In the last minute the Spartans were fighting desperately to regain control of the ball so they could get one more try for a tie and thus force the game into overtime. The excitement even got the best of Ed Macauley, who was half out of his press-box chair for most of the fourth quarter. The game almost turned into a full-scale Mississippi riverfront brawl in that wild last minute, but the referees and coaches joined forces and broke it up in time.
"It was a fitting final," said phrase-maker Bob Guelker after the final gun. "Break up the Yankees," yelled some soccer enthusiast (probably Macauley).
Spartan Coach Kenney walked up to Guelker, gave him a perfunctory handshake and turned away quickly, his lips set in a thin, bitter line. He did not growl, "Wait until next year," but he must have been tempted. In 1966 his varsity will be packed with nine boys from St. Louis. Maybe that will be enough at last.