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Seven Ivy Leaguers kicked off the season and the results indicate one of the wildest conference scrambles in the country. In the one intraleague game, supposedly feeble Columbia used a fourth-period field goal to dump Brown 23-20. Dick Donelli, son of new Lion Coach Buff Donelli (see page 50), playing his first varsity game at quarterback, passed for two touchdowns, nipped Bruin runners with last-man tackles and intercepted two key passes. Elsewhere, Pennsylvania had Penn State scared Stiff, but fumbled away a golden upset opportunity and lost 19-14. Princeton showed feet of clay, squeaked by Rutgers 7-0, with a touchdown at 11:23 of the last quarter and won one for their ailing Coach, Charlie Caldwell. Yale looked strongest for the day, drubbing Connecticut 27-0.
Coach Earl Blaik at last adapted Army to a bit of modern aerial warfare in a lopsided 42-0 win over Nebraska. Quarterback Dave Bourland, playing less than half the game, completed eight passes, one for a touchdown.
Auburn, finding a quarterback to work behind its massive line, took over the favorite's role in the Southeast Conference by upsetting defending champion Tennessee 7-0. Lefty Lloyd Nix, recently converted from half to quarterback, mixed his plays smartly, used tricky draw and counter calls to keep vital ball control.
Duke expected a tough time with Virginia but breezed home 40-0—Halfback Wray Carlton scoring four touchdowns. The Blue Devils netted 30 first downs and 396 rushing yards in their march toward the Orange Bowl. Scores of Maryland fans, sickened by the carnage, left Byrd Stadium long before North Carolina State had finished belaboring the Terrapins 48-13. Halfbacks Dick Christy and Dick Hunter ran until weary, established State as a major Atlantic Coast Conference threat, along with Duke.
The ponderous Mountaineers of West Virginia, sulky and slow in last week's outing with Virginia, woke up and cuffed Virginia Tech 14-0 to virtually assure themselves another Southern Conference crown. So elated were they after beating the Gobblers, they bounced off the field shouting turkey calls.
The best of the Big Ten looked very good indeed as they ran up cricketlike scores against their opposition. Iowa gained nearly an eighth of a mile in yardage, half of this on the ground and half in the air, to swamp Utah state 70-14. Halfback Geno Sessi, still a little weak on defense, played sparingly. He carried the ball three times, scored thrice. Michigan state sent 67 players up against Indiana, but even the third-and fourth-stringers contributed to the 54-0 humiliation. Like honors at a prep school graduation, the scoring was well distributed: nine boys made points. Minnesota's traditional power plays were spiced by pitchouts and passes as the Gophers had their way with Washington 46-7. Bobby Cox, hampered by a bum ankle, shared quarterbacking glories with Dick Larson.
In a ragged game Purdue lost to the sturdy and eager defenses of the rebuilding Irish of Notre Dame 12-0. The unbeaten intersectional record of the Southwest Conference this year was kept intact by Texas Christian which tripped favored Ohio State 18-14.