It hardly seemedpossible, but another college football season had reached the halfway point,and now the ranks of the spotless leaders were growing thin. On a weekend ofparticularly heavy casualties, Ohio State, Texas Christian, Mississippi andMiami bit the dust. None was humiliated, to be sure, and only Miami—in its tiewith a previously undistinguished Georgia team—showed that its ranking requireda reappraisal. Oklahoma, with this week's Notre Dame game as the single smallcloud on the horizon of another impeccable season, performed according to habitby stampeding over Kansas. Michigan State made Notre Dame look tamer than ever.Tennessee and Georgia Tech simply disposed of some neighboring opposition attheir leisure. As expected, the major skirmish of the week took place in theSouthwest, where Texas Christian and Texas A&M fought out a decision thatmust almost certainly decide the championship of the Southwest. As fewexpected, Texas A&M won it in a contest that was nearly as stormy as theTexas weather in which it was played, which included winds as high as 90 milesper hour.
Supposedly theweakling of college football, the East looked as if it had been doing somebody-building on the sly. Both Penn State and Pittsburgh tested some brawnytypes in other regions and were in no way lacking.
Among thestay-at-homes, Syracuse—with a loss to Pittsburgh marring an otherwise perfectrecord—trapped Army 7-0. As usual, Jim Brown was the big noise. The 212-poundhalfback set up the only touchdown with a 36-yard run to Army's five, added 89more yards on 21 other carries.
October 29, 1956
The Ivy Leagueturned into a two-horse race between Yale and Princeton as both teams continuedundefeated and untied. Yale trounced Cornell 25-7, while Princeton edgedColgate 28-20, thanks to Tailback Tommy Morris, a one-man gang who scored threetouchdowns, passed for the fourth and held for all four conversions. Columbiaperformed handsomely for retiring coach Lou Little when it topped Harvard26-20. Dartmouth tied Holy Cross 7-7 in non-Ivy activity, while Penn beat Brown14-7 for its second victory of the season.
In the YankeeConference, Connecticut continued its apparently irresistible march to achampionship with a 13-7 win over Maine. Two of the finest small-collegequarterbacks in the country met pass-to-pass in Waltham, Mass., when Brandeis'Jimmy Stehlin and Springfield's Les Plum called signals in what turned out tobe an exciting and dramatic 20-20 standoff. Springfield had been untied andunbeaten.
Virginia's JimBahktiar was upset before going against Lehigh because he had forgot to bringhis bottle of Geratol to Bethlehem, Pa., but the pile-driving Iranian was notshort on energy as he scored one touchdown, booted a 19-yard field goal andthree extra points to provide the margin of victory in the Cavaliers' 24-12win. In losing, Lehigh's Quarterback Dan Nolan set a new school passing record,completing eight of 16 for 193 yards.
Lafayette won itsfifth in a row, 13-7, over scrappy Bucknell to remain undefeated. Otherscores:
Amherst 27, CoastGuard 14
Bates 28, Middlebury 0
Villanova 27, Boston U. 13
Delaware 14, New Hampshire 6
Kings 26, Scranton 14
N'eastern 32, Hofstra 12
Rhode Island 34, Mass. 13
Trinity 40, Colby 19
Vermont 6, Rochester 0
Williams 13, Bowdoin 7
Worcester T. 26, Wesleyan 7
Juniata 44, Dickinson 13
With major upsetsremoving one challenger in each circuit from immediate contention, both theSoutheastern and Atlantic Coast conference races turned into two-team squabbleslast weekend. In both cases, the leaders are heading straight for climacticgames with each other.
Powerful GeorgiaTech and Tennessee stand at the head of the SEC and will meet on Nov. 10 inAtlanta. South Carolina and Clemson are alone in the ACC lead and come togetherthis week in their annual "big Thursday" State Fair grudge match.
Two upsetsgrabbed the major attention. Tulane shocked previously undefeated Mississippi10-3, and North Carolina Came suddenly alive to wallop Maryland 34-6 inconference battles.
The two remainingSEC leaders had little trouble with conference foes. Georgia Tech, improvingwith each game, methodically took Auburn apart 28-7. Tech has a different stareach week. This time it was little (156 pounds) Johnny Menger, a halfback whoran 60 yards to set up a score, returned a punt 87 yards for another touchdown.Another little man, Tailback Johnny Majors (162 pounds), did some dazzlingrunning as unbeaten Tennessee handed Alabama its 17th straight loss 24-0.Majors loped 43 yards for a touchdown, set up one more. In otherintraconference games, Florida dumped Vanderbilt 21-7, as Vandy was powerlesswithout injured star Quarterback Don Orr. In a night game, two fourth-downyardage gambles by LSU went wrong and Kentucky capitalized on both fortouchdown drives and a 14-0 triumph. Outside the league, aroused Georgia playedoverconfident Miami off its feet for a 7-7 tie. Mississippi state, trailingunexpectedly at halftime, recovered for a 19-9 victory Over Arkansas State.
While Clemson andSouth Carolina were resting for their big game, other ACC teams were playingoutside opponents. Duke lost to rugged Pittsburgh 27-14, and North Carolinastate got its multiple offense going after three straight losses for a 20-0triumph Over Dayton. Wake Forest battled Florida state to a 14-14 tie, whileunbeaten George Washington stayed at the top of the Southern Conference bybashing VMI 40-14 with a five-touchdown avalanche in the second and thirdperiods. Other scores:
Navy 13,Cincinnati 7
West Va. 20, Wm. & Mary 13
Wofford 23, The Citadel 19
Davidson 43, Stetson 7
Chattanooga 28, Ab. Chris. 20
Southwestern 42, W. & L. 0
Randolph Macon 20, Guilford 7
Hamp.-Syd. 34, West. Md. 14
Wabash 23, Sewanee 6
Miss. South. 27, Memp. St.
Miss. College 0, Milsaps 0
Centre 26, Georgetown (Ky.) 7
W. Ky. St. 14, E. Ky. St. 6
Va. Tech 46, Richmond 14
Big ten footballprestige was both boosted and blasted on Saturday. No one in the Midwest willlisten for a minute to the notion that Oklahoma is a better football team thanMichigan state after Coach Duffy Daugherty's Spartans crushed Notre Dame 47-14.Yet, while the Spartans were winning friends and influencing sportswriters,powerful and undefeated Ohio State was upset by Penn state, a team from theEast, of all places, 7-6. The Nittany Lions surprised everyone holding OhioState's tremendous ground game to 188 yards. It was a scoreless tie with only3½ minutes remaining in the game when Penn State Halfback Bruce Gilmore plungedto a touchdown from the one-foot line. Quarterback Milt Plum kicked theextra-point that won the game, as Ohio State roared back to score a minute anda half later but missed the conversion.
Undefeated butonce-tied Minnesota continued to flash power, defeating speedy Illinois 16-13on a 22-yard field goal by Fullback Dick Borstad with less than three minutesto play. Michigan sophomore Fullback John Herrnstein scored three touchdowns ashis team defeated stubborn Northwestern 34-20 for its first Big Ten win.Wisconsin, muffing five scoring chances, had to settle for a 6-6 tie withPurdue, Indiana rallied to beat Nebraska 19-14, and undefeated Iowa easilydropped Hawaii 34-0.
In the Big SevenConference, Oklahoma scored its 34th consecutive victory over a fired-up Kansassquad 34-12, with the Sooners picking up 20 points in the second period. WhileOklahoma was thus winning its second conference game, Colorado stayed a stepahead in the Big Seven standings by blistering Iowa state 52-0, for a 3-0record. John Bayuk scored three times and outgained the entire Iowa State team,145 yards to 133. Missouri opened its conference play by coming from behind todump Kansas State 20-6.
In the MissouriValley Conference, Houston scored twice in the first half, then stoppedOklahoma A&M drives on the two and the six to post a 13-0 victory. TheCougars now top the conference with a 1-0 record. Tulsa stayed close behind(1-0-1) by shading Detroit 3-0 on Quarterback Chuck Wine's 24-yard,first-period field goal, Wichita trotted out most of its squad in defeatingDrake 27-14. Other scores:
Col Pac. 28,Marquette 6
Miami (O.) 16, Ohio U. 7
Wash. 13, Western Mich. 7
Bowling Green 34, Toledo 12
Bradley 26, Omaha 13
Carleton 40, Grinnell 12
St. Norbert 20, Lewis 13
Kent State 25, Marshall 7
Heidelberg 27, Denison 14
Wayne 28, Case Tech 7
West. Res. 40, Slip. Rock 38
St. Olaf 40, Knox 6
The foot countedmore than the yard in Southwest Conference victories last week. Texas A&Myielded more over-all yardage to Texas Christian in the wind and rain atCollege Station but won by a foot—Lloyd Taylor's conversion—7-6. SMU, outrushedby Rice, cashed in on Tommy Gentry's two conversions 14-13. The foot alsoplayed an important role through three-quarters of the only other conferencegame, but Arkansas finally overcame a 14-13 deficit to plaster Texas with alate surge for a 32-14 triumph.
Halfback CharlieJackson gained 50 of SMU's 80 yards in their fourth-quarter comeback, but thelongest gainer of the night was a pass from Charlie Arnold to End WillardDewveall good for 69 yards and a touchdown. Baylor, Texas A&M and SMU nowshare the conference lead with 1-0 records.
In the BorderConference, Arizona state posted its second straight league win and fifthstraight of the year, downing Hardin-Simmons 26-13. West Texas State shared theconference lead with Arizona State (2-0) by crushing New Mexico A&M 45-0for its fifth straight win. Fullback Charlie Sanders scored three touchdowns ashe ran for 211 yards.
Texas Western,also with two wins and no losses in conference play, dropped its first game infive outings to North Texas State, 13-6.
Arizona'ssemi-crippled Art Luppino set a new intercollegiate rushing record to help histeammates past New Mexico 26-12. Other scores:
McMurry 57,Corpus Christi 0
Louis. Col. 20. Texas Luth. 19
S'west Tex. 32, S. F. Austin 6
Arkansas A&M 20, Ouachita 6
N'eastern State 9, S.W. State 6
E. Tex. State 13, Austin College 7
Wyoming's cowboysall but wrapped up the Skyline Conference football championship by defeatingUtah's Redskins 30-20 at Laramie. The victory was the big one of the leagueseason, as the "Pokes" upended the September favorite with a stirringOctober performance.
Coach PhilDickens' players were superb in two of football's most vitaldepartments—blocking and tackling—as they delighted the homecoming crowd. JackCurtice, Utah's coach, remarked, "That Crawford's what makes 'em go,"as he paid tribute to Jim Crawford, Wyoming's star halfback, who carried theball 31 times for 154 yards rushing.
Utah state rockedColorado A&M'S defending Skyline champs 46-7 at Logan; Montana won itsfirst Skyline victory in four starts by taking advantage of costly errors byBrigham Young 21-14. Five BYU fumbles provided the difference in a game thatenables the Grizzlies to vacate the Skyline cellar. Denver beat ColoradoCollege 40-21 Friday night in the 54th and final game of a rivalry that datesback 71 years.
Thefreshman-sophomore Air Force Academy won its fourth straight game 49-6 overColorado Mines. What once appeared an ambitious schedule for the young AirCadets now seems little more than a series of Saturday afternoon workouts.Other scores:
Montana St. 26,Idaho St. 6
Carroll 27, Rocky Mt. 6
Eastern Mont. 7, Northwest 0
Col. St. 40. Panhandle A&M 6
THE FAR WEST
The USC Trojans,playing their best defensive game of the year, forced Washington into sevenlost fumbles for a 35-7 win at their Los Angeles Coliseum home. Sparked by JonArnett and C. R. Roberts, who ground out 157 and 152 yards respectively, theTrojans racked up 432 yards rushing and 22 first downs. Roberts and Arnettpulverized the Washington line all afternoon and had it so dizzy trying towatch both sides at once that the defense looked like tennis spectators, UCLAran up a quick 14-0 lead at Berkeley and clobbered California 34-20, asTailback Doug Bradley made his fifth and last game this year a memorableone.
John Brodiepersonally took care of Oregon 21-7, completing 11 out of 21 passes for theStanford win.
Washingtonstate's passing attack was zeroed for the second straight week as Oregon stateblanked the Cougars in Pullman 21-0. It was Oregon State's first victory inPullman in 10 years. The Beavers were led by Sophomore Earnel Durden, whoscored two touchdowns and set up a third with a 30-yard, fourth-quarter run ona fake punt. The win left OSC very much in contention for the Rose Bowl.
The WhittierPoets thumped Occidental 32-14. Redlands shut Out Pomona-Claremont 14-0, whileCal Poly, of San Luis Obispo, shattered Long Beach State 65-12. Otherscores:
Puget Sd. 20,Cent. Wash. 12
East. Wash. 27, Pac. Luth. 7
Whitworth 21, British Col. 13
Cal. Aggies 14, Santa Bar. 6
Lewis, Clark 28, Chico St. 26
Humboldt St. 20, W. Wash. 13
San Jose St. 27, San Diego St .27
Fresno St. 28, San Fran. St. 0
Centre College's Praying Colonels of Danville, Ky.,famed for their "impossible" 6-0 win over Harvard in 1922, showed theiroldtime verve in winning their 17th game in a row 26-7 over Georgetown(Ky.).
Bill Englehardt of Omaha and Dick Jamieson of Bradley,numbers one and four respectively in the nation's total-offense race amongsmall colleges, butted heads Saturday, and Jamieson won by a scant yard—182 to181.
Connecticut Halfback Lenny King is the kind of fellowwho would give the shirt off his back for a touchdown. In gaining 737 yards andscoring 36 points for the UConns in five games, King has lost 12 jerseys.
GOAL-LINE STANDS: Northwestern stopped a Michigandrive on the one-yard line; Navy, Tulane and Penn State held on the three; Pennstopped Brown on the two; Purdue held Wisconsin on the two and three; Syracusestumped Army on the five and then inches from the goal; Texas A&M dug inagainst TCU within the three twice; Houston fended off Oklahoma A&M on thetwo and six.