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lcE wen Ousts Gehrmann as Distance C/i


* * *


Tight Big Ten
Race Enters
CHICAGO - (P) - The hottest
Big Ten football race in 18 years
pounds into its semi-final round
today with three games involving
five of the six teams still in the
title or Rose Bowl picture.
The ranking contest is the1
showdown at Columbus between
Illinois with three wins, a loss
and a tie, and Ohio State current-
ly deadlocked for first place with4
Michigan at 3-1.
MICHIGAN today entertains
last-place Indiana (0-4) and the
third conference scrap takes Wis-
consin (2-1-1) to Iowa (3-2) for
an elimination among the league's
two "sleepers" of the season.
Minnesota which still nurses aF
slim bowl hope with a 3-2 ree-
ord invades Pittsburgh for a
non-loop joust. Two other non-
conference games today find
Purdue (1-4) host to Marquetter
and Northwestern (2-4) greet-
ing Colgate.
Not since 1931 when Northwest-f
ern, Michigan and Purdue shared
the crown each with a 5-1 record
has a conference title chase been
so complex. And back in those
Y days there was no Rose Bowl goal5
'to further complicate the situa-
*ti p n .*
MICHIGAN, ineligible for a
Rose Bowl return, is the only one
of the current leaders not battling
as hard for a bid to that post-sea-
son classic at Pasadena as for a
piece or all of the title.
Despite the mathematical pos-
sibilities of Minnesota, Iowa or
Wisconsin to horn into the
throne room, the Illinois-Buck-
eye tussle is the key game of the
weekend, if not the season.
Ohio State, a one-touchdown,
favorite, must beat the Illini to
keep them from possibly parlay-
ing their "extra game" schedule
into a title coup while the Buck-
eyes close a week later against
* *
AN OHIO triumph over Illinois,
coupled with Michigan's expected
waltz over Indiana, would set the
stage for a dramatic title show-
down exclusively between the Wol-
verines and Buckeyes at Ann Ar-
But if Illinois spills the Buck-
eyes, the Champaign crew will'
close against wobbly Northwest-
ern almost certain to wind up
with a 5-1-1 record and a .786
percentage since tie games
count a half-game won and lost.
.Then the pressure would be on
Michigan against Ohio State in
their traditionally high-tensioned
battle. The Wolverines need
sweeps over Indiana and the
Buckeyes to clinch their third
straight title with a final 5-1 rec-
ord and a winning .833 percent-
Major Elevens
On SpotToday
NEW YORK-(P)-While Notre
Dame's glamor boys of the grid-j
iron are drawing the biggest,
blackest headlines as they face an
expected walkover against North
Carolina at Yankee Stadium,

other top-flight college football
teams are due to meet really
rugged opposition today.
Army, the East's best and
voted the no. 2 team in this
week's Associated Press ranking
poll, will play rugged Pennsyl-
vania at Philadelphia; third-
ranked Oklahoma will slam into
Missouri, a really dangerous foe;
Ohio State, current favorite to
reach the top of the Big Ten
scramble and win a trip to the
Rose Bowl, will encounter Illi-
nois in a traditionally strenuous
tussle and California, slated for;
the other Rose Bowl nomina-
tion, will play Oregon.
Scouts for the New Year's Bowl
organizations, will scatter in all
directions to watch prospects. Ok-
lahoma, the most sought-after
team, probably can have its choice
of invitations if it rolls over Mis-
souri as it has over its other ri-
Maryland, co-leader of the
Southern Conference, meets un-
beaten Boston University in an-
other game that will draw a lot
of attention from the Bowlers and
Wyoming, also unbeaten and sta-
tistically the leading offensive
team of the nation, gets its first
real test against Baylor.

Unknown 'W' Sophomore
Upsets Wisconsin Veteran

Sebek Holds Indiana Hope


Paces Field by 300 Yard Margin;
Take Take Cross Country Team Title

(Special to The Daily)
CHICAGO, Ill. - Don Gehr-
mann, previously ranked as the
number-one distance runner in
the United States, was beaten
yesterday by Don McEwen, sopho-
more harrier from Michigan.
Running in the 40th annual
Western Conference cross-coun-
try championships, McEwen won
the race hands down, by beating
BOB SANDELL, Night Editor
the defending champion by 300
yards, and setting a new confer-
ence record of 19:44.5 for the four
mile course.
* * *
THE OLD RECORD of 20:26.4
was set by Gehrmann in 1947.
The team championship was
retained by the Badgers who
counted a low total of 49 points,
six less than second place Illi-
The race was one of the biggest
upsets in the history of Big Ten'

-Daily-wally Barth
. new Conference recordholder

Oregon State Passimg Attack
Expected in Clash with MSC

track and cross-country. Ever
since he was a freshman, Gehr-
mann has been winning races for
the Badgers, and is the only run-
ner on the records ever to win
the race three times.
* * *
HE WAS heavily favored to de-
fend his crown successfully, but
could not keep up with the torrid
pace set by McEwen as he took the
lead at the 21/2 mile mark. The
Wolverine sensation ran the
champion into the ground.
There were eight schools en-
tered in the meet, with North-
western the only conference
school not represented.
In addition to McEwen, Coach
Don Canham of the Wolverines
entered his number-two distance
man, Shel Capp, who finished 25th
in the field of 57 harriers.
* * *
McEWEN'S RACE was a mas-
terpiece of machine-like endur-
ance. He stayed back in the pack,
and was running 15th at the mile
mark and was timed at 4:55 at
that point.
At the half-way mark, he had
pulled up into 5th place and
was clocked at 9:56.7 for the
two-mile distance.
Then he poured it on.
* * *
McEWEN TOOK the lead at 2%/
miles, and it was his race from
there to the finish line.
He set a blistering pace as
he pulled away from Gehrmann,
and his time for the second two
miles was eight seconds faster
than his time for the first half
of the race.
His victory came as an almost
complete surprise to the crowd
of spectators who had turned out
in anticipation of seeing the Wis-
consin flash become the first man
ever to win the race four times.
* * *
AN AIR of astonishment cap-
tured the fans as they saw Mc-
Ewen sprint out of the woods and
across the bridge to snap the tape
at the finish line. 'But they were
even more surprised when they
had to wait almost a full min-
ute for sight of the defending
McEwen's performance pre-
sents a serious challenge to
other conference distance re-
cords, and to the reign of Gehr-
mann in Big Ten track.
Never before has a sophomore
runner shown such strength in his
first big conference race.
McEwen had never run the
course before, and except for
walking over it before the race,
he was totally unfamilier with
the terrain.
In contrast, Gehrmann has run
the course half-a-dozen times pre-
viously, and undoubtedly knew the
ground better than any other ac-
tive runner in the Big Ten.

C. Anderson
E. Kovatch
Bill Smith
Bob Stebbins
C. Witucki
J. Bartkiewicz
Hugh Craton
Nick Sebek
B. Robertson
Jim Gomory
Jerry Ooyen


Harry Allis
Tom Johnson
Al Jackson
Bob Erben
D McClelland
Jim Atchison
I. Wisniewski
John Ghindia
C. Ortmann
Don Dufek

PORTLAND, Ore. - (P) - Ore-
gon State Coach Kip Taylor is ex-
pected to pin his hopes on his
passing attack in a try to beat the
Michigan State team coached by
his old boss, Biggie Munn, here to-
The eager Beavers coached by
the former Spartan end instructor
tried 159 passes in eight games to
date. Of these, 63 were ccnpleted
for 1073 yards and nine touch-
* * *
THE PASS parade will be a bat-
tle between two boys named Gene.
Top thrower for Oregon State is
Gene Morrow, who has completed
24 of 59 tries for 1073 yards.
Saginaw's Gene Glick, now al-
most completely recovered from
his old knee injury, will be in
there pitching for the Spartans.
Glick has completed 31 of 58
tries for 690 yards.
'Glick was miserable with air-
sickness during the plane flight
from Lansing Thursday but re-
vived as soon as the air liner car-
rying the 36-man Spartan squad
landed. He worked out Thursday
night and was pronounced fit and
ready by team physician, Dr.
Charles F. Holland.
* * *
THE RAIN continued late Fri-
day as Biggie Munn put his squad
through a long drill concentrated
on ball-handling and play-polish-
ing. If the rain keeps up until
game-time today it is expected to
slow down the aerial tries of both
Despite local pride, Michigan
State is the overwhelming fa-
vorite in the contest. In a news-
paper poll, 13 local sports writ-
ers favored the Spartans. The
betting fraternity will give you
Notre Dame
Called 'Nasty'
SALEM, Ore.-()-A Michigan
State coach says Notre Dame
doesn't play dirty football-
"They're just nasty."
That's the way Forrest Eva-
shevski, the Spartan's backfield
coach put it in a Breakfast Club
talk here yesterday. He was giving
his opinion of a nationwide con-
troversy on the tactics of the
Notre Dame squad.
Evashevski described the Irish
as a big, fast and "disgustingly
rough" football machine. But he
said the roughness is the result
of aggresiveness rather than dir-
ty playing.
"They don't just throw you to
the ground," Evashevski said.
"They throw you there with them
on top of you."
He said the only weakness he
could see was "that their fourth
team is a little weaker than their
third team."

veteran Hoosier quarterback, is
expected to do plenty of passing
against Michigan today. The
190-pound senior ranks second
in the Big Ten in passing. -
Here are the probable starting
lineups for today's game.


20 points if you take Oregon
Local sports scribes were highly
impressed by the speed and decep-
tiveness of the MSC backfield as
they watched Munn drill his squad.
The mid-western brand of foot-
ball favored by Munn is still re-
garded with some awe on the West
"HALF THE time you can't tell
who has the ball,?' one local
sports expert commented. "I
haven't seen anything like it ex-
cept in the few looks we've lhad at
Michigan and Notre Dame."
There is some confusion out
here about just who is playing
today. Many people think it's
A sign "Welcome Michigan" was
posted in the Spartan dressing
room at Multnomah Stadium. And
the coaches and players are con-
tinually being approached by well-
meaning well-wishers who ask
them about their Rose Bowl
chances and offer congratulations
on the defeat of Minnesota.
The Oregon State squad was
due in Portland late yesterday and
also will stage a final tuneup,
probably under lights, just before

Robert Owen,
Newman Club
In GridFinal
It will be the Robert Owen Co-
operative House and the Newman
Club under the lights next Tues-
day at Wines Field to fight it out
for the Independent touch foot-
ball crown.
The Owen Co-opers cinched a
right to meet the Newmanites for
the Independent title by shutting
out the Presbyterians yesterday
afternoon at Ferry Field by the
score of 25-0.. The Newman Club
gained the right to be in the finals
by edging the Foresters 27-25.
The Robert Owen House team
scored three of its touchdowns
in the second half. Tim Harvey
and HIowie Berkman each
notched a pair of TD's and Sam
Dudley got credit for the extra
The Newman Club almost got a
scare from the Foresters after
jumping to an easy 13-6 first-
half lead. Leading 27-12 midway
through the second half with sec-
ond stringers doing most of the
playing, the Newmans were forced
to call back their number one
team after the Foresters had
scored two quick six-pointers.-
Vic Fryling hit pay-dirt twice
and Jim Foug and Jim Gabel each
tallied once to account for the
Newman scoring.

(Continued from Page 1)
games while Sebek has only
operated in four.
One of the reasons Sebek pos-
sesses this enviable record is Cliff
Anderson, a junior end on the In-
diana squad. He has caught 15
passes, three shy of the Confer-
ence record set by Bill Canfield
of Purdue in 1945.
* * *
THIS TOTAL of completions
accounts for 260 yards, which
gives Anderson the lead in that
department in Big Ten statistics,
and presents him with an excel-
lent opportunity to break the rec-
ord of 313 yards gained on passes,
which All-American Dick Rifen-
burg set playing for Michigan last
The Hoosiers present the big
leaders in the defensive depart-
ments also. Bobby Robertson,
sophomore halfback, is way out
in front in the punting depart-
He booted an average 44.5 yards
on seven punts against Illinois last
week, and this fancy footwork
gives him a Conference average of
42.2. He has kicked 19 times for
802 yards and not had one of his
efforts blocked. Robertson stands
a good chance of setting a new
Conference record also if he keeps
going at this pace. Dick Eddleman
holds the record now with an
average of 43.3 yards set at Illinois
last year.
" " * * *
ON THE OTHER end of this de-
partment Robertson's teammate,
Mil Marshall, heads the statistics.
Hle has returned punts an average
of 33 yards a try to far outdis-
tance any competition along this
Michigan, however, has a pair
of the top run-back men in the
circuit in Chuck Lentz and Wal-
ly Teninga. They place third
and fifth, respectively, with
averages of 12.5 and 10.8.
The last department in which
Indiana rates high is the kick-off
returns. Jim Gomory, the Hoos-
iers' sophomore quarterback, is
second, behind Michigan's Charlie
Ortmann, with a 25 yard average.
* * *
ORTMANN, with 47.3 yards per
try, shot into leadership in this
department as a result of his spec-
tacular runback of Purdue's kick-
off late in the first half of last
week's game.
He also dominates most of the
other statistics as far as Michi-
gan is concerned. He is fourth
in total offense with 535 yards,
and seventh in passing with 19
completions and 293 yards.
In the pass interception depart-
ment Michigan's Chuck Lentz
leads the parade with five with
All - American candidate Dick
Kempthorn right behind him with
three. Lentz needs to snag only
one more opponents' aerial to tie
the record held jointly by Gene
Derricotte of Michigan and Tom
Worthington of Northwestern.


MICHIGAN continues to be
plagued by injuries and will enter-
today's game still not at full
strength. Although halfback Leo
Koceski has been running in prac-
tice drills this week he is not
expected to start against Indiana.
Bob Hollway was injured in
the Purdue game, and although
the injury was not considered,
serious at first he will not see

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not play next week against Ohio
State. Harry Allis is expected to
handle both the offensive and
defensive work at left end.
Indiana, with center Bob Steb-
bins fully recovered from the in-
jury which kept him out of the
Wisconsin game and allowed him
to see only limited action last
week, will be at full strength to-;



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Town &

NEW YORK-(P)-In the opin-
ion of the football experts, it is
not so much a question of which
team will win today's game at
Yankee Stadium as it is by how
Mighty Notre Dame is a solid
30-point favorite to trounce the
twice-beaten North Carolina Tar
Heels before a sell-out throng of
67,000. Some suspect that the na-
tion's No. 1 glamour team, stim-
ulated by its first appearance here
in three years, might run up one
of its greatest scores ever.
*. * *
THE MARK this great Irish
squad will be shooting at, if Coach
Frank Leahy doesn't clamp on the
brakes, was a 64-to-0 job done on
Dartmouth in 1944. Some 30,000
North Carolina supporters who will
be packed into the "Home of
Champions" today scoff at the
possibility of such a rout.
The footing promises to be
sound and fast for Notre Dame's
Corps of fleet, bullet-running
backs. Only light, scattered
showers are forecast for the next

24 hour, and the temperature is
supposed to remain in the upper
Dimming the Tar Heels' hopes of
setting off some offensive fire-
works of their own was the sad
fact that All-American Charlie
Justice still was limping on a
sprained right ankle when the
Southern squad worked out at the
Stadium yesterday.
While it is more than likely
that Justice will get into the
game, if only for a brief period,
his chances of making an effec-
tive showing are scant. His
kicking will be sorely missed,
and the Tar Heels, from all ac-
counts, possess no other run-
ner or passer of approximate
Notre Dame, as most must know
by this time, has sailed through
34 straight games without defeat,
dating back to 1945. In its six vic-
tories this season, the Leahy ma-
chine has rolled up 231 points to
opponents' 53.
North Carolina, rated a na-

tional power in pre-season fore-
casts, won its first four games
and then took two surprising
headers, losing to Louisiana
State 13-7 and Tennessee 35-6.
Kiphuth Condition
Reported Critical
NEW HAVEN, Conn.-(P)-The
condition of Robert J. H. Kiphuth,
59-year-old Yale Athletic Direc-
tor who collapsed Thursday while
playing handball, was reported
critical last night at New Haven
A hospital spokesman reported
there had been no change in his
condition during the day.
Kiphuth suffered a heart at-

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