Navy's Jim Maxfield ruffled Notre Dame with his passing, and the Irish had to call on End Monty Stickles to bail them out. With 32 seconds left to play, Stickles kicked a 43-yard field goal and Notre Dame won 25-22. The top three:
1. NORTHWESTERN (6-0)
2. WISCONSIN (5-1)
3. PURDUE (3-1-2)
The eyes (and hands) of Texas linemen were all over SMU's Don Meredith as the Longhorns poured through to harass the talented quarterback. Meanwhile, Quarterbacks Bobby Lackey and Mike Cotten steered the fast Texas backs through the battered SMU line to win 21-0.
TCU stuck to power football in the mud at Waco and hammered Baylor 14 0; Arkansas edged Texas A&M 12-7 on Jim Mooty's two touchdowns. The top three:
1. TEXAS (7-0)
2. TCU (5-2)
3. ARKANSAS (5-2)
USC's might, beginning to wear thin, managed to survive another test. California went ahead of the Trojans in the third quarter, but the Bears couldn't hold Willie Wood, who scooted over from the seven-yard line to win for USC 14-7.
Quarterback Bob Schloredt raised Washington's Rose Bowl hopes when he passed and ran the Huskies to victory over UCLA 23-7. Oregon, too, was still in contention after trimming Idaho 45-7.
Stanford and San Jose State set the defense back 20 years, but the Indians prevailed 54-38 on Dick Norman's passing. The top three: