch into a 53-yard scoring jaunt, which propelled USC to a 24-7 licking of Oregon State. But even though the junior sensation finished with 215 yards and two touchdowns in 28 carries—giving him 471 yards and six touchdowns in two games—Coach John McKay said he may occasionally use Bell at fullback the rest of the year. This prospect arose after the Trojans' Dave Farmer suffered a fractured fibula in the third quarter.

Bell's performance was about the only aspect of the game McKay found pleasing. "We weren't worth a damn," he snapped. " Oregon State outhit us and outperformed us. The reason we won is that we have more people who can play the game than Dee [Andros] has."

McKay added that if Bell "continues to get the same blocking he did against Oregon State, he'll be dead by the fifth game."

After Washington took a 3-0 first quarter lead over Texas, one Longhorn lineman advised a teammate warily, "Coach Royal is really mad. Nobody was supposed to score on us until Oklahoma." The Huskies managed to score again, on a 35-yard pass off a fake field goal attempt, but the Longhorns prevailed 28-10. Fullback Earl Campbell tallied three touchdowns, one on a 61-yard gallop, and gained 198 yards. Quarterback Marty Akins added 140 more.

West Virginia broke loose from a 7-7 half-time tie to defeat California 28-10. While the Bears concentrated on stopping Artie Owens, who nevertheless managed 118 yards and a touchdown, Fullback Heywood Smith gained 146 and scored twice and his substitute, Ron Lee, plugged for 58 yards and another TD.

Pat Degnan's passing put Utah on the scoreboard first, but it was the running of Dan Doornink that lifted Washington State to a 30-14 victory. The sophomore tailback rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns.

Brigham Young lost to Colorado State 21-17 in a Western Athletic Conference game when Jeff Blanc fumbled twice in the fourth quarter, ending a drive at the Rams' eight and starting one for the winners at the Cougars' 20. Outside the league, field goals helped Arizona beat Pacific 16-0 and Texas-El Paso top East Tennessee State 6-3.

San Diego State won its third straight 30-12 over North Texas State as Mel Jacobs returned the opening kickoff 100 yards and caught a 42-yard scoring pass from Craig Penrose.

1. USC (2-0)
2. UCLA (2-0)
3. Arizona State (2-0)


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