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The hard-luck Traylor, who has been sidelined by injuries in his previous three years of college football (SI, Oct. 7), played this game running a temperature and weak from the effects of Asian flu. But he accounted for the lone Baylor score in the third period with a 20-yard toss to Earl Miller for a touchdown. "I thought we had them then," he said.
"But those guys just didn't give up," said Letbetter. "They kept after you. They wouldn't let you roll off and recover after they hit you with a block in the line."
"I wish I was a cussin' man, Clyde," Traylor said sorrowfully. "I sure don't like to lose."
PITY THE POOR COACH
SPARTAN VICTORY, BEAR EMOTION
Soft-spoken, handsome young Pete Elliott is in his first season as head coach at the University of California. It has been a frustrating time for Elliott, who once helped Bud Wilkinson produce the meticulous machines of Oklahoma football. The Bears, while losing their first three games, have subjected their young coach to such sideline agonies as those shown above and below.
Saturday, in front of a national TV audience, Elliott might have found cause for hope. Against the hefty, deep and talented Michigan State Spartans, Pete's Bears showed flashes of strong forward thrust and used a very sticky ground defense to halt the Spartan runners, but finally lost 19-0 to a whistling air attack which accounted for all three MSU touchdowns. Although Cal did not score, Elliott could draw consolation from the knowledge that his team produced the longest gain of the day on a Darrell Roberts-to-Jack Hart pass good for 63 yards. However, Pete's luck still leaves something to be desired: this showiest piece of his offense occurred early—before the TV cameras had left the World Series to peer at the doings in Memorial Stadium.