The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 12, 1954 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 12, 1954
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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS TUESDAY, OCTOBER It, 1954 Sooners Take Firm Grip on No. 1 Rating Unbeaten Arkansas Is No. 12 in Rankings By HUGH FULLERTON JR. The Associate* Press Oklahoma's one-touchdown victory over Texas last Saturday released a landslide of votes today that swept Bud Wilkinson's Sooners far in front in the weekly Associated Press rankings of college football teams. Out of a total of 201 sports writers and broadcasters, no fewer tiian 118 picked Oklahoma first. And not one failed to put the Soon- ers somewhere in the first 10. As a result. Oklahoma collected 1, 97 points on the usual basis of 10 for a first-place ballot, 0 for second, etc. A week ago. when they had won only two games, the Soon- ers polled 77 firsts and 1.369 points. Wisconsin Second Wisconsin, a 13-7 winner over Rice in a nationally televised struggle between nationally ranked teams, moved into second place In tiie rankings ahead of UCLA, which barely pulled out a 21-20 decision over Washington. And Ohio Stale, a convincing 40-1 winner over Illinois, climbed all the way from 10th place to fourth on the strength of that victory. After these four, all of which received more than 1,000 points In the balloting, came Purdue. Duke, Mississippi, Notre Dame and then Fenn State and Navy tied for 10th. This tie and the fact that Mississippi edged out Notre Dame for seventh by » single point, 730 to 729, brings out the closeness and the uncertainty of the rankings after the few leaders. Iowa and Southern California, two of the upset victims, lost their places In the first 10. Iowa garnered only enough points for 13th place after Its 14-13 loss to Michigan, while USC. upset 20-7 by Texas Christian, didn't even appeal- In the first 20. Arkansas with 126 points was 12th. Colorado was 11th with 52. Each team received one first place vote. The leaders (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. Oklahoma (118) 1.797 2. Wisconsin (21) 1.555 3. UCLA (10) 1,223 4. Ohio State (14) 1,180 5. Purdue (3) 929 6. Duke (7) 889 7. Mississippi (11) 730 8. Notre Dame (2) 729 9.-10.(tle) Penn State (3) .. 380 Navy (11) 380 Second 10: 11. Minnesota (2) 347 12. Arkansas (1) 126 13. Iowa 116 14. West Virginia (8) 112 15. Rice 84 16. Virginia Tech 70 17. Colorado (1) 52 18. Army 51 19. Georgia Tech 35 JO. Texas Tech 30 Price Predicts Fine Finish for Longhorns By JOE BENIIAM The AsaooUt«d Prett* H you thought New York's underdog victory in the World Series was something, wait until you see the University of Texas in this year's Southwest Conference race. So said Ed Price, coach of the Longhorns, Monday. Price said the Longhorns' 2-2, .500 record doesn't mean a thing. Further, he predicted quite n comeback for Texas, which he said will put on "a tine Itnish like we did in I960, '62 and "53." "Both Notre Dame and Oklahoma were No. 1 in the nation the week we played them," said Price. "It's only natural for them to bring out our mistakes." Texas will work In Its passing this week In preparation for the conference opener with Arkansas, Prices aid. Robinson Out Bad news for the Longhorns was the report that right halfback George Robinson would be sidelined for four weeks with a shoulder Injury. But his loss was balanced by the return of left half Chester Simcik from the injured list. In preparation for TCXH.S, Arkansas spent the day in light workouts, and Coach Bowden Wyatt indicated that drills would follow that form the rest of the week. Arkansas, which will be plnylng Its third conference game, gave the regulars a holiday Monday while the reserves scrimmaged the freshmen. RJce also took it easy, letting the bruises heal from a hard-fought battle last, week with Wisconsin Dicky Moegle was among those reporting with injuries, but he and all the rest are expected to be ready lo go against Southern Methodist Saturday night. The Owls were warned by scouts to expect a bal- DIFFERENT PITCH — Gene Conley, towering righthander for the Milwaukee Braves, sets sights on a basket during workout at a Cambridge, Mass., gym after signing a contract to play professional basketball with the Boston Ceitics in the National Basketball Association. (AP Wfrepholo) anced Plowing and running attack and rugged line p'my from the Mustangs. Bears See Movies A tricky quarterback named Bobby Cox was singled out as the man for Baylor to watch when the Bears meet Washington Saturday. Baylor followed up the scouting reports with movlt's of last week's loss to Arkansas nnd a light workout. L. Q. Dupre, Doyle Traylor and Henry Rutherford snt out the drill with injuries. Two key linemen were missing from the Texas Christian workout, and may still be out when the frogs play Te.xns A&M Salurday. Coach Abe Marlln said center Hugh Pitts and tackle Norman Hamilton, both out with injuries, would be doubtful participants In. the clash. The Frogs also worked out lightly Asgirs Take It Easy The Aggies nut on sweat suit* and left the pads to the freshmen as they got ready for TCU. Conch Paul (Bear) Bryant went over the 10-7 loss to Houston, and handed out nt the work of quarterback Elwood Kettler. fullback Don Kachtik and guard Sif Therlot for Colorado Sets ive Pace Unbeaten Buffaloes Leading Nation in Rushing Yardage By FRAN PITMAN BOULDER. Colo. (/Pf—Colorado's .single wing football team, manned by sturdy sophomores In the line and seasoned seniors in the hack- field, is ticking off touchdowns and victories so fast their dizzy fans are dreaming of a trip to the Orange Bowl In Miami. The unbeaten Buffaloes have thundered to four decisive vic- itories with a crushing ground game jthat is first in the nation. They tucked on 421 yards rushing against Arizona Saturday night to boost their total to 1.525 yards— an average of 380 yards per game. With Oklahoma Ineligible for a second consecutive trip to the Orange Bowl, the second place team In the Big Seven will go if the Sooners win the conference title Colorado's chances of finishing No. 2 In the Big Seven are good— and a championship for the Buffaloes is not an impossibility Maryland represented the Atlantic Coast Conference In the Orange Bowl last Jan. 1, and under the present pact—renewed for three years this week—the Terrapins like Oklahoma, are ineligible to return. Oklahoma meets Colorado Oct. 30 at Boulder where .the Sooners were lucky to escape with a 21-21 tie In 1052. Two years before at Boulder, Oklahoma squeezed out a 27-18 victory. Last year Oklahoma beat Colorado, 27-20, at Norman after trailing most of the gnnie. After Oklahoma beat Texas last Saturday, end Max Boydston of the Sooners said he felt Oklahoma had met all its top opponents this year except Colorado. "Colorado looks great this year." he added. Colorado romped over a strong Arizona team at Tucson Saturday, 40-1H. Colorado's other triumphs this year were 81-0 over Drake, 46-0 over Colorado A&M and 27-0 over Kansas. Coach Dal Ward is cautious and close-mouthed about this Colorado team but he's admitted the backfield featuring tailbacks Carroll Hnrdy and Homer Jenkins, \ving- Inick Frank Bernard! nnrt fullbacks Emerson Wilson and John Bayuk Is as good as there Is in the Big Seven which includes Oklahoma. Colorado's blgitrst asset this season is depth—both In the backfiuld nnd In the line. There are three firsl-nilc tailbacks, two topflight fullbacks and two excellent wingbacks. And there are adequate replacements behind all of thorn. Uwlr play last, Saturday. Southern Methodist's Mustangs looked ovtM- the newly-won .500 record and allowed they'd like lo raise It a notch higher against .Rice. The lln.t two teams limited their workout to hearing the scouts and watching films of the victory over Missouri last Saturday, while the reservt'.s concentrated on fundamentals. Coach Woody Woodard reported the Mustangs in good shape physically. Southwest Aerial Circuses Grounded for Sounder Game Olson-Giardello Booking Rapped Christenberry Says Championship Bruwl Dec. 15 'Ridiculous' NEW YORK <*—The Bobo Olson- Joey Giardello middleweight title match, announced for San-Francisco Dec. 15, has drawn sharp criticism from Bob Christenberry, chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission. •Ridiculous," said .Christenberry last night at St. Nicholas Arena. "They made a match with a man (diardello) in the hospital. I will have more to say about recognition of the bout when the world cham- itonshtp committee meets in London next month." Christenberry obviously referred to pictures in the morning paper showing Olardello in a wheel chair after an operation to remove a ,orn cartilage in his left knee at Philadelphia. His surgeons, how- :ver, said he should be able to start roadwork In a month. CIIICKASAW END — Another lad plnylng a lot o! end for the Chicks this year is Dnine Adams, a liinky senior. Adams has seen quite a bit of action so far this year, most of it on offense. He is one of the Chicks' six end candidates this year. (Courier News Photo) Britian's Trackmen To Run Reds Again LONDON (AP) — The British mean to find out tomorrow night in the London vs. Moscow track and field meet \\ they really were the victims of an Iron Curtain conspiracy. On Aug. 20 in Bern, Switzerland, at the European championships, Britain's Chris Chntaway kept a close watch on Emil Zatopek. Czechoslovakia's great distance man, in the 5,000 meters race. While Chalaway watched Zntopck, Vlndlmir Kuc ran off with the race and sol a world mark. Kuc lives In Russia, headquarters for those back of the Iron Curtain. Admitted Mistake After Hie race Chntawny admitted he got caught watching the wrong man. And, dozens of .sports writers, newspapers and hundreds of fa as said tt sure looked to thc*n as if Zatopek played n swell decoy to detract Chntaway while Kuc vent out and won. Chataway and Kuc tangle again tomorrow on the fast track at the White City stadium. With star miler Dr. Roger Bannister on the sideline because of medical duties, the Chatawny-uc meeting is the the Chataway-Kuc meeting is the Million Tickets Ordered in KG KANSAS CITY UP) — The Kansas City Merchants Association said it had received requests for more than one million tickets for the 1955 baseball season, contingent on Ihe Philadelphia Athletics coming here. The Association started taking advance requests last Wednesday in an effort to show the city's interest. The requests are not binding but those making them will have first chance at the best seats if the Athletics move here, the Association said, There were 811,109 reserve seat requests and more than 300,000 unreserved seat requests. They were to be presented to club owners In Chicago today. Read Courier News Classified Ads. Enjoy Kentucky Straight Tastes Mellow as Moonlight "from the life and vigor of the grain 1 Original 1870 formula $734 , 1M J Pt. I 6 «£0. K. DICKEL OIST. CO., LOUISVILLE. KY. • 86 PROOF Plus State Tax Ex-Blytheville Boy Signed By Yankees A former Blytheville boy. LaDon Gilbert, now of Detroit, has been iigned a professional baseball contract with the New York Yankees, it was learned today. Gilbert, who up until five years ago made his home here, was signed to a Class B contract by the Yankees on the basis of his .360 batting average and outstanding outfield play the past summer with a Class D team in the Detroit Baseball Federation. He Is the son of Albert Gilbert who was formerly connected with the Southwestern Transportation Co., here. LaDon attended grade school and junior high here but graduated from Once Pass-Happy, League Now Sees More Running By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — George Wright notes that th« long-time pass-crazy Southwest Conference has turned to the running game more than any other major league. Wright is noted for his knowledge of football in the oil and cattle country and also for the fact that he is the only non-millionaire in Houston. Wright's, figures are backed up quickly by Homer P. Cooke, Jr., and Joe S h e r m an, who spend their waking hours these fall days running numbers through machines and their minds in order to insure { r c sh statistics for the National Collegiate A t h- letic. Bureau. The news came as a considerable surprise to this observer, who like Jess Neely everybody else has long become accustomed to call- ins the southwest the land of the passing fancies. "Since about 1947." testifies Director Cooke of the NCAB. "the Southwest Conference has been passing less than most other parts of the nation. Last year the Southwest averaged only 182.4 yards per game passing. The midwest. Pacific coast and east were far ahead of that." • * * This is due. of course, to the coaching. Ray Morrison launched the Southern Methodist aerial circus in the early 1920's and the show caught on like a prairie fire in a high wind. Successors Matty Bell, Jim Stewart and Rusty Russell operated along the same line, developed celebrated marksmen from Ray Mallouf's days through those of a Detroit high school. He has been playing professional and semi-professional baseball Detroit since 1952. Fred Banners'. Meanwhile, Te»M Christian had an even more famooi pair, one following the other, Sammy Baugh and Davey O'Brien. Tb» other schools in the area followed suit. In place of pass pattern designers at Southern Methodist, there it Ohalmer Woodward, who leans to the split T and moving the ball on the ground. What with Dick Moegle and a new line having proved itself, Jess Neely of Rice doesn't exactly shy away from a running play. The same goes for Texas and all the awy down the line. Dave Camerer's new book. "Winning Football Plays" (A. S. Barnes and Company, $3) has a two-to-one ratio for ground over pass plays. "That's the way football should be played," Author Camerer, the one-time Dartmouth tackle, insists. "Offensive football remains a game of blocking and running. The day it ceases to be just that and becomes primarily a passing picture, the flamingos can take over just as they have in basketball." The Southwest Conference, which did so much to make the pass .the too important weapon it has been in the colleges—and still is with the professionals is setting a trend back to rushing. The running game sets up the pass. One won't work without the other. The combination is the sounder and more entertaining game. Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Ployd Patterson, IBS 1 /,, Brooklyn, outpointed Esau Ferdinand, 166!4, San Francisco, 8. BROOKLYN — Bobby Dykes, 159%, Miami, Fla., outpointed Ted Olla, 161, Milwaukee, 10. OLYOKE, Mass. — Bill Bossio, . 131, Pittsburgh, outpointed Harry (Whitey) Smith, 135, Brooklyn, 8. Its Here! INIERNATIONAL Utivtst.tasiest-ta-dr/ve pickup in the lowest-prised fieW f "NIW (1ST tot IN THE LOWEST- PRICED FIILM" H.W INTMNAIIONM. 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