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Mervin Hyman
October 31, 1960
For once, form held reasonably firm and, with the season half over, 11 of the nation's major college football teams were still unbeaten and untied. Some, like Mississippi (6-0), Iowa (5-0), Minnesota (5-0), Baylor (5-0) and Rutgers (5-0), had some fitful moments but managed to survive. However, Navy (6-0), Missouri (6-0), New Mexico State (6-0), Utah State (6-0), Syracuse (5-0) and Yale (5-0) simply overwhelmed their foes.
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October 31, 1960

Football's Sixth Week

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Illinois scored the first two times it got the ball (on Marshall Stark's three-yard plunge and Gerald Wood's 24-yard field goal), then held off Penn State's late drive to beat the Nittany Lions 10-8; Michigan State got little more than a good workout while beating Indiana 35-0; Northwestern's Dick Thornton, his long passing frustrated by Notre Dame, struck often enough at the flanks to give the Wildcats a 7-6 triumph over the Irish.

The only thing certain in the Big Eight was that the ultimate champion of this vastly improved conference would be an awfully good team. Kansas subdued stubborn Oklahoma State 14-7, Oklahoma ran over Kansas State 49-7, and Missouri and Colorado enhanced their already impressive reputations.

Missouri's rabbit-legged backs, especially Mel West and Donnie Smith (who ran a punt back 88 yards), wore down Iowa State with their wide sweeps, took the wind out of the Cyclones 34-8. Colorado's Olympic sprinter and NCAA 400-meter champion Ted Woods, who wasn't given a chance to run in Rome, made the most of his opportunity against Nebraska and carried a kickoff back 95 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in a 19-6 victory. The top three:

1. IOWA (5-0)
2. MINNESOTA (5-0)
3. MISSOURI (6-0)


It was another sorrowful week for Clemson Coach Frank Howard, who grimly watched Duke trap his Tigers 21-6 and move closer to the Atlantic Coast title. The Blue Devils' Bill Murray, who "discovered" the pass this year, kept Quarterback Don Altman throwing long enough to build up a 14-6 lead, then sat back to enjoy himself after sophomore Mark Leggett ran 70 yards for another touchdown. Clemson tried desperately to mount an offense, but was forced to give up the ball on the one-yard line twice in the last quarter. There was little cheer for Wake Forest , which lost to Maryland 14-13, and North Carolina , which tumbled into the cellar after losing to South Carolina 22-6. But North Carolina State got another first-class performance from Quarterback Roman Gabriel, who completed nine straight passes, two for touchdowns, in the first half, plunged for another and led the Wolfpack past Mississippi Southern 20-13.

The woods were full of challengers in the Southeastern Conference. Florida's Larry Libertore squirted through the LSU line for 66 yards and a touchdown on the game's first play, but it was End Bill Cash who finally did in the punchless Tigers. Cash kicked 47- and 35-yard field goals in the third quarter to give Florida a 13-10 victory and a first-place tie with Mississippi. Georgia's Francis Tarkenton ruffled Kentucky's feelings with his wonderful passing, tossed to End Bill McKenny for two touchdowns, and a 17-13 win.

Billy Williamson, a scatty 5-foot 9-inch, 160-pound halfback, neatly picked off one of Tulane Quarterback Phil Nugent's passes in the third period, ran it back 31 yards to give Georgia Tech a 14-6 victory over the Green Wave.

Syracuse practiced on winless West Virginia , treated the glum Mountaineers to a devastating display of power and won 45-0. The top three:

2. TENNESSEE (4-0-1)
3. DUKE (4-1)

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