"How does a man his size do that?" wondered California Coach Roger Theder after 5'11", 180-pound Charles White continually broke tackles to gain 187 yards in Southern California's 42-17 victory. When White was not shrugging off the eight-man line designed to stop him, Paul McDonald was uncorking four touchdown passes, three of them hauled in by Kevin Williams. In addition, the Trojans' Lynn Cain sprang loose for 133 yards in 13 carries. Another coach with a question was Oregon State's Craig Fertig, who wanted to know "When is Stanford going to run out of quarterbacks?" Prompting the query was Steve Dils, who connected on 23 of 36 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns as the Cardinals beat the Beavers 24-6.
Washington and Oregon also won conference games. The Huskies clobbered Arizona State 41-7 as Kyle Stevens ran for 101 yards and the defense intercepted three passes and scooped up four fumbles. With Jack Thompson having an off day—he hit on nine of 30 passes—Washington State was upset 31-7 at Oregon. The Ducks, who had lost their past four games in the final minutes, outscored the Cougars 14-0 in the fourth period to lock up their first win of the season.
Allan Clark ran for 261 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown jaunt, and threw an option pass for another score in Northern Arizona's 43-22 upset of Montana State, which had been unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in Division 1-AA. The Lumberjacks' victory put them first in the Big Sky Conference.
1. UCLA (7-1)
2. USC (6-1)
3. WASHINGTON (5-3)
"As long as I am head coach, we won't quit," said Colorado's Bill Mallory following a devastating 52-14 loss to Nebraska two weeks ago. With his Buffaloes trailing 27-7 in the third quarter, Mallory's players made their coach an honest man. Quarterback Bill Solomon, normally more of a runner than a thrower, found holes in Missouri's pass defense and completed eight of 11 aerials for 144 yards in three scoring drives. Eddie Ford climaxed two of those marches with runs of seven and 16 yards, and Solomon himself ran 12 yards for the other. A Pete Dadiotis kick supplied the extra point that put the Buffs in front 28-27. Colorado kept the score there but had to survive two scares to do so. Phil Bradley, who passed for 241 yards on 15 of 22 attempts, had a wide-open receiver drop the ball during the closing minutes. Bradley then took Missouri down to the Colorado 25, where he was thrown for a loss on third-and-10. In came Jeff Brockhaus to try a 43-yard field goal. Brockhaus, who had missed a PAT kick because of a low snap, was short because of another poor snap, leaving the no-quit Buffs on top.
Oklahoma State Coach Jim Stanley was about as happy as one could be with a defeat, saying, "Some ways, I don't think we lost." One of the ways they did lose was on the scoreboard in Nebraska's Memorial Stadium, 22-14. But the Cowboys did beat out the Cornhuskers in total offense, 323 yards to 316. And had it not been for an exceptional play by Defensive End Derrie Nelson, State just might have had a tie. It was Nelson who scooted almost from one sideline to the other to bring down Worley Taylor after a 57-yard gain on a pass with 2:33 to go. With the ball on the Nebraska 20-yard line, the Cowboys longed for a touchdown and a two-point conversion that would have made the score 22-22. They got neither, the Huskers stopping them on the series.
Four interceptions and 465 yards rushing propelled Oklahoma past Kansas State 56-19 in another Big Eight matchup as Billy Sims gained 202 yards. The Sooners' victory left them tied with the Huskers for first place in the conference.
Iowa State ended a three-game losing streak with a 13-7 victory at Kansas. Dexter Green scored the Cyclones' first touchdown on a one-yard plunge. When Green was injured, Victor Mack, who took his place, gained 111 yards and scored on a 14-yard run.
"When I looked at the film on Iowa, I saw that their zone defense all but gives you the middle and the outside. So I went there on my first two passes and hit on them for 61 yards." So said Mark Herrmann after guiding Purdue to a 34-7 triumph at Iowa City. In completing half of his 28 passes, Herrmann picked up 186 yards and two TDs to help the Boilermakers retain their Big Ten lead.