Yale teamed End Mike Cavallon with Quarterback Dick Winterbauer and showed its hottest passing of the season, handing Princeton its first Ivy League loss 20-13. Big Mike (6 feet 4, 200 pounds), who had caught only nine passes in his team's first seven games, caught six more, three of them for touchdowns (see page 24). The league show-down comes Saturday at Palmer Stadium—where Princeton plays unbeaten but once-tied Dartmouth.
The Black Knights of Army, in a tune up for the Navy game, had a harrowing time of it at West Point, beat Tulane, on a fourth-period touchdown, 20-14. A Knight to remember was 200-pound sophomore Halfback Bob Anderson, whose gain of 145 yards broke the alltime academy rushing record set in 1946 by Glenn Davis. Davis had 935 yards; Anderson has 965 with one game left.
Williams put the Lord Jeffs of Amherst to rout with three touchdowns before the first period was half over, coasted home 39-14. The defeat of previously unbeaten Amherst left Williams' record sullied only by a tie with Tufts.
Rhode Island and Connecticut rolled up their sleeves for a Bean Pot fight, spent much of the afternoon at midfield, played to a 0-0 tie to share first place in the Yankee Conference.
Mississippi, bowling along on the strength of its thunderous ground attack, used an elusive punt return by Halfback Leroy Reed and a fumble recovery by Guard Jackie Simpson to set up the touchdowns that beat Tennessee 14-7. Ole Miss, while possibly not the best-looking team in a conference that includes Auburn, nonetheless is the most eligible. The Rebels could seal a Sugar Bowl bid with a victory Saturday over arch-rival Mississippi State.
Auburn lowered its scored-on-per-game average to a paltry 2.6 points, stiffened its claim as the nation's best team by shutting out Georgia in the squeak-of-the-week 6-0.
Duke, figuring on only a warmup for the Orange Bowl ruckus with Oklahoma, put in an afternoon of hard work against the team that played down there last time, managed to slip by Clemson 7-6.
Ohio State punched through the beefy Iowa line for 295 yards rushing—greatest single-game yardage yielded by Iowa this season—and beat the Hawkeyes 17-13. Fullback Bob White, a lone Kentuckian amid a roster full of Ohioans, was the heft of the Buckeye ground game, scored the winning touchdown in the last period (see page 22). OSU now has just one more game—with traditional rival Michigan—before its New Year's Day picnic in the Rose Bowl.
Michigan state, which would still be in the Rose Bowl picture had Ohio State lost, kept an ear cocked toward the public address reports of other games, worked over foundering Minnesota 42-13.
Little Hillsdale College of Michigan extended its consecutive win streak to 34—now the longest in the country—by trouncing Gustavus Adolphus 27-7.
Texas A&M, hitherto the toast of Texas, got nothing but cold shoulders from Rice, fell in another of the day's stunning upsets, 6-7. Rice held down the Aggie running game with a nine-man line, while Quarterback King Hill, a basketball and golf star in his spare time, scored the Owl touchdown and kicked the point. The Cotton Bowl assignment is now a three-way scrap between the Aggies, Rice and Texas, each of whom has lost one Southwest Conference game (see page 24).
Texas shuttled in an all-sophomore back-field unit, found the spark in Quarterback Bobby Lackey and Halfback George Blanch to run over Texas Christian 14-2.
As for Oklahoma, that winning streak had to end sometime, and Notre Dame did it 7-0 in the season's biggest upset (see page 18).
THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Utah's Coach Jack Curtice, faced with a problem of running up a cruel score on the weak Air Force Academy or benching star Passer Lee Grosscup as he neared national records, had his cake and ate it too as Grosscup played less than half the game, hit 13 of 16 passes for 249 yards. Utah beat the Falcons 34-0.
THE FAR WEST
Balding Jack Morris, Oregon's speedy 25-year-old fullback, blasted for 212 yards and a new school rushing record to lead the Webfoots over Southern California 16-7. Morris, already drafted by the Los Angeles Rams, showed what he hopes to do to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl by kicking a field goal and scoring on a 67-yard dash while many of the meager crowd of 30,975 were still looking for their seats in Los Angeles' yawning Coliseum (see page 22).
Stanford's bowl hopes suffered a violent death as Oregon state mauled the Indians in a 24-14 upset.