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Art Luppino, bulldozing Arizona junior halfback, battered away for 68 yards, scored team's only touchdown, kicked extra point to upset Arizona State at Tempe 7-6, pushed rushing total for year to 1,313 yards, became first player to lead nation's major college running backs for two consecutive seasons and top alltime two-season rusher with 2,682 yards (Nov. 26).
Horst Fritsche of Magdeburg, representing East Germany, swam 100-meter breaststroke in 1:09.2 in meet with Rumania at Rostock to better recognized world record but was nearly full second slower than October clocking of 1:08.3 by Japan's Masharu Furukawa (Nov. 22).
Army gave up touchdown in first quarter, held on while favored Navy fumbled away scoring chances, then bounced back with savage second-half ground attack ably directed by Quarterback Don Holleder, sent Captain Pat Uebel crashing over from the five, fleet Pete Lash around end for 23 yards to upset Midshipmen 14-6 before 102,000 at Philadelphia's Municipal Stadium (see page 22). Navy's magnificent sharpshooter George Welsh completed 18 of 29 passes for 176 yards in losing cause, took over as nation's leading passer.
Southern California , presented with powder puffs before game by much-criticized Coach Jess Hill, reacted as planned, treated crowd of 94,892 at Los Angeles to 42-20 surprise victory over Notre Dame. Speedy Jon Arnett scored three times, shared honors with Jim Contratto, who passed Trojans to two touchdowns in 21-point last period.
Oklahoma , playing under wraps but flashing usual power to protect its No. 1 ranking (see below), crushed Oklahoma A&M 53-0 at Norman for 29th consecutive triumph, sat back to await Orange Bowl date with unbeaten Maryland.
Texas Christian , given chance for Southwest Conference title when Texas shocked Texas A&M 21-6 in Thanksgiving Day game, made most of it, stormed from behind in last four minutes on fleet feet of Jim Swink to pull out 20-13 triumph over Southern Methodist at Fort Worth.