1. Alabama (3-1)
2. Florida (3-1)
3. Tennessee (2-1)
It was only momentary, but top-ranked Ohio State looked vulnerable in the opening quarter of its nationally televised matchup with UCLA. Archie Griffin, of all people, lost a fumble, Raymond Burks recovered for the Bruins, and in seven plays Quarterback John Sciarra marched his mates 73 yards to a 7-0 lead. Stop the game. Alas, there were still more than 50 minutes left, and when they were gone the Buckeyes had crushed the Bruins 41-20. On their next six possessions after the fumble, the unbeaten Bucks scored five touchdowns and a field goal before the Bruins scored twice—when it no longer mattered. Griffin finished with 160 yards on 21 carries, one of which was an 18-yard touchdown run. His work was matched, if not overshadowed, by the performance of Quarterback Cornelius Greene. In his finest game of the year, Greene rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns, passed for 98 yards and set up the other Ohio State scores. Fullback Pete Johnson scored twice to run his touchdown total to 11 in four games.
"We have a lot of weapons in our backfield and we went into the game intending to use them all," said Woody Hayes. "I think we should be No. 1. I do, of course, think I am biased." Maybe so, but John Sciarra, for one, agreed with Woody. "They have the best offensive team in the United States," he said.
Like UCLA, San Jose State suffered its first loss of the season, but with a lot more heartbreak. Rallying from a 20-10 halftime deficit to gain a 24-20 lead over California, the Spartans were stunned one minute and eight seconds from the end when Joe Roth connected on a 46-yard bomb to Wesley Walker. Earlier in the 78-yard drive, Roth completed a third-and-long pass to Chuck Muncie.
"When I was in high school," Walker said, "I dreamed of just that kind of big play to win the game. I took the defender outside and then cut inside, and Joe laid it right on my fingers. This was a dream come true."
In contrast, Stanford proved a nightmare for Army, the Cards blitzing the Cadets 67-14. Mike Cordova threw four touchdown passes, and Mike Langford booted eight (of eight) extra points and added a field goal.
Moving up a notch to Division I competition, Grambling parlayed 445 yards total offense with uncustomary defensive strength to beat winless Oregon State 19-12. Losing 13-10, the Beavers had a first down on the Grambling three but failed to score. Grambling iced the contest with 59 seconds left when Douglas Williams threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Dwight Scales. Oregon also is still looking for its first victory after bowing to Washington 27-17.
In other games, Arizona bombed Northwestern 41-6, Arizona State handled Idaho 29-3, BYU edged New Mexico 16-15 and San Diego State routed Fullerton 59-14.
1. USC (4-0)
2. Arizona (3-0)
3. Arizona State (4-0)