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The first half was as pretty a contest as you would want to see. As advertised, it was Michigan State's multiple offense against Stanford's aerial gyrations. First Michigan State crushed 65 yards in 14 plays and led 7-0 after 11 minutes of the first quarter. Then Stanford retaliated with 68 yards in 18 plays, including six completed passes and two runs when Quarterback John Brodie was unable to get the ball away. And so, after eight minutes of the second quarter it was 7-7, and thus it stayed until half time.
The second half was a different story altogether. Brodie, who had been stunned by some hard tackling late in the first half, was missing from the Stanford lineup. For that matter, Walt Kowalczyk, State's star left halfback who had broken a bone in his ankle during practice, was also out of the game. State fitted Substitute Dennis Mendyk smoothly into its multiple offense, but Stanford had no adequate replacement for Brodie. The Michigan team took the second-half kickoff, ground slowly for 68 yards against a furiously hitting Stanford defense. The deliberate march averaged only 3.7 yards per try and used up nine minutes 32 seconds. Finally, Fullback Don Gilbert dived a foot for the score. Stanford needed a Brodie here to get the touchdown back, but Reserve Quarterback Jack Douglas was no Brodie this day. Starting from the 18 after the kickoff, Douglas and Right Halfback Gordy Young crossed up a handoff and 225-pound Guard Ellison Kelly recovered for the Spartans on the Indian 18. It was easy from there. The State team punched six times at the Stanford line, with Jim Wullf going two yards over left guard for the ultimate touchdown.
Without Johnny Majors, Tennessee is a middling good football team. With him, the Volunteers are a very real threat to Georgia Tech and Mississippi in the race for the Southeast Conference championship. As Coach Bow-den Wyatt's men blasted bumbling Auburn 35-7 before 44,000 shirt-sleeved witnesses in Birmingham's Legion Field last Saturday, Majors was the whole show.
Playing only half the game, the talented triple-threat tailback accounted for half of Tennessee's net yardage. He ran for a total of 48 yards and one touchdown; passed for 118 and two other scores, completing eight of 11 throws.
But Johnny had some help too in this unexpectedly lopsided game. His line, though outweighed 18 pounds per man, opened up good holes in the Auburn defense by trapping the guards effectively. End Buddy Cruze was a deadly blocker and wizardly pass catcher, snagging Majors' soft floaters with defenders swarming all over him. On defense, Cruze spent most of the day in the Auburn back-field, along with Tackle John Gordy.
A Majors-Cruze pass led to the first score, with Majors hurdling the line for the final yard. With three minutes left in the half, Majors crossed Auburn beautifully. Facing a fourth-down-and-one situation on the Auburn 34, Johnny whipped a pass deep to Cruze, who outsprinted the amazed secondary to score. With 26 seconds to go before half time, Majors threw seven yards to End Ed Cantrell, after Gordy had grabbed an Auburn fumble. Speedy Fullback Tom Bronson twisted a final yard to a touchdown in the third period to make it 28-0 after Majors had set up the score.
You could hear the licks out there tonight," drawled Georgia Tech Coach Bobby Dodd, affable and satisfied with his team's 9-7 win over the rambunctious Mustangs in the Cotton Bowl last Saturday. "I knew they'd be up for this one. All week long, I've been telling our boys they'd have to play 30% better than they did against Kentucky, or they'd get licked."