THE PREVAILING THEME of last weekend's football was T without sympathy. The rich T-formation powers got richer by mortifying the poor, but heretofore respectable middle class. It was obvious at Ann Arbor, where Michigan was repolishing its slightly tarnished reputation at the expense of Army's self-respect. Oklahoma used the same unmerciful tactics in overrunning Texas before 75,504 sad-eyed Longhorn partisans (see page 12), while Ohio State and Michigan State rolled up unkind scores against their Big Ten opponents to remain unbeaten and untied and practically unchallenged in the Western Conference. Even Georgia Tech, which had previously seemed content to score just enough to win, turned vicious and flattened Louisiana State in a most unsympathetic manner. Mississippi and Tennessee, the other unbeaten mammoths of the Southeastern Conference, increased their national prestige with convincing victories over Vanderbilt and Chattanooga, respectively. Independent Miamireaffirmed its standing in football's high society at the expense of Maryland, a former member in good standing. The only hesitant note sounded by the nation's top elevens came from Texas A&M, which could do no better than tie a scrappy and ambitious Houston team. But this could not be construed as sympathy, since the Aggies might well have been thinking ahead to this weekend's showdown with TCU.
FOR EASTERN football fans who have been immersed in a sea of Ivy League mediocrity this season, Syracuse was an island of pride last Saturday when Coach Ben Schwartzwalder's Orange team beat powerful West Virginia 27-20 in a game more one-sided than the score indicates. Syracuse piled up 328 yards on the ground while holding the Mountaineers to a skimpy 80. Halfback Jimmy Brown once again staged an All-America show, scoring two touchdowns, setting up a third and making three placement attempts. The win erased some of the stain of the team's earlier loss to Pittsburgh, which had barely squeaked by West Virginia, 14-13 in their season opener.
The Ivy League had its surprises too. Harvard whacked Cornell 32-7 in the biggest upset of the day, while Columbia gave Yale trouble before bowing 33-19. Dartmouth bounced back from its loss to Penn with a 14-7 win over Brown, while Penn resumed its losing ways with a 34-0 loss to powerful Princeton.
October 21, 1956
Penn state exploded back into eastern prominence with a 43-0 win over Holy Cross. Nitanny Coach Rip Engel poured in his second-and third-stringers in an attempt to hold down the score, but even the subs touched the Crusaders for 13 points.
Connecticut and Tufts, both ranked simply as good small-college teams, showed themselves worthy of higher praise. The Uconns smashed hapless Massachusetts 71-6 with an awesome display of ground power (439 yards rushing) that, set a new Yankee Conference record. Tufts, with wins over Bowdoin and Harvard, made it three in a row downing Trinity 52-20.
Boston University, only unbeaten member of New England's three major independents (other two: Holy Cross and Boston College), held an explosive and beefy George Washington team to a 20-20 tie.
Lafayette remained untied and unbeaten with an easy 32-7 win over Albright, fourth straight for the Leopards. Other scores:
Alfred 44, St. Lawrence 14
Amherst 39, Bowdoin 12
Carn. Tech 31, Dickinson 0
Colgate 48, Rutgers 6
Delaware 26, Bucknell 7
F&M 28, Upsala 6
Gettysburg 45, Western Maryland 0
Hamilton 33, Wagner 7
Havertord 7, Wesleyan 7
Maine 29, New Hampshire 7
Muhlenberg 14, Leb. Valley 7
New Haven St. 46, Brandeis 7
Springfield 27, Colby 7
Temple 28, Scranton 20
Vt. 39, Rhode Island 13
Williams 33, Middlebury 7
SELDOM has the form chart held up so well on a football Saturday in Dixie. Only Tulane mildly surprised against Navy 21-6. The Middies wilted in the 90° heat at New Orleans, but the big factors were the alert and efficient line play of the Green Wave and the superb quarterbacking of little Gene (Fig) Newton who led Tulane on crunching marches of 74, 63 and 59 yards for touchdowns. Mississippi successfully hurdled stubborn Vanderbilt 16-0.
In other Southeastern Conference matches, Georgia Tech walloped crippled Louisiana State 39-7, and in a night game Auburn dumped Kentucky 13-0.
All-America Halfback Jim Swink faded into the background as his running mate Ken Wineburg ran 46 and 41 yards for touchdowns in Texas Christian's 23-6 victory over Alabama, while Fullback Joe Brodsky did virtually all the damage on a 41-yard march that brought Florida a 7-0 triumph over Rice.
Playing without the injured Johnny Majors, Tennessee started slowly but eventually rolled past Chattanooga 42-20, with reserve Tailback Al Carter leading the way.
Injured Quarterback Sonny Jurgensen came off the bench and led Duke to a couple of quick touchdowns for a 14-6 win over Southern Methodist in a sloppy free-for-all marked by 13 fumbles, three pass interceptions and 26 penalty calls. At Chapel Hill, Georgia whipped hapless North Carolina 26-12. Wake Forest never got inside Clemson's 30-yard line as the Tigers rolled to a 17-0 victory that buoyed their Orange Bowl hopes. Halfback King Dixon sparked South Carolina (another Orange Howl hopeful) out of the doldrums late in the game for a 27-23 victory over Virginia. North Carolina state lost its third straight as Florida State bottled the Wolfpack's multiple offense and won 14-0.
In the Southern Conference, Virginia Tech gave up an early touchdown but untracked later to Wallop William and Mary 34-7. Davidson took a substandard Washington and Lee apart 48-6; and Halfback Bob Naylor ran wild (220 yards) for Lehigh to set a new single-game rushing record and help the Engineers to a 27-20 win over VMI. Other scores:
Wofford 18, Furman 6
Miami 13, Maryland 6
Richmond 7, The Citadel 3
Mississippi St. 18, Trinity 6
No. Car. College 33, Va. St. 13
E. Carolina 20, W. Carolina 19
Catawba 14, Appalachian 7
Morgan St. 41, Howard 0
Mississippi College 13, Sewanee 6
Howard (Ala.) 20, Millsaps 20
Mid. Tenn. 20, Morehead 12
W. Va. State 13. Bluefield 6
Rand.-Macon 20, Bridgewater 6
Tuskegee 43, Knoxville 18
Maryland St. 24, No. Car. A&T 6
J. Hopkins 14, Hamp.-Syd. 13
OHIO STATE, defending Big Ten champion, and Northwestern, which ended up the 1955 season in the conference cellar, shared the Big Ten spotlight over the weekend—the first with a victory, the other with a tie. The Buckeye win, a 26-6 romp over Illinois, was their 14th straight in conference play and opened State's 1956 Big Ten season. Minnesota, rated at least two touchdowns better than Northwestern, was held to a scoreless tie by Ara Parseghian's new Wildcats.
With seven different players scoring its seven touchdowns, Michigan rebounded from its 9-0 defeat by Michigan State to crush a bumbling, fumbling Army 48-14.
PRICE OF VICTORY
Texas Lutheran's victory bell, which hadn't sounded in more than two years, finally had its opportunity following a 27-6 win over East Central Oklahoma. But success was too much for the old bell. After one peal it shuddered in delirium and plunged from its 20-foot tower.
Michigan State finally shifted its multiple offense into high gear, blasted winless Indiana 53-6. Spartan Coach Duffy Daugherty used 50 players in the landslide. Purdue gave Notre Dame its second defeat in three tries 28-14. It looks like a long season for Coach Terry Brennan with Michigan State and Oklahoma coming up in the next two weeks.
Iowa punched over two touchdowns within five minutes to heal Wisconsin 13-7 and remain undefeated.
While Oklahoma was off on outside business, most of the Big Seven played conference games but gained no ground. Nebraska, with a chance to move ahead of the Sooners in the race for the Big Seven title, fell before Kansas State 10-7 on a 35-yard, third-quarter field goal by Halfback Ben Grosse. Kansas tumbled a fumbling Iowa state 25-14, while Colorado went outside the league to bomb Colorado A&M 47-7, mainly on the strength of a 26-point second quarter. Missouri plastered North Dakota state 42-0 for its first win of the season. Other scores:
Xavier 34, Cincinnati 14
Wichita 19, Detroit 13
Ohio Wesleyan 33, Akron 27
Miami (O.) 21, Marshall 14
Bradley 26, Northern Ill. 7
Millikin 30, Augustana 26
Carroll 34, Elmhurst 0
Ill. Wesleyan 34, North Central 13
Kent State 32, Ohio U. 13
Wooster 19, Denison 7
Butler 28, Ball State 12
Tulsa 14, Oklahoma A&M 14
SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE football teams, after three weeks of prosperity, saw the depression hit hard Saturday. Texas, Southern Methodist and Rice toppled, Texas A&M was tied. Only Texas Christian, which bludgeoned Alabama, fully upheld the area's prestige. Until last week the conference had won 14, lost three intersectional games.
Tommy McDonald scored three touchdowns and rushed for 140 yards as Oklahoma mauled Texas 45-0, the worst licking a Texas team has received from its neighbor in 48 years. Upstart Houston battled vaunted Texas A&M to a 14-14 standstill before 67,000. An 11th-hour Aggie drive, which had carried 90 yards to the Houston one, was turned back, with 30 seconds to go.
Baylor topped Arkansas 14-7, in a contest that saw the Razorbacks lose the ball seven times on fumbles.
In a Border Conference match, Texas Western downed Arizona 28-6 in a riotous brawl involving players and spectators alike. West Texas State, rolling to its fourth straight victory, handed Texas Tech its fourth straight loss 34-14, at Lubbock. Other scores:
McMurry 14, N. Mexico A&M 13
S. W. La. 67, Corpus Christi 14
No. Tex. St. 14, Midwestern 7
Sam Houston 28, Texas A&I 14
S. W. Texas 27, Sul Ross 0
H. Payne 12, S. F. Austin 6
Lamar Tech 20, E. Tex. St. 7
Austin 32, Quachita (Ark.) 7
THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
UTAH AND WYOMING, undefeated in Skyline Conference play, set the stage for their "big one" at Laramie this Saturday by their victories last week.
Utah, the September choice for Skyline honors, beat Denver 27-13 at Salt Lake on superior speed and power.
Coach Phil Dickens of Wyoming nearly realized his worst fear—losing to perennial jinx New Mexico—as his fiat and careless Wyoming eleven staggered to a 20-13 win over the Lobos. The twin wins set the stage for the coming conference title battle.
Utah State put across two fourth-period touchdowns to send Montana State to a 27-13 Skyline setback. Until then, Montana State partisans saw the two teams match touchdown for touchdown to a 13-13 tie after three periods.
Coach Buck Shaw's precisionlike Air Force Academy ground out its third straight victory by humbling Western state 48-13 at Denver. The Falcons, who have averaged 49 points per game, were in great form as they rolled up 485 yards and 27 first downs. Other scores:
Omaha 9, Idaho State 0
Montana State 13, Col. St. 0
Col. Coll. 26, Col. Mines 13
Eastern Mont. 0, Mont. Mines 0
East. N. Mex. 13, Coll. of Idaho 7
N. Mex. High. 14, N. Mex. West. 6
THE FAR WEST
WASHINGTON STATE's Jim Sutherland—the man that garrulous Harvey Knox says is the best coach in football—faced Red Sanders' weakest UCLA team in years, and Sutherland was soundly licked 28-0. Sanders used a four-man line in anticipation of the big Washington State passing game, which had scored a minimum of four touchdowns in each of the team's first three games. Sutherland tried to cross up the old master by running the ball in the first half, but his line was no match for Sanders' four linemen—Tackles Jerry Penner and Preston Dills, Guards Esker Harris and Don Birren. Nor could his passers fool the Bruin secondary in the second half. Maybe Harvey Knox knows not whereof he so frequently speaks.
Oregon State showed an instinct for the jugular when the team called time out with two seconds to go so they could add an insurance touchdown against California in a game they had already sewed up by a single point. Final was 21-13, leaving State the top rival to Stanford for Rose Bowl consideration.
Washington recovered five of seven Oregon fumbles which turned an otherwise even game into a 20-7 Husky victory at Seattle.
Crippled Idaho, down to 29 active players, took a dreadful drubbing from Arizona state at Moscow 41-0. The Vandals crossed the 50 yard line only three times.
Stanford won easily from San Jose State 40-20. All-America Candidate John Brody passed 24 times, completed 13 for 199 yards. On the first play after the second-half kickoff he was taken out with an injury that required four stitches over his right eye. Even so, he returned in the third quarter to supervise a 64-yard touchdown march.
College of the Pacific pushed across a fourth-period tally to nip stubborn Fresno State 21-14. San Diego State traveled north to San Luis Obispo to eke out a 7-6 win over California Poly. Whittier whitewashed University of California at Riverside 59-0, and Long Beach swept over Pepperdine 26-12. Other scores:
Pomona 28, Cal Tech 7
Hum. St. 34, San Fran. St. 7
Chico State 6, Nevada 6
Cal Aggies 33, Sac. St. 26
Puget Sd. 19, Whitworth 0
Eastern Wash. 27, Whitman 8
Lewis and Clark 21, Willamette 0
Pac. Luth. 19, Central Wash. 13
East. Oregon 25, Oregon Tech 18
West. Wash. 7, Brit. Col. 0
Linfield 27, Ore. Coll. of Ed. 13
So. Ore. 13, Portland State 6
PAIGE COTHREN, Mississippi fullback, put the "foot" back in football with a Southeastern Conference record of three field goals against Vanderbilt. On the other hand, in the Purdue-Notre Dame game there was only one punt.
JUNIATA'S four-season, 25-game winning streak ended with a 13-6 loss to Lycoming, while College of Emporia stretched its streak to 30 with a 28-0 win over McPherson.
VITAL STATISTICS: Kiekoffs were returned—98 yards (Chuck Bracy, Cornell College), 95 yards (Jim Surane, Marquette) and 94 yards (John Henry, New Haven.)
MARYLAND students decorated their new library with a sign reading: "We'll swap this building for one good quarterback."
CALIFORNIA WESTERN opened and closed the year's shortest football season, lost its only scheduled game 28-8 to California Baptist Seminary.