"To beat USC we must play near errorless ball," said Washington Coach Don James. "We must force some turnovers, and the defense must have a super game." So the Huskies pounced on three Trojan fumbles, intercepted three passes, blocked two punts and held the Pac 8's leading offensive team to 337 yards, 132 below its average. For some offense, Warren Moon passed 19 yards for one touchdown, ran two yards for another and 71 more for a third as Washington won at home 28-10. Three Pac 8 teams have a shot at a Rose Bowl berth, with the Huskies being able to sew it up if they beat Washington State in the season finale and USC stops UCLA.
UCLA remained tied with the Huskies for first place at 5-1 by beating Oregon State 48-18. With Rick Bashore having suffered a fractured rib and collapsed lung the previous week. Steve Bukich took over at quarterback for the Bruins and completed 10 of 15 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown.
Gary Graumann, a walk-on, got his first start for California and hit on 14 of 24 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown to trim Oregon 48-16. Stanford beat San Jose State 31-26 in a non-conference game as Darrin Nelson rushed for 211 yards. Washington State drubbed independent Idaho 45-17.
Coach Ben Martin, who will retire after this season—his 20th at Air Force—savored a 34-28 win over Vanderbilt.
1. UCLA (7-3)
2. ARIZONA ST. (8-1)
3. WASHINGTON (6-4)
"Clemson is just a little this side of heaven," bragged a Tiger enthusiast. Alas for the upset-minded Tigers, being on the other side of the line from Jerome Heavens, not to mention Vagas Ferguson and Joe Montana, resulted in a loss to Notre Dame. The Irish scrambled back from a 17-7 fourth-period deficit to beat Clemson 21-17. Quarterback Steve Fuller, who hit on 13 of 20 passes for 185 yards and ran for another 51 yards, was mainly responsible for the Tigers' lead. Fuller's 10-yard run and a two-yard sweep by Lester Brown were only the second and third rushing touchdowns against Notre Dame this season. Then the Irish capitalized on turnovers as Heavens gained 63 yards and Ferguson 75 and Montana scored on two short runs.
North Carolina clinched at least a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference title by downing Virginia 35-14. The game was scoreless until Amos Lawrence of the Tar Heels scored on a six-yard run 44 seconds before halftime.
Thirty-two points were scored in 4:58 of the third quarter, 18 by Duke and 14 by North Carolina State, and Quarterback Mike Dunn set a Blue Devil total-offense mark by accounting for 344 yards. But despite Duke's surge and Dunn's feats, the Wolfpack came out on top 37-32. Maryland built a 17-point lead, got 171 yards rushing from George Scott and hung on to defeat Richmond 27-24 in a non-conference tussle. South Carolina overcame Wake Forest 24-14.