Before Kush could get out his rod and reel, though, his players hoisted him to their shoulders and carried him onto the field, where, presumably, he coached State for the last time. The Sun Devils took an early 12-0 lead, Quarterback Mark Malone climaxing a 70-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run and Defensive End Bob Kohrs recovering a Huskie fumble in the end zone for the second score. Arizona State hung on for a stunning 12-7 victory, and after the game the Sun Devils carried Kush off the field.
Arizona and California also stayed in the thick of the Pac 10 race. Jim Krohn geared up a Wildcat offense that produced 482 yards by hitting on 16 of 25 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns. That was more than enough for Arizona to defeat Oregon 24-13. Even more devastating were the Golden Bears, who amassed 586 yards in total offense while drubbing Oregon State 45-0. Rich Campbell of Cal accounted for 292 yards and a pair of touchdowns in two periods by connecting on 19 of 28 passes.
Washington State Cornerback Mike Snow blocked two attempted field goals by UCLA and deflected an almost certain touchdown pass in the end zone as the Cougars pulled off a 17-14 shocker, after trailing 14-7 at half-time. State's Tim Harris set up the decisive touchdown in the fourth quarter with a 33-yard run, and Brian Sickler wrapped up the 84-yard march by blasting into the end zone from one yard out.
Winless Air Force was a 38-13 loser to Notre Dame. With Vagas Ferguson scoring on runs of five and 23 yards, and with Rusty Lisch passing two and 75 yards for touchdowns and running a yard for another, the Irish were never in trouble.
1. USC (5-0-1)
2. BYU (5-0)
3. WASHINGTON (5-1)
Even after Missouri's loss to Oklahoma State in their Big Eight Conference opener, Tiger Defensive End Wendell Ray said he was unimpressed by the Cowboys. "Those guys don't even belong on the same field with us," he said. "That's not bragging or boasting—they really don't." Unfortunately for Ray and the rest of the 16th-ranked Tigers, the Cowboys were impressive enough to register a 14-13 upset as Terry Suellentrop, who only last week was moved to fullback from defensive end, ran 22 times for 152 yards and second-string Quarterback John Doerner passed for two touchdowns.
Nebraska, the nation's leading offensive team as it entered its game against Kansas, showed why by amassing 611 yards—430 rushing—in beating the Jayhawks 42-0. Jarvis Redwine ran for 157 yards, and third-string I-Back Craig Johnson totaled 138 yards in nine carries, more than twice Kansas' total of 59 yards passing and 20 rushing. Said Kansas Coach Don Fambrough, "We've got to establish a running game—even if it's a quarterback sneak." In another Big Eight opener, Iowa State beat Kansas State 7-3.
Michigan State continued to provide inspiration for its opponents. All Wisconsin's Badgers had to do was look at films of last year's 55-2 drubbing at the hands of the Spartans to spark them to a 38-29 upset win. "That game was the big motivating factor for us. They tried to belittle us," said Tight End Ray Sydnor. The Badgers won on three field goals by Steve Veith, who had made only two in 10 previous tries.
Minnesota Quarterback Mark Carlson completed 27 passes in 51 attempts for 339 yards, the most ever against a Michigan defense, but the Wolverines rushed for 456 yards to hold off the Gophers 31-21 before the 26th straight 100,000-plus crowd in Ann Arbor. Butch Woolfolk rushed for 194 yards and Fullback Lawrence Reid, usually a blocker, added 179 yards of his own on 17 carries.