Warren Moon's 12-for-l8 passing resulted in three touchdowns and gave Washington possession of the Apple Cup. Joe Steele caught two of the scoring passes and also rammed into the end zone from three yards out. The Huskie defense zapped State's Throwin' Samoan, Jack Thompson, holding him to nine yards passing in the first half. Most of Thompson's 17 completions in 38 tries came after Washington took a 35-0 lead.
Senior Guy Benjamin and freshman Darrin Nelson had outstanding afternoons as Stanford beat California 21-3. Benjamin, the NCAA's top-ranked passer, connected on 16 of 27 throws for 211 yards and his 19th touchdown. Nelson, a running back, became only the sixth freshman to rush for 1,000 yards in major-college ranks, picking up 94 yards to bring his total to 1,069. Stanford, which will meet LSU in the Sun Bowl, concluded its first unbeaten and untied at-home season since Clark Shaughnessy's 1940 Wow Boys by nailing down its sixth backyard victory of the year. The Cardinals also won The Axe, a 15-inch steel blade once stolen by Stanford rooters who posed as photographers but whose cameras were equipped with tear-gas canisters, not flashbulbs.
With freshman Halfback Gary Beck rushing for 131 yards and throwing a 65-yard scoring pass, Oregon beat Oregon State 28-16.
There's nothing like a little miserable weather to make Colorado State feel right at home, which is where the Rams cornered Arizona State. In 15 previous meetings, 10 of them played in Tempe, the weather had always been tolerable and the Sun Devils had always won. It seemed they would continue their mastery when they swept to a 14-3 second-period advantage. But the Sun Devils, who had practiced at home in 83� sunshine, froze when the temperature in Fort Collins plummeted from 33� to 20�. As the weather got colder the Rams got hotter, pulling to within 14-10 at halftime; then amid a second-half snowstorm they took complete command. Linebacker Dana Isoline picked off a pass and ran it back 15 yards for a Ram touchdown and a 17-14 lead. Tom Drake booted 30-and 42-yard field goals, and Arizona State Quarterback Dennis Sproul was smothered for a safety. That gave Colorado State a 25-14 win and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl against Penn State if Arizona, which beat Texas-El Paso 41-24, topples Arizona State this week.
Marc Wilson of Brigham Young equaled an NCAA record with 27 first-half completions as the Cougars built a 24-8 lead over Long Beach State. But Paul McGaffigan teamed up with Vernon Henry on touchdown passes of 53 and 49 yards to enable the Forty-Niners to move in front 27-24 early in the fourth quarter. BYU pulled out this non-conference tussle in Provo 30-27 as Wilson completed six of seven passes in an eight-play, 71-yard drive that was climaxed by Tod Thompson hauling in a 15-yard scoring pass with 5:43 left. That was the fourth TD pass of the day for Wilson, whose 37 completions in 54 attempts accounted for 408 yards.
Florida State, which will meet Texas Tech in the Tangerine Bowl, was beaten 41-16 by San Diego State. Both teams entered the game with 8-1 records, but the Aztecs got fine performances from Joe Davis (he made good on 21 of 30 passes for 228 yards) and Ronnie Smith (he gained 121 yards on nine receptions, three of them for touchdowns).
1. UCLA (7-3)
2. WASHINGTON (7-4)
3. ARIZONA ST. (8-2)
The Air Force's retiring Coach Ben Martin was presented with the traditional N.D. blanket by Notre Dame Athletic Director Moose Krause before his final game. As soon as the contest began, though, the Irish began making the Falcon defense look like a patchwork quilt. Halfback Vagas Ferguson racing 56 yards for a touchdown on Notre Dame's first play from scrimmage. When it was all over the Irish had a 49-0 victory and 680 yards in total offense, 128 picked up by Ferguson, who did not run in the second half. Northwestern's Johnny Pont, who announced his retirement last Tuesday, avoided a winless season, his Wildcats stopping Illinois 21-7. Minnesota beat Wisconsin 13-7 as Kent Kitzmann of the Gophers, who set an NCAA mark by carrying the ball 57 times the week before, continued to be a busybody, gaining 154 yards in 40 attempts. Freshman Marion Barber got Minnesota's lone touchdown on a 33-yard run and wound up with 97 yards in 17 carries as the Gophers regained the eight-foot-long Paul Bunyan Axe. Paul Rogind, who kicked field goals of 27 and 33 yards, supplied the winning margin for the fifth time this season. The Old Oaken Bucket went to Indiana for its 21-10 trimming of Purdue. Michigan State knocked off Iowa 22-16.
Oklahoma and Nebraska rested for this week's Big Eight title game, but other conference teams were in action. Oklahoma State's dazzling Terry Miller had his 19th straight 100-yard effort as he rushed for 155 yards, but Iowa State won 21-13. Dexter Green had a hand in all three Cyclone touchdowns. Iowa State will take on North Carolina State in the Peach Bowl. Colorado's James Mayberry rushed for 174 yards—his seventh 100-yard game of the season—in a 23-0 win over Kansas State. Brian Bethke of Kansas, who was recovering from an ankle injury and had passed for only 204 yards all year, hit on six of nine tosses for 180 yards to help upset Missouri 24-22. One of Bethke's passes was a 44-yard touchdown strike.