When Steele had to sit out the second half with a swollen knee, Coach Don James unleashed a pair of freshmen, Fullback Toussaint Tyler and Tailback Kyle Stevens, who combined for 125 yards. The Huskies' Steve Robbins kicked a field goal and three extra points to raise his career total to 152 points, thereby becoming the top placement kicker in Washington history.
UCLA knocked off Kansas 17-7 as Peter Boermeester filled in for injured Frank Corral. A junior-college transfer not listed in the Bruin press brochure, Boermeester came into the game in the second quarter and kicked a 45-yard field goal. "I hardly know him," UCLA Coach Terry Donahue said of his left-footed, soccer-style booter, "and he doesn't know me. I called him over just before we sent him in and asked if he could kick 'em that far. He assured me he could and I was delighted with the result." The Bruins also rushed for 314 yards, Olympic hurdler James Owens picking up an even 100, and a touchdown, on 19 carries.
San Diego State beat Arizona 21-14 in the last 24 seconds when Quarterback Joe Davis connected on a 28-yard touchdown pass to Split End Ronnie Smith.
Arizona State trounced Northwestern 35-3 before a stadium record crowd of 57,149 at Tempe, Ariz.; Northern Arizona inaugurated its new domed stadium with a 25-24 win over Montana and Wyoming beat Texas El Paso, 27-17.
1. USC (2-0)
2. UCLA (1-1)
3. CALIFORNIA (2-0)