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WINLESS MINNESOTA PLAY AT INDIANA- „*- 6/g Gopher Concern By JIM MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minne- sata'a troubled footbaQ team, neatly thorn of Able-bodied halfbacks and frustrated at every turn, carried a new kind ot burden today. Statistics sleuths revealed that •Minnesota's eight • game losing streak id now the second longest In the nation for major colleges— and the longest among teams playing exclusively a big time schedule. Montana has lost nine in a row. Minnesota's latest bitterness was a 20-19 defeat by Michigan in Saturday's Little Brown Jug battle. The Gophers today, however, were less concerned about post-mortems and losing streaks as they were about their vanishing halfbacks. Through seasons of sunshine and gloom Minnesota rarely has made the turn into the last half .of the season with a situation comparable to this: . The only experienced halfbacks available, for Saturday's game at Indiana are two sophomores, Bill Kauth and Gary Melchert. - Kauth became a regular two games ago. He is now a 60-minute man. Melchert saw a few minutes of Action against Washington and Illinois? Saturday he took over in , the fourth period for the fallen Job Soltls. Today Melchert represents practically all of the experience Minnesota has at left half. Doctors diagnosed Soltis' injury as a shoulder separation, one that apparently will knock him out for the season. Bill Chorske, the team's only other, letterman halfback, carried once against Michigan, reinjured his knee and is definitely lost for the rest of the year. He had played only a few minutes this season. Arlie Bomstad, whose few minutes' of playing time in 1957 made him an ancient warrior among the rest of the backs, has been out for three weeks with an arm injury. It's doubtful whether the Gophers will get much further use out of him. Untrhd players such as Pepper Lysaker, Jim Heid, Lyle Skandel and Jerry Rose form the backstop for Kauth and Melchert. All have some offensive ability but need months of work on defense. The Gophers' obvious consola tion is 'that they can't do any worse from a won-lost standpoint no matter who plays. They will be the favorites against Indiana, and this looks like the week ii Minnesota is going to win. Show Power, Snap As they had in earlier losses, the Mihnesotans looked every inch a respectable Big Ten team in the Michigan defeat. They showed power and snap on the ground and (enerally gave Michigan a maul- ng up front. But the Gophers duplicated on another count: They couldn't de- iver the game-winning play when he chance materialized. In this case it was a win-or-bust wo point conversion try late in he game, after the Gophers had rallied from 20-7 to score two ouchdowns. Minnesota's decision to try for wo instead of going for an easier tie had heroic scope, but the execution of the play couldn't match the noble motive. Jim Reese was clobbered trying to throw and his attempted pass rolled away. Gophers Rally Back Passes and a double wing for nation gave Michigan a 13-7 half- ,ime lead, Bob Ptacek getting Michigan's two touchdowns and Kauth scoring for Minnesota. Barrell Harper's 58-yard run in the opening moments of the second half could have buried Minnesota but didn't. The Gophers came back with two drives, Soltis scoring once and Reese once. A third thrust almost got a Ite touchdown and the final blow was a long Reese to Dick Johnson pass that just missed in the final 16 seconds. Johnson suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the game and may not play against Indiana. BARR ON 104-YARD TOUCHDOWN PLAY — Halfback Terry Barr of Detroit Lions crosses his 20-yard line en route to touchdown against Lbs Angeles Rams in sensational 104-yard play Sunday. Halfback Gene Gedrnan caught Ram kickoff in end zone, ran if out to 14, and handed It to Barr on reverse. Barr outsped all the Ram defenders, including linebacker Jack Pardee (32) and halfback Jim Jones (37) for the TD. (AP Photofax) Head Bowl BIO Ohio State N'westn .. tlllnols .. Wlaconsln Purdue ,, Michigan M. State Indiana Minnesota St. Thomas Stands in Way Pace/// and Cretin In TV Grid Game Marty Crowe's Austin Pacelll football team, which "closed" its regular season with a 4-3 record, has popped up with another assignment. Instead of packing away football gear and turning attention to basketball, will be the.first out - state football team to appear on TV. This is a big assignment for the Shamrocks as Cretin, one of the lop teams in the state, made it 15 in a row with a 14-12 decision over Campion Academy of Prairie By Associated Iowa's heading for a possible overcome to achieve The only undefeated, Big Ten play narrow 26-20 Northwestern the defending for a 7-7 tie Meets Iowa now Michigan, State in program. The Minnesota games the all-important is hi Iowa eyes seldom Still very Ohio State, Wisconsin, Ohio State in the

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  1. The Austin Daily Herald,
  2. 27 Oct 1958, Mon,
  3. Page 8

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