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Wyoming's cowboys all but wrapped up the Skyline Conference football championship by defeating Utah's Redskins 30-20 at Laramie. The victory was the big one of the league season, as the "Pokes" upended the September favorite with a stirring October performance.
Coach Phil Dickens' players were superb in two of football's most vital departments—blocking and tackling—as they delighted the homecoming crowd. Jack Curtice, Utah's coach, remarked, "That Crawford's what makes 'em go," as he paid tribute to Jim Crawford, Wyoming's star halfback, who carried the ball 31 times for 154 yards rushing.
Utah state rocked Colorado A&M'S defending Skyline champs 46-7 at Logan; Montana won its first Skyline victory in four starts by taking advantage of costly errors by Brigham Young 21-14. Five BYU fumbles provided the difference in a game that enables the Grizzlies to vacate the Skyline cellar. Denver beat Colorado College 40-21 Friday night in the 54th and final game of a rivalry that dates back 71 years.
The freshman-sophomore Air Force Academy won its fourth straight game 49-6 over Colorado Mines. What once appeared an ambitious schedule for the young Air Cadets now seems little more than a series of Saturday afternoon workouts. Other scores:
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The USC Trojans, playing their best defensive game of the year, forced Washington into seven lost fumbles for a 35-7 win at their Los Angeles Coliseum home. Sparked by Jon Arnett and C. R. Roberts, who ground out 157 and 152 yards respectively, the Trojans racked up 432 yards rushing and 22 first downs. Roberts and Arnett pulverized the Washington line all afternoon and had it so dizzy trying to watch both sides at once that the defense looked like tennis spectators, UCLA ran up a quick 14-0 lead at Berkeley and clobbered California 34-20, as Tailback Doug Bradley made his fifth and last game this year a memorable one.
Washington state's passing attack was zeroed for the second straight week as Oregon state blanked the Cougars in Pullman 21-0. It was Oregon State's first victory in Pullman in 10 years. The Beavers were led by Sophomore Earnel Durden, who scored two touchdowns and set up a third with a 30-yard, fourth-quarter run on a fake punt. The win left OSC very much in contention for the Rose Bowl.