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THE WEEK
Herman Weiskopf
November 07, 1977
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November 07, 1977

The Week

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In a showdown between the top two teams in the NAIA's Division I, No. 1 Texas A&I whomped No. 2 Angelo State 35-7.

1. TEXAS (7-0)
2. ARKANSAS (6-1)
3. TEXAS A&M (6-1)

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For the first time in 25 years Berkeley drew a sellout crowd for an opponent other than Stanford. A total of 76,780 fans showed up and chipped in an extra dollar for each ticket. California was taking on Southern Cal and the game was being played in honor of the late Bear quarterback, Joe Roth, with the added revenue going into a scholarship fund named after him. The emotionally charged Bears led 7-0 at halftime and went on to win 17-14. Although the Trojans ran for 301 yards (164 of them by Charles White), they were repeatedly stymied on third-down plays, converting only four of 17. An 18-yard field goal by Jim Breech put Cal in front 10-7 in the third period and Quarterback Charlie Young climaxed an 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter with a one-yard sneak. Safety Anthony Green's first interception set up Cal's first quarter TD, and his second stopped a USC drive in the last minute.

When the score of the Cal upset was flashed on the Coliseum scoreboard in Los Angeles, it seemed to give UCLA a lift. The Bruins had a fourth and one on the Washington 13 and were leading 13-12. They decided to go for the yardage. Halfback Theotis Brown got the key yard and more—a touchdown. That sealed a 20-12 win over the Huskies, whose points all came on four field goals by Steve Robbins.

Stanford and Washington State had an easier time of it. With Guy Benjamin passing for three touchdowns, the Cardinals bumped off Oregon State 26-7. While downing Oregon 56-20, the Cougars gained 603 yards, 377 on the ground and 202 on the passing of Jack Thompson. All of which left Stanford (4-1) in first place in the Pac-8, Washington and USC (both 3-1) tied for second.

High-powered offenses propelled Arizona State and Brigham Young to Western AC wins. The Sun Devils amassed 630 yards as they beat Utah 47-19, with 290 credited to Dennis Sproul, who hit on 12 of 17 passes. Six of the passes were hauled in by John Jefferson, who scored on plays of 61 and 91 yards and gained 180 yards. Arizona State Linebacker Tim Petersen also had some impressive statistics: 11 tackles, one fumble recovery, one interception and a pass deflection. BYU's Marc Wilson was on target with 23 of 43 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns in the 554-yard attack by the Cougars, who beat Arizona 34-14. The victories left the Sun Devils and Cougars as the WAC's only undefeated teams and set up next week's confrontation between the two in Tempe.

Dan Christopulos kicked five field goals as Wyoming beat Colorado State 29-13. Christopulos, who had missed six of eight attempts in previous games this year, made good on kicks of 41, 22, 26, 19 and 62 yards.

Boston College's big gun, Ken Smith, brought down Air Force 36-14, throwing four touchdown passes, three of them to Mike Godbolt. Two NAIA Division II teams remained unbeaten, Dakota State (9-0) toppling Dakota Wesleyan 21-6 and Linfield (7-0) breezing past Willamette 41-10.

1. CALIFORNIA (6-2)
2. USC (5-3)
3. UCLA (5-3)

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