Kansas State gave Missouri a scare but ultimately lost 28-21. State, which led 21-14 at halftime, had its upset hopes dashed by Rich Dansdill. After Leo Lewis scored on a 10-yard end run to tie the game, it was Dansdill who rambled over left tackle for 31 yards and the winning points.
Oklahoma State also got tough in the last period. The Cowboys recovered a Kansas fumble on the Jayhawk 35 at the start of the quarter, and one play later Charlie Weatherbie hit Sam Lisle with a pass for the final touchdown in a 21-14 verdict. But the Cowboys might not have been able to contain the Jayhawks had it not been for Cliff Parsley, their three-time conference punting champion. Parsley averaged 52 yards on six boots, including 55- and 66-yarders in the closing minutes.
Bowling Green moved to the top of the Mid-American race, tagging Toledo with a 29-28 setback when Mark Miller passed six yards to Willie Matthews for the winning score with 19 seconds remaining. Central Michigan dumped Ohio U. 17-15, and Kent State toppled Western Michigan 24-12.
1. MICHIGAN (5-0)
2. NEBRASKA (4-0-1)
3. OKLAHOMA (4-0-1)
Hoping to attract more than its usual 24,000 fans, Washington State played a "home" game 300 miles from the campus in Seattle's Kingdome. On hand were 37,268 spectators, and for a while it seemed that the Cougars were very much at home in the dome as they fought back from a two-touchdown deficit to tie USC 14-all early in the fourth quarter. State's surge was triggered by sophomore Jack Thompson, a Sa-moan, who set a school total-offense record with 355 yards, 340 of them as he hit on 26 of 50 passes. But then the Trojans began to run, especially Ricky Bell, who scored his second touchdown of the game to nail down a 23-14 Pac 8 triumph. Bell wound up just four yards short of the NCAA single-game rushing mark of 350 yards set in 1971 by Michigan State's Eric Allen.
UCLA also had to hustle late. The Bruins trailed Stanford 20-10 at the beginning of the final period. UCLA had allowed just 34 pass completions in its first four games, but this time it was riddled by Guy Benjamin, who found his receivers with 35 of 53 aerials for 378 yards. Tony Hill hauled in 10 of them for 172 yards and two touchdowns. But five of Benjamin's passes were picked off—four in the final period—and the Bruins scored four times in the last 15 minutes to pull out a 38-20 win.
Joe Roth ran for one touchdown and completed 18 of 28 passes for 208 yards and two more as California disposed of Oregon 27-10. In another Pac 8 game, Washington doubled up Oregon State 24-12.
Wyoming seemed to have little chance against Brigham Young, which had yielded just 146 yards rushing per game and which led the Western Athletic Conference in total defense with an average of 235 yards. The Cowboys were without their No. 1 quarterback, Don Clayton, who was hurt in the previous week's upset of Arizona State. So Wyoming Coach Fred Akers decided to tinker with his wishbone. He designed a quarterback draw, featuring inexperienced Quarterback Marc Cousins. According to Akers' diagram, his quick center, Ray Davies, was to pick off the Cougars' rugged middle linebacker, Ron Wood, so Cousins could bolt through the line away from the block. Davies did his job. So did Cousins, who rambled for 171 yards and two touchdowns for the day. Wyoming's Robbie Wright, who was switched from halfback to fullback, gained 70 yards in 19 cracks, and Halfback Latrail Jones sped 163 yards in 11 rushes. In all, the Cowboys rushed for 493 yards and built a 34-7 lead. BYU's Gifford Nielsen, who hit on 24 of 42 passes, led a rally, passing for 300 of his 324 yards in the fourth quarter, and the Cougars scored three times in five minutes. But the Cowboys hung on for a 34-29 decision and took the WAC lead with a 2-0 record.
Arizona soared, while Arizona State was floored. The Wildcats ran up their biggest score in 25 years, whomping Texas-El Paso 63-12 as they piled up 519 yards and got four touchdowns from freshman Tailback Harry Holt. State, however, continued to have troubles. Unbeaten last season, the Sun Devils lost their fourth in a row despite outdoing Cincinnati 19-9 in first downs and taking passing honors 241 yards to 23. The Bearcats outgained State 163 yards to 76 on the ground en route to a 14-0 victory.