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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 14, 1941)
Had Oregon humbled USC three years ago, people
would have lined the banks of the Willamette to see
the river wouldn’t roll over in its age-old bed
8,nd flow in the opposite direction. But the "VS ebfoot
did humiliate El Trojan . . . last Saturday, and
though it unleashed a wave of elation and satisfac
tion around here, the tumult wasn t too uproarious..
■ The outcome was more or less a rational expecta
tion— at least it wasn’t an utter surprise — USC
4‘hoodoo” and other inhibitions notwithstanding.
A glorious fruition in itself after a decade of
! unceasing trial and failure, the victory instigat
ed a verbal stream that should soothe even the
» most violent reactionaries to and critics of Web
1 foot football. Among other things, Curt Mecham.
a six-foot Oregon-adopted, California-born-and
■i bred halfback, was voted the best back to ap
- pear in the Los Angeles coliseum this season.
' In addition, the 14-karat Duck triple-threat,
• who “threw passes for all three of his team’s
1 touchdowns against Southern California, gave a
■ terrific demonstration of punting, intercepted
a pass and ran it back 53 yards, ’ ’ received Unit
1 ed Press Sports Editor Harry Ferguson's vote
for the “hero of the week-end” in sports.
liven in t!it> camp of tlic vanquished the gridiron virtues ol
one, Curt Medium, were extolled most liberally. Here we quote
A] Wolf’s yarn in the Los Angeles Times . . . Trojan Coach Sam
Bqrry ad libbing: ‘ It easily could have been a little different—
but don’t gel me wrong. Tex Oliver s got a great ball club, a
re dly great one. 1 have offered him five players for that Curt
Medium, but he only grins. That boy is a wonder—what pass
ing, and what kicking! lie kept us bottled up with those boots
constantly going out of bounds inside our 10. After all, he s
Another Los Angeles Times story carried the following
excerpt: “The result of yesterday’s game will be blazed
into the Oregon records, because not since 1915 has a
Webfoot team turned back the Trojans on the gridiron.
That season a powerful Oregon eleven, that a year later
was to make New Year’s Day history by beating Pennsyl
i vania, 14 to 0, at old Tournament Park, whitewashed
1 S.C., 34 to 0. The game was played at Bovard field, and
all the scoring came in the second half.
“On that team were such crack players as the Huntington
brothers — Coll is and Shy — Tegart, Spellman, Beckett, and
“The name of Meeham will go down in history with those
slurs of another era. All three of his passes into the end zone
for scores were perfect shots. A rifle could not have been
Oregon Roars Back
Oregon’s victory Saturday roared the 'Webfoots back into
contention for. the Pacific coast conference title and revived
visions of an ultimate Hose Howl game.
While Oregon was rolling- over USC we, among umpty t hous
and other persons and a flock of hilarious Beaver dads, were
watching with mild amazement as Oregon State outfought a
dispirited Stanford eleven and toppled the 1940 coast cham
pions 10 to 0 at Corvallis.
Coach Clark Sliaughnessy’s Model T stalled in the de
1 luge of rain that engulfed the field shortly after the battle
‘ opened and continued unabated throughout, and collapsed
. before the concentrated attack of a swarm of inspired
Oregon State looked magnificent in winning; Stanford was
disappointment. However, the invading Cardinals had one
shining light—Frankie Albert, every inch an All-American.
•Penning to sense the largeness of Oregon State’s initial three
points (a field goal by Warren Simas) and the additional seven
CISC piled up just before halftime, Albert gambled with ap
parent rashness . . . and got away with it.
Ordinarily, when a team has two yards to go on fourth
down and is within the shadows of its own goal posts, a
kick would be signalled for. But not Albert . . . he’d send
! Vucinich rattling through the middle for those two shy
i yards and 18 more.
With nine minutes left in the ball game and Stanfoid in
possession of the oval inside the Indians' 10, Albert began
t >"iim the thing around with reckless abandon, making some
< acctions, despite the messy ball.
Ouee last year Stanford reeled back after a 10 to 0 halftime
P Curt Mecham to Russ Nowling bags Oregon’s third touchdown and
|ja 29 to 6 win over USC. (Photo by Jack Herod via airmail from
?'!Los Angeles Times.)
By ART LITCHMAN
Intromural touch football re
sumed play yesterday after the
weekend intermission. Two teams.
Kappa Sig and SAE, romped
home easily, while Sherry Ross
and the DIJs eked out victories
by narrow margins in hard
Kappa Sigs Blast
Delts, 27 to 6
The Kappa Sigs displayed an
effective passing attack as they
rolled' over the Belts, 27 to 6. Don
Cawley heaved all of the touch
down passes as the Kappa Sigs
scored in every quarter.
Early in the first period Cavv
iey passed to Boh Hankey for
the first tally after several
plays had tailed from the five
yard line. Cawley to Higgins
was good for the extra point.
Scotty Deeds nabbed one of
Cawley's aerials in the second
quarter and dashed to pay dirt.
Cawley tossed to Les Jameson
for the extra point. Jameson
scored the third touchdown on a
30-yard from Cawley late in the
third quarter. Hankey converted
on a pass.
Deeds outran the secondary af
ter snagging a pass from Cawley
and scored the final tally for the
The Delts staged a brief flur
ry in the third period and
scored on a pass from Jerry Bat
tles to Bill Hoyt. The Delt at
tack failed to function consist
ently except in the early part
of the second half.
Kappa Sigs .7 7 7 6—27
Delta .0 0 0 6 0—6
SAEs to 28 to 0 Win
Ossie Redfield pitched the
SAEs to a 28 to 0 triumph over
the Kirkwood co-op. Redfield’s
amazing passing accuracy start
PUSH 'EM BACK MAN
deficit to swamp Washington, ‘JO to 10, but they lacked the
“poop" last Saturday (pardon the vulgar vernacular). Still.
Albert looked like an All-American breed of backfield man
cd clicking in the second period
and' the game turned into a rout.
Redfield tossed to Bob Far
row for the first touchdown ''fn
the second period. Redfield passed
to Farrow again for the extra
Hoyt Tarola scored the sec
ond tally in the third quarter
when he caught Kedfield’s pass
in the end zone. Roden con
verted on a pass from Redfield.
The third tally came in late in
the third period when Redfield
again passed to Gil Roden for the
score. Tarola converted on a pass.
A tremendous heave of over
50 yards from Redfield to Ta
rola set up the final tally. Red
field then passed to FarrowvfP*
five yards and the touchdown.
Tarola converted on a bullet
pass from Redfield.
SAE .0 7 14 7—2S
Kirkwood .0 0 0 0— 0
Sherry Ross Win
6 to 0 From Canard
Chuck Cutler flipped a pass to
Johnny Kahananui in the final
moments of the game to let Sher
ry Ross nose out Canard club, 6
to 0. The touchdown culminated
a 65-yard drive after the Canard
club had held for down.
Canard threatened several
times but the scoring punch failed
as the passes dropped in the erj£
Sherry Ross .0 0 0 6—6
Canard .0 0 0 0—0
DUs Nip Gamma Hall
1 to 0 in Overtime
The DUs Nipped Gamma hall,
1 to 0 in an overtime game.
(The intramural rules state that
ties must be decided by each
team running the ball for four
downs. The team that gains the
most ground wins the game.)
The DUs completed one pass
for eight yards and Gamma hall
only made three. The game was
fought on even terms with nei
ther team threatening more than
once. In the overtime a Gamma
pass slipped through the finge^
of the receiver to nullify the gain
that would have won the game.
DU .0 0 0 0—1
Gamma ...0 0 0 0—0