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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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Illinois' Ray Elliot, wending his merry way toward retirement, had another chuckle coming after the Illini picked off five Minnesota passes on the way to a 14-6 triumph. Guard Bill Burrell had a day to remember, making 16 tackles, recovering a fumble and intercepting a pass.

Michigan State Quarterback Dean Look cheered Coach Duffy Daugherty's soul with a real stickout TV performance against Notre Dame, setting up one touchdown with a 41-yard dash and passing 52 yards for another as the Spartans whipped the Irish 19-0. Indiana had an easy time of it with Nebraska, shucking off the Cornhuskers 23-7.

Oklahoma, back in the comfortable confines of the Big Eight, needed time to get untracked against Missouri, but finally got the job done 23-0. Kansas, springing Halfback Curt McClinton for three touchdowns, routed Kansas State 33-14. The top three:

2. WISCONSIN (3-1)
3. PURDUE (2-1-1)


Washington fans went wild when Quarterback Bob Schloredt, a talented work horse, blasted through the touted USC line to put the Huskies ahead 15-14 in the last quarter. Bui the Trojans responded with an 80-yard drive that left the home team gasping and beaten 22-15. Quarterback Willie Wood led the late charge, going over from the six-yard line.

The Air Force Falcons finally had their claws dulled and were grounded by speedy Oregon 20-3 (see page 80). Duck Quarterback Dave Grosz caught the Falcons cold with a 50-yard scoring pitch to Cleveland Jones, and sub Fullback Harry Needham did the rest.

UCLA had too many Smiths—Ray and Earl, in particular for California and muzzled the Bears 19-12; Washington State gave Stanford's Dick Norman all the passing time he needed but limited his effectiveness by flooding the secondary as the Cougars won 36-19. The top three:

1. USC (4-0)
2. OREGON (5-0)


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