Five years ago, Tony Adams of Utah State established an NCAA single-game mark by passing for 561 yards against Utah. Last week, Marc Wilson of Brigham Young topped that feat by 10 yards. Once again the victim was Utah. Wilson, a sophomore, did almost all his damage in the first and last quarters. In the opening period he passed for two touchdowns as BYU built a 17-0 lead. But by the end of the third period that advantage had been cut to 17-8, so Wilson really went to work, throwing for 209 yards and three more TDs in the final quarter as the Cougars won 38-8. All told he completed 26 of 41 passes.
Overpowering, too, was Arizona State, which stayed half a game behind BYU in the WAC standings with a 45-0 drubbing of Wyoming. The Sun Devils gained 635 yards, Dennis Sproul passing for 262, Mike Harris running for 120 and George Perry for 110.
While the rain that had been falling stopped five minutes into the game at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Southern Cal's offense poured all over Stanford. When the deluge was over, the Trojans had gained 592 yards, 453 of them on the ground, and had won 49-0. Charles White of USC gained 126 on 16 carries, Dwight Ford 124 on 11 and Mosi Tatupu 101 on 13.
Three touchdowns in the third period, two on runs by Quarterback Warren Moon, helped Washington defeat California 50-31. The Huskies gained 490 yards, more than offsetting the efforts of Tight End George Freitas, who caught nine passes for Cal.
With the "men upstairs" tipping him off about what play to expect, UCLA Safety Mike Molina anticipated an Oregon pass shortly before halftime. When the ball was in fact thrown, Molina picked it off and raced 52 yards for a touchdown to put the Bruins in front 14-0 and well on their way to a 21-3 victory. Of his interception, Molina said, "Our coaches called it. All I had to do was react to the ball."
Washington State defeated Oregon State 24-10. With two games to go for each team, Washington, UCLA and USC were tied for the Pac-8 lead with 4-1 records.
Army assured itself of its first winning season since 1972 by subduing Air Force 31-6. Cadet Greg King, who scored on runs of 15 and 44 yards, rushed for 165 yards.
While many of the nation's Top 20 teams racked up big scores in hopes of improving their rankings, none matched the output of Valley City ( N.D.), an NAIA Division II school. The Vikings finished the season undefeated by crushing Huron 83-0.
1. USC (6-3)
2. UCLA (6-3)
3. BRIGHAM YOUNG (7-1)