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October 07, 1963
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October 07, 1963

Football's Week

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Through years of spectacular but futile pursuit of the Big Ten championship, NORTH-WESTERN'S brilliance has been exceeded only by its erraticism. The Wildcats' 34-21 defeat of Indiana was no exception. A title favorite, Northwestern handed the ball to Indiana on fumbles and interceptions in their own territory four times in the first 40 or so minutes, and the Hoosiers led 21-14 in the third quarter. Then, along came Halfback Willie Stinson, with a 91-yard kickoff return to tie the score; Tom Myers (who had never run or rolled out in high school, let alone college) rolled and ran; Pete Stamison kicked a 34-yard field goal from a bad angle; a fumble set up another touchdown; and the line forced a safety. "Man," said Coach Ara Parseghian, "in one game I age 600 years."

Wisconsin, the Big Ten's other practitioner of heart-stopping football, waited until the last 67 seconds to overhaul better-than-expected Notre Dame 14-9. The Irish led from the moment they got the ball, and Wingback Jack Snow flashed 24 yards to cap an eight-play, 86-yard drive. Very late in the first half Wisconsin came alive as Hal Brandt connected twice with Jim Jones to score, finally won the game on Ralph Kurek's last-minute plunge.

Nebraska Quarterback Dennis Claridge beat Minnesota 14-7 with a 65-yard pass to End Tony Jeter. For the Gophers the defeat was especially bitter because Claridge, from surburban Minneapolis, had once attended Minnesota.

Improved California met vastly improved ILLINOIS at Champaign. It also met sophomore Halfback Sam Price (200 pounds, 9.5 in the 100) and defeat, 10-0. Dragging defenders along, Price crunched 10 yards on a cutback off left tackle to score the only touchdown. Also introduced was second-string sophomore Quarterback Fred Custardo, who carried 41 yards and completed seven of nine passes.

Ohio State's Woody Hayes, shifting from his fullback habits, presented the ball to his halfbacks for a change. They carried on 38 of 58 rushes, gained 183 of OSU's 220 yards as State beat Texas A&M 17-0. Paul Warfield and Tyrone Barnett alone out-gained the entire A&M offense.

Another surprise ballcarrier softened up SMU for a 27-16 loss to MICHIGAN. Wolverine Guard Joe O'Donnell faked a punt and swept left end for a 50-yard touchdown. "I've been wanting to do that for a long time," he said. MICHIGAN STATE had only one surprise for North Carolina: soccer-style-kicker Lou Bobich, who sideswiped one field goal from the 25, barely missed another from the 43. The Spartans won 31-0.

To listen to Coach Ben Schwartzwalder and Jack Mitchell, even showing up at the Syracuse-KANSAS game was a mistake. After his Orange got squeezed 10-0 by Gale Sayers and Co., Schwartzwalder knew it was. Mitchell was a happy, if bad, guesser.

Less happy was WASHINGTON STATE, which tied 14-14 with IOWA. With fourth down and a 35-yard Cougar field-goal try coming up, confused officials deprived State of the down and the chance for an upset victory.



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