"We dug our own grave early with those bad punts," lamented Stanford Coach Jack Christiansen after being bowled over by California 48-15. The interment began when the first Cardinal punt fluttered a mere 18 yards; the second-went but 32. Chief gravedigger for Cal was its superlative tailback, Chuck Muncie. It was Muncie who scored on a seven-yard pass from Joe Roth after Stanford's first punt. And it was Muncie who scored on a 16-yard run after the second punt. And it was Muncie who ran for two more touchdowns and a total of 166 yards, caught three more passes and even threw once himself—for 46 yards and another TD. But the Golden Bears will go to the Rose Bowl only if USC knocks off UCLA on Friday night. So Muncie figured his work was not yet done. "I'm going to fly down there and root for USC," he said.
Up in Seattle, Washington State had a fourth-and-one on the Washington 14, but it did not seem such a big deal. After all, the Cougars led 27-14 with 3:01 left. Surely Coach Jim Sweeney would call for a field-goal attempt. Sweeney wanted to, but his players convinced him they could cash in on a pass. So he permitted them to try what he later referred to as a "riverboat gambler's" call. Washington Safety Al Burleson picked off the pass and scampered 93 yards for a touchdown. A minute later the Cougars were, well, Moonstruck. Warren Moon of the Huskies tossed a pass into heavy traffic 28 yards downfield, where it was deflected off a defender's hands and into those of freshman End Spider Gaines, who galloped another 50 yards into the end zone. Steve Robbins' extra point capped the comeback and gave the Huskies a 28-27 win.
Arizona smothered Utah 38-14 in Tucson. The Wildcats gained 567 yards and even got a touchdown from Punter Dennis Anderson, who decided to run rather than kick on fourth down and went 63 yards. The Wildcats will undertake to clinch a share of the Western AC title this week when they square off against undefeated Arizona State. The winner of that game will go into the Fiesta Bowl against Nebraska.
The running of Herb Lusk vs. the passing of Craig Penrose: that was the billing for the Long Beach State-San Diego State game. Lusk zipped and darted for 183 yards in 24 carries, one a 66-yard touchdown, as the 49ers defeated the Aztecs 21-17. Penrose got a consolation prize, however, becoming the third Aztec in five years to lead the nation in completed passes. By hitting on 24 of 44 tosses for 251 yards, Penrose finished with 198 completions, eight more than Gene Swick of Toledo and Steve Myer of New Mexico.
1. Arizona State (10-0)
2. UCLA (7-2-1)
3. California (8-3)