When Queen Elizabeth (above) and Prince Philip saw their first American football game Saturday, it is doubtful that they realized Maryland's 21-7 victory over North Carolina was one in a series of upsets which rocked the thrones of the football mighty, from the staid Ivy League through the brawling Midwest and on out to the schizoid Pacific Coast Conference, The Queen watched the game with queenly dignity and, by the end of the game, had asked enough questions to pick up roughly the same knowledge of football as a one-game-a-year alumnus' wife. University of Maryland President Bull Elkins, who instructed her on the fine points, found only one of her questions very difficult to answer: "Where do your players come from?" Said he, "All over."
By late Saturday night no coach in the country had felt impelled to blow his brains out (see cartoon), but more than a few must have considered the idea seriously. That was notably the case of Michigan State's Duffy Dougherty, who started the day with the rare distinction of having his team rated over Oklahoma nationally, then watched that rating plummet as a Purdue team jolted his Spartans into 10 fumbles, recovered five of them and converted two of the recoveries into touchdowns for a 20-13 upset. Such, too, was the case with Minnesota's Murray Warmath as Illinois, teased into fury during the week by Coach Ray Eliot's shuffling of first-team personnel to the second for "poor play," took out its pique on the fourth-ranked Gophers 34-13. But the Hawkeyes of Coach Forest Evashevski, the Iowa iconoclast, followed form as they blocked out a 21-7 victory over Wisconsin; another formful team was Indiana, whose coach, Bob Hicks, told newsmen at a Friday practice, "Gentlemen, you're looking at the world's tallest midgets." Saturday the midgets lost, 56-0, to Ohio State. In the West, Teacher Red Sanders gave a postgraduate lesson to Pupil Tommy Prothro (a former assistant) as UCLA toppled Oregon State 26-7.
King for a day was Illinois Halfback Bob Mitchell (22), whose strong running was one of the big factors in the 34-13 upset the Illini handed Minnesota Saturday. Gaping holes like the one below gave Mitchell running room, and the senior back time and again split the Gopher defense with slithering, slippery runs. Here he dances through a huge gap in the Minnesota line to score the third Illinois touchdown, with not a tackier in sight who is standing up.
Regicide resulted from plays like these as Purdue unceremoniously dethroned football's top-ranked Michigan State 20-13. Fullback Bob Jaurus (36) went up and over a knot of Spartan tacklers to score from the one-yard line in the second period. The Purdue victory could be traced largely to the Boilermaker line play, which not only banged the Spartans into 10 costly fumbles, but stopped Michigan State's running with only 115 yards, rushed Spartan Quarterback Jim Ninowski so hard he lost 36 yards attempting to pass, and squelched three Spartan attempts to run on fourth down. It also paved the way for the Purdue backs.
October 28, 1957
USURPER: Oregon State, king of the Pacific Coast, found its position usurped by underdog UCLA Saturday, had to wait until the fourth quarter before Jim Stinnette (37) finally climbed over this stack of humanity for the first OSC touchdown. But UCLA, playing safe, unspectacular football and waiting for the Beavers to make the mistakes, scored early and reasonably often to upset the defending Pacific Coast champions 26-7. Oregon State Coach Tom Prothro, who once was assistant to UCLA's Red Sanders, had no difficulty in explaining the thundering upset succinctly: "They blocked better, they ran better, they passed better. They were superior in every department."
This gravel road was the way to victory for Iowa's Hawkeyes as they pounded out a methodical 21-7 triumph over previously undefeated Wisconsin. Behind the tremendous blocking which characterized the Iowa attack all afternoon, Bill Gravel (14), stubby Iowa halfback, heads for daylight. The street-sweeping ahead of Gravel is being carried on by Fullback John Nocera (33), Guard Bob Commings (50) and Halfback Bill Happel, moving in to block Wisconsin's fullback, Bob Zeman (34). The Iowa defense contained Wisconsin's speedy halfbacks—Danny Lewis and Sid Williams—admirably all afternoon as the ends turned sweeps back into the middle, where Tackles Alex Karras and Dick Klein could ambush them. Gravel gained only four yards on the excursion above, but later he returned an intercepted pass 44 yards for a touchdown as Iowa remained unbeaten.
The eyes have it here as Marvin Lasater of Texas Christian (23) eyes a hole in the Texas A&M line and Ken Beck (72) of A&M pokes his finger into the eye of would-be blocker Jimmy Shofner (22). Beck's unusual defensive tactic was effective enough for him to shake his blocker long enough to make the tackle on Lasater after a three-yard gain. Leading the play is Texas Christian Fullback Buddy Dike (38); the young man being forcibly erased from the picture at top is A&M's fullback Dick Gay (30), the victim of some neat team play by Dick Finney (40) and Delzon Elenburg (83). Texas A&M struggled to a 7-0 victory against a TCU team which moved the ball all afternoon but could not score. Said A&M Coach Bear Bryant, "We went at 'em head on and they rose up to meet us. You could hear the licks out there."
Hoist with his own petard was Utah Coach Jack Curtice, who, by example, made the forward pass popular in the Skyline Conference (see next page). Here Denver's Steve Meuris hauls in a long pass from Al Yanowich for a 40-yard gain which extricated Denver from a deep hole in the third period. Trailing Meuris futilely is Stuart Vaughan, Utah halfback. Denver went on to upset the favored Utes 12-7, relying on a bristling line to keep Utah's aerial offense off balance all afternoon. Icy-cold weather kept the crowd down and may also have had something to do with the inaccuracy of the Utah passing attack. Adding insult to injury, Denver's first touchdown came on the heels of a pass interception. Danny Loos picked off a Lee Grosscup toss, and Denver scored quickly on a pass of its own. Curtice may come to regret his advocacy of the aerial game.