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Army went sparingly on such new-fangled football devices as the second unit and the forward pass, elected to rumble over the jumbos of Pittsburgh's inner line, wound up thumping its most likely rival for the Lambert Trophy 29-13. Army's slippery sophomore halfback, Bob Anderson, had another fine afternoon, racing for 96 yards and two touchdowns, intercepting two late Pitt passes.
The Colgate football maxim for Ivy Leaguers (if you can't join 'em, beat 'em) held up as the Red Raiders stunned previously unbeaten Princeton 12-10. Colgate walked off the field having won nine of its last 11 games with the Ivies.
The Auburn Tigers, who had previously won two Southeast Conference games with a single touchdown in each, won their third with none at all, edging Georgia Tech on a field goal 3—0. The savage Auburn line played with last-second urgency the entire game, twice stopped the Techmen within 10 yards of a touchdown. Offensively, Auburn made do with Fullback Billy Atkins' wide-angle placement from the 21 just as the second period began. Although bowl-banned Auburn closes in on the conference championship, it must settle for a seat by its television set on New Year's Day.
Off-again-on-again Maryland was on again—in the presence of the Queen of England—whipping the tar out of North Carolina 21-7 (see page 31). On one of the few exciting plays of the game, Maryland Halfback Ted Kershner sprinted 81 yards to break a 7-7 tie and kill the Tar Heels' faintest hope of an Atlantic Coast Conference title.
The Boilermakers of Purdue, beaten in three starts this season and spoiling for an upset, took on the nation's best, kayoed Michigan state, 20-13. The Spartans, in face of Purdue's vicious line, lost their first five fumbles of the year, succeeded in shaking loose only Halfback Walt Kowalczyk who galloped for a total of 72 yards and one touchdown.
Coach Ray Eliot, touched with mercy in the last period, flung in his third and fourth units, kept the Illinois-Minnesota upset scoring within the bounds of decency. Illini Quarterback Tom Haller poured it on the goggle-eyed Gophers, sent Halfback Bob Mitchell off the tackles, Fullback Jack Delveaux up the middle, methodically guided his team to a 34-13 victory.