Sport: Test for the Leaders

At the half, mighty Michigan State had turned two recovered fumbles deep in Illinois territory into touchdowns, and led by 13-0. The capacity homecoming crowd at Champaign sat glumly waiting for Michigan State to turn on its second-half drive and send Illinois to its fourth straight defeat. They had not counted on a spring-legged Negro right halfback named Abe Woodson, who also happens to be co-holder of the world 50-yard indoor high-hurdle record.

Five minutes after the second-half kickoff, Woodson plunged over the Michigan State goal line from the two-yard line. In the fourth...

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