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Don Parker
October 01, 1956
In days gone by, the first week of football was the occasion for the haves to sharpen their skills against the have-nots, who submitted docilely in exchange for the chance to appear in the large, unfamiliar stadiums of the famous. But times have changed and the "breather" is now an almost forgotten relic of the game. Now the opener is the rough one—the big intersectional contest where reputations frequently crumble before the season is scarcely underway, and new giants occasionally spring up overnight—to everyone's surprise except their own.
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October 01, 1956

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Citadel 20, Newberry 20 (tie)
Clemson 27, Presbyterian 7
Florida State 47, Ohio U. 7
Richmond 38, Randolph-Macon 0

Midwest football was virtually nonexistent last week, since the Big Ten Conference traditionally opens a week later than the rest of the nation. Detroit highlighted action in the center of the country with a 20-7 win over Marquette, the same winning score turned in by the Titans in their game with Marquette last year. George Washington, of the Southern Conference, surprised Miami of Ohio 7-6. Cincinnati, supposedly on the climb, showed that it needed a lot more seasoning while losing to Dayton 19-13.

Other scores:

Bowling Green 17, Kent State 0
Evansville 21, DePauw 13
Knox 13, Carleton 0
Valparaiso 7, Kalamazoo 6
Wooster 13, Ashland 8
Xavier 30, Marshall 6


Southwest Conference teams won six of seven games in a display of strength unequaled by any other area of the country. Southern Methodist led the Texas parade with its magnificent 19-13 upset over Notre Dame, consummated in the final 100 seconds of play when Mustang Quarterback Charlie Arnold called for the old Statue of Liberty play, faded back for a pass and then fed the ball to Halfback Lon Slaughter, who scampered 14 yards for the winning touchdown.

Southern California's C. R. Roberts scored on runs of 73, 51 and 74 yards to sink Texas 44-20, for the SWC's only loss.

Halfback Ken Wineberg scored three times for Texas Christian, once on an exciting 80-yard journey, as the Horned Frogs drubbed Kansas 32-0. Texas A&M brushed Villanova aside 19-0; Rice scored on three passes to beat Alabama 20-13, and Arkansas steamrollered Hardin-Simmons 21-6, despite a 24-for-34 passing record turned in by the Cowboys.

In the Big Seven Conference Nebraska manhandled South Dakota 34-6, and managed to break Halfback Bill Hawkins loose for a 76-yard run as part of the stampede. West Coast opposition proved too much for Colorado and Missouri, however, as Oregon crushed the former 35-0 and Oregon State took the latter 19-13. Sam Wesley featured in the Oregon State attack, breaking loose for a 62-yard touchdown and receiving a pair of passes good for 72 yards.

Arizona State ( Tempe), a Border Conference power, cashed in on 50- and 58-yard runs by Leon Burton to smash Wichita 37-9 and remain a strong favorite to repeat as the conference champion.

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