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Indiana .....

20 Northwestern

... . 32 Notre Dame .... 13 Fordham
... 14 Navy........... 7 Purdue .

. . . . . . 13

Columbia ........ 7 Cornell ....... 21 Harvard ...... 10 Stanford ...... 20
Wisconsin ...... 6 Yale .......... 0 Pennsylvania ... 10 Washington .... 10

.. illinois


. . . .


Minnesota Upsets Wolverine

Title Hopes


Purple Defeats Illinois;
Indiana Licks Spartans

EVANSTON, Ill., Nov. 9.-(/P)-The
upset game of the Western Confer-
ence football season was in the mak-
ing for 45 thrilling minutes today
before Northwestern exploded its
dynamite in the final period to come
from behind and defeat Illinois 32
to 14.
Trailing 14-13 at the start of the
last period, the Wildcats struck with
terrific force on the ground to reg-
ister three touchdowns, wear down
the tiring Illini and turn the game
into a rout. The fifth victory of
the season for Northwestern was wit-
nessed by 35,000 spectators.
Indiana Crushes Spartans
BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Nov. 9.-(iP)
-Bo McMillin's Hoosiers, victorious
in only one previous start this sea-
son, passed and pranced to a 20 to
0 decision over Michigan State this
dark and dreary afternoon to main-
tain their football supremacy over
the Spartans.
Hurling Hal Hursh's deadly right
arm figured in two of the Hoosier
touchdowns, while Ed Rucinski, right
end, sprawled upon a blocked punt
over the goal line for the third tally.
The Spartans came no nearer the
Indiana goal than the 10-yard stripe.
They were held for downs there as
the game ended.
Lions Nose Out Badgers
NEW YORK, Nov. 9.-(R)-Lou Lit-
tle's Columbia football Lions pulled
another one out of the hat today.
Just about the time everyone in
the crowd of 20,000 fans banked in
the horseshoe stadium at Baker Field
were becoming convinced Wiscon-
sin's Badgers had the ball game safe-
ly on ice, Lion opportunists scored a
fourth quarter touchdown on a
blocked kick, added the point and

pulled out a 7 to 6 upset victory.
Joe Siegal, 175-pound youngster
from Larksville, Pa., and brother of
another Columbia hero of a few years
back, grabbed the loose ball after
Ray Makofske had blocked the punt,
and galloped 18 yards to the touch-
down that tied up the ball game.
Then Len Will booted the point and
school was out.
Rams Top Purdue, 13-7
NEW YORK, Nov. 9.-()-The big
bass drum in the Fordham band most
decidedly was not up to par today.
No matter how hard it was hit, it
gave off nothing more than a dull
This, however, was a mere nothing
for dullness compared to the Ford-
ham-Purdue football game, which it
interrupted occasionally. A Polo
Grounds crowd of 28,578 saw Ford-
ham win, 13-7, to gain the edge in
their six-game series, but outside of
the touchdowns, of which there were
only three, the game had about as
much sparkle as a stale glass of beer.
Purdue, outrushed 176 yards to 42,
had a 97 to 93 edge in passing.
Husker Line Stops Iowa
LINCOLN, Neb., Nov. 9.-(AP)-Two
sets of powerful Nebraska linemen
stalled Iowa every step of the way and
tore big holes in the Hawkeyes bar-
ricade today as the Huskers took a
14 to 6 football victory over the in-
vading Hawkeyes before 26,000 spec-
It was the line that gave Herman
Rohrig and Harry Hopp all the time
in the world to throw the passes that
set up the Nebraska touchdowns and
it was the line that rose up to stifle
the Iowa running attack and rush
the passers when the Hawkeyes made
their few threats.

don wirtehafter's
Say It Isn't So .
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Nov. 9.-
There was little joy in the Michigan
locker room after today's clash.
For the first time this year, the
Wolverines went about their dress-
ing in business-like fashion. They
had little to say. Their tear-filled
eyes told the story of their disap-
As Coach Crisler put it, "They
fought their hearts out. It was a
hard one to lose."
The head coach was proud of his
defeated warriors, though. Both he
and Clarence Munn agreed that
the line "easily played it's best
game of the season."
It outcharged a tremendous Go-
pher forward wall from beginning to
end. It gave 15 pounds per man to
the enemy, but it gave no ground.
George "Sonny" Franck, the Min-
nesota All-American prospect, was
stopped with 33 yards in 11 attempts.
His great kicking, however, played
an important role in the Gopher
triumph. Bob Sweiger, Bierman's
hard plunging fullback, average 5.7
yards a try while Junior Bruce Smith
of touchdown fame had a 7.7 average
in 15 attempts.
Over in the Minnesota dressing
room, the usual victory back-slap-
ping and pandemonium took place.
Bierman was thankful for his
close call, The Gophers needed
some breaks to whip Washington
in their season's opener. They
won by a point against Northwest-
ern a week ago, and now this.
"They can't put us in jail," ex-
plained the usually quiet Gopher
mentor, "we live right. It was the
best Michigan team we've played
since I came to Minnesota."
The victorious Golden Horde kept
pointing to the Michigan-Minnesota
classic of 1926. That year the Go-
phers rolled up 19 first downs to
the Wolverines' three. They out-
rushed the boys from Ann Arbor by
some 300 yards. And, coincidentally,
the final tally gave Michigan a 7-6
There was also some discussion
here tonight about discarding the
point after touchdown method.
They always argue about that
when one team wins by a one-
point margin after being outplayed
all day. "Decide tie games by the
amount of first downs made," some
of the experts were yelling. "For-
get about trying for extra points."
We disagree. If the best team al-
ways wins, football wouldn't be foot-
ball. Half the drama and tenseness
of the game is drawn from just such
battles as took place here this after-
It's hard to believe that Michigan
has been defeated. Our senses still
fail to really grasp the fact.
We haven't given up on this foot-
ball team. To us, they're still the
greatest aggregation in the nation.
They certainly played like it here
this afternoon, despite their loss.
One last thing. Don't forget our
little meeting tomorrow at the Mich-
igan Central depot. This bunch of
Wolverine warriors that will board
the train here later tonight is a
downcast one. They're disappointed.
Two big games remain on the Wol-
verine card.
A real gathering tomorrow can do
a lot in changing the Michigan out-
look toward those battles.


Rain, Mud, AndMernik 's
Kick Give Gophers Win

(Continued from Page 1)

With 7-6 Victory
Sukup Suffers With Teannates
Via Radio At Hospital Bedside


Wolverine tacklers to his own 41. Two
first downs gave Minnesota the ball
on the Michigan 31. But there they
were stopped and Michigan went to
After an exchange of punts the
Wolverines started a sustained drive
from their own 13-yard line that
carried them to a first down on the
Gopher five. It was an attack of de-
ception as well as versatility. West-
fall plunged like a madman. Har-
mon mixed things up with his pass-
ing and running.
Jinx Is In Again
But the old Gopher Jinx went to
work. Harmon was stopped four
times inside the five. The Gopher
line refused to say die, and Franck
punted to midfield.
Then came Michigan's only break
all day, but one on which the Wolver-
ines were quick to capitalize. After
Harmon had punted out on the Go-
pher five-yard stripe, Bill Daley,
sparky Minnesota fullback, fumbled
on the first play and Westfall poun-
ced on the ball.
Once again, the Wolverines had a
first down on the Gopher five. Two
line smashes by Westfall picked up
two yards. That Gopher line was a
little too much. On the third down,
Harmon faded back and flipped a
beautiful pass to Evashevski who had
slipped through to the end zone, and
the Wolverines were in the lead.
Harmon's Boot Wide
Then came the Hoosier Hammer's
fateful boot. With Lockard holding
the ball, he sent it sailing toward the
goal posts. Its height was true but
its direction was off. It floated just a
little off to the right.
Shortly after, Ed Frutig, who played
prodigiously all afternoon, broke
through to block Franck's kick and
Rube Kelto dove on the ball on the
Gopher two. Michigan was in scor-
ing position again but they never
tallied. Harmon dove over center
for no gain. Westfall lost three
yards on an end sweep, and Har-
mon's pass was intercepted by the
Gopher quarterback, Bob Paffrath,
in the end zone.
That ended the Michigan lead.
With a first down on their own 20,
the Gophers sprang to the front like
a thunderbolt. Pushed around for
over a quarter by their aroused foe,
no one expected the Gophers to do
much moving. But on the first play,
Smith stormed over his left tackle,
broke through the Wolverine secon-
dary and was in the clear.
Smith Ties Score
Westfall came charging over from
the other side of the field, made a
final stab at the racing Gopher, but
it was too late. Smith was on his,
way and the score was tied.
Bernie Bierman sent Mernik into
the lineup, replacing Smith. It was
little Joe- who booted the winning
point against the Wildcats last week.
And once again, the Mighty Mite
came through. On a sliding ball
from center, he cooly lifted it be-
tween the posts. There was never a
doubt about the ball. It hit the
bull's eye and Minnesota was out in
front to stay.
The rain was too much for both
teams in the second half, and the
game turned into a fumbling match.
The ball slipped in and out of the
ball-carriers' hands like a bar of wet
soap. But even so it was the game
that everyone came to see, the top
battle of the nation, and the throng
stayed planted to their soaked seats
till the gun broke through deafening
cheers to end the battle.
Shortly after the third period

opened, Evashevski injured his ail-
ing shoulder, and Ceithaml came in-
to the Michigan lineup. Things
looked dim for the battling Wolver-
ines, but they kept on battling.
Fumble Stops March
After punting back and forth for
most of the period, the Wolverines
went on the march again shortly be-
fore it was over. With Westfall
plunging and Harmon passing to
Frutig, Michigan drove to a first
down on the Gopher four. It took
just one play after that, however,
to blast the Wolverine hopes. For
Westfall fumbled the slippery pig-
skin, and Urban Odson, Minnesota's
mammoth tackle, recovered on the
With Evashevski back in the game,
the Wolverines threatened again with
just four minutes left to play. Us-
ing the same passing and plunging
tactics, Michigan battled to a first
down on the Gopher 38. Harmon
passed to Frutig on the 28, and once
again Wolverine chances for grab-
bing a victory out of the fire rose.
But the breaks weren't there. Two
line plays failed. Then Paul Kro-
mer entered the Wolverine backfield.
It was fourth down and six yards
to go for a first down.
Last year Michigan whipped Ohio
in the final seconds on a fake place-
kick play. Todayj, Kr'omer tried
that same play against the Gophers.
He dashed down the left sideline,
picking up five and a half yards.
But he was inches short of a first
And Michigan dropped into the
ranks of the defeated.

Milo Sukup, bedridden guard on
Michigan's fighting football team,
heard yesterday's battle in a stuffy
hospital room, 800 miles from the
scene of the Gopher triumph -
The stocky Wolverine mainstay,
suffering the torture of a throbbing
pain in his head, fought and scrap-
ped with his gallant teammates all
the way - while lying flat on his
From the minute he heard the
strains of the "Victors" coming over
the small radio in his room until
Ted Husing dramatically yelled, "The
game is over," Milo went through the
anguish of one who knew where he
should have been, but could do noth-
ing about getting there.
His face throughout the game was
a panorama of happiness and sor-
row. After Bob Westfall had plunged
to his second consecutive first down
in the first quarter, Sukup clenched
his fist and said, "Now we're going."
But when Tom Harmon missed a
touchdown deep in Minnesota terri-
tory, a sickly half-smile crossed his
face, and as Evashevski called the
screen pass play that worked so well,
Sukup, knowing the Michigan's end
had six men in front of him, repeat-
edly remarked, "They should have
gone all the way on that one."
He squirmed and figited as fum-

bles continually halted the Wolverine
juggernaut. But he never gave up
hope that Michigan would put over
the deciding touchdown. "Gee, we've
gotta make it now," he prayed, as
the Wolverines moved deeper into
Gopher terl'itory in the fourth quar-
After it was all over, he relaxed
his aching head back on the pillow,
turned to his friends gathered in the
room and said, "Boy, on a dry day
we'd have beaten them bad. The fel-
lows had tough luck all day - I know
how they must feel now."
Room 5340, University Hospital,
was a dark, dreary place as the game
ended and Milo Sukup's friends filed
out. He thanked them all for com-
ing up and turned his head toward
the window. His heart was paining
him now as much as his head.
Evashevski And Harmon
Lead Football Forecast
That it takes football players to
be football forecasters was proved
this weekend by Captain Forest Eva-
shevski when he managed to pick
fourteen winning teams in Don Wirt-
chafter's weekly guessing game. His
teammate, Tom Harmon, was second
with twelve correct choices.
The poor Daily writers seemed to
have slipped quite a bit from their
usual brilliant guesses.


Stgtistics Of Michigan-Minnesota Game
First Downs..................................15 5
Yards gained rushing (net) ...................129 199
Forward passes attempted ........................ 14 3
Forward passes completed .... ..................... 10 0
Yards by -forward passing.......................81 0
Yards lost, attempted forward passes ...............0 18
Forward passes intercepted by ....................0 0
Punting average (from scrimmage).............. .45.6 45.7
Total yards, all kicks returned .................... 10 51
Opponents' fumbles recovered .................... 2 2
Yards -lost by penalties .......................... 5 10




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November 10, 1940
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Grid Results

Scoring: Michigan - Touchdown,
Minnesota: Touchdown, Smith.
Point After Touchdown - Mernik
(Sub for Smith), Placement.
Substitutions: Michigan-Tackles,
Butler, Flora. Guard, Melzow. Cen-
ter, Kennedy. Quarterback, Ceit-
haml. Halfbacks, Nelson, Kromer.
Fullback, Zimmerman.
Minnesota: Ends, Baumgartner,
Ringer. Tackles, Van't Hull, Lechner.
Guards, Bob Smith, Paschka. Cen-
ter, Flick. Quarterback, Plunkett.
Halfback, Mernik. Fullback, Daley.


Cornell 21, Yale 0
Princeton 14, Dartmouth 9
Pittsburgh 6, Carnegie Tech 0
Georgetown 41, Maryland 0
Manhattan 45, Marquette 41
Detroit 3, Texas Christian 0
Oregon 18, University California
at Los Angeles 0
Oregon State 21, Washing. State 0
Texas A.&M. 19. S. Methodist 7
Texas 13, Baylor 0
Rice 14, Arkansas 7
Alabama 13, Tulane 6
Auburn 21, Clemson 7
Kentucky 26, Georgia Tech 7
Brown 13, Army 9
Penn State 13, Syracuse 13
Mississippi 34, Holy Cross 7
Temple 28, Villanova 0
Boston College 21, Boston U 0
Florida 18, Georgia 13

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