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ORANGE BOWL

Dec. 26, 1960
Dec. 26, 1960

Table of Contents
Dec. 26, 1960

Four In The News
The Bowls
  • A rich table featuring the best of college football is set for January 2. But the nation's televiewers will have a problem: which game to tune in on?

  • Washington, the best of the West, meets the head-on power of the nation's top team, Minnesota. The runs will be tricky, the passes fancy, but defense will win this game. CBS-TV, 4:45 p.m., E.S.T.

  • There will be plenty of hooting and hollering at New Orleans when Rice's conservative Owls match their solid ball-control game against the bright attack of Ole Miss's Rebels. NBC-TV, 1:45 p.m., E.S.T.

  • At Miami all eyes will be on a squirmy little fellow named Joe Bellino, who will lead a spirited Navy team against the powerful, tough-defending Tigers from Missouri. CBS-TV, 12:45 p.m., E.S.T.

  • Duke's sharp passing and superior running will be matched against an adamant Arkansas defense that allowed an average of less than six points a game during the regular season. CBS-TV, 3:30 p.m., E.S.T.

ORANGE BOWL

At Miami all eyes will be on a squirmy little fellow named Joe Bellino, who will lead a spirited Navy team against the powerful, tough-defending Tigers from Missouri. CBS-TV, 12:45 p.m., E.S.T.

NAVY
Navy isn't big, and it isn't exceptionally fast, but it does have a team spirit that is truly Gung Ho and, of course, it has Joe Bellino. Coach Wayne Hardin's attack, which he whimsically calls the jackpot T, is built around Bellino, who never really had a bad day all season. The squat, shifty All-America halfback, with the peculiar churning gait and the best fake in college football, runs wide, sifts inside the tackles, or barrels through the middle with equal effectiveness. But Missouri can't afford to overload to stop him. If that happens, Quarterbacks Hal Spooner and Harry Dietz will pick the vulnerable Tigers apart with short passes, and Fullback Joe Matalavage will crash up the center. Defensively, the Navy linemen slant, loop and pinch or crash to harass the passer, depending upon able Linebackers John Hewitt and Frank Visted to fill the gaps. However, the Navy line can be penetrated. It gave up 1,394 yards rushing, mostly to major opponents, and that is no sort of record to throw at Missouri's power.

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MISSOURI
Technically, the Tigers come into the Orange Bowl unbeaten, their only loss (to Kansas) having been forfeited by the Big Eight, which belatedly—and enigmatically—declared the Jayhawks' Bert Coan ineligible. The poised and efficient Tigers pass sparingly, putting the emphasis on trap plays up the center and devastating wide power sweeps. On these, Quarterback Ron Taylor hands off to Halfbacks Mel West, Donnie Smith (who scored 13 touchdowns this year), or Norris Stevenson and then quickly joins a five-man escort to lead the ball carrier outside or inside the end. But the sweeps can be stopped, as Kansas showed by using its cornerbacks to force the runner outside. Look for Navy to employ similar strategy in an effort to frustrate the Tigers' most effective weapon. The Missouri line is quick and aggressive, with All-America End Danny LaRose, a bruising 221-pounder, the most spectacular defender. More consistent defense gives the edge to the Tigers—but only if they can contain Bellino.

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PHOTONAVY'S BELLINO (27) CUTS SHARPLY, FAKES DEFTLY AND RUNS SWIFTLYPHOTOMISSOURI'S LAROSE (87) IS QUICK, AGGRESSIVE AND A SURE TACKLERILLUSTRATION

THE RECORD

22

BOSTON COLLEGE

7

41

VILLANOVA

7

15

WASHINGTON

14

26

SMU

7

35

AIR FORCE

3

27

PENNSYLVANIA

0

14

NOTRE DAME

7

10

DUKE

19

41

VIRGINIA

6

17

ARMY

12

THE ROSTER

Spooner

12

QB

Dietz

15

QB

Prichard

21

RH

Meyer

22

LH

Beilino

27

LH

McKeown

36

FB

Matalavage

38

FB

Hughes

47

RH

Visted

52

C

Von Sydow

61

RG

Hewitt

62

RG

Lucci

64

C

Fitzgerald

65

RT

Hoy

66

LG

Falconer

67

LG

Driscoll

75

LT

Erchul

76

RT

Kellner

80

LE

Luper

82

RE

Graham

84

LT

Mather

85

RE

Dattilo

88

LE

X-RAY BOX

NAVY

OPP.

Runs attempted

393

472

Rushing yardage

1,493

1,394

Passes attempted

201

151

Passes completed

99

56

Passing yardage

1,311

819

Passes int'cepted by

12

11

Punts

52

60

Avg. dist. punts

38.9

34.2

Fumbles lost

13

20

Field goals

3

2

2-pt. conversions

5-9

2-5

1-pt. conversions

19-26

6-6

Longest kickoff ret.

50

31

Avg. kickoff ret.

21.2

17.4

Longest punt ret.

62

24

Avg. punt ret.

12.2

5.6

Penalties

50

34

Yds. lost pens.

508

283

THE RECORD

20

SMU

0

28

OKLAHOMA STATE

7

21

PENN STATE

8

34

AIR FORCE

8

45

KANSAS STATE

0

34

IOWA STATE

8

28

NEBRASKA

0

16

COLORADO

6

41

OKLAHOMA

19

7

KANSAS

23

THE ROSTER

Snyder

10

QB

Taylor

12

QB

Beal

21

LH

West

26

LH

Russell

30

FB

Mehrer

35

FB

Stevenson

40

RH

D. Smith

45

RH

Langan

52

C

McCartney

55

C

Garvis

63

RG

Hertz

64

RG

Blaine

66

LT

T. Smith

67

LG

Henley

68

LG

Moyer

71

RT

Wallach

74

LT

Calhoun

79

RT

Carpenter

80

LE

Hitchler

83

RE

La Rose

87

RE

G. Smith

89

LE

X-RAY BOX

MO.

OPP.

Runs attempted

572

376

Rushing yardage

2,493

1,092

Passes attempted

78

186

Passes completed

34

74

Passing yardage

498

851

Passes int'ceptd by

15

8

Punts

49

61

Avg. dist. punts

33.8

38.7

Fumbles lost

11

19

Field goals

3

1

2-pt. conversions

2-2

3-4

1-pt. conversions

31-36

4-7

Longest kickoff ret.

54

34

Avg. kickoff ret.

18.7

17.9

Longest punt ret.

90

35

Avg. punt ret.

12.2

5.8

Penalties

28

29

Yds. lost pens.

230

242