Missouri came from 14 points back to knock off Colorado 30-14 and end a three-game losing streak.
In the second half, Central Michigan ran 57 plays and held Miami of Ohio to 15 yards on 13 plays but still lost 7-3. The Redskins took over second place in the Mid-American Conference by stopping Central five times within their 11. Miami's victory enabled Toledo, a 28-14 victor over Western Michigan, to climb to first.
When Steve Brown returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown to give Oregon a 7-6 first-quarter lead, Washington State rooters became fearful. They dreaded that the Cougars, who the week before had lost their first game of the season, at USC, would collapse as they so often had in recent years. The fans needn't have fretted. Four second-half touchdowns—two by Fullback Robert Williams on runs of 22 and 12 yards—enabled Washington State to cruise to a 39-7 victory.
Stanford backers reveled in a 63-9 romp at Oregon State. The Cardinals, one of the season's biggest flops, gained 439 yards on the ground and 245 through the air as they ended a three-game losing streak. Quarterback John Elway (page 54) accounted for all the aerial yardage. Stanford's other superb offensive weapon, senior Wide Receiver Darrin Nelson, ran 19 times for 190 yards, caught seven passes for 107 yards and broke a school record by scoring five touchdowns. Nelson's TDs came on a 53-yard pass play and on runs ranging from one to 80 yards. Nelson, who has gained 6,538 yards running, receiving and returning kicks, is only 77 short of Tony Dorsett's NCAA career mark.
Southern Cal's Marcus Allen broke another of Dorsett's NCAA records by increasing his season rushing yardage to 1,968 in a 21-3 victory over Cal. Allen gained 243 on 46 carries and scored three touchdowns despite practicing only twice last week because of a sprained ankle. The triumph enabled the Trojans to move into a tie with Arizona State for the Pac-10 lead, a half game ahead of Washington State and UCLA.
"Just because they're in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association, people malign them," said Arizona State Coach Darryl Rogers after the Sun Devils held off San Jose State 31-24. "They are better than most teams in the Pac-10. We knew the game would be like this." The score was 24-24 with 5:12 left when Arizona State's Mike Pagel threw a desperation pass on a third-down play. Wide Receiver Doug Allen made a leaping grab in the end zone to complete the Sun Devils' resurgence from a 24-17 third-period deficit. Pagel completed 20 of 42 throws for 347 yards. The Spartans picked up 344 yards in the air as Steve Clarkson hit on 25 of 53 passes, two of them for touchdowns.
UCLA scored all its points in second-and third-period sprees en route to a 31-0 win over Washington, which hadn't been shut out since 1976. The two scoring spurts, which lasted a total of only 4:50, were set up by an interception and the recovery of four fumbles.
Jim McMahon of Brigham Young didn't merely have a couple of hot moments; he kept firing until the final three minutes of a 63-14 rout of Colorado State. Coach LaVell Edwards left McMahon in the game to give him a shot at the NCAA single-game record for pass completions. McMahon got it by completing 44 of 65 passes for seven touchdowns. He also established three NCAA career records: 8,897 yards in total offense, surpassing the record set last year by Purdue's Mark Herrmann; touchdowns responsible for (90); and points responsible for (540). The last two records had belonged to Tennessee State's Joe Adams, who had accounted for 86 TDs and 518 points from 1977 through 1980.
BYU's win set up this week's showdown for WAC supremacy between the Cougars and Hawaii. The Rainbow Warriors won their 11th straight by routing Texas-El Paso 35-7 with 566 yards in total offense. Hawaii tailbacks excelled. Anthony Edgar, who scored on runs of 82 and 47 yards, rushed for 153 yards. Gary Allen ran for 71 and scored three times, once on a 62-yard pass.