At Philadelphia's vast Municipal Stadium, craggy-faced Monty Stickles, a second-stringer who had failed in three of four placements this year from three yards out, kicked one from the 28 to give Notre Dame a 23-21 upset of Army in a spectacular renewal of the great rivalry (see page 18).
The unexpectedly rugged Dartmouth line, unscored upon in three games, had great fun at Hanover, pounced on fumbles, blocked a kick, scored a safety and cleared the way for 35-0 upset throttling of Brown. The Indians showed fair run-pass balance, scored twice by each route and once on a punt return. They now take over Brown's erstwhile spot as next-best-to-Princeton....
Which itself had the devil of a time in Palmer Stadium. Princeton called up desperate line play to repel a last-minute Pennsylvania drive and finally muddled through 13-9. The Tigers' heralded single-wing ground power was held in check, but they got maximum mileage from 89 passing yards, including one touchdown in the last period. Tough-luck Penn now has lost three low-scoring games by the curious spreads of five, three and four points.
October 20, 1957
Georgia Tech, eagerly looking forward to this week's outing with Auburn, was ambushed by LSU's stabbing ground game 20-13. Tech set up a defensive overshift for the LSU attack, saw it run asunder by Fullback Jimmy Taylor who blasted for 98 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore Halfback Billy Cannon chipped in 90 yards, threw a vital pass and boomed two late-game punts out of bounds inside the Georgia Tech 10. LSU, undefeated in Southeast Conference play, rides high now. They play neither Auburn nor Tennessee this year.
Auburn used two breaks to edge Kentucky 6-0 in one of the day's bitterest battles. The two fought nip and tuck throughout the first half, were at it again in the third period when Auburn recovered a fumble on the Kentucky 30. A roughing penalty against Wildcat Tackle Lou Michaels subsequently put the ball on the 6-yard line, and from there Auburn punched it over.
With the clinical precision of an anatomy student, Michigan State sliced up Michigan's highly regarded line for a first touchdown, carved open the pass defense for two more, and went on to an awesome 35-6 dismemberment of a potential Big Ten giant. The Spartans showed off anesthetizing power in Halfback Walt Kowalczyk and lancelike passing by Quarterback Jim Ninowski, sending some 100,000 fans home wondering whether State might not be better than Oklahoma. (see page 18).
Wisconsin, no patsy itself, battered out more than 300 ground yards, won its third game, bouncing Purdue 23-14. The young Badgers face a brutal coming-of-age this week at Iowa.
After being thrashed 16 straight times in Waco (dating back to 1904), the Arkansas Razorbacks finally got sore, pounded their Baylor hosts 20-17. Baylor, still numb from that bad night in Miami, couldn't fathom the tactics of Quarterback George Walker. Walker passed only seven times but completed six for 101 yards and started a lateral-forward play for the second Arky touchdown. Baylor Quarterback Doyle Traylor was a jewel in defeat, passing for two touchdowns and 103 yards.
Oklahoma precluded fearful riots in Dallas by turning back the fired-up Texas Longhorns, who had held the national champs at bay for 44 minutes and 34 seconds. Jakie Sanderfer, a Texan by birth and Sooner hero for the day, cracked over for the third period score that put Oklahoma ahead. His interception of a Texas pass set up the final tally with less than three minutes left. Oklahoma won 21-7 (see page 22).
THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Colorado's slim Bob Stransky, the nation's leading rusher, shaking off tacklers like so many sticks of straw, led the Buffaloes over Arizona 34-14. Stransky, an alert stop-and-go halfback, ran 98 yards in less than three periods of play to up his total yardage to 467. He also caught two passes and intercepted another.
THE FAR WEST
With less than four minutes left on the game clock, Stanford did it again. It blew the big one, this time to Washington state in a semifinal Rose Bowl bout at Palo Alto. The Indians, who had racked up a solid three touchdown lead in the first half, were coasting home 18-7 when the roof fell in at the tag end of the fourth period. On a stunning pass play from State's 13, Cougar End Jack Fanning took a throw from Quarterback Bob Newman and ran for his life to the Stanford end zone. Moments later, after recovering their on-side kickoff, State was zipping through the distraught Indians. In short order they scored, on a pass from Newman to End Don Ellingsen with 44 seconds left. Final: Washington State 21, Stanford 18. Should State get past Oregon next week and Oregon State on November 2, the Rose Bowl bid will be virtually in the bag.