1. MARYLAND (1-0)
2. MISSISSIPPI (1-1)
3. GEORGIA (1-0)
If you think Frank Kush or Bear Bryant or Darrell Royal had nightmarish openers, consider poor John Robinson, who was making his debut at USC. Robinson fumed on the sidelines watching his Trojans, a seven-point favorite over Missouri, cough up three fumbles, get hit with seven penalties and yield a field goal and four touchdowns in the first half—two of the six-pointers a direct result of USC's shoddy kicking game. The vaunted Trojan defense gave up 315 yards rushing and 171 in the air. At the final gun, Missouri had a 46-25 upset and Robinson was left to ponder USC's worst defeat in an opener since 1888.
Trojan mistakes were not solely responsible for Robinson's anguish. Tiger Quarterback Steve Pisarkiewicz and Tailback Curtis Brown did their bit, too. Playing with a deep cut on his throwing hand, Pisarkiewicz completed seven of 10 passes in the first half as Missouri shot to a 30-10 lead. He finished with 171 yards, lifting his career total to 2,791—only 265 shy of Paul Christman's all-time Tiger record. Brown, best known as the only human to gain 100 yards against Oklahoma the last three seasons, rushed 20 times for 101 yards, caught a 49-yard TD pass and returned a kickoff 95 yards for another score. Not even Ricky Bell's routinely remarkable performance—172 yards in 29 carries—could cheer Robinson up. "I feel embarrassed, angry and let down," he said. "We'll have to rebuild from the ground up."
A Grand Canyon State record gathering of 52,206 turned out at Arizona Stadium to watch the Wildcats crush Auburn 31-19, spoiling Doug Barfield's debut as coach of the Tigers. Succeeding All-WAC Quarterback Bruce Hill, who was graduated, junior Marc Lunsford hit 11 of 18 passes for 178 yards, seven of them to Split End Keith Hart-wig. Lunsford put the game on ice early in the second half, directing the Wildcats on an 80-yard scoring march for a 28-0 lead.
David Turner ran for 239 yards in 32 carries to power host San Diego State to a 24-14 win over Arkansas State, ending the Indian win streak at 15 games.
San Jose State beat Hawaii 48-7. Air Force defeated Pacific 36-3.
1. UCLA (1-0)
2. ARIZONA (1-0)
3. WASHINGTON (1-0)
Michigan State lost twice in one week end. On Friday a U.S. district court judge in Grand Rapids refused to issue a temporary restraining order that would have allowed the Spartans to suit up six players under suspension by the NCAA. Then in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday Michigan State took it on the chin again, losing 49-21 to Ohio State and Coach Woody Hayes, who admitted he put the NCAA on the Spartans' trail. With MSU Quarterback Eddie Smith, Tight End Michael Cobb and two other starters missing, it was no contest. The Buckeyes unveiled two future stars—Jeff Logan and Rod Gerald.