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Contenders in the Big Ten were almost as plentiful as pickpockets at a parade. Even as Iowa dimmed Northwestern's hopes, Michigan State , bruised by Denny Fitzgerald's 99-yard kickoff return, shuttled its huge players back and forth and eventually wore down spunky Michigan . Fullback Carl Charon led the late charge, going over for the touchdown that put the Spartans ahead 24-17. Minnesota used a punishing inside attack and brute line strength to batter Indiana 42-0.
But the most awesome scoring display was generated by Purdue Quarterbacks Bernie Allen and Maury Guttman, who led the Boilermakers to a 31-point second quarter and a 51-19 victory over weak-kneed Notre Dame. Ohio State treated much-beaten USC with appropriate disrespect, whomping the Trojans 20-0. Illinois breezed past West Virginia 33-0; Wisconsin trimmed Marquette 35-6.
While Kansas was bowing to Syracuse , Oklahoma upheld Big Eight prestige by turning back Pitt 15-14. The Sooners' alternates took over in the last quarter, blocked a kick, scored a touchdown and won the game when Quarterback Bennett Watts ran for two extra points. Iowa State finally pulled out a 10-7 squeaker with Nebraska on Larry Schreiber's 39-yard field goal. The top three:
TCU, still unable to muster an offense, again discovered that it cannot depend entirely upon its big line. Lighter Arkansas exploited the soft spots for a third-quarter 67-yard march, sent Quarterback Billy Moore bootlegging around end and Fullback Joe Paul Alberty zooming up the middle until Alberty crashed over from the one-foot line to give the Razorbacks a 7-0 victory. Meanwhile, usually cautious Texas took to the air against Texas Tech , and Quarterback Mike Cotten pitched two long scoring passes to Jack Collins and Larry Cooper for a 17-0 win. Rice stiffened its defense, overhauled Tulane 10-7 on Max Webb's 27-yard field goal. The top three:
The armed forces brought off a successful invasion of the Pacific Coast. While Navy shelled Washington up north, Army provided air and ground support with a second-half burst that caught California with its defenses lagging and enabled the Cadets to overhaul the Bears 28-10. Fullbacks Al Rushatz and George Pappas crashed over for scores and Quarterback Tom Blanda threw touchdown passes to George Kirschenbauer and Paul Stanley.