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September 30, 1957
In bothersome weather—generally damp and humid on the broad brim of the country and snowy in Wyoming—1957 Football rose slowly to its feet last week. Season openers for the Big Ten, the Ivies and many of the major independents were still a week away; the stage was hogged by some intersectional contests and a few early conference struggles.
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September 30, 1957

Pigskin Panorama

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Washington state's brilliant quarterback, Bob Newman, warming up his throwing arm, tossed for three touchdowns as the Cougars won a nonconference match from Nebraska, 34-12. Big, strong and experienced, Newman forewarned that his team is an outside bet as the Pacific Coast's Rose Bowl choice.

Another red-hot passer, Ken (Model A) Ford rattled into Tulsa with his Hardin-Simmons buddies and hung a stunning upset on the Golden Hurricanes, 14-0. The Cowboys now point to an October 12 Border Conference date with Arizona state, which itself had a pleasant day slamming through Wichita 28-0.


Texas A&M butted helmets with stubborn Maryland for three periods, then turned near disaster into mere embarrassment by punching over two touchdowns in the fourth to whip the Terrapins 21-13. Statistically, the Aggies took it in a breeze, but their overaggressive play cost them 125 yards in penalties.

Houston now stands alone in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Cougars took another stride toward high football honors by dumping favored Miami 7-0. Hal Lewis and Claude King proved themselves two of the finest halfbacks in the Southwest.


Dreams ran wild in the broad streets of Salt Lake City after Utah's wide-open 32-13 assault on Montana. The Utes, using three teams, passed for 235 yards, sprinted for 200 more and established themselves as best bets in the Skyline derby and not-such-dark horses in their games against Colorado and Army.

Wyoming air also was filled with passes (and snowflakes in the second period) as the Skyline defenders took Kansas state as their 12th consecutive victim, 12-7. At the close of each half, K-State goal-line drives were shot dead by the gun.


The balance of power in the Pacific Coast Conference seems once again to lie in the rain country of the Northwest. Conference Champion Oregon state used crisp blocking and its tailback ace, Joe Francis, as a decoy to easily rumble over well-regarded use, 20-0. Big gun for the Beavers' single-wing attack was Fullback Nub Beamer, who boomed for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

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