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Another 50th anniversary was celebrated at South Bend with the reuniting of the 1924 Notre Dame team that Grantland Rice helped memorialize with his account of how the Four Horsemen trampled Army that day 13-7. Army would gladly have settled for that score again. As it turned out, the Cadets were annihilated 48-0. Doing the most damage were Wayne Bullock, who ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and lithe Al Samuel, who scooted for 124 yards.
Miami of Ohio won a Mid-American game from Bowling Green 34-10. In non-conference battles, Toledo beat Dayton 38-27, Ohio blitzed Morehead State 49-10 and Kent State lost to Utah State 27-24. Independent Cincinnati whipped Wichita State 43-0.
In the third period of a game between Defiance and Wilmington at the hitter's home grounds in Ohio on Oct. 12, Ron Early of the host Quakers took off with the ball from his 38-yard line. He broke loose and then suddenly realized a runner's dream as he literally vanished. The fog had become so pea-soupy that it enveloped him and he was credited with a 62-yard TD run by an official who followed him into the eerie dimness. That put Wilmington in front 17-7. It also brought about a suspension of the game until the following Monday, when the final 28:48 was played without a score. Five days later, in bright sunshine, Wilmington registered a more conventional win by drubbing Manchester ( Ind.) 31-10.
Undefeated Arizona, averaging 435 yards and 30 points a game, visited Texas Tech and lost for the first time, 17-8. Red Raider Quarterback Tommy Duniven completed six of 10 passes before being hurt late in the first half of what was then a scoreless game, but Don Roberts did a fine job of guiding the team thereafter. Faced with a third-and-five at the Wildcat 14, Roberts passed six yards to keep the drive going. Later he hit Lawrence Williams with a six-yard scoring pass and the Raiders were on their way. The defense did its job, too, limiting the Wildcats to 280 yards.
Some Texas fans were edgy when the Longhorns took a 3-0 lead over Arkansas on a 45-yard field goal by Mike Dean. After all, the last four times they had led by that score the Longhorns had wound up losing. Other Texans still fretted about Fullback Roosevelt Leaks' off-season knee operation. But soon it was hook 'em horns all over the place as Texas crushed the Razorbacks in a Southwest Conference meeting 38-7. Doing the most to dispel Texans' fears was Earl Campbell, a 225-pound freshman who rumbled 68 yards for the first Longhorn TD and set up another when, serving as a middle guard, he blocked a punt. As for Leaks, he carried nine times for 58 yards.
TCU was stymied by Texas A&M, which stole five tosses and allowed eight completions. Aggie defenders sacked Horned Frog quarterbacks 13 times for 121 yards in losses, leaving TCU with a net loss of 58 yards rushing. Although the Aggies lost five fumbles, David Walker kept the offense clicking by passing for 220 yards in a 17-0 win.
In further SWC action, sophomore Ricky Wesson atoned for two fourth-quarter bobbles by passing 13 yards to Freeman Johns for a score with 17 seconds to go as SMU overhauled Rice 19-14. Houston buried Villanova quarterbacks eight times, picked up 517 yards on offense and won 35-0.