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College football, bugged by fumbles and the flu, nonetheless swung into its finest week; crowds of 95,000 and 100,000 turned out in Philadelphia and Ann Arbor
October 21, 1957
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October 21, 1957

College Football, Bugged By Fumbles And The Flu, Nonetheless Swung Into Its Finest Week; Crowds Of 95,000 And 100,000 Turned Out In Philadelphia And Ann Arbor

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After being thrashed 16 straight times in Waco (dating back to 1904), the Arkansas Razorbacks finally got sore, pounded their Baylor hosts 20-17. Baylor, still numb from that bad night in Miami, couldn't fathom the tactics of Quarterback George Walker. Walker passed only seven times but completed six for 101 yards and started a lateral-forward play for the second Arky touchdown. Baylor Quarterback Doyle Traylor was a jewel in defeat, passing for two touchdowns and 103 yards.

Oklahoma precluded fearful riots in Dallas by turning back the fired-up Texas Longhorns, who had held the national champs at bay for 44 minutes and 34 seconds. Jakie Sanderfer, a Texan by birth and Sooner hero for the day, cracked over for the third period score that put Oklahoma ahead. His interception of a Texas pass set up the final tally with less than three minutes left. Oklahoma won 21-7 (see page 22).

Colorado's slim Bob Stransky, the nation's leading rusher, shaking off tacklers like so many sticks of straw, led the Buffaloes over Arizona 34-14. Stransky, an alert stop-and-go halfback, ran 98 yards in less than three periods of play to up his total yardage to 467. He also caught two passes and intercepted another.

With less than four minutes left on the game clock, Stanford did it again. It blew the big one, this time to Washington state in a semifinal Rose Bowl bout at Palo Alto. The Indians, who had racked up a solid three touchdown lead in the first half, were coasting home 18-7 when the roof fell in at the tag end of the fourth period. On a stunning pass play from State's 13, Cougar End Jack Fanning took a throw from Quarterback Bob Newman and ran for his life to the Stanford end zone. Moments later, after recovering their on-side kickoff, State was zipping through the distraught Indians. In short order they scored, on a pass from Newman to End Don Ellingsen with 44 seconds left. Final: Washington State 21, Stanford 18. Should State get past Oregon next week and Oregon State on November 2, the Rose Bowl bid will be virtually in the bag.

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