1. OKLAHOMA (5-0)
2. MICHIGAN (4-0)
3. COLORADO (5-0)
Saturday Night Fever—that would be a fair description of the frenetic action in the L.A. Coliseum last Saturday night as Stanford and UCLA met. Before the action stopped the score was tied twice and each team led four times. It was the passing of Steve Dils, who hit on 21 of 35 for 262 yards and two touchdowns, that kept the Cardinals going. And it was Ken Naber's second field goal of the night, a 30-yarder with 3:36 left, that put Stanford in front 26-24. Keeping UCLA rolling were James Owens, who rushed for 102 yards and scored twice, and Theotis Brown, who rushed for 66 yards and ran back five kicks for 188 more, including a 93-yard touchdown romp with a kickoff return. Constantly pestering the Cardinals was All-America Bruin Linebacker Jerry Robinson. In the end, though, it all came down to the toe of Peter Boermeester, UCLA's walk-on kicker, who was born in Indonesia, reared in New Guinea and Holland, and came to the U.S. at age 11. There were 20 seconds left and Stanford had its 26-24 edge when Boermeester tried a 37-yard field goal. Boermeester, whose ambition is to be a millionaire, came through with a good-as-gold kick that made UCLA a 27-26 winner. In another Pac-10 game, California stopped Oregon 21-18. Southern Cal was idle.
More than 5,000 Alabamans went to Seattle to see the Tide battle Washington, and at least that many more watched on closed-circuit TV back home in Tuscaloosa. Those Tide rooters were numbed when Quarterback Tom Porras teamed up with Spider Gaines on a 74-yard scoring pass and Mike Lansford kicked a 37-yard field goal to put the Huskies ahead 10-7 at halftime. Alabama's go-ahead touchdown was set up in the third period when Defensive End E.J. Junior tackled Punter Aaron Wilson for a 13-yard loss at the Huskies' 16. Four plays later, Tony Nathan of the Tide plowed over from a yard out. Alabama went in front 20-10 when Jeff Rutledge hit Rick Neal with a 36-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter. A second long Porras-to-Gaines pass, this one for 58 yards, made the score 20-17, which is how it wound up after Washington's final drive ended with a lost fumble at the Tide 36.
Utah State, embarrassed 65-6 by Brigham Young at home last year, dumped the Cougars in Provo 24-7. Eric Hipple of the unbeaten Aggies (5-0) was on target with 11 of 14 first-half passes for 97 yards.
In the season's first matchup between military academies, Navy outgained Air Force 508 yards to 167 en route to a 37-8 victory. Navy's offense featured the running of Steve Callahan (159 yards), a 36-yard scoring pass and two end-around touchdown plays of 19 and 17 yards. The Middie defense, which ranked second in the nation against the rush, gave up a paltry 48 yards to Falcon runners.
It was B Day at Colorado State. High school bands tootled and strutted, and fans gritted back on "the biggest beef barbecue in the history of Larimer County. All the beef you can eat, beans and cole slaw...for only $3." For dessert, the Rams beat Texas-El Paso 39-29. In another WAC contest. New Mexico downed Wyoming 19-15.
1. USC (4-0)
2. UCLA (4-1)
3. STANFORD (3-2)