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College football, bugged by fumbles and the flu, nonetheless swung into its finest week; crowds of 95,000 and 100,000 turned out in Philadelphia and Ann Arbor
October 21, 1957
THE EAST
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October 21, 1957

College Football, Bugged By Fumbles And The Flu, Nonetheless Swung Into Its Finest Week; Crowds Of 95,000 And 100,000 Turned Out In Philadelphia And Ann Arbor

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THE EAST

At Philadelphia's vast Municipal Stadium, craggy-faced Monty Stickles, a second-stringer who had failed in three of four placements this year from three yards out, kicked one from the 28 to give Notre Dame a 23-21 upset of Army in a spectacular renewal of the great rivalry (see page 18).

The unexpectedly rugged Dartmouth line, unscored upon in three games, had great fun at Hanover, pounced on fumbles, blocked a kick, scored a safety and cleared the way for 35-0 upset throttling of Brown. The Indians showed fair run-pass balance, scored twice by each route and once on a punt return. They now take over Brown's erstwhile spot as next-best-to-Princeton....

Which itself had the devil of a time in Palmer Stadium. Princeton called up desperate line play to repel a last-minute Pennsylvania drive and finally muddled through 13-9. The Tigers' heralded single-wing ground power was held in check, but they got maximum mileage from 89 passing yards, including one touchdown in the last period. Tough-luck Penn now has lost three low-scoring games by the curious spreads of five, three and four points.

THE SOUTH

Georgia Tech, eagerly looking forward to this week's outing with Auburn, was ambushed by LSU's stabbing ground game 20-13. Tech set up a defensive overshift for the LSU attack, saw it run asunder by Fullback Jimmy Taylor who blasted for 98 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore Halfback Billy Cannon chipped in 90 yards, threw a vital pass and boomed two late-game punts out of bounds inside the Georgia Tech 10. LSU, undefeated in Southeast Conference play, rides high now. They play neither Auburn nor Tennessee this year.

Auburn used two breaks to edge Kentucky 6-0 in one of the day's bitterest battles. The two fought nip and tuck throughout the first half, were at it again in the third period when Auburn recovered a fumble on the Kentucky 30. A roughing penalty against Wildcat Tackle Lou Michaels subsequently put the ball on the 6-yard line, and from there Auburn punched it over.

THE MIDWEST

With the clinical precision of an anatomy student, Michigan State sliced up Michigan's highly regarded line for a first touchdown, carved open the pass defense for two more, and went on to an awesome 35-6 dismemberment of a potential Big Ten giant. The Spartans showed off anesthetizing power in Halfback Walt Kowalczyk and lancelike passing by Quarterback Jim Ninowski, sending some 100,000 fans home wondering whether State might not be better than Oklahoma. (see page 18).

Wisconsin, no patsy itself, battered out more than 300 ground yards, won its third game, bouncing Purdue 23-14. The young Badgers face a brutal coming-of-age this week at Iowa.

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