It was Tech's tremendous team speed, especially in getting five blockers (three backs and two guards) ahead of the ball carrier on wide sweeps, that gave the Rambling Wreck the edge. They were off to an early lead when Guard Don Miller crashed through to block an SMU punt for a safety. They put together a drive in the third quarter which ground out 72 yards in 10 plays, featuring a 32-yard burst on one of those potent wide sweeps by Thompson—who at 5 foot 5� inches was the smallest man on the field—which set up his score a moment later from the four-yard line. Their line—led by Miller, Tackle Ormand Anderson and Guard Allen Ecker—jammed the Mustang middle. Quarterback Wade Mitchell, in addition to superlative defensive work and a cool command of the game, set up many good gains with the kind of resounding blocks that could get him drummed out of the T quarterbacks' union.
This SMU team should surprise nobody from here on. The line is big, fast and tough; they gave as good as they got against Tech's veterans. The backs are fast, skillful and elusive, although lacking in power. Arnold has developed into a resourceful leader and a devastating passer. It is hard to explain, concedes Coach Woody Woodard, how it all happened at once. He shrugs off questions with a grin: "Just a green bunch of kids, who want to play good real bad, and have come along fast."
Ted Daily, Syracuse line coach, corrected a reporter gently Friday afternoon as the team loosened up on the thick grass of Pitt Stadium. The reporter had referred to the short side of Syracuse's unbalanced line as the "weak" side. "Call it the short side," said Dailey, who learned his football as an end on one of Jock Sutherland's old Pitt single wing powerhouses. "That's what Jock called it. It's not weak." Syracuse's short side attack off the split-T accounted in large measure for its upset of Maryland (26-12) in its opening game a fortnight ago.
John Michelosen, the Pitt coach, learned his football under Sutherland, too. It was clear last Saturday afternoon that he had not underestimated the power of Syracuse to the short side. The Pitt defense was deployed with a concentration of manpower on the flanks. The center of the line was left to the resources of a hefty trio of Middle Guard Ron Kissel (229) and Tackles Jim McCusker (245) and Herman Canil (220). Syracuse finally sent their big Jim Brown up the middle, but too late.
Pitt, blocking with the power of a single wing team and passing with sparing wisdom, won 14-7. Jim Theodore, a 179-pound junior halfback, followed some mighty precise blocking for 91 yards in 11 carries, gaining 35 of the 39-yard march for Pitt's first touchdown, scored by Corny Salvaterra on a quarterback sneak; for the clincher, Darrell Lewis, a left-handed passer, hit the celebrated end, Joe Walton, with a 19-yard scoring pass. The Syracuse touchdown came when Ed Coffin intercepted a Lewis pass with a fine one-handed stab, returned 55 yards for a touchdown behind End Dick Lasse's take-out block on Lewis. All in all, a tight well-played ball game that moved Pitt over the second barricade on its imposing schedule.
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Oklahoma upended North Carolina in its first 1956 outing for their 31st straight win since 1953. Sooner Quarterback Jay O'Neal (17) leaves a path of destruction in his wake as he crosses goal line for Oklahoma's first touchdown in the second period at Norman. Unneeded escort is Fullback Dennit Morris (51) who came up to block after O'Neal had taken a lateral from Dave Baker and scooted around the left end. Play carried 17 yards, was first of three Oklahoma touchdowns in the quarter.
In the lone Big Ten curtain raiser, Iowa's Hawkeyes displayed their brand-new offense—a balanced-line wing T. They have been studying under Coach Forest Evasheski. A bit ragged at times, Iowa still retained ball control throughout much of the game and gained 242 yards on the ground. Here Halfback Bill Happel (40) picks up four yards behind Guard Frank Bloomquist (64), while Halfback Don Dobrino takes out Indiana's Delnor Gales with a "holding" block that could be called "holding."