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September 29, 1958
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September 29, 1958

Football's 1st Week

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Florida put its usual option plays on the shelf and relied on straight T football behind a big, quick line, to hammer its way past slow-footed Tulane 34-14. Tulane, falling behind early, flanked, spread, split and slotted their receivers in a frantic attempt to catch up, succeeded in completing 20 out of 41 passes. Nonetheless, Florida Coach Bob Woodruff was still able to say: "I was completely satisfied with our pass defense."

In other games, West Virginia turned loose a flood of classy backs to roll over Richmond 66-22 for its 25th straight in Southern Conference; Mississippi fumed and fussed before beating Memphis State 17-0; Bobby Renn's two touchdown dashes led Florida State to a 42-6 victory over Furman.


Texas and Georgia, after bumbling around for almost 40 minutes, called upon a pair of third-stringers to perk things up at Austin. Quarterback Francis Tarkenton responded by moving Georgia 95 yards for a touchdown and passing to End Aaron Box for an 8-7 lead, but Bobby Gurwitz, a scatty 160-pound sophomore, lit the fuse for Texas, wriggling almost half the length of the field before scoring from the one-yard line to win for the Longhorns 13-8.

A rough and ready LSU line put the shackles on Rice, and also opened up gaping holes for veteran Billy Cannon and his speedy backfield mates, who ran for four touchdowns and a 26-6 victory.

Texas A&M, rolling along with a 14-0 lead, suddenly was pulled up short by underdog Texas Tech and found itself a 15-14 loser after End Gerald Seemann intercepted an Aggie pass, grabbed another from Teammate Floyd Dellinger, who also kicked the winning extra point.

In other games, Fullbacks Larry Hickman and Gaylen Crain whacked away earnestly at the Arkansas line to give Baylor a 12-0 Southwest Conference win; Arizona State made Hawaii their 13th victim in a 47-6 romp; Arizona held off Utah State 7-6.


Texas Christian, making the most of pinpoint passing by Quarterbacks Hunter Enis and Larry Dawson (see below) and flashy running by Merlin Priddy, rumbled for 528 yards and 31 first downs to defeat Kansas 42-0.

Vanderbilt shook loose Halfback David Ray on an 81-yard punt return in the first quarter and then managed to hold its own with sputtering Missouri to win 12-8 in the week's top TV game.

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