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Don Parker
November 12, 1956
Remember Dorando in the 1908 Olympic marathon? Far in front, he collapsed just 10 yards short of the finish line in one of the most fantastic foldups in sporting records. Last week the nation's front-running football teams were beginning to show signs of fatigue reminiscent of Dorando while running the final few laps of the 1956 college gridiron race, with the rich bids awaiting just the other side of the finish line. Georgia Tech, for instance, retained its untied and undefeated status by the barest of margins as an inspired Duke team outplayed the Engineers on the ground and in the air. Tennessee, also unmarred in six battles, kept its clean slate against a weak North Carolina team, but by no means as convincingly as had been expected. Tech and Tennessee meet this Saturday in a game that must mar the aspirations of one of them. The outcome will decide which team will be most sought after by the Cotton and Sugar Bowls. Oklahoma, ineligible for a bowl but determined to nail down its second consecutive national championship, faltered dangerously against Colorado and had to erase a two-touchdown half-time deficit before winning by a mere eight points—its poorest showing of the season (see page 18). Iowa, until Saturday the only team in the Big Ten with a perfect record, bowed to Michigan and saw its Rose Bowl hopes diminished, while sturdy Ohio State took over the Big Ten lead with a lucky hairline victory over downtrodden Northwestern.
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Oregon State set up a Rose Bowl showdown with Stanford this Saturday as it stopped Washington 28-20 at Portland before 32,890. If OSC does get to Pasadena, it will be due in no small part to sophomore Tailback Earnel Durden, who scored three of the four Beaver touchdowns. The Beavers drove 83 yards to a touchdown the first time they got the ball, with Durden carrying for the final four yards. Again in the first quarter, Durden took a 16-yard pass from Joe Francis to give OSC a 14-0 first-quarter lead. Washington eventually cut the margin to 21-13, but Durden put the game beyond recall in the fourth quarter with a 44-yard scoring run.

Even without Jon Arnett, who played his last game for use last week, the Trojans managed to handle Washington State at Pullman 28-12. UCLA'S 14-13 upset of Stanford was the stunner in Pacific Coast Conference (see page 16). The result threw the PCC Rose Bowl race into temporary confusion, which should be settled by Saturday's Stanford-Oregon State match. In the other PCC game Saturday, California's unpredictable Golden Bears fell to a swift Oregon team 28-6, and Coach Pappy Waldorf was hanged in effigy. Other scores:

San Fran. St. 10, Cal Aggies 0
Denver 35, San Jose 26
Idaho 24, Fresno St. 12
Sacramento St. 21, Nevada 20
Humboldt 7, Chico St. 6
Portland St. 33, Pacific U. 14
Linfield 20, Col. of Idaho 7
Oregon Ed. 24, Oregon Tech 7
East. Ore. 36, South. Ore. 27
Brit. Col. 7, Central Wash. 6
West. Wash. 14, East. Wash. 13
Whitman 27, Lewis & Clark 21
Puget Sound 20, Willamette 14

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