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Alfred Wright
November 14, 1955
It was a week in which the five bulldozers of major college football—Maryland, Michigan State, Oklahoma, West Virginia and UCLA—continued their crunching way through what little opposition is left them, as did the heroes from Trinity, Alfred, College of Emporia, Heidelberg, Idaho State, Centre, Juniata, Muskingum and 16 other small colleges whose 1955 records are still immaculate.
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November 14, 1955

Great Day For Old Grads

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Depressed but not discouraged, Don Holleder told what it is like to be a quarterback: "Well, sir, you have a lot more responsibility, but I think I'm beginning to get the hang of it. The trouble is on a day like today, if you have nowhere to pass the ball, you just can't run with it if they rush you like that. That's when it's tough."

They are rebuilding football at Tennessee this year under Coach Bowden Wyatt, who learned his craft from General Bob Neyland, the university's football father. Last Saturday another Neyland prot�g�, Coach Bobby Dodd of Georgia Tech, brought the nation's eighth-ranking team to Knoxville to show 47,000 homecoming rooters how far their new movement had to go. As the old grads were settling in their seats, the Volunteers marched straight to a touchdown in nine plays. Then they held on doggedly until Tech eventually tied the score in the fourth quarter. But all around Knoxville you'd have thought the Tennessee youth movement had already arrived.


After dropping a humiliating 47-0 decision to UCLA two weeks ago, Coach Lynn Waldorf, who not so long ago had sent three consecutive California teams to the Rose Bowl, growled: "One of these days we got to get back into this conference." The once-Golden Bears had beaten only puny Pennsylvania when they entered their Memorial Stadium in Berkeley last Saturday against Washington, still regarded as an outside chance to upset UCLA and represent the West in the Rose Bowl.

With the score tied at half time, Pappy Waldorf turned over the chores to a third-string quarterback named Ralph Hoffman and two 140-pound halfbacks—Donn Smith and Nat Brazill. The 219-pound Washington line lumbered awkwardly in chase of this undersized backfield but couldn't prevent third-and fourth-period touchdowns which gave the Bears their first conference victory of 1955 and the Pacific coast its biggest surprise of the season.


Harvard is known as a November football team, which means it drifts aimlessly through its schedule until it is time to play Princeton and Yale for the Big Three title. Princeton likes to win them all and had a perfect 4-0 Ivy League record until it went to Cambridge last Saturday. But the Tigers lacked the services of Royce Flippin, their captain and star tailback who has been crippled with a trick knee and has confined his activity to three plays against Columbia and winning the pre-game flip of the coin in every game so far. Nonetheless, Princeton had reason to regard Harvard as merely a warmup for next week's Yale game.

It was dark and rainy in Harvard Stadium, but most of Princeton's gloom came from a pair of Harvard halfbacks, Dexter Lewis and James Joslin. When Joslin threw an eight-yard pass to Lewis for the Crimson's third-period touchdown, William E. Crosby III came in to kick the extra point. When Princeton's Dick Martin missed his team's conversion with only 2� minutes left to play, it meant the Tigers' first loss at Cambridge in 13 years. The rain was scarcely enough to dampen Harvard joy at the prospects of keeping the Big Three title.

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