But Evans was able to start, and before his stamina faded he completed eight of 15 passes, one of them to Shelton Diggs for 17 yards and a touchdown just two minutes and 37 seconds into the game. " Iowa was giving us the pass, and you have to be willing to take what the other guy gives," reasoned USC Coach John Robinson.
Iowa was giving up the ball, too. That first score came after a fumble by Hawkeye Quarterback Butch Caldwell. Early in the second quarter another Iowa fumble set up the second of two one-yard scoring plunges by Bell, who wound up with 119 yards in 28 carries. So, staked to a 21-0 lead and with Evans obviously tiring, USC gave the job to reserve Quarterback Rob Hertel. Hertel closed out the second quarter by firing scoring strikes of 33 and nine yards. Thus at the half it was USC 35 points; Iowa two net yards.
"We committed the ultimate sin in football," moaned Iowa Coach Bob Commings. "We fumbled, and when you fumble then everybody stops running because they're afraid they are going to fumble."
For Iowa, the trouble was only beginning. In the second half Hertel threw two more touchdown passes, one of 16 yards, the other of 20. The four touchdown passes matched the single-game USC record first set by Pete Beathard in the 1963 Rose Bowl game. In all, Hertel completed 10 of 13 passes for 167 yards. USC's last score—upping the final count to 55-0—came on a 60-yard sprint by freshman Charles White.
"We weren't that effective," said Hertel. "We weren't consistent. We scored 55 and the way they were giving us the pass we should have had 90. But don't count Iowa out. I think they are a very good defensive team against a club that doesn't pass too well."
Deciding that his club was timid after a loss to Indiana, Washington Coach Don James put his Huskies through some rare into-the-season head-knocking scrimmages last week. "I guess we'll have to start beating them up in practice," said James. So primed, the Huskies came out bloodied but belligerent against unbeaten Minnesota, scored four of the first five times they possessed the ball and went from there to win 38-7.
Surprised but pleased to discover San Jose State defensing him man-for-man, California Flanker Wesley Walker hauled in eight passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns as the Golden Bears roared to a 43-16 victory.
Statistics can be deceiving. As a case in point take San Diego State, which edged BYU in yards gained (283-209), in first downs (17-15) and in average gain per play (4.2 to 2.8). On the other foot, BYU led in field goals (two by Dave Taylor to none) and safeties (1-0) and won 8-0. It was the first shutout of San Diego State after 57 games.
With three minutes to play, Bob Davis, a halfback, threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Split End John Arnold, and underdog Wyoming had handed Arizona State its third straight loss, 13-10. Three touchdown passes by Jack Thompson spurred Washington State to a 45-6 victory over fumbling (seven) Idaho. Striking for all of its points in the first half, unbeaten Long Beach State rolled past University of the Pacific 17-14. Oregon defeated Utah State 27-9, and New Mexico downed Colorado State 33-20.
1. UCLA (3-0-1)
2. USC (3-1)
3. CALIFORNIA (2-2)