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SELDOM has the form chart held up so well on a football Saturday in Dixie. Only Tulane mildly surprised against Navy 21-6. The Middies wilted in the 90° heat at New Orleans, but the big factors were the alert and efficient line play of the Green Wave and the superb quarterbacking of little Gene (Fig) Newton who led Tulane on crunching marches of 74, 63 and 59 yards for touchdowns. Mississippi successfully hurdled stubborn Vanderbilt 16-0.
In other Southeastern Conference matches, Georgia Tech walloped crippled Louisiana State 39-7, and in a night game Auburn dumped Kentucky 13-0.
All-America Halfback Jim Swink faded into the background as his running mate Ken Wineburg ran 46 and 41 yards for touchdowns in Texas Christian's 23-6 victory over Alabama, while Fullback Joe Brodsky did virtually all the damage on a 41-yard march that brought Florida a 7-0 triumph over Rice.
Playing without the injured Johnny Majors, Tennessee started slowly but eventually rolled past Chattanooga 42-20, with reserve Tailback Al Carter leading the way.
Injured Quarterback Sonny Jurgensen came off the bench and led Duke to a couple of quick touchdowns for a 14-6 win over Southern Methodist in a sloppy free-for-all marked by 13 fumbles, three pass interceptions and 26 penalty calls. At Chapel Hill, Georgia whipped hapless North Carolina 26-12. Wake Forest never got inside Clemson's 30-yard line as the Tigers rolled to a 17-0 victory that buoyed their Orange Bowl hopes. Halfback King Dixon sparked South Carolina (another Orange Howl hopeful) out of the doldrums late in the game for a 27-23 victory over Virginia. North Carolina state lost its third straight as Florida State bottled the Wolfpack's multiple offense and won 14-0.
In the Southern Conference, Virginia Tech gave up an early touchdown but untracked later to Wallop William and Mary 34-7. Davidson took a substandard Washington and Lee apart 48-6; and Halfback Bob Naylor ran wild (220 yards) for Lehigh to set a new single-game rushing record and help the Engineers to a 27-20 win over VMI. Other scores:
Wofford 18, Furman 6
OHIO STATE, defending Big Ten champion, and Northwestern, which ended up the 1955 season in the conference cellar, shared the Big Ten spotlight over the weekend—the first with a victory, the other with a tie. The Buckeye win, a 26-6 romp over Illinois, was their 14th straight in conference play and opened State's 1956 Big Ten season. Minnesota, rated at least two touchdowns better than Northwestern, was held to a scoreless tie by Ara Parseghian's new Wildcats.
With seven different players scoring its seven touchdowns, Michigan rebounded from its 9-0 defeat by Michigan State to crush a bumbling, fumbling Army 48-14.