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Mervin Hyman
October 26, 1959
For the first time this season, virtually all the major teams played fairly true to form. Louisiana State and Mississippi held firm in the South while Auburn turned on Georgia Tech and badly disturbed the Engineers' dreams of a Southeastern Conference championship. The turbulent Big Ten was headed up by unbeaten Northwestern with surprising Illinois in second place after Ohio State beat Purdue and Wisconsin shocked Iowa. Texas barely held off Arkansas to lead the unpredictable Southwest Conference, and USC, although shaken up a bit by Washington, kept its record clean in the West. Not so lucky was the Air Force, which bowed to undefeated Oregon. In the East, Rutgers unexpectedly fell before little Bucknell, but Syracuse, Penn State, Yale and Penn remained among the unbeaten.
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October 26, 1959

Football's 5th Week

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Yale and Penn, considered two of the Ivy League's most-unlikely-to-succeed before the season started, were still causing raised eyebrows. The Elis fairly sizzled against Cornell and struck down the Big Red 23-0 to stand alone as the only major unbeaten and unscored-upon team. Quarterback Tom Singleton (see page 81) kicked and passed Cornell into submission, and Yale left the impression that it will be difficult to cope with the rest of the season.

Penn had its goal line crossed for the first time, but the Quakers acted more like warmongers as they manhandled poor Brown 36-9 behind the running of Halfback Fred Doelling and fierce blocking of Fullback Jack Hanlon.

Charlie Ravenel scored three times, but Harvard experienced its usual last-period jitters before overcoming Columbia 38-22; Princeton routed Colgate 42-7; Boston College dumped Dartmouth 35-12.

Listless at the start, Syracuse suddenly awoke as Halfbacks Gerhard Schwedes and Ernie Davis began to roam and Quarterbacks Dave Sarette and Dick Easterly found the passing range to batter Holy Cross 42-6. Quarterback Richie Lucas, who carries the Penn State load gracefully, did it again as the Nittany Lions held off Boston U. 21-12.

Bucknell upset Rutgers 15-8; Rochester flushed out Vermont 27-6 for its 13th straight. The top three:

1. SYRACUSE (4-0)
2. PENN STATE (5-0)
3. PENN (4-0)


Northwestern stood alone at the top of the Big Ten, but the Wildcats were showing signs of wear and tear. Sandbagged by injuries which took Quarterback Dick Thornton out of action for the year and temporarily sidelined swift Halfback Ron Burton, Northwestern lost some of its ebullience and was hard pressed before Michigan fell 20-7 (see page 82). Two bitter goal line stands, a 63-yard pass play from second-string Quarterback John Talley to Mark Johnston and an 85-yard scoring sprint by Ray Purdin finally pulled the Wildcats through. Complained Coach Ara Parseghian: "We have to fight for our lives every ball game. Man, I tell you this is no way to make a living."

Ohio State's Woody Hayes, fed to the teeth with his razz-matazz offense which had resulted in two straight shutouts for the Buckeyes, revived his patented split-T meat grinder and appreciatively watched it bury hopeful Purdue 15-0 (see page 81). Fullback Bob White, his old crunching self again, hammered the Boilermaker front wall for 111 yards while Quarterback Tom Matte ran 32 yards for a touchdown and Dave Kilgore kicked a 36-yard field goal. "It looked like the good old days," rejoiced Woody. "As the old philosopher says, when you get fancy, you get beat, so I went back to reading my book [on power football] and we won."

Wisconsin, too, had a win up its sleeve and humbled Iowa 25-16 despite the fact that Hawkeye Quarterback Olen Tread-way set a new Big Ten record by completing 26 out of 41 passes for 304 yards. Coach Milt Bruhn figured the Iowa defense could be had if his Badgers, hitting hard out of the belly series with an unbalanced line and man in motion, concentrated on the right side of the Hawkeye line. He was right, and deft-handed Quarterback Dale Hackbart thus exploited the visitors for a 25-0 lead. Treadway's pitching led to two scores, but they came too late to help the Hawkeyes.

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