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Major-college teams unbeaten and untied after six weeks of turmoil were narrowed down to nine: LSU (6-0), Mississippi (6-0), Penn State (6-0), Texas (6-0), North Texas State (5-0), Northwestern (5-0), Syracuse (5-0), USC (5-0), and Yale (5-0). For the last of these there is an added distinction—the Elis are the only unscored-upon team in the nation.
Unbeaten and injury-riddled Northwestern, propped up by inspired reserves, moved out of the conference to meet Notre Dame and managed to hold off the Irish 30-24 (see page 20). Quarterback John Talley was inserted into the patched-up Wildcat backfield, passing 18, 54 and 78 yards for touchdowns and running 61 yards for another. Notre Dame, capitalizing on Northwestern errors, snapped back for 17 points in the second half, but they weren't enough.
Illinois had less luck, bowing to fired-up Penn State 20-9 (see page 20). Intent on proving that it belongs with the nation's best, State recovered from an early fumble which led to a 3-0 Illinois lead and shook up the Illini with its diversified attack. Quarterback Richie Lucas, who had another fine day, put the Nittany Lions ahead with a four-yard plunge and then directed his backs for two more scores. Chortled Coach Rip Engle: "I guess that should stop the bellyaching. We've been hearing ever since we beat Army that we've been lucky. I think we convinced them today. This was our greatest game."
Wisconsin , tossing aside the pass patterns it practiced all week when rain made the ball too slick for pitching, outfought Ohio State 's bruisers at their own game and won 12-3. With Tackle Dan Lanphear leading the furious charge, the Badger forwards sent Buckeye Fullback Bob White to the sidelines with a shoulder separation and slowed down Halfback Bob Ferguson. Wisconsin scored in the first half on a safety, Dale Hackbart's seven-yard run and Karl Holzworth's 27-yard field goal and then sat back to protect against State's futile attempts to score.
At Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium, the home town Boilermakers stuck to interior line battering to power past Iowa 14-7 (see page 18). Fullback Bob Jarus, recovered from a shoulder injury, hammered away at the Hawkeye line and, when he sat down for a rest, Jack Laraway took over to provide Purdue with its second-quarter scoring thrust. Iowa Quarterback Olen Treadway, flipping the ball frantically in the last period, avoided a shutout.
Michigan State , cued by sturdy Center Larry Cundiff, dug in to stop four Indiana smashes at its line late in the game and saved a 14-6 victory; Michigan put together long scoring sprints by Halfbacks Darrell Harper (83 yards) and Fred Julian (42 yards) to turn back lumbering Minnesota 14-6 for the Little Brown Jug.
In other games, no longer fearsome Oklahoma barely beat Kansas 7-6; Missouri defeated Nebraska 9-0; unbeaten Bowling Green rambled over Kent State 25-8; Miami of Ohio upset Ohio U. 24-0. The top three: