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Ohio State continued march toward Rose Bowl, scoring four touchdowns in nine minutes to beat closest competitor for Pasadena honors, Wisconsin, 31-14. Howard (Hopalong) Cassady, 168-pound Buckeye halfback, intercepted Wisconsin pass late in third period when Badgers led 7-3, ran 88 yards to put Ohio State out in front for good. Ohio State then piled up three quick touchdowns with help of two Wisconsin fumbles.
Michigan bid for Big Ten honors, defeating hitherto unbeaten Minnesota 34-0. Unranked Wolverines won traditional Little Brown Jug trophy from eighth-ranked Golden Gophers through sustained scoring drives sparked by halfback Tony Branoff.
Arkansas , ranked seventh nationally, became leading contender for Southwest Conference championship, beating fifth-ranked Mississippi 6-0 with touchdown scored on 66-yard pass play in last three minutes of game. Sophomore back Buddy Benson threw to Preston Carpenter for game-winning score.
Southern California cleared another obstacle to Rose Bowl by capitalizing on two fumbles to whip stubborn California team led by Paul Larson, 29-27. Linden Crow scored three times for Trojans while Larson kept California close, completing 14 of 18 passes for 167 yards. Larson also ran back kickoff 84 yards to set up one California score but his safety was margin of victory for U.S.C.
U.C.L.A., ineligible for Rose Bowl this year, pounded out sixth consecutive victory, trampling Oregon State 61-0. Coming on heels of last week's 72-0 victory over Stanford, U.C.L.A. appeared choice to win Pacific Coast title. Winners made nine touchdowns, including seven by reserves.
Army relied almost strictly on ground attack while running over Columbia 67-12.
San Francisco 49ers took lead in western division of National Football League, beating champion Detroit Lions 37-31. New York Giants , Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers scrambled to three-way tie for lead in eastern division as Giants whipped Washington Redskins 24-7 on three touchdown passes by Charlie Conerly and Steelers beat Eagles 17-7 on accurate passing of Quarterback Jimmy Finks.