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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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The Southwest Conference, where form is so lightly regarded that a victory by a favorite is considered an upset, began to wonder what was in store for league-leading Texas. Struggling to stay alive after Arkansas had taken 12-7 lead into the last quarter, the Longhorns got the break they needed when Razorback Lance Alworth fumbled a fair catch on his own 31-yard line. Quickly moving to the attack, Texas pulled it out 13-12 on Bart Shirley's short pass to Jack Collins.

TCU's slumbering giants, prodded by Jackie Sledge, an obscure senior quarterback, finally came alive to blister Texas A&M 39-6. SMU's Don Meredith could not do it alone and Rice caught the Mustangs for a 13-13 tie. Baylor turned Texas Tech miscues into a 14-7 triumph.

North Texas State, the nation's most prolific ground-gainer, added to its statistics while swamping Pensacola Naval Air Station 43-0. The top three:

1. TEXAS (5-0)
2. ARKANSAS (4-1)
3. SMU (2-1-1)

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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