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SUNDAY; OCTOBER 28, 1956

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Gopher'Cox Baffles Michigan with Fasi
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SOONERS CAPTURE 35TH:
Oklahoma Tramples Hapless Irish, 40-0

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It might have been a great day for Michigan, but the Wolverine Var-
sity didn't fulfill its end of the bargain.
It was Homecoming Day and a host of alumni had returned to
Ann Arbor to see a team that was considered even better than last
year's highly-rated Wolverine squad.
It was a beautiful day weather-wise. After a rainy and cool spell,
the warming sun returned to the area.
It was the day that "invincible" Michigan State finally received
its come-uppance to give Michigan a clear road to the Big Ten
championship-if it could win all the rest of its games.
It was a crucial day for Michigan. It had to defeat Minnesota
in the battle for the Little Brown Jug in order to assume the favo-
rite's role in the bid to be Conference representative to the Rose
Bowl on New Year's Day.
All the requisites were there for a commemorable day to be
added to Michigan's history of football success, except the most
important one of all-a Wolve-
rine victory.
What is apparently becom-
becoming an annual occurrence-
the disappointing one big Wolve-
rine upset-happened a little early
this year, but it happened with
kall the force and humiliation that
normally accompany it. The Wol-
verines lost to a better team-at
least a team that outplayed them
when the chips were down in the
second half.
Minnesota had no Paul Giel
this time. He was the Gophers'
primary weapon when they last
won the Jug in 1953, 22-0., That
defeat began the ruination of
another promising Wolverine ag-
gregation.
The Gophers had no Giel, but
they had a close approximation
BOBBY 'COX in quarterback Bobby Cox, a trans-
shades of Giel fer from Washington. Michigan
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan had rich
praise for Cox who scored two touchdowns and engineered the drive
for the other Gopher marker.
Cox carried the ball 19 times and gained 83 yards to lead all
players in that department. He completed two of four passes for 21
yards. But above everything else was his masterful quarterbacking.
In carrying out Coach Murray Warmath's plan for a rapid-fire at-
tack marked by quick' huddling that allowed Michigan no time to
recoup its defenses, Cox played the key role in "disconcerting",
if not demoralizing the Wolverines.
The usual problem of faltering strength in the second half was
accentuated yesterday by the complete absence of injured star half-
back Terry Barr and by the impaired performances of first-string
linemen Jim Orwig and Dick Hill and tailback Jim Pace. Injuries,
rather than use of reserves, allowed Minnesota to take control of
the game in the second half. And Michigan's early 7-0 lead wasn't
enough of a pad to coast on.
BowlChances Dim.. .
And 'so, Michigan's chances to go to the Rose Bowl, as well as its
chances to win the Big Ten title have been dealt a shattering blow.
Recovery will require a minor miracle of a nature similar to the
events which gave the Wolverines their last crown and Rose Bowl
trip in 1950. It took an upset 9-3 triumph over Ohio State in the snow
and an equally unexpected victory by Northwestern over Illinois on
the last day of the season to give Michigan its glory that year, despite
an overall 5-3-1 record.
Iowa and Ohio State presently top the Big Ten lead with un-
defeated records, while Minnesota is just slightly behind with three
wins and a tie. Michigan State has only one loss, and Illinois, like
Michigan, has two defeats. Ohio State and Michigan State cannot go
to the Rose Bowl this year.
In other words, Minnesota must lose two of its remaining games,
Illinois must drop one more and Iowa, which plays only six Confer-
ence games, must lose twice to put Michigan into the Rose Bowl,
providing the Wolverines can win their final four contests. In
addition, it would take two Ohio State defeats and another Michigan
State loss to give Michigan even a share of the Conference title.
Actually, Minnesota must now be rated the favorite for the
Rose Bowl berth. If the Gophers can defeat Iowa and Wisconsin,
they can go to California even if they lose their other game to
Michigan State. Iowa can be handily eliminated with Michigan,
Minnesota and Ohio State on its schedule for successive weeks.
Michigan's hopes rest on defeating all the rest of its foes-thus
eliminating Illinois and providing half the necessary losses for Iowa
-and on Ohio State defeating Iowa while the Hawkeyes and Michi-
gan State defeat Minnesota.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. OP)-Okla-
homa's dynamic Sooners struck
with devastating first-half force to
rout bewildered Notre Dame yes-
terday, 40-0 and rack up their
35th straight victory while handing
the Irish their first shutout since
1951.
This nationally-televised game
unveiled a Sooner team which
"slowed down" its'usual fast play-
starting tactics, but still improved,
with terrific speed and finesse, on
Michigan State's 47-14 pasting of
the Irish last Saturday.
The incredible skill of Okla-
homa's run-pass attack and its
relentless platoon pressure de-
moralized Notre Dame, which had:
two passes intercepted for Sooner
touchdowns.
Thomas Paces Attack
Unquestionably, the Sooners-
paced by halfback Clendon Thom-
as' two touchdowns - struck a
solid blow in their bid to return to
the No. 1 position in the Associated
Press national poll.
Michigan State's Spartans, cur-
rently the nation's No. 1 team,
were upset by Illinois, 20-13, today.
Michigan State was held to a 7-7
halftime tie by Notre Dame which
trailed 26-0 at halftime.
Thomas, who teamed with rhalf-
back Tommy McDonald for 121
rushing yards on 23 carries, scored
once on an 11-yard run and again

on a 36-yard saunter with an in-
terception of a Paul Hornung pass.
End John Bell, one of the five
Sooners who scored touchdowns
started Oklahoma's victory drive
by snagging a 14-yard pass from
Jim Harris, a brilliant quarterback,
in the opening period.

Scores by Jay O'Neil, Thomas,
McDonald, Harris and Thomas
again, in that order rounded out
the scoring.
Notre Dame's deepest penetra-
tion was to the Oklahoma two in
the second period where the Irish
were forced to yield on downs.

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MINNESOTA'S PINKY McNAMARA returns a Tom Maentz punt 37 yards to the Michigan 28 yard
line on the last play of the third quarter in yesterday's game. The run, which set up the winning
touchdown, began when McNamara took a handoff from Dick Larson on a criss-cross reverse and
sprinted down the west sidelines.
Minnesota Squad Delivers Wolverines'
First Homecoming Loss Since 1946
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But the overall statistics showed
the game to be even closer than the
final score in total plays, total
yardage, and first downs. Add to
this the fact that Michigan stalled
on three marches deep into enemy
territory, and the result is that
the outcome was on the verge of
being reversed.
An unusual first quarter saw the
ball moved the length of the field
once by each team. Minnesota
Statistics
Minn. Mich,
First Downs .......19 20
Rushing Yardage . 243 213
Passing Yardage .. 56 131
Passes ............4-6 10-17
Passes Intercepted by 1 0
Punts ............1-37 3-42
Fumbles Lost ..... 2 1
Yards Penalized ... 5 55
stalled just short of a first down!
on the Wolverine eight when Or-
wig caught Bob Schultz at the line
of scrimmage. Michigan then
started a 19-play march up field,
that never saw the same man carry
the ball on two successive plays.
At :07 of the second quarter
Michigan had a touchdown on a
16-yd. run by Barr to the right
Georga Tech
Dumps Tulane
ATLANTA, Ga. (1P)-Georgia
Tech's all-star backfield, triple-
triggered by Paul Rotenberry,
George Volkert, and Johnny Men-
ger, taught Tulane a 40-0 lesson
in offense yesterday, ending the
Greenies' wave of football upsets,
The victory established unde-
feated Tech as the team to beat
for the Southeastern Conference
championship and took the Yel-
low Jackets another long stepS
toward an unprecedented sixth
straight bowl trip.
Tech scored three times on
passes and twice onplunges. Tu-
lane, which had upset Navy and
Ole Miss on preceding Saturdays
found that they just weren't in
Tech's class.

virtually without the aid of upfield
blocking.
The remainder of the quarter
see-sawed back and fourth. There
were unrealized-at-the-time ink-
lings of things to come. Pace, Or-
wig and Hill saw little action after
being shaken up; Minnesota wasI
starting to move on the ground
and with passes; and Michigan
failed twice to cash in for touch-
downs.
Time Runs Out
The one that really hurt was
time running out for the Wolver-
ines with a first down on the four-
yd.-line. At the time, many felt;
the score would not be needed, but
it proved to be a big incentive for
Minnesota to apply the pressure.
Michigan never knew what hit.
Once the Gophers took possession,
there was no stopping Cox's leader-
ship. Fifteen running plays for 54
yards and the score was 7-6. A high
pass from center by Captain Dean
Maas on the extra point try gave
the edge still to Michigan, 7-6.
But Oosterbaan's forces could
not capitalize on their advantage
as Minnesota continued to domi-
nate the offense.
A punt return by Dick McNa-
mera to the Michigan 28 set up
Cox's touchdown plunge eight
plays later.
The losers were to make one
final try as they rolled to midfield
only finally to lose the ball on
downs. At 8:43, Cox was again in
the end zone. Minnesota knew joy-

fully that they were in. It matter-
ed little that the Blue was able to
march the length of the field only
to lose the ball on a goal line in-
terception.

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