The Quakers of Pennsylvania, who had been ravaged by seven straight opponents, finally rose up with a vengeance, put Yale to rout 33-20. The upset, accomplished through a crunching ground game, stayed the execution of Penn's Coach Steve Sebo. Sebo could surely secure himself one more season of agony by defeating Columbia and arch rival Cornell (see page 46).
Princeton took a leg on the Big Three title, slipping past Harvard in a cold sweat, 28-20. Harvard had the will and the superb passing of former Jayvee Quarterback Ron Johanson, but its painfully thin bench wasn't support enough against the power legions of Princeton (see page 46).
Army's Bob Anderson ran for 214 yards and Utah's Lee Grosscup passed for 316 in a spectacular offensive show at West Point as the Cadets nipped Jack Curtice's Kokomos 39-33. Anderson raced for three touchdowns and now leads the nation in scoring with 78 points while Grosscup leads in passing yards with 1,078.
November 18, 1957
Hobart, a powerhouse in truly little college circles, won the 30th of its last 34 games by tripping Hamilton 8-2 in an upstate New York skirmish.
Navy walloped Duke in the passing, running and first-down departments, yet was fortunate to escape with a 6-6 tie in an afternoon of fumbles and frustration at Baltimore. Navy foundered five times inside the Blue Devil 30-yard line and missed a last moment field-goal attempt from the Duke 33. Duke, on the other hand, rolled to the brink of a fourth-period touchdown only to have the drive chopped off by a clipping penalty on the Middle 2. For all their troubles, Navy and Duke now have tied three straight with one another.
Bobby Gordon, fast developing into the nation's top tailback, rambled recklessly, tossed in a few crucial tackles and a pass interception to lead Tennessee over Georgia Tech, 21-6. The shellacking (Tech couldn't score until the last 27 seconds) put the Vols in a grand spot for a bowl bid if they get past Mississippi Saturday.
Mississippi warmed up for this climactic scrap by rumbling through Louisiana state 14 12. Ole Miss, the country's leading ground club with a 334-yard average in its first seven games, bettered that figure by piling up 365 yards rushing.
A record crowd of 39,500 fans filled Missouri's Memorial Stadium to watch Oklahoma get its lumps, saw nothing of the kind as the Sooners clinched an Orange Bowl berth by thudding past Missouri 39-14.
Iowa, looking as virulent us ever, gave Minnesota a staggering exhibition of passing and running, slaughtered the Golden Gophers 44-20. Hawkeye End Jim Gibbons caught nine of Quarterback Randy Duncan's passes, set a school record of 164 yards gained by a pass receiver. The Big Ten title match now seems set for Saturday when Iowa travels to Columbus, Ohio...
Where Ohio state stayed in the act by running up a 20-0 first-half lead over Purdue and repeatedly slammed the door in the face of deep Boilermaker drives to win 20-7. With Halfback Don Clark out with an early-game injury, Ohio State's excellent ground game was gravely crippled. State gained only 12 yards in the second half (see page 43).
The Mid-America Conference title went to Miami of Ohio as the Redskins ran Marshall ragged, 25-13. Miami now has won its fifth championship since the league started in 1947.
It was John Crow again, running wit h shocking power and plucking off a timely pass interception, this time as Texas A&M dusted off Southern Methodist 19-6. Crow and the Aggies could sew up a Southwest Conference crown and a trip to the Cotton Bowl with a victory over Rice this Saturday.
Baylor surged back for a last-period touchdown, throwing a damper over Texas' bowl hopes by holding the Longhorns to a 7-7 tie. The brilliant work of Texas passer Walt Fondren was marred by his losing two fumbles at the Baylor goal line (see page 42).
Arizona State spotted Texas Western a touchdown, then ticked off 43 straight points to crush the Miners 43-7, and clinch at least a first-place tie in the Border Conference.
THE FAR WEST
Like each of the other two Coast teams which drew a good whiff, Oregon swooned at the sweet smell of roses, dropped one to Washington 13-6. The Huskies outplayed the supposedly fine Oregon line, busting up the Webfoots' important running game and intercepting a pass in the second period. That interception set up a touchdown and the deciding extra point. Oregon, however, need win only one of its remaining games with Southern California and Oregon State.
And USC is no world beater. It lost again, this one to Stanford, 35-7. By winning, the Indians are still a remote Rose Bowl possibility (see page 44).