Coach Bill Walsh also was pleased with the work of two freshmen making their Stanford Stadium debuts. Tailback Darrin Nelson rushed for 89 yards and scored on a five-yard run before he left the game with a leg cramp after one carry in the third quarter. The other freshman, Ken Naber, booted field goals of 43, 36 and 38 yards and recovered a fumble on one of his kickoffs to set up the go-ahead touchdown.
Houston walloped Utah 34-16 by rushing for 398 yards, 146 of them coming on Fullback Dyral Thomas' 22 carries.
Wisconsin beat Oregon 22-10, Air Force edged Pacific 15-13 and Division II's Montana State extended its win streak to 13 games with a 24-14 win over Fresno State.
1. USC (3-0)
2. CALIFORNIA (3-0)
3. BRIGHAM YOUNG (2-0)
Films of last season's games helped undefeated Arkansas to get off winging in a 37-3 rout of Tulsa, one of its oldest rivals. Tulsa had beaten the Razorbacks last year when Punter Eddie Hare kept the Hogs mired deep in their own territory for most of the game. Preparing for last Saturday night's contest, Arkansas Coach Lou Holtz noticed that Hare takes three steps before he kicks, and thus sent a 10-man rush against the Tulsa kicker on the sixth play of the game. The strategy succeeded. Les King blocked the punt, Ben Cowins ran 28 yards to the Tulsa one-yard line on the next play and Ron Calcagni scored to start the Razorback runaway. It was never close thereafter, as Cowins, the nation's leading rusher, gained 117 yards on 16 carries, one a 56-yard touchdown gallop.
Tulsa Coach John Cooper accused Holtz of trying to run up the score after the Razorbacks tried to block another punt late in the game. "That's the way I felt in my first season, too," Holtz said.
SMU's Putt Choate ran 100 yards for a touchdown with an intercepted pass to offset the heroics of Tulane Quarterback Roch Hontas, who completed 33 of 42 passes for 373 yards and a touchdown as the Mustangs beat the Green Wave 28-23.
North Texas State beat West Texas State 31-20 as the Mean Green's Michael Jones rushed for 127 yards, his third 100-plus game of the year.
1. TEXAS A&M (3-0)
2. TEXAS (2-0)
3. ARKANSAS (3-0)