Two touchdown passes in 95 seconds—seven-and 15-yard tosses from Ron Calcagni to Tight End Charles Clay—helped propel Arkansas past Houston 34-0.
Last week NCAA calculators announced that Baylor and Missouri had played the toughest schedules of any teams this season. Thus the Bears were delighted to show their stuff against Air Force, a four-time loser. Baylor piled up 476 yards in total offense and won 38-7. Freshman Quarterback Scott Smith passed for two touchdowns and Tailback David Seaborn ran for two more while rushing for 145 yards. Cornerback Howard Fields intercepted three passes, one of which he ran back 53 yards for a TD. In all, the Bears stole five passes. There was, though, a bit of air left in Air Force, Dave Ziebart finding his receivers with 22 of 41 passes for 311 yards.
Texas Christian, which ended a 15-game losing streak two weeks ago, won its second game by overcoming Miami 21-17, as Quarterback Steve Bayuk scored from one yard out with 1:08 remaining in the game.
1. TEXAS (6-0)
2. ARKANSAS (5-1)
3. TEXAS A&M (5-1)
All that UCLA Chancellor Charles Young could do on behalf of his team was pace the sidelines. Charlie Young did a lot more for California, completing 25 of 44 passes for 299 yards. Nonetheless, it was Young, the pacer, who came up a 21-19 winner.
Two miscues did in Cal. The first was a high snap that wiped out a chance for a second-quarter field goal. Seven plays later, UCLA Quarterback Rick Bashore broke off left tackle, spun away from a would-be tackier and sprinted 41 yards for a touchdown and a 7-3 lead. Then, early in the fourth period, Marvin Morris, who plays in the middle of UCLA's punt-block squad, smothered the ball right at the kicker's shoetop and had the ball bounce smack up into his arms. "All I could think was, 'Go, man, go,' " said Morris. Go he did, 26 yards into the end zone.
Like Charlie Young, Jim Breech of California excelled in defeat, booting field goals of 24, 38, 37 and 45 yards. Breech's four field goals equaled a Pac-8 one-game record and gave him a conference career mark of 45.
There were passes galore as Stanford held off Washington State 31-29. Guy Benjamin of the Cardinals threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns as he hit on 27 of 39 and out-dueled Jack Thompson of the Cougars, who was 19 for 24 for 274 yards. Running Back Darrin Nelson caught six Benjamin passes and added variety to the offense by rushing for 104 yards. Other Benjamin targets were Phil Francis (eight receptions) and James Lofton (five catches, two for touchdowns).
For the sixth time in seven games, Washington did not yield a touchdown in the second half. Peskiest of the Huskie defenders during a 14-6 victory over Oregon State were Nose Guard Cliff Bethea and Linebacker Mike Jackson. Bethea intercepted a pass and took part in 22 tackles, 15 of them unaided, while Jackson made 21 tackles, 11 on his own. Washington's victory gave it a 3-0 record and a tie with USC for the Pac-8 lead.