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Bowl scouts, on the prowl for lush attractions for their postseason games, were unhappy. One by one, the unbeaten teams fell. Navy, Iowa and Tennessee were the latest to go down, leaving Missouri (8-0), Utah State (8-0), Minnesota (7-0), Yale (7-0) and New Mexico State (7-0) as the nation's only unbeaten and untied major college teams.
Things weren't going quite as expected among the East's major independents. For one thing, Syracuse was hardly the terrifying power it was supposed to be. First Pitt and now Army (see page 22) proved the puzzling Orangemen were mere mortals. After seven weeks of success Navy met its master in Duke. Penn State matched Maryland 's multiple offense with a well-devised attack of its own and ran over the improving Terps 28-9. Boston College finally found someone it could beat and outscored Villanova 20-6. Holy Cross turned the game over to its sophomores, and they responded nobly to carry the Crusaders past Dayton 36-6.
Yale moved easily, Princeton with difficulty toward next Saturday's Ivy League showdown. The unbeaten Elis shook loose Halfbacks Ken Wolfe and Lou Muller for long touchdown runs in the first half and romped over Penn 34-9. Princeton almost found its equal in stubborn Harvard , needed two successful placement kicks by Sophomore Dave Gouldin to turn back the Crimson 14-12. Dartmouth defeated Columbia 22-6; Brown surprised Cornell 7-6.
Elsewhere, Rutgers trounced Lafayette 36-8 to move closer to the Middle Atlantic championship; Bucknell held off Colgate 12-8; unbeaten Wagner's Don Cavalli threw three touchdown passes, brought his total for the year to 16 as the Seahawks beat Hamilton 26-8. The top three:
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Minnesota , ranked first in the Big Ten after its convincing 27-10 victory over Iowa (see page 16), was not yet rid of third-place Ohio State . The Buckeyes were very much in the fight after crushing Indiana 36-7 with their bludgeoning attack and miserly defense. Ohio State piled up 223 yards rushing, 117 passing (including three touchdown pitches by Quarterback Tom Matte) and 29 first downs, held Indiana to two yards on the ground and only four first downs.
The brothers Elliott met each other as coaches for the first time at Ann Arbor, and Michigan 's Bump had a few surprises ready for Illinois ' Pete. When Pete expected Michigan to punt, with seven yards to go on fourth down, Quarterback Dave Glinka passed for a first down, and the Wolverines went on to score the tying touchdown. Then, despite Mother Elliott's pregame wish ("I'm going to wear dark glasses, just sit there very quiet, and hope for a tie"), Bump had Glinka lob a pass to Denny Fitzgerald for two points and a Michigan victory 8-7.
A pair of third-string fullbacks, Purdue 's Roy Walker and Michigan State 's George Saimes, were the life of the party at Lafayette. Walker, who had never before carried the ball in a Big Ten game, took over for injured Willie Jones in the first quarter, bulled over for both of Purdue's touchdowns. In the fourth quarter Saimes came on to do the heavy duty plunging in a 99-yard drive, set up Quarterback Tom Wilson's one-yard scoring plunge as the Spartans beat the Boilermakers 17-13. Northwestern finally made the best over-all defense in the Big Ten pay off. Quarterback Dick Thornton and Fullback Mike Stock battered the big Wisconsin line, led the Wildcats to a 21-0 victory.