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November 02, 1941 - Image 2

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Gophers Down Northwestern, 8-7,

To Keep Big

Ten Lead

Higgins Sprints 41 Yards
For Winning Touchdown
Safety Gives Minnesota Victory Margin;
Grahaim Passes For Wildcat'Score

Shines Against Illini

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 1.-(AP)-Min-
nesota's mighty mite --147-pound
Bud Higgins-took the controls for
one quick scoring drive today to send
the Golden Gopher express rolling
along the Big Ten and National
Championship roadway with a well-
earned 8 to 7 victory over North-
western's Wildcats.
With his team trailing 7-2 in the
third period, the diminutive Gopher(
back streaked 41 yards for the touch-I
down that ran Minnesota's victory
string to 14 straight and made the
victors a stronger favorite than ever
to take the Western Conference title.
Higgins Takes All By Surprise
That game-breaking play came so
suddenly that the 64,464 spectators-
largest crowd in Gopher history-
hardly knew what had happened as
they watched Higgins streak across
the goal line.
give points to the bad after get-
tinrg two points on\a safety and then
seeing the result of a second period
Northwestern score on a pass by Otto
Graham, Dnnesota took the ball at
Northwestern's 41 after a poor Wild-
cat punt. Bob Sweiger failed to gain
and the Gophers, literally racing to
position, caught Northwestern flat-
footed. Center Gene Flick whipped
the center pass to Higgins and the
mite wis around right end and down
the sidelines, crossing the goal line
untouched for the score that wrecked
Northwestern's last hope for the Big
Ten crown.
Game Packed With Surprises
This battle-as savagely waged as
any of a hard-fought eseries-was
packed with breath-taking surprises
from start to finish. Not the least
was Northwestern's half-time lead of
7 to 2 after the Wildcats had been
widely outplayed through the first
two periods. And after scoring the
winning touchdown, Higgins came
up with another thrilling ball-carry-
ing performance which almost
sparked the Gophers to a wider mar-
gin of victory and one which would

more correctly reflect their superior-
ity, particularly.in the line.
A 22-yard end run by Bill Garnaas
and his great punt-one of several
he and Higgins made during the af-
ternoon-set N rthwestern back on
its heels in thd first minute of play.
The punt went out of bounds on the
Wildcat 11 and Minnesota started
knocking at, the Northwestern door.
Northwestern couldn't crack Min-
nesota's line and after punting out to
its own 48, the Gophers drove dbwn
to the Wildcat 17 before Don Claw-
son intercepted a pass to temporarily
avert the scoring danger.
Then came the break that started
Northwestern to defeat. After Bill
deCorrevont had lost a yard at his
own nine-yard marker, a pass from
center sailed just beyond deCorre-
vont's fingers into and then past the
end zone for an automatic safety
and two points for Minnesota. '
Wildcat Touchdown Called Back
Northwestern fell victim to a severe
jolt from lady luck midway in the
second period. With the Wildcats in
possession at their own 27, Graham-
who had just entered the game-
streaked far to the right and then
fired thef ball. Downfield it sailed,
with e~nd Bob Motl making a great
catch on the Gopher 38 and racing
over the goal line.
But the play was called back, the
officials ruling Leon Cook of North-
western, an ineligible lineman, had
gone beyond the', scrimmage line.
That kind of fortune would have
taken the heart out of most teams,
yet this game Wildcat aggregation
scored to go ahead before the half
Graham Connects
Graham, whose passing kept the
Gophers on edge throughout the af-
ternoon, fired a pass to Kepford that
carried the ball to the Minnesota 32,
a gain of 15 yards. On the next play,
Graham fired the ball into the end
zone and perfectly into the waiting
Srms of Bud Hasse,, Wildcat end.
ick Erdlitz kicked the extra point.'

Phil Shirpe, junior right end,
turned in his best performance of
the year yesterday against wily Bob
Zurpke's fighting Indians, catching
two of Paul White's passes and
starring on defense.
Pwe rul Midshipmen
Defeat Quakers. 13-6,
In Driving Rainstorm
Navy's football men o'war were the
better sailors in the mud and rain
of this gridiron which was more like
a yachting course today and whipped
Pennsylvania's favored Quakers, 13
to 6, to remain among the nation's
mightiest outfits.
f With Navy Bill Busik, a whole lot
of ball player uhtil he was injured in
the third period, showing the way,
the Midshipmen marched 51 yards
to their first touchdown in the open-
ing quarter, and followed it up with
a 70-yard parade to the deciding tally
in the third 'chapter.
Meantime, the Quakers were able
to really untrack themselves in the
sloppy footing only once during the
proceedings. This came late in the
third period, when Joe Kane topped
off a 42-yard drive with a 33-yard
rhumba down the southside line to
Penn's only touchdown.

Buckeyes Beat
Pitt* Fordham
And Iowa Win
Buckeyes Bounce Back
PITTSBURGH, Nov. 1-UP)-Heav-
ily favored Ohio State today tramp-
led victory-less Pitt, 21-14, before
50,000 spectators, but all during the
sizzling offensive struggle Edgar
Jones, fleet Panther back, haunted
the Buckeyes like a Hallowe'en spook
working overtime.
Ohio State ran up a 12-0 lead in
charted style in the first twenty min-
utes of playing time.
Starting from the Pitt 18 after
the second Ohio kickoff, Jones spark-
ed an 82-yard touchdown drive with
runs of 14, 36 and 12 yards.
i Hawkeyes Top Hoosiers
IOWA CITY, Ia., Nov. 1-(AP)-Bill
Green and Bernard "Bus' Mertes,
two fast, slashing backs touched off
a rip roaring third quarter rally to
pace Iowa's Hawkeyes to a 13 to 7
Western Conference football victory
over Indiana's Hoosiers before 28,000
home coming fans here today.
Rams Still Winning
NEW YORK, Nov. 1-(0-)-Ford-
ham's ferocious Rams, craftily taking
advantage of the rain and mud'at the
Polo Grounds, swamped Purdue 17
to 0 today to pass what appeared to be
the last major hurdle before an un-
beaten 'season.
They took charge of the game on
the first play of the second periodl
When George Cheverko placekicked a
field goal from the 12-yard line and
they made their margin indisputable
on two touchdowns by Steve Fili-
powicz in the third period.

Boston College 31, Temple 0
Holy Cross 6, Colgate 6 (tie)
Wm. and Mary 3, Dartmouth 0
Rutgers 20, Maryland 0
Rochester 34, Alleghany 0
Marshall 16, Wake Forest 6
Bucknell 26, West Maryland 7
Connecticut 7, Middlebury 0
Hamilton 27, Swarthmore 0
Vermont 16, Rensselaer Tech 0
Georgia 7, Auburn 0
Va. Military 13, Davidson 7
N. Carolina State 13, N.C. 7
Virginia 34, Va. Tech 0
Alabama 30, Kentucky 0
Miss. State 20, S.W. (Tenn) 6
Wayne 6, Central Michigan 0
Missouri 19, Mich. State 0
Miss. 12, Kansas State 6
Butler 26, Wabash 0
Kan. State 12, Nebraska 6
West. Reserve 27, John Carroll 20
Ohio U. 26, Miami 0
Miss. 12, Marquyette 6
Oklahoma A&M4 13, Creighton h
Oklahoma 38, Kangas 0
owa State 27, 5. Dakota 0
Toledo 9, Ill. Wesleyan 0

Army,_Irish Battle To 0-0 Tie
NEW YORK, Nov. 1.-(I)--Mud, around the ends, that piled up most
mire and a hard-bitten Army half- of Army's 120 yards rushing (to 86
back from Lowell, Mass., combined for Notre Dame1, and above all it
to hold a favored Notre Dame foot- was his punting, for an average of
39 yards a boot. that helped keep
ball team to a scoreless tie today. Notre Dame from getting into posi-
There was no doubt in the minds tion for any serious threats.
of the 75,000-odd spectators that, With this showing Army, in its
obscured as he might be by muck, first season under civilian coach Red
Cadet Hank Mazur was the star of Blaik, definitely regained its place
in football's big-time. What little
the game. .edge there was in the game belonged
It was his running, off tackle an( to the Cadets.
Department of Speech presents
in a new script by SARWYAN
Prior to Broadway
Wed. through Sat. Nights -- Nov. 5, 6, 7, 8 at 8:30
Tickets: 83c, 55c, 39c
for Four Brilliant Plays and a Double Bill of Opera
$3.00, $2.50, Studerts: $1.75 (All prices include tax)
Nov. 5-8, "Jim Dandy" by William Saroyan
Dec. 3-6, "The Blue Bird" by Maurice Maeterlinck
Jan. 14-17, "Flight to the West" by Elmer Rice
Mor 4-7 "Imoressario" by Mozart and
"Cavalleria Rusticana" by Mascagni
April 1-4, "Under the Gaslights" by Augustin Daly
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Box Office opens November 3 Phone 6300

Texas Christian 23, Baylor 12
Utah 46, Colorado 6
Colorado State 6, Denver 6
Brigham Young 28, Utah State
Colo. College 16, Wyoming 0
Wash. State 13, Oregon 0
California 27, UCLA 7
Washington 21, Montana 7


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