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Don Parker
October 15, 1956
The world series might have gripped the East, but football had a half nelson on the Middle West, where 101,001 fans flocked to see Michigan State tame Michigan at Ann Arbor, where 82,881 Ohio State partisans held their breath at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, as the home team barely squeaked past an injury-ridden Stanford with two last-period touchdowns. Thus Ohio State and Michigan State, who do not play one another, now remain as the Big Ten's only unbeaten candidates for top national rating. Oklahoma, with only one seriously testing opponent (a subpar Notre Dame team) on its 10-game schedule, retained its national stature—as it must through most of the season—by overwhelming a mismatched foe: in this case, Kansas State. Confirming its new status as a giant of the South, Tennessee gave Duke another nudge down the incline from its once-lofty national rating in a game of uninhibited scoring. Of the South's three other leading contenders, Georgia Tech was idle, Miami easily defended the homeland against Boston College and Mississippi successfully invaded the Southwest. Also in the Southwest, TCU gave a coast-to-coast TV performance of its tremendous strength, while Texas A&M, the area's other outstanding entry in the national sweepstakes, improved its reputation at the expense of Texas Tech. In the Far West, USC remained the only team open for national honors by invading the Midwest and scoring one of the Pacific Coast's two wins over Big Ten teams this year.
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Swift North Carolina State Halfbacks Dick Christy and Dick Hunter ran clemson ragged for three quarters, performing out of a confusing assortment of split-T and single-wing formations, but the Tigers recovered with two late scores and a 13-7 victory. Virginia bottled up Wake Forest and upset the Deacs in a tight one 7-6.

In the Southern Conference, high-scoring citadel tromped all over an undermanned Stetson 40-6, while Davidson groped its way through a pea-soup fog to win its homecoming game from Presbyterian 26-6. Virginia Tech broke up a tight game with two quick scores in the third period for a 20-7 victory over Florida State . Defense was ignored as VMI outscored Richmond 35-20.

Among the independents, Miami put the lid on Boston College's vaunted passing game and waltzed to a 27-6 victory Friday night, and Mississippi Southern beat Dayton. Other scores:

Boston U. 18, Wm. & Mary 18
Randolph-Macon 6, W. Maryland 2
G. Washington 13, Hardin-Simmons 7


Biggest game in the Midwest last Saturday was the Michigan-Michigan State showpiece at Ann Arbor (see page 66). The 9-0 State win took the Spartans a giant's step toward a Big Ten championship. For Michigan, the defeat was a bitter blow but did not end its dreams of a Rose Bowl trip, since neither Michigan State nor Ohio State may go. Minnesota , shrugged off in preseason forecasts, continued to play as though it, too, smelled roses. In their first outing, the Gophers routed Washington. Last Saturday they came from behind twice to knock off Purdue 21-14. Ohio State continued to roll awesomely on the ground while Indiana played a surprisingly good game against Notre Dame but lost 20-6. The Irish, incidentally, may be a good deal weaker than anyone expected a few weeks back. Wisconsin threw a scare into powerful Southern California before losing 13-6, as Jon Arnett averaged seven yards per carry on 26 tries and scored the deciding touchdown for the Trojans. Northwestern lost to Tulane 13-20, when the Green Wave's pony backs ripped off three touchdowns in the second period. Iowa remained undefeated by passing for two quick touchdowns in the fourth quarter to beat stubborn Oregon State 14-13.

Oklahoma had to share the Big Seven conference leadership with several other teams Saturday, which is one of the few times the Sooners have had to share anything. They used five full teams and a couple of sixth-team players while setting a new, modern college victory string of 32 with an easy win over Kansas State 66-0.

Halfback Bob Stransky raced 80 yards in the fourth quarter to earn Colorado a wild 26-25 conference victory over Kansas . Sophomore Ellwin Indorf's two extra points spelled the difference. Nebraska's George Harshman kicked a 15-yard field goal with 45 seconds remaining, and the Cornhuskers extended a jinx over Iowa State to 11 years, 9-7. Southern Methodist scored four times on passes and edged Missouri 33-27, with Quarterback Charlie Arnold adding to his brilliant 1956 record with three touchdown passes. Other scores:

Bowling Green 46, Drake 7
Oklahoma A&M 32, Wichita 6
S. Dakota 32, N. Dakota 14
Tulsa 54, Marquette 0
Xavier 31, Ohio U. 7
Omaha 27, St. Ambrose 19


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