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Purdue and Wisconsin, headed for a Big Ten showdown next Saturday, warmed up with easy victories. Purdue, making good use of Quarterback Ross Fichtner's running of the option play and Fullback Bob Jarus' jarring lunges inside the tackles, hammered away at Notre Dame to win 28-7, then sadly learned that Fichtner was lost for the year with a shoulder bone fracture; Wisconsin gave Marquette's Pete Hall the short pass but still clobbered their state rivals 44-6 on the passing and running of Quarterback Dale Hackbart.
A couple of Big Ten have-nots also found teams they could beat. Michigan State, strutting before a record 103,234 crammed into Michigan's stadium at Ann Arbor, climbed all over the futile Wolverines 34-8 while Minnesota flattened Indiana 24-14 (see page 25).
Still a little leaky on pass defense, Oklahoma nevertheless blended its own passing game with a versatile running attack to beat Colorado 42-12. The top three:
1. NORTHWESTERN (2-0)
Some of the nation's fiercest head-banging took place in Los Angeles Coliseum, where USC's mighty line, led by the enthusiastic McKeever twins, Marlin and Mike, cut Ohio State's fearsome forwards down to size. Quarterback Ben Charles passed 38 yards to End Luther Hayes for one touchdown and scored another himself as the Trojans won 17-0 (see page 24).
Up north, Washington fumbled away a touchdown in the early minutes but then got its wing T in motion and swamped Utah 51-6; Oregon turned two interceptions into scoring drives and beat Washington State 14-6; exciting Stanford had Quarterback Dick Norman throwing the ball again (12 out of 19 for 195 yards and two touchdowns) and whipped College of Pacific 21-6. The top three:
1. USC (3-0)
Moderately startled by Clemson Halfback Bill Mathis' 99-yard second-half kickoff return, Georgia Tech tossed the ball to Sophomore Halfbacks Bobby Gene Harris, John Welch and Billy Williamson, who kept to the battle plan and found their way around the ponderous Tiger line often enough to give the unbeaten Engineers a 16-6 triumph (see page 24).