Six seconds remained in the UCLA-Stanford game, which earlier had been tied 7-7 and 17-17 and now was knotted 24-24. A pair of freshmen had kept the Cardinals rolling: John Elway passed for 178 yards, hitting on 16 of 23 attempts, and Vincent White made seven catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 62 yards. But with six seconds left it was all up to Stanford's Ken Naber, who would try a 56-yard field goal into the wind. Naber's kick hit the left upright just inches above the crossbar, angled in and over the beam, and Stanford won 27-24.
It wasn't Oregon State's day. The Beavers' final embarrassment during a 41-0 loss at Washington came when Husky Tackle Fletcher Jenkins ran 51 yards with an intercepted pass of sorts after State's Marshall Sperbeck inadvertently hit an official with his arm as he was setting up to throw.
In other Pac 10 action, Oregon beat California 19-14, while Southern Cal breezed past Washington State 50-21. Paul McDonald of USC had 16 completions in 23 attempts for 212 yards and two TDs, and Charles White rushed for 142 yards and two scores.
It was no big deal that Brigham Young's Marc Wilson completed 28 of 49 passes, or that three of them went for touchdowns, or that he ran a yard for a fourth score during a 38-15 shellacking of new WAC member Hawaii. What was newsworthy was that Wilson set an NCAA mark by surpassing 300 yards in total offense for the eighth time in his career, finishing with 329.
1. USC (5-0)
2. WASHINGTON (5-0)
3. BYU (4-0)
Temple's efforts to strengthen its program continued to pay off. The Owls ran for 243 yards (159 of them by Mark Bright) and passed for 246 more on the 14-for-20 throwing of Brian Broomell in a 41-20 blistering of Rutgers.
Pittsburgh, a one-point winner over Temple the week before, was given a scare by Boston College, which picked off three Panther passes and recovered three fumbles. When the Eagles pulled to within 14-7 in the fourth quarter, Pitt's Randy McMillan went to work, scoring his second and third touchdowns on short runs, to give the Panthers a 28-7 win.
Army outrushed Duke 247 yards to 155, outpassed the Blue Devils 140 yards to 75, outdid them in first downs 23 to nine, did not incur a penalty and still had to rally from 10 points back to salvage a 17-17 tie. Though slapped with 107 yards in penalties, Navy defeated Air Force 13-9.