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Around The Country
Don Parker
October 22, 1956
THE PREVAILING THEME of last weekend's football was T without sympathy. The rich T-formation powers got richer by mortifying the poor, but heretofore respectable middle class. It was obvious at Ann Arbor, where Michigan was repolishing its slightly tarnished reputation at the expense of Army's self-respect. Oklahoma used the same unmerciful tactics in overrunning Texas before 75,504 sad-eyed Longhorn partisans (see page 12), while Ohio State and Michigan State rolled up unkind scores against their Big Ten opponents to remain unbeaten and untied and practically unchallenged in the Western Conference. Even Georgia Tech, which had previously seemed content to score just enough to win, turned vicious and flattened Louisiana State in a most unsympathetic manner. Mississippi and Tennessee, the other unbeaten mammoths of the Southeastern Conference, increased their national prestige with convincing victories over Vanderbilt and Chattanooga, respectively. Independent Miami reaffirmed its standing in football's high society at the expense of Maryland, a former member in good standing. The only hesitant note sounded by the nation's top elevens came from Texas A&M, which could do no better than tie a scrappy and ambitious Houston team. But this could not be construed as sympathy, since the Aggies might well have been thinking ahead to this weekend's showdown with TCU.
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October 22, 1956

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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
Miami 13, Maryland 6
Richmond 7, The Citadel 3
Mississippi St. 18, Trinity 6
No. Car. College 33, Va. St. 13
E. Carolina 20, W. Carolina 19
Catawba 14, Appalachian 7
Morgan St. 41, Howard 0
Mississippi College 13, Sewanee 6
Howard (Ala.) 20, Millsaps 20
Mid. Tenn. 20, Morehead 12
W. Va. State 13. Bluefield 6
Rand.-Macon 20, Bridgewater 6
Tuskegee 43, Knoxville 18
Maryland St. 24, No. Car. A&T 6
J. Hopkins 14, Hamp.-Syd. 13


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.

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