ALABAMA (4-0) MIAMI (4-0) NORTH CAROLINA (4-0)
"That kid didn't snow much sympathy for his daddy," said San Jose State Coach Jack Elway of his son John, who quarterbacked Stanford to a 35-21 win. But Jack Elway smiled as he spoke, unable to conceal pride in his offspring's 19-for-25 passing that was good for 164 yards.
Arizona State nearly overcame a big deficit at Southern Cal. After trailing 20-7 at the intermission, the Sun Devils trimmed the margin to 23-21 as Willie Gittens broke loose for a 59-yard scoring run and Mike Pagel passed 14 yards to Ron Wetzel for a touchdown on fourth-and-two. That, however, was as close as they got, Scott Lewis' try for a 72-yard field goal falling far short as the final gun sounded. The Trojans, whose last loss was in 1978 to Arizona State, extended their unbeaten string to 24 games. USC was led by the passing of Gordon Adams (20 of 29 for 226 yards), the running of Marcus Allen (132 yards) and three field goals by Eric Hipp.
One team whose rally didn't fall short was Pacific, a 24-22 surprise winner at Washington State. With 1:09 left and the Cougars leading 22-21, the Tigers got the ball on their own 19. With the aid of a 20-yard Grayson Rogers-to-Rainey Meszaros pass on fourth-and-13, Pacific swept downfield and pulled the game out on Jeff Council's 29-yard goal in the final three seconds.
USC (4-0) UCLA (4-0) STANFORD (4-1)