6 Oct 1958
Gophers Los e to Panthers; Face Tough Part of Slate • ' •• 'imF • ' ' ''.•'• .. ^.._>' By m KLOBUCHAR MINNEAPOLIS (AP)-With two defeats in as many games behind them, Minnesota's Gophers this week began, if the expression can be pardoned, the tough part of their schedule. Starting with Northwestern'* invasion here Saturday, the Gophers play seven consecutive Big fen rivals, if they are going to beat some of them they'll have to scheme and scratch to do it, The Gophers lost no honor in a 13-7 defeat by Pittsburgh at Memo- ial Stadium Saturday. Actually, they gained new respect around the Big fen. For despite the squad's limitations, which stick out like billboards, it has played well and courageously in two losing efforts. Washington's down-to-the » wire battle against Ohio State last week makes Minnesota'! 24-21 loss to the Huskies look creditable enough. And Pittsburgh showed in the second half Saturday why it ranks high in the nation, So the Gophers haven't been playing lightweights. fhe remarkable thing about Saturday's game was that Minnesota could have come so close to winning with a team that wasn't within two touchdown's of Pittsburgh's class. .It proved that spirit and determination still haven't lost caste in college football. Minnesota had that, plus a Strong first team line, but really couldn't match Pittsburgh in anything else. Lack of depth and speed will be AUSTIN DAILY HERALD SPORTS 10-AUSTIN (Minn.) HERAID Monday, October 6,1958 Burdette Today in tern of the pair they lost in Milwaukee—woeful hitting and leaky fielding. Warren Spahn, the brilliant southpaw, held the Yankees to two hits Sunday. The day before, they managed four hits in their only winning game. Their team batting average is a microscopic .168. Their fielding percentage is a respectable .988 but it doesn't show the many mental lapses and errors of omission. Stengel, frankly chagrined over the failure of Whitey Ford, his left handed ace, to register at least one victory in two starts, nominated Bob Turley to pitch the "must" fifth game. The fire-balling-right- hander was shelled out in the first inning of the second game of the series last Thursday. It is not surprising, therefore, that the odds-makers have declined to accept any more Milwaukee money that the Braves will win the series. For today's game, however, the Yankees were favored 13-10. Yankee left fielder Norm Siebern was the "goat" in New York's loss Sunday. He allowed four drives to fall out of his reach, all -of which appeared "catch- able." These lapses figured in all the scoring and ruined an otherwise fine pitching performance by Ford. Suffers Bad Day Norm, 25, normally a good field er, just had a bad day. The strong sun and the shadow-making third deck behind home plate didn't help him either. In the fifth, he failed to get a jump on Del Cran dall's fly and it fell at his feet for a single. No damage. In the sixth, he got over to Red Schoendienst's long fly to left cen ter, then decided to let Mickey Mantle, who had come over, take it. Neither did. The ball rolled between Badgers and Purdue Clash in Top Game By JOE MOOSHIL Associated Press Sports Writer Purdue and Wisconsin, a couple of Big Ten title contenders who have gained stature by not allowing their foes a single point, clash Saturday when the Midwest becomes the center of national football interest. Aside from the Purdue-Wisconsin battle, three other Big Ten games are on schedule. Invading Midwest gridirons will be Army, Navy and Pitt. All three of the eastern powers are undefeated. And if Army, Navy or Pitt remain unbeaten after Saturday, eastern hopes for a mythical national championship will really soar. Army (2-0) will be at Notre Dame (2-0). Navy (2-0) takes a crack at Michigan (1-0-1) and Pitt is at Michigan State (1-0-1), Ohio State (2-0) opens defense of its Big Ten title at Illinois (0-2). Indiana (1-1) will be at Iowa (1-0-1) and Northwestern (2-0) is at Minnesota (0-2). Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa — the three teams considered the Big Ten's best in preseason predictions—all had harrowing experiences Saturday. The Buckeyes had to come from behind for a 12-7 victory over Washington, a three-touchdown underdog. Michigan State put on a frantic drive in the fourth quarter to tie Michigan, 12-12, and Iowa also had to dig deep to muster enough strength to tie upstart Air Force 13-13. While the Big Three were struggling to remain unbeaten, Wisconsin and Purdue came through with ease. The Badgers mauled Marquette, 50-0, and Purdue blanked the Rice Owls, 24-0. Surprising Northwestern made it to two straight with a 28-0 triumph with Minnesota all Mason »nd the Gopheri will have to find ft way td win in spite of this, not the easiest chore in Big Ten football. Minnesota also must face Big Ten competition with the knowledge that its quarterback rollouts, one of the split-T's primary weapons has been almost immobilized. Quarterback Jimmy Reese, a fine and spunky football player, simply can't run fast enough -to make it go unless he get* flawless blocking. • ":• The Gophers also have below average speed at the halfbacks to offset, and tried, to by passing 15 titties against Pittsburgh. Pitt's line rushed hard and Its secondary was alert. Minnesota completed only four throws, and once the Gophers lost their first half advantage of position, Pitt controlled the game. , Line Plays Well The 'Gopher first team line, headed by Mike Svendsen and Jerry Shetler, played and charged superbly in the first half. But the Gophers suffered when they had to use inexperienced players. In some cases they had to let some of their frontliners go nearly all the way and fatigue overtook them in the fourth period. Four times in the first half Minnesota was within striking distance. Once the Gophers carried to the Pitt 3, but a missed block made Reese a sitting duck, on a rollout play and he was dropped for a 14 yard loss on fourth down. Minnesota got some breaks in the first half and was handed another on the second half kickoff. Fred Riddle fumbled and Artie Bomstad recovered. One Reese pass and three cracks at the line by Roger Hagberg covered the needed 32 yards, Hagberg scoring from the 6 on a pitchout. Ev Gerth? kicked the point. Pitt Gets Stronger That was all for Minnesota offensively. Pittsburgh, growing stronger all the time, marched to the Gopher 12, but was hurled back. A long Tom Robbins' punt and a penalty set Pittsburgh back to the 3 but Pitt churned 96 yards before another Minnesota defensive stand stopped it. The Gophers couldn't hold off any more, Pitt went 33 yards to send Bill Kaliden over from the one half way through the period and 43 yards for a second Kaliden touchdown that won the game with 1:34 left. Cleveland Triumphs; Bears Fall Phlla. Pittsburgh EASTERN New York WMh'ton . ..... 2 0 0 ,,,,,.1 1 0 ....1 Ohgo Cards ,...1 ^ ".....0 1.000 7A 3* .500 81 34 .500 34 51 .500 44 47 .500 41 48 .000 M SS WESTERN CONFERENCE W. L. T. Pet. OT 01* B<tmor* Chgo Bear* ,.,.1 San Pran'co ,.,.1 Lo» Angeles .«..! Green Ba-y 0 ,.a o o 1.000 79 S3 0 ,500 72 71 0 .500 24 53 0 .500 60 33 1 .000 33 47 Pincfifiiffers F/op; Yonks Bcrf af .768 By BEN OLAN Asociated Press Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) -Figuring the World Series: For all the good they've done, the series pinch-hitters could just as well have remained on the bench. None among the 12 pinch- hitters used has hit safely. Only Enos Slaughter of the Yanks reached base — on a walk in the third game. * """""*"" Warren Spahn's shutout was the first by, a left-hander in the series since Johnny Podres of the Dodg, Detroit 0 1 1 .000 23 41 By MIKE RATHET Associated Press Sports Writer A pair of sophomores in the pay- for-play ranks — Milt ,Plum «nd Jimmy Brown—are threatening to again make the Cleveland Browns the dominant force in the National Football League. The two youngsters, Plum is 28, Brown 22, have provided Coach Paul Brown's team with an awesome offense comparable to tht attack Cleveland was able to mobilize in the days of Otto Graham & Co. Plum, former Perm State Star, passed for two touchdowns, and completed 13 of 14 passes for 197 yards Sunday. Brown, an All- America at Syracuse, acored three touchdowns and carried the ball for 129 yards. The result: th* Browns second consecutive victory, a 45-12 whacking of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Meanwhile there were a oouplt of other surprises as the NFL split the second week of the season over two days. Saturday night, Baltimore'! Colts broke Lenny Moore loose for four touchdowns as they displayed a strong attack in rolling up a 51-38 score over the previously unbeaten Chicago Bears. The Cardinals, usually looked upon as Chicago's poor sisters, upset the Washington Redskins 3710. In other Sunday action, Philadelphia defeated favored New York 27-24, Los Angeles belted San Francisco 33-3 with the 49ers* Joe Perry setting a career rushing record, and Detroit and Green Bay played a 13-13 tie. Cleveland was so superior that Plum and Brown sat out the final quarter. Plum's TD passes went to Pete Brewster on an eight- yarder and to Bob Mitchell, for 21. Brown notched his scores on runs of 23, 59 and three yards. The Colts struck for three touchdowns in the first six minutes to knock off the Bears, undefeated in six exhibitions and the league opener. San Francisco's Perry gained 44 yards, surpassing Steve Van Buren's lifetime mark by 17 yards. Perry now has rushed 5,877 yards in a nine-year career.