UCLA tightened the Pac-8 race by beating California 28-14 as Bruin Quarterback John Sciarra accounted for three touchdowns and Running Back Wendell Tyler rushed for 143 yards. Chuck Muncie gained 126 and established a new career rushing record for Cal, which, by losing, missed an opportunity to lead the conference for the first time since 1958.
Saturday's 54-14 victory over Washington State settled nothing in the continuing controversy over who should play quarterback for Stanford. Mike Cordova was in the game long enough to toss an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ron Inge and run 16 yards for a score. His understudy, Guy Benjamin, then passed for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
Oregon State, described as "the worst 0-6 team in the country" by a Portland sports-writer, proved that Beaver fans can believe some of the things they read by bowing 35-7 to Washington. Oregon upheld the state's honor by defeating Utah 18-7.
The New York Times ran a headline that read: COLORADO STATE 47, AIR FORCE -10. Falcon Coach Ben Martin felt no better about the real score of 47 to 10. Brigham Young beat Wyoming 33-20.
1. USC (7-0)
2. Arizona State (7-0)
3. UCLA (5-1-1)
Alabama had no business even scrimmaging a poor non-conference foe like Texas Christian, which had the nation's longest losing streak at 16, let alone playing the Horned Frogs in Birmingham. Bear Bryant used 12 different running backs in the 45-0 slaughter. Florida, co-leader in the SEC, whipped Duke 24-16 as Fullback Jimmy DuBose scored three touchdowns. Tackle Mike Wilson recovered a fumble in the end zone to help Georgia to a hard-earned 21-13 victory over Kentucky.
Tennessee was upset by North Texas State 21-14 when Tailback Sears Woods returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown after the Vols had tied the score in the fourth quarter. Woods scored the Eagles' other two touchdowns on runs of six and three yards.
Neither Mississippi nor Vanderbilt had sense enough to come in out of the rain. The two teams fumbled 13 times in Ole Miss' muddy arena, but the Rebels came out ahead 17-7 by putting together two long scoring drives. Beaten by four Top 20 teams this year, LSU's once proud Tigers took out their frustrations on South Carolina 24-6. LSU Tailback Terry Robiskie registered 109 yards in 26 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns 11 seconds apart in the third quarter. Mississippi State defeated Louisville 28-14.
With ACC leader Maryland idle and Duke beaten by Florida, the rest of the ACC was at war. Wake Forest, a cellar dweller the last three years, guaranteed itself a higher spot in this year's conference standings by routing Virginia 66-21. North Carolina State belted Clemson 45-7 and East Carolina walloped North Carolina 38-17.
1. Alabama (6-1)
2. Florida (6-1)
3. Georgia (5-2)
Favored by a couple of touchdowns, Pittsburgh anticipated a happy homecoming against Navy. True, the Middies had yielded an average of only 178 yards a game but, as Panther fans rightly figured, Navy's was a statistic accumulated against opponents offensively inferior to Pitt. Instead of cheers, what the Panthers got was a lesson that good, proved offense does not always beat good, unproved defense, as Navy limited them to 223 total yards and held doggedly on a fourth-and-goal to win 17-0.
Playing with a broken thumb, Navy Roverback Chet Moeller personally shut off two Pitt scoring threats, recovering a Tony Dorsett fumble on his own 16 in the first quarter and then intercepting a pass at the Navy 17 while the Panthers struggled to come back in the last quarter. Navy scored its touchdowns on a pair of long drives, Bob Jackson plunging over from the three and Gerry Goodwin, who had 109 yards, from the two. Dorsett finished with 122 yards to become the eighth leading rusher in collegiate history. "I don't care," said Navy Coach George Welsh. "Just so he didn't score a touchdown."
Temple showed signs of life, drubbing Delaware 45-0. So did Syracuse. Trailing 12-14 with 1:29 to go, Dave Jacobs kicked an 18-yard field goal and 47 seconds later, teammate Larry King scored on a 35-yard pass interception as the Orangemen upset Boston College 22-14.
Harvard gained sole possession of first place in the Ivy League by whipping Dartmouth 24-10 while Penn, a 10-point underdog, knocked off Princeton with a 24-20 victory. Crimson Quarterback Jim Kubacki threw TD passes of five, 14 and nine yards to Bob McDermott and ran for another 107 yards. Yale's 55-yard, fourth-quarter drive dumped Cornell 20-14 while Brown and Columbia each suffered non-conference setbacks, the Bruins 21-20 to Holy Cross and the Lions 41-0 to Rutgers.
Penn State rolled over Army 31-0 despite four fumbles inside the Cadet 10-yard line. "We're playing defense as well as any team we've had since 1969," said Coach Joe Paterno. Representatives of the Cotton and Sugar bowls, on hand for the game, did not need to be told.
West Virginia ended a two-game losing streak by nipping Virginia Tech 10-7.
1. Penn State (7-1)
2. West Virginia (5-2)
3. Navy (5-2)
With 8:26 left and the ball on the Purdue 38, Ohio State's Cornelius Greene broke a huddle and said, "O.K., let's say a little prayer and get those yards." Then he handed the ball to Archie Griffin, who took off behind Tackle Scott Dannelley, cut inside and rambled to the 15, a historic 23-yard gain that gave Griffin a four-year total of 4,730 rushing yards, 15 more than the NCAA record set in 1969 by Cornell's Ed Marinaro. Out of the game jogged Archie, and finally the Ross-Ade Stadium crowd of 69,405 had reason to cheer. By then the Buckeyes had devastated the hometown Boilermakers, scoring on Pete Johnson's 60-yard run on State's first play from scrimmage and building a 35-6 advantage that did not change.
Like Ohio State, Michigan kept its Big Ten record untarnished, throttling Indiana 55-7, its 40th consecutive home game without a loss. Minnesota and Wisconsin, as expected, defeated Iowa and Northwestern 31-7 and 17-14 respectively, but Michigan State, ranked 16th, lost when an aroused Illinois battled back from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter to win 21-19.
Nebraska, 6-0 going into a Big Fight clash with Colorado, was fourth in the rankings and wondering what it had to do to move up. "We need to take a good team and stick it to them," said Tight End Brad Jenkins. Colorado started quickly, as Quarterback Dave Williams rambled for a 74-yard touchdown on the third play of the game, but then came the avalanche. Vince Ferragamo lofted a 42-yard scoring bomb to Bobby Thomas. The next drive took 2:24 and six plays. Before the end, Colorado had fumbled seven times and seven different Huskers had scored, Anthony and John O'Leary getting two TDs apiece as Nebraska rang up a shocking 63-21 win.
Oklahoma ran its unbeaten string to 36, dumping Iowa State 39-7 in a game exerting only for those guessing who would fumble the ball next. The Sooners did 13 times, losing six, while the Cyclones had six fumbles and lost four. Tony DiRienzo booted his 10th field goal of the year, a Sooner record, and Oklahoma finished with 392 total yards, but in the dressing room things were gloomy. "If fumbling's a disease," said Quarterback Steve Davis, "we have it."
Missouri whipped Kansas State 35-3 and Oklahoma State, preparing for Oklahoma next week, thumped Kansas 35-19.
Defending MAC champ Miami (Ohio) climbed out of a 10-point hole to take previously unbeaten Bowling Green 20-17. The Falcons outgained Miami 153 yards to 70 and had 11 first downs to the Redskin three, but two Bowling Green fumbles helped Miami off the hook. "They're as good a team as we've played," Miami's Dick Crum admitted. "We were lucky to get out of the first half alive."
1. Ohio State (7-0)
2. Oklahoma (7-0)
3. Nebraska (7-0)
Student of Darrell Royal know that he thinks the best time to pass is in wet weather. Thus, regardless of the potent Texas wishbone, loyalists were not surprised when Quarterback Marty Akins uncorked a 23-yard pass to End Alfred Jackson during the first touchdown drive and a 43-yarder to Jackson on the third drive as Texas drummed Rice 41-9 with an attack as relentless as the rain that fell on Memorial Stadium throughout the game. The Longhorns rang up a 27-3 advantage by halftime, scored a quick third-quarter touchdown and then turned matters over to the reserves. Halfback Gralyn Wyatt scored the first three TDs on runs of nine, three and eight yards and Akins hit three of eight passes for 74 while his backup, Ted Constanzo, completed four of seven for 84. "Marty was especially sharp," Royal said. "He lateraled off for five touchdowns, and to me that's like five touchdown passes."
Texas A&M all but eliminated SWC defending champion Baylor with a 19-10 victory that stirs interest in the Aggies' Nov. 28 clash with Texas. With a record Kyle Field crowd of 53,693 urging him on, Lester Hayes, a 6'2", 205-pound junior defensive back, grabbed a Baylor fumble in midair in the third quarter and sloshed 77 yards to the touchdown that broke a 7-7 tie. It was a hit by Tank Marshall and Ed Simonini that caused Baylor Quarterback Charlie Parker to give up the ball. "I watched to see if there'd be a pitchout," Hayes said. "Suddenly there it was, right in my hands." Added Hayes, a former state 220 champ, "I knew they'd never catch me."
Texas Tech snapped a four-game losing streak, downing SMU 37-20, while Arkansas, featuring Ike Forte's first pass completion off the option, his 142 yards rushing and two TDs, walloped Utah State 31-0.
1. Texas A&M (7-0)
2. Texas (6-1)
3. Arkansas (5-2)
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: North Texas State's Sears Woods, a 5'8" senior making his first start for the Eagles, took care of highly favored Tennessee single-handedly. He gained 121 yards rushing and won the game with a 98-yard kickoff return.
DEFENSE: Navy Roverback Chet Moeller, a 6-foot, 190-pound senior playing with a broken thumb, thwarted two Pittsburgh scoring drives with a fumble recovery and a pass interception and made six tackles in the Middies' 17-0 win.