Minnesota, early-season ogre of the Big Ten, looked more like a harmless jack-o'-lantern, collapsed for Michigan 24-7. Michigan gained 276 yards to the Gophers 47 in building a 24-0 first-half lead, then seemed to bog down out of boredom.
THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
The Wyoming defense, laying back to stop the passing of Lee Grosscup, was riddled up the middle by Fullback Merrill Douglas, as Utah sprung a surprising ground attack to beat the Cowboys 23-15.
Montana went to the air for one touchdown, ground out two more on running plays, upset New Mexico 21-6. The victory knocked New Mexico out of the Skyline Conference lead, let September favorite Utah move back in.
For the fourth time since that long win streak began 45 games ago, Colorado scared the daylights out of Oklahoma, came the closest of anyone yet in losing 13-14. Oklahoma's three heroes: Halfback Clendon Thomas, who scored the tying touchdown in the last period; Quarterback Carl Dodd, who kicked the 14th point; Guard Bill Krishner, who blocked the second Buffalo conversion attempt.
Texas A&M, growing every day in every way, played its best game of the season, beat Baylor 14-0. Aggie Halfback John Crow, recovered from an early-season knee injury, seemed in fine fettle, blasted for 78 yards, finished the game on Baylor 2-yard line. On its way to the Cotton Bowl, A&M still faces strong Southwest Conference opposition in Arkansas, Rice and Texas.
THE FAR WEST
The Pacific Coast Conference did little in settling its scramble to the Rose Bowl. Oregon, Washington State and Stanford, by upsetting UCLA, stayed in the running.
Oregon's great two-unit line, out to prove it was the best on the Coast, swarmed into the California backfield, blocked a punt, recovered a fumble and hurried a passer into throwing to an Oregon halfback. The Ducks turned each of these breaks into a score, added two other touchdowns to flail California 24-6.