With cold rain slanting down on Philadelphia's Municipal Stadium, Navy greeted Army with a deceptive offense and an alert and varied defense, soundly bounced the Cadets 14-0. Captain and Halfback Ned Oldham, voted by newsmen the game's best back, scored both touchdowns (a six-yard burst and a 44-yard punt return) and kicked both conversions. All afternoon, the Middy line contained Army's explosive halfbacks; Pete Dawkins was allowed but 63 ground yards and the celebrated Bob Anderson a niggardly 18 (see page 20).
Two days earlier, in mild Philadelphia rain, Pennsylvania put on the brisker ground show, moved through Cornell 14-6 in the 64th renewal of their fine old series. The victory, Coach Steve Sebo's first in four against the Cornellians, sadly pointed up the importance of Quarterback-Tailback Fran Riepl to his Quaker team. Scholarly Riepl, injured in the opener against Penn State and out through Penn's five ensuing losses, returned in November to guide Sebo's multiple offense. Penn then defeated Yale, Columbia and the Big Red.
In still another rain bath, Holy Cross washed away the last of any Boston College bowl hopes, clipping the Eagles 14-0. It was a gooey fumble derby in which the Crusaders lost five fumbles but recovered eight of Boston College's.
Providence fans, starved all fall for that big day of Brown football, got it with all the trimmings on Thanksgiving Day as the Bruins plastered Colgate 33-7.
Auburn put the finishing touches on a Southeast Conference title, a national championship and Alabama's Coach J. B. (Ears) Whitworth by creaming the Crimson Tide 40-0. Rumors began even before the game that Whitworth was to be replaced by current Texas A & M coach and ex-'Bama boy Bear Bryant.
Unimpressive Mississippi stumbled through the last hoop in its way to the Sugar Bowl by squeezing past Mississippi State 7-7.
Cowed by Coach Bowden Wyatt's half-time tongue lashing, Tennessee shaped up, roared for two touchdowns in the first couple minutes of the second half and defeated Vanderbilt 20-6. Vol hero Bobby Gordon, playing his last game in Knoxville, rushed for 91 yards, scored once and finally left the game borne high on deafening cheers.
On Turkey Day, VMI, aiming for its first undefeated season in over three decades, feasted off the Gobblers of VPI 14-6, took the Southern Conference crown from West Virginia and promptly voted to decline any postseason bowl invitation.